NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 8, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17:  Omer Asik #3 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball against Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on April 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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With the NBA's free-agency period already featuring plenty of action this summer, there are more potential trades to discuss.

One talented swingman may be available, while one defensive-minded center is reportedly unhappy with a trade that has him feeling a bit crowded in the paint.

Here's a look at some of the latest trade rumors throughout the Association, complete with analysis.


Bulls Unwilling to Give up Joakim Noah to Acquire LaMarcus Aldridge?

LaMarcus Aldridge wants to join the Chicago Bulls, but the Bulls aren't willing to give up Joakim Noah and another player to acquire the 27-year-old big man, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

It makes sense from the Bulls' perspective. Noah is just too valuable—in terms of defensive ability and leadership—for the Bulls to cast him away. He averaged 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks last season. 

Aldridge is a fine player, but Chicago wouldn't be smart dealing Noah away in exchange for the Portland Trail Blazers All-Star.


Kings Going After Trevor Ariza?

After losing out on the Andre Iguodala sweepstakes, it's possible that the Kings go after Washington Wizards swingman Trevor Ariza, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

Ariza shot 36 percent from beyond the arc last season, the best mark of his career. He's already considered to be one of the top defenders in the league. Now that he seems to have found a comfort zone as a role player, he could be a sneaky good addition for the Kings.

After the trade that saw Tyreke Evans depart and Greivis Vasquez arrive, the Kings finally have that pure point guard they've desperately been seeking. If Ariza can continue to shoot well from the perimeter, he could work well alongside Vasquez.


Omer Asik Unhappy with Dwight Howard Trade?

As you may have heard, the Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard on Friday.

Now the question becomes how does that affect Omer Asik?

Well, it turns out it affects the 27-year-old center quite a bit.

Brian Windhorst of reported on Saturday, "Asik has no interest in being Howard's backup or playing next to him, a source close to the Rockets' center told It is not yet clear if Asik would demand a trade."

Naturally, you never want an unhappy player on your team, so it is possible that the Rockets trade Asik. The problem is he's owed $8.3 million next season and a guaranteed $15 million in 2014-2015. That's a heavy contract that may drive many teams away.

Then again, Asik is a solid player. He averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season. 


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