With the NBA draft less than two weeks away, the trade rumors should kick into high gear soon. After either the Miami Heat or San Antonio Spurs are crowned as champions, the trade talk will pick up even more.
The current buzz centers around teams willing to move draft picks, the possible movement of veteran players and the eternal pursuit of Dwight Howard. Here is a breakdown of the most recent trade rumors.
Ersan Ilyasova Possibly in Play for Wizards' No. 3 Pick
Ted Davis, the official radio voice for the Milwaukee Bucks tweeted this about the team possibly trading Ilyasova:
Gery Woelfel suggests that the Wizards are rumored to be interested in acquiring Ersan Ilyasova and another player for their third overall— Ted Davis (@nbated) June 9, 2013
Gerry Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times originally mentioned the potential swap on this podcast from ESPN Sports Radio 1250 in Milwaukee.
Per Woelfel, the Wizards would receive Ilyasova and another unnamed Bucks player for the third pick. Previously, it seemed the Wizards were locked into taking Georgetown's Otto Porter with that pick, but perhaps Ilyasova's stretch-4 abilities are more enticing.
We shall see.
Danny Granger Could Be Moved
Which player is more likely to be dealt?
It only makes sense for the Pacers to move Granger and his $14 million salary for the 2013-14 season. He's an expiring deal that could be attractive to a team that wants to attempt to get something out of him next season.
Even if the oft-injured swingman is on the shelf more than he's on the floor, he still represents a huge chunk of cash coming off the books next summer. Cleveland will still want to be a player in a free-agent market that could include LeBron James.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports reports that multiple sources indicate Granger is indeed available. The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest, but they are concerned about his health.
Brooklyn Nets Willing to Go All Out for Howard Again
It seems the Nets have been down this road before, but apparently they haven't given up hope on the chances of signing Howard.
Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler tweets that the Nets are willing to make any deal necessary to bring Howard to Brooklyn:
Brooklyn would have to complete a complex sign & trade to get at Howard, but sources say they are willing to do whatever it takes.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 13, 2013
With Jason Kidd in the fold as the new head coach, per ESPN, acquiring Howard would make the Nets the biggest story in the NBA next season. Somehow, I think that is part of the plan.
Because the Nets would likely need a third and fourth team involved to get a deal done, we should still file this one under "probably not going to happen."
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