This summer has featured some exciting free agents signings and big names coming from the NBA draft, but now there are some rumors around the association that a few players may be being traded in the near future.
Trades haven’t taken over the headlines this offseason, but there could be a few that make some splashes in the next few weeks. These moves may be overlooked by all of the talk about Dwight Howard and other free agents additions, but they could be significant moves once the season begins.
With that being said, here is some of the most recent buzz surrounding some possible trades.
Gerald Henderson Possibly Involved in Sign-And-Trade
The Charlotte Bobcats have been trying to sort a deal out with Henderson, but talks have been stalling with the restricted free agent.
If nothing gets done between the two sides, the Bobcats may be interested in shipping Henderson off somewhere else. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bobcats could be considering a sign-and-trade deal involving Henderson.
Last season was a productive one for Henderson, putting up 15.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He shot 44.7 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc.
He may not be a superstar, but Henderson is an efficient scorer as a wing player and could be a good starter or solid scorer off of the bench.
Omer Asik Wants to Be Traded
The Houston Rockets appear to be very happy after acquiring Howard this offseason. He will be an excellent addition to fit alongside James Harden to give the team two excellent options on offense.
However, while most of the team is probably happy, it appears that Asik is not.
A recent report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com stated that Asik has asked to be traded from the Rockets, but that the organization is not willing to part ways with him. The report goes on to say that:
Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik was in contact with the team and asked to be moved. The Rockets, however, have turned away offers thus far and will continue to do so, sources said.
On Sunday at the Orlando Pro Summer League, Rockets' coach Kevin McHale said the team will try to mend fences with Asik.
"With Omer, he had a great year for us last year and really became one of the top centers in the league," McHale said. "It's just when you have an opportunity to get Dwight, it's hard not to. I'm sure Omer right now is a little down in the dumps, but we'll pick him up."
After playing in all 82 games for the Rockets last year, and averaging 10.1 points plus 11.7 rebounds per game, it’s easy to see why Asik is frustrated. He thought that he would have another opportunity to be the go-to guy down low for the team, but unfortunately for him the team decided to bring in Howard.
It will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds, but for now it appears that Asik isn’t very happy that the Rockets brought in Howard.
Kings Shopping Jimmer Fredette
The former college star hasn’t lived up to the hype in the NBA, but it seems that he could possibly be getting a fresh start in the near future.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Sacramento Kings are looking to bring in Monta Ellis.
If the Kings decide to bring in Ellis, then Jimmer will likely be an expendable player. According to Matt Moore of CBSSports.com, the Kings are looking to trade Jimmer to another team. His report mentioned that:
The Cavaliers are among the teams interested in Fredette, and he would give the Cavs a good third guard to use as a shooter and develop for cheap. Hayes is a solid big, but would be a bit unnecessary in their frontcourt, which includes Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, and No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.
Will Jimmer be able to turn it around with a new team? It’s uncertain at this point, but if he can be anywhere near as good as he was at BYU, then he has a shot at being a good player in the NBA.