NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Possible Deals Around the League
The 2013 NBA offseason has been a relatively quiet, dull affair, with little happening in regards to marquee signings or blockbuster trades.
Anyone who has followed the league over the past two weeks will have seen that the sheer number of transactions—many involving star players—has been absolutely mind-boggling.
Despite the fact that there are already plenty of trades going through on Wednesday, with the league-mandated moratorium lifted, there are still a handful of potential deals on the horizon.
Let’s take a look at a few of these in the rumor roundup.
T-Wolves Attempting to Create Cap Space, Dump Guards
The Minnesota Timberwolves offered restricted free-agent center Nikola Pekovic a contract late last week and are still waiting for an answer from the 27-year-old rising star, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.
If he accepts, the club will need to clear cap room in a hurry in order to accommodate his new salary.
Zgoda notes that Minnesota is attempting to trade guards J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour in order to free up some cap space this summer, as the T-Wolves already added Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger for $43 million combined.
New president Flip Saunders has been creative with his approach to free agency so far and may be able to use his connections to rid the team of two players that are no longer needed.
As long as the Timberwolves retain Pek, it should make the fans in the Twin Cities quite happy.
Hawks and Bucks Still Debating Sign-And-Trade
The Milwaukee Bucks have been trying to pry restricted free agent Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks for days now, but still haven’t been able to reach an agreement.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, it’s no secret that the Bucks covet Teague, but it remains to be seen if the Hawks will take back Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade.
As state for days, Bucks want Jeff Teague. That's undeniable. Still TBD: Are Hawks ready to take back Jennings OR Monta in sign-and-trade?— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2013
On Monday, Stein found that new Bucks coach and former Hawks headman Larry Drew is a large reason why the organization is chasing Teague.
The four-year veteran point guard has played most of his career under Drew and—with his tutelage—has developed into one of the more promising young talents in the league.
Will the Bucks pull off a trade for Teague?
Teague averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest in 2012-13, appearing in 80 of a possible 82 games.
While immensely skilled, Jennings and Ellis both have major flaws in their game and are due big contracts. Even with one of them on the roster, the Hawks' ceiling wouldn't raise far above a token playoff squad in the Eastern Conference.
Unless the ATL brass gets desperate, it seems that this trade could die out.
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