With a flurry of trade activity highlighting the NBA draft, it became quickly clear that this is going to be one wild offseason.
There are already rumors floating around about big-name players who very well could be on the verge of joining a new team. Here is the latest on three of the more intriguing names.
Rajon Rondo being involved in trade rumors is becoming an annual rite. As we've seen, this certainly doesn't mean the point guard will be traded. However, sooner or later a deal has to get done, right?
However, if Danny Ainge is interested in moving Rondo, he isn't going to make it obvious. As Washburn also passes along, Ainge told reporters that Rondo is not available.
And, no matter what Ainge said, at some point, everyone is available. So, it's not like the Celtics won't listen to offers for Rondo. If this tweet, by the reliable Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD, is to be believed, then the Celtics have already discussed this deal:
Dallas and Boston discussed a Rajon Rondo trade, league source confirms. As I said earlier, the Celtics like Shane Larkin quite a bit.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 29, 2013
I am skeptical that the Mavericks have enough to land Rondo in a two-team trade. However, they could always get another team involved and get creative. And no matter what Ainge says, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rondo on the move.
LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports, according to league sources, that the Warriors are looking into dealing David Lee.
Lee is a productive player, but he is also expensive. He has three years and $44 million due to him under his current contract. This is going to make trading Lee a little difficult. There is also the fact that he is 30, and as Wojnarowski points out, he is coming off a torn hip flexor.
According to Wojnarowski, the Warriors have already offered up Lee to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, and to the Blazers for LaMarcus Aldridge in a package that also included Brandon Rush.
It is going to be hard for the Warriors to find a trade partner for Lee, but as we are seeing with the Knicks' reported deal for Bargnani, via Sam Amick of USA Today, it is possible to trade a player with a bad contract.
It is certainly no shock that the Blazers didn't jump at this offer. Wojnarowski reports the Blazers are hoping for a more lucrative trade, and they should. Portland shouldn't be forced to trade Aldridge.
Aldridge is saying he isn't demanding a trade, via Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin:
LaMarcus Aldridge says he hasn’t demanded a trade from the Blazers http://t.co/oXdfZ3HKNJ— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 30, 2013
Even if he was demanding a trade, the Blazers wouldn't have to accept a sub-par offer.
I actually expect Aldridge to get dealt at some point, but I don't see that happening quickly. The Blazers will be patient and try to create a bidding war for their talented big man.