NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down the Latest Post-Draft Buzz
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The 2013 NBA draft is over, free agency has begun and trade rumors are swirling around the league.
With the draft over, teams will have to find ways to trade away veteran players for fair value. Trades are difficult at this point in the year, but teams are still shopping around players.
The Boston Celtics have been aggressive this offseason in trying to start rebuilding, but other teams are trying to shed salary at this point.
Free agents are looming, and teams are trying to make room for key players.
Here are some of the latest rumors in the NBA.
LaMarcus Aldridge May Stay with the Portland Trail Blazers
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reported that LaMarcus Aldridge has not demanded a trade despite his name being thrown around in possible trade discussions.
Aldridge still has two years remaining on his contract, and he added that he's looking forward to seeing who his team would sign in free agency.
That could be him simply being a good sport publicly, or he could be sincere. Either way, he did the right thing by not causing a problem with the team.
He averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game last season, and, at the age of 27, he still has plenty of years left in this league.
Aldridge has made two All-Star teams, so the Trail Blazers could get a good return for him. If they do deal him, it will because they want to and not because he is demanding a trade.
Victor Oladipo Could Keep Arron Afflalo in Orlando
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the No. 2 pick would determine Arron Afflalo's future in Orlando. With Victor Oladipo being the pick, Orlando may decide to keep Afflalo on the team.
Picking Ben McLemore would have allowed the team to consider trading Afflalo, but Oladipo doesn't have McLemore's explosiveness. Oladipo is a solid all-around player. McLemore just possessed better perimeter shooting.
Afflalo averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game last year.
He is owed over $23 million over the next three seasons, which is why the Magic are looking to deal him. They aren't going to contend in the near future, so getting rid of an expensive player for a cheaper one would help them add players.
Had McLemore been the pick, Afflalo likely would have been dealt. Oladipo's shooting needs to improve, so Afflalo could stick around for another year to help the Magic on offense.
Eric Bledsoe Remains a Clipper
Howard Beck of The New York Times broke the news that the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors have a deal in place to send Andrea Bargnani to New York. So how does that affect Eric Bledsoe?
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Bargnani would be part of a package the Raptors were considering sending to Los Angeles in exchange for Bledsoe.
The Magic are also interested in the point guard, but that would require them to get rid of Afflalo. Those talks don't seem to be going anywhere with Oladipo now part of the Magic.
Bledsoe is a talented player who lost his job to Chris Paul. That's not a knock on him, but the Clippers are now looking to get role players in return for Bledsoe.
Coach Doc Rivers is reluctant to give up the point guard for nothing, so it's going to take a good package for the Clippers to give Bledsoe up.
Bargnani is reportedly headed to New York, so the Raptors are likely out of the Bledsoe sweepstakes. They may have dealt Bargnani as a result of talks with the Clippers, but Bledsoe looks like he will be staying in Los Angeles unless a team comes out of nowhere with an offer.
*All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com
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