The moratorium has been lifted and NBA free agency is officially upon us, as contracts are being signed and trades executed. With the available free agents flying off of the market, however, a sense of urgency has come over the NBA.
The question is, what's the latest buzz surrounding potential offseason deals?
From veterans to young players on the rise, there are multiple athletes that could be on the move. While most deals will be executed via a traditional free-agency signing, there are a select few that will prove to be an exception to the rule.
The trade market is open and teams are running wild as they attempt to acquire the contributors to push them over the edge.
Gerald Henderson on the Move?
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats are considering a sign-and-trade deal centered around Gerald Henderson. Henderson is reportedly pursuing a deal in the range $7.5 and $8.5 million.
Per Wojnarowski, numerous teams are interested in taking on his salary.
After reaching an impasse with RFA Gerald Henderson, Charlotte's exploring sign-and-trade possibilities with multiple teams, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2013
At 25, Henderson certainly possesses upside.
The former Duke Blue Devils star is fresh off of a season in which he averaged 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 31.4 minutes of action. After the All-Star break, however, Henderson took his game to another level.
During his final 30 games of the regular season, Henderson averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
While it's unclear which teams are targeting Henderson, there's no question that he's an attractive option. He's yet to enter his prime, has improved in every season he's played and seems to be on the brink of a breakout season.
Chances are he'll be paid in a manner that stacks up to that level of potential.
Andrei Kirilenko Sign-and-Trade Potential
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the San Antonio Spurs explored a sign-and-trade for Andrei Kirilenko, but were unable to complete a deal. The Spurs haven't yet given up on the possibility of acquiring AK47, but they aren't alone in their pursuit.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are equally as intrigued by the possibility of acquiring the Russian forward.
Now, source says, keep eye out for Cavs' possible pursuit of SF Andrei Kirilenko.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 11, 2013
Regardless of where he ends up, the former All-Star remains one of the hottest commodities around.
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Kirilenko averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He shot 50.7 percent from the field and posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 17.67.
In other words, Kirilenko is still an elite defender with well above-average two-way contributions.
Should he end up in San Antonio, the Spurs would add yet another championship-caliber veteran to their roster. If the Cavaliers are to acquire Kirilenko, they'd continue their strong offseason and all but guarantee a postseason berth in a weak Eastern Conference.
AK47 is a player to watch in the coming days.