NBA Trade Rumors: Gerald Wallace, DeJuan Blair and More Potentially on the Move
Most of the major moves of the NBA offseason have been completed, but there is still a lot of work for front offices to do before finalizing the rosters.
While general managers keep looking for ways to add potential impact players either through free agency or trades, others will continue to explore ways to shed payroll for the upcoming season.
This combination leads to a number of moves for players ranging from end-of-the-bench guys to key starters. These are certainly people to watch in the coming days as their teams look to send them elsewhere.
It appears as though Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries will not be with the Boston Celtics for too long.
After acquiring the two veterans, among others, from the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, the organization is looking to deal both of them, according to Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.
Which player will start the season with the Celtics?
The blockbuster trade sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for a handful of players and three first-round picks. The deal will certainly help expedite the rebuilding process in Boston, although the next step will be to get rid of the large contracts the organization just acquired.
According to Tom Carpenter of ESPN (subscription required), Humphries will make $12 million in the final year of his deal this season, while Wallace is due $30.3 million over the next three years. If the Celtics are able to get this money off the books, it would certainly give the squad freedom to make other moves in the future.
However, it might be tough to trade these players to anyone. Not only is the cost high, but both also had a down year last season.
Wallace averaged 13.8 points per game for two teams in 2011-12, but that dropped to 7.7 points per game last year. Meanwhile, Humphries went from averaging 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game to only 5.8 points and 5.6 boards while losing his starting spot.
It will take a lot of negotiating to get these two players off the books before next season.
The Washington Wizards are looking for ways to get the team into the playoffs next season, and one possible addition that would help is DeJuan Blair.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the team has interest but might need help completing the move:
Washington has interest in free agent DeJuan Blair, sources tell Y! Sign-and-trade a consideration, but Spurs may be unmoved by choices.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2013
Wojnarowski also writes on his blog that a sign-and-trade could happen, although the Wizards might need help:
The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio. The Wizards don't have the cap space to sign Blair for anything above the veteran's minimum.
It is certainly possible that the teams find a third squad with an asset that appeals to the Spurs in order to get the deal done.
The Wizards need depth in the frontcourt, and Blair has shown plenty of ability when he is given a chance to succeed. He has averaged 5.8 rebounds per game in his career while only getting 18.9 minutes of playing time.
If Washington is able to get the deal done without giving up too much in a sign-and-trade, Blair would certainly be a big help next year.
Although Kostas Papanikolaou might not be a household name, the Greek wing could definitely help a squad next season.
The former second-round draft pick by the New York Knicks has seen his rights traded a few times already. He is currently the property of the Houston Rockets after the team sent Thomas Robinson to the Portland Trail Blazers.
However, he appears to be on the trading block again, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Time:
Bucks among those interested in 6-9 Greek SF Kostas Papanikolaou. Definitely wants to play in NBA next season.— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 12, 2013
The Milwaukee Bucks could use all the young talent they can find at this point, and Papanikolaou has plenty of it. The 22-year-old spent the last few years with Olympiacos in Greece and has displayed a wide skill set that will allow him to succeed in the NBA.
As the former "draft-and-stash prospect" finally prepares to move to the United States, this would be a worthwhile risk for the Bucks.
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