Some very intriguing trade rumors have sprouted up headed into the 2013 NBA draft and free agency.
That includes some big-name veterans who could shift the NBA landscape if they switch teams, from point guards to centers.
So, as the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat battle it out for the championship this season, here's a look at some scenarios that could make things interesting next season.
Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers to Los Angeles Clippers?
According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Boston Celtics have discussed trading Kevin Garnett to the Los Angeles Clippers for point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan, as well as allowing Doc Rivers to move to L.A. in exchange for at least one future first-round pick.
What's holding up the deal? The fact that the Clippers don't want to depart with Bledsoe just yet. According to the report, the Clippers want to trade Bledsoe in a separate deal down the line if they are able to re-sign Chris Paul in the summer.
Frankly, I think it's a horrible trade for the Clippers.
Ethan Strauss of ESPN.com may have said it best:
It's a huge risk. You are basically saying "championship or bust" if you make that trade, and I don't even know if the Clippers would win the title with Garnett. I can see why the Clippers are reluctant to pull the trigger.
Garnett averaged 14.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks this season. Those are still decent numbers, but vintage KG is obviously long gone.
Houston Rockets' Offseason Plans
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets will not only pursue marquee free agents like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul this summer, they also plan on adding complementary veterans to their young core of James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons.
The moves they hope will come next will be a major part of their sales pitch, a person with knowledge of that part of their presentation said.
The Rockets intend to describe details about their plans after signing a free agent, according to the individual familiar with their strategy, including a shift to the pursuit of veterans rather than the sort of young prospects they have collected in recent seasons and a willingness to spend well into luxury tax territory.
That also includes letting Francisco Garcia, Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks go, who are free agents this summer, according to the report.
Well, it makes a ton of sense, I'll say that. The right superstar could push the up-and-coming Rockets to the top. They would also be doing it at the right time, just when their young stars are beginning to gel and come into their own.
Will Dallas Mavericks Trade No. 13 Overall Pick in the Draft?
It appears more and more likely that the Dallas Mavericks will trade their first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in the 2013 NBA draft.
Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com wrote on Friday:
The rumors about the Dallas Mavericks wanting to trade the 13th pick are accurate. Dallas doesn’t want to pay guaranteed money to a lottery pick and they’d love to package Shawn Marion with the pick because they are hoping to be active in free agency this summer.
The Mavericks are very high on Michael Carter-Williams so if they keep the pick, he’ll likely be their top target. However, they’d love to move it in the coming weeks.
In my opinion, it's doubtful that Carter-Williams falls to No. 13 overall, so that points to the Mavericks trading the pick.
If Carter-Williams isn't there, trading the pick makes sense for the Mavericks in that it frees up money for free agency, especially if Marion is included in the package. Mark Cuban reportedly wants to put together a competitive roster that would give 34-year-old Dirk Nowitzki one last shot at a title.