As NBA teams keep looking for ways to improve heading into next season, the trade market continues to heat up.
The free-agent period caused team needs to shift for a number of organizations. As a result of getting or missing out on top talent, those squads must look to make moves to help balance out the roster.
Additionally, squads can utilize sign-and-trades during this time not only bring in talent but clear up cap space for the upcoming season.
Before players begin formally signing contracts in the coming days, look for these potential trades to take place.
Brandon Jennings and Jeff Teague Swap
In his short career with the Milwaukee Bucks, Brandon Jennings has shown a great deal of talent. However, he is asking for a big raise as a restricted free agent, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time:
Jennings demanding $12M a season; Bucks starting to cave and are offering just over $11M.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 8, 2013
While the Bucks might end up paying this figure, it is just as likely the squad decides to part with the young player. Of course, Milwaukee does not want to simply allow him to walk without getting a replacement.
This is where the Atlanta Hawks come into play. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jennings could be traded for another restricted-free-agent point guard:
Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com that the Hawks and Bucks have in recent days discussed a sign-and-trade deal to land Brandon Jennings in Atlanta and send fellow restricted free agent Jeff Teague to Milwaukee to reunite with former Hawks coach Larry Drew.
In this deal, Atlanta would get a younger point guard who is more of a scoring threat than Jeff Teague. Something like this is necessary with Josh Smith no longer on the roster.
On the other hand, the Bucks can save some money by getting a cheaper option who can just as easily run the offense.
Assuming the Hawks would pay the salary that Jennings is asking for, everyone would win in this scenario.
Omer Asik Wants Out of Houston
Virtually everyone in the Houston Rockets organization was thrilled with Dwight Howard's decision to join the squad, which he announced on his Twitter account:
I've decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel its the best place for me and I am excited (cont) http://t.co/h8WK4yP3zB— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 6, 2013
However, one person who was not happy about the move was Omer Asik. The young center received his first chance to start this past season and made it count with 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.
Despite this success, Asik would once again be relegated to the bench behind the three-time defensive player of the year. As a result, he wants an opportunity somewhere else, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing Dwight Howard in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik's wish, sources told ESPN.com.
This is a surprising move from the Rockets' perspective. Neither player would be able to survive at power forward, and having them play alongside each other would reduce the impact that they both have.
Instead, Asik would command a lot of value on the open market after finishing third in the NBA in rebounds. Houston should send him away either for draft picks or a stretch 4 who can help provide more space for Howard down low.
Otherwise, the Rockets would simply be wasting talent without helping themselves for next season.
3-Team Trade to Complete Andre Iguodala Deal
One of the bigger moves so far in the NBA offseason was Andre Iguodala agreeing to sign with the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group:
Confirmed: Andre Iguodala has agreed to sign with Warriors, made possible by sending Jefferson and Biedrins to Utah— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) July 5, 2013
However, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports that both the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets could be involved in this deal before it officially gets signed:
In the deal, which could be finalized on Monday, Denver would sign-and-trade forward Andre Iguodala to Golden State for the four-year, $48 million contract he had agreed to sign with the Warriors. This would create a $12 million trade exception that the Nuggets would have a full year to use before it expires.
Utah would sign-and-trade Foye to Denver on a three-year, $9 million deal, with a team option on the third season, sources said...Golden State would send Utah a future second-round pick for its role in facilitating the deal.
This trade would come down to money and the flexibility to make signings while staying under the salary cap.
Denver would be able to acquire Randy Foye, who averaged 10.8 points per game last year as the starting shooting guard for the Jazz. He would provide the Nuggets with plenty of depth in the backcourt as they look to contend for a title.
Without the trade, however, the team would not have the opportunity to make this deal work.
However, they will be helped by the Warriors, who will still be able to get their man in Iguodala. The Jazz also earn a second-round pick just for not getting in the way, keeping everyone happy.
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