Free-agent signings are producing the most news during this portion of the NBA offseason, but trade talk is also prevalent. Many teams that don't have the cap space to make a play for big-name free agents are attempting to improve with trades.
Others with cap space are still looking at potential swaps to better their roster. Here's a look at the latest trade talk in the NBA.
Andre Miller Likely on the Move
Andre Miller played well for the Denver Nuggets last season, but as Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida tweets, the 37-year-old will likely be moved:
Source says Nuggets guard Andre Miller could be traded this summer. Doesn't fit in long-term future & George Karl, who loved Miller, is gone— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) July 2, 2013
Teams looking for a veteran backup lead guard should be interested. He averaged 9.6 points and 5.9 assists per game last season.
Miller is set to make a manageable $5 million per year, per Spotrac.com. Teams like the Indiana Pacers who need depth at the point would be a good fit.
Pelicans Dangling Robin Lopez to Chase Tyreke Evans
The New Orleans Pelicans are serious about improving this season. They have already agreed to a deal that will bring Jrue Holiday to NOLA and have now offered restricted free agent Tyreke Evans a four-year, $44 million deal, per David Aldridge of NBA.com.
The Sacramento Kings have the right to match it, but they haven't officially said they will. The team did have dinner with Evans to express their desire to keep him, per Sam Amick of USA Today:
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, GM Pete D'Alessandro, coach Michael Malone met with Tyreke Evans in LA & stressed how much they want him.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 2, 2013
To make room for that deal, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pelicans are willing to trade center Robin Lopez to clear salary:
Lopez is a true 7-footer who plays with great energy, but he'd obviously be expendable if the team is looking to make a splash by acquiring Evans.
The 25-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game last season for the Hornets, who are now the Pelicans. With size at a premium in the NBA and with Lopez only carrying a salary of $5.1 million for the 2013-14 season, the Pelicans should find a suitor.
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