With many of the top free agents having already agreed to sign in new or old cities, trades will be the best way for teams to improve themselves moving forward.
The rumors of potential swaps have been around for months, but with the top free-agent prizes having decided who they'll play for next season and beyond, the trade talk should heat up.
Here is a look at the latest NBA trade scuttlebutt.
Houston Rockets Could Still Deal Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin
Just because Josh Smith has agreed to sign with the Detroit Pistons, per Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, doesn't mean that the Rockets won't still deal Omer Asik or Jeremy Lin.
Josh Smith has agreed to a four year, $56 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
At one point it seemed Asik and Lin could be used in a sign-and-trade to bring Smith to Houston to play with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Smith's agreement with the Pistons means that won't be happening. However, Ken Berger of CBS Sports tweeted that the Rockets could possibly move Lin or Asik at a later date, though they are open to keeping them for now.
Though they won't rule out post-Howard trades, the Rockets are now open to keeping Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, league source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 6, 2013
With both Asik and Lin due to make $14.9 million next season, it seems moving one or both players would need to be done sooner rather than later. Without Smith, the Rockets still aren't a championship contender with Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
They will probably need to acquire assets from moving Asik and Lin to get to that point.
Monta Ellis Could Be Target of Sign-and-Trade Deal
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, Monta Ellis is highly coveted by the Denver Nuggets. Denver can afford to sign him outright, but it will face competition from teams interested in acquiring Ellis via a sign-and-trade deal.
The Nuggets had a solid regular season, but it is possible Ellis may view a more clear contender as more attractive.
If so, look for the team that catches Ellis' eye to try to maneuver to make the necessary moves to acquire him.
Marcus Camby Wants Out Before He's Even in Toronto
Apparently the first two years of his career in Toronto were enough for Marcus Camby. The 39-year-old veteran is apparently not interested in joining the Toronto Raptors after being included in principle in a trade from the New York Knicks.
Per Marc Berman of the New York Post, Camby will ask Raptors management for his release or a trade. If Toronto can find a taker, it could at least add minimal assets in exchange for granting the veteran his wish.
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