The 2013 NBA Draft is over, and teams have wasted no time talking to each other about potential trades, including a few regarding pretty big players.
There were already a number of trades during the draft, including a big deal involving the New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans agreed to terms to trade Nerlens Noel to Philly for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, sending a pretty big shockwave around the NBA.
There was also some deal involving the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets that was a pretty big deal.
Now, it’s time to get ready for some other possible trades. There are plenty of rumors surrounding a number of players, but there are a few that are certainly gaining some attention right now.
Eric Bledsoe Becoming a Popular Target
It appears that the Los Angeles Clippers have a number of teams interested in the young point guard, and the offers just keep coming.
ESPN’s Marc Stein recently reported that along with the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors are now looking to grab the 23-year-old from Lob City. The report says that the two sides are “still in the exploratory stage, but the Raptors’ interest in L.A.’s prized young point guard is said to be significant."
Raptors join Magic at forefront of list of teams known to be chasing Clippers G Eric Bledsoe via trade. ESPN link: http://t.co/YjZ6e9EuUb— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2013
The Raptors could certainly use a point guard, but the Magic appear to be just as aggressive in trying to snatch Bledsoe. The report goes on to say that:
The Orlando Magic and the Clippers have been discussing the possibility of a trade with shooting guard Arron Afflalo and Bledsoe as the principles dating to early June. Yet those talks began before the Clippers' drawn-out hiring of Rivers to a dual role in coaching and management.
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan acknowledged to local reporters after Thursday night's draft that Orlando "may revisit" trying to trade for Bledsoe, with L.A.
This means that Bledsoe very well could be traded. He’s a hot commodity who would only be a backup point guard for the Clippers, and there appear to be a number of teams that will give a lot to get this guy.
Mavericks Eyeing Rajon Rondo to Lure Dwight Howard?
After trading away Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, the Boston Celtics could completely clean house by trading away Rondo.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe recently reported that the Dallas Mavericks were interested in trading for Rondo. Although the Mavericks are interested, Danny Ainge hasn’t claimed to be willing to trade Rondo, with Washburn saying:
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters Thursday the club is planning to build around Rondo and he will not be traded.
When asked if he was comfortable with Rondo as the team's centerpiece, Ainge said: "Yes we are. There's guys we're not looking to move right now."
When asked if one of those players was Rondo, Ainge said: "Yeah."
While Ainge claims that he wants to keep Rondo, there are always exceptions. Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Celtics could possibly take the trade if the Mavericks absorbed some of their other contracts.
Mavs would love having Rajon Rondo to chase Dwight Howard, but Boston needs Dallas to take multiple contracts off its books, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2013
Having another superstar like Rondo on the team would certainly help lure a player like Howard away from Los Angeles. The Mavericks could possibly afford bringing in both players, with the salary cap planning on being around $58 million for the NBA according to Stein.
Hearing early projections given to GMs and owners in May have NBA salary cap rising to just $58.5 mil next season. This season: $58.044 mil— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 3, 2013
If the Mavericks pull this off, they would certainly become a powerhouse once again in the Western Conference.
Kris Humphries Already on the Move Again?
The blockbuster trade that gave the Nets Terry, Piece and Garnett also sent Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph and Humphries to the Celtics.
Apparently, Humphries might not stay in Boston for long.
A recent tweet by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted that the Charlotte Bobcats may be looking to grab Humphries.
Keep an eye on Charlotte as a possible landing spot for Kris Humphries. Rival execs skeptical he stays in Boston.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 28, 2013
Humphries has one more year left on his deal worth $12 million, but the Bobcats have the cap space to take a hit like Humphries, who could possibly be a decent presence down low along with the No. 4 overall pick in Cody Zeller. The 28-year-old could provide a veteran presence to an incredibly young team that needs some leadership in the locker room.
Although Humphries may not feel welcome in Boston at this point, things would probably be better for both sides if Humphries is traded to Charlotte.