The 2013 NBA offseason is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable of all time.
Here we are, not even two weeks into summer, and teams are turning the Association into their own version of NBA 2K13.
Take a look at last week's draft, and you'll find more swaps than an episode of Pawn Stars. I've never really found it difficult to sit back and watch TV, but the amount of trades during the two-round event actually made my head hurt with confusion.
Two days into free agency, and the unpredictability has continued with unexpected signings (although ink can't yet be put to paper), more trades and out-of-nowhere coach hirings:
The madness is sure to continue, so let's take a look at the most recent rumblings.
Pelicans Shopping Robin Lopez to Clear Room?
There have been conflicting stories about Tyreke Evans' true interest level in the New Orleans Pelicans as of late, but according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman, via SportsCenter, the restricted free agent will indeed sign an offer sheet on July 10:
The Sacramento Kings can still match the offer, but New Orleans is reportedly looking to clear some cap space in anticipation of Evans' potential arrival.
One way of doing that may be parting ways with Robin Lopez.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has the details as to how the organization might go about doing that:
If Pelicans don't waive Robin Lopez by Thursday -- paying 500K buyout -- his $5.1M and 5.3M salaries the next two years become guaranteed.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
With so much trade interest in center Robin Lopez, it is unlikely the Pelicans will fail to guarantee his contract this week.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
Portland is a possible destination for center Robin Lopez, with Indiana and others on a short list in pursuit, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2013
Robin may not be on the level of his twin brother, Brook, but he quietly started all 82 games for New Orleans last year, averaging 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 26.0 minutes.
Although $5 million per year may be a little steep, there's plenty of value in a true 7'0" center who can hold his own offensively and protect the rim on the other end.
Plenty of teams in need of depth would jump at the chance to add Lopez.
Pistons Interested in Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay?
The Detroit Pistons are already proving to be extremely active in free agency, but Joe Dumars isn't stopping there.
According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, the Pistons have their sights set on a couple of big-name guards via the trade market:
Based on that possibility, the Pistons were among the first teams to reach out to the Celtics and express interest in acquiring Rondo, the All-Star point guard who is coming off an ACL injury, league sources told CBSSports.com. Having already made lucrative pitches to free agents Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala, Pistons president Joe Dumars also has registered interest in Raptors forward Rudy Gay, one source said.
And that was before the Celtics' hiring of Brad Stevens. If Rajon Rondo's temperamental attitude fails to gel with the young Stevens, the chances of the polarizing point guard being dealt will only increase dramatically.
Who should the Pistons go after?
The Pistons wouldn't mind. Rondo is an elite point guard in this league, and his arrival would allow Detroit to push Brandon Knight to the 2 and suddenly boast an incredibly talented starting lineup along with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Rudy Gay, on the other hand, isn't nearly as enticing.
Although he would make the Pistons good, he wouldn't turn them into a legitimate title contender by himself—and considering he has just over $37 million left on his contract for the next two years, he's not really worth it.
Either way, it's clear the Pistons are ready to shake things up, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them make a blockbuster deal this summer.