With the free-agency moratorium period officially behind us, 30 NBA franchises will be finalizing deals with their select free agents. While certain signings are all but official, some players' futures are undecided.
So, which players will find new homes via potential trades?
Certain players have requested trades, while others are involved in growing speculation. Regardless of why they're being brought up in conversations, multiple high-profile names could be moved by the time the offseason ends.
Here's who will be sent packing.
Omer Asik, Houston Rockets
Experience: 3 Seasons
2012-13 Season Averages: 14.89 PER, 10.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Houston Rockets have denied Omer Asik's formal request for a trade. His desire to be dealt comes after Dwight Howard signed with the Rockets and took Asik's place in the starting lineup.
In other words, don't believe Asik will remain in Houston.
When it comes down to it, there is no rational way to run an offense with both Asik and Howard on the floor. Neither player has game outside of the paint, and each would be a non-factor if utilized as a floor-spacing big man.
With Ryan Anderson reportedly available, the alternatives are simply too attractive to ignore.
The bench would be hurt by Asik's departure, but he's both too talented and costly to be a member of their second unit.
The Rockets have a chance to contend for a title in 2013-14, but they need to make the final tweaks to reach that point. Howard and James Harden are an elite core, and Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons each have upside, but Houston has been pursuing a stretch 4 all year.
Why stop now when you can get the game's premier sharpshooting power forward?
Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento Kings
Position: Point Guard
Experience: 2 Seasons
2012-13 Season Averages: 14.66 PER, 14.0 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 1.3 APG, 1.0 RPG, 41.7% 3PT
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade point guard Jimmer Fredette and center Chuck Hayes to free up cap space. Should they execute the deal, Sacramento would sign Monta Ellis to a deal in the range of $12 million.
With Ellis reported to be a top priority, the odds are in favor of Fredette being traded.
If anyone can maximize Fredette's ability as a ball handling sharpshooter, it's new Kings head coach Mike Malone. With that being said, the Kings recently traded for Greivis Vasquez, who ranked third in the NBA with 9.0 assists per game in 2012-13.
If they truly are targeting Ellis, rookie Ben McLemore is their franchise shooting guard, and point guard becomes the only rational location to place the free-agent scorer.
Berger goes on to report that the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that ranked 23rd in three-point field-goal percentage, could be a potential suitor. Should the deal with Cleveland fall through, however, one thing is evident.
There will always be a market for a guard that shoots 41.7 percent from three-point range.
Brandon Jennings for Jeff Teague
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks are exploring a potential sign-and-trade that would swap Brandon Jennings for Jeff Teague. For those unfamiliar with their previous locations, the deal would send Jennings to Atlanta and Teague to Milwaukee.
If Monta Ellis opts to sign with an organization other than the Hawks, it's the only rational move for either side to make.
The Bucks are under a new head coach in veteran Larry Drew. Drew was the head coach of the Hawks from 2010 to 2013, which explains his desire to acquire Teague, who ran point for him during that time.
Fresh off of a season in which the the 25-year-old Teague averaged 14.6 points, 7.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, it's clear why Drew would like to bring the lead guard to Milwaukee.
As for the Hawks, former San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer has taken over in Atlanta. If there's anything we know about Budenholzer, it's that his system is at its best when a dynamic playmaker is running the show.
Consistency may be an issue, but Jennings is significantly closer to Tony Parker, Budenholzer's former point guard, than to Teague in terms of style of play.
Jennings, a southpaw who also bares offensive similarities to Manu Ginobili, is a 23-year-old Atlanta can build with. Paired with smooth-shooting big men Paul Millsap and Al Horford, Atlanta would offer the mercurial guard something he's never had—consistent offensive weapons and a system.
The key here is that should Ellis sign on with Atlanta, this deal becomes null and void. Even if the financial aspects measured up, it's highly unlikely the Hawks pair Ellis and Jennings together after their inability to mesh in Milwaukee.
If Ellis signs elsewhere, however, prepare to see these two teams pull the trigger on a point guard swap.
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