The 2013 NBA offseason has been highlighted by All-Stars, Olympic gold medalists and rising stars all signing new contracts. As free agents have signed deals, however, just as many players have found new homes by trade.
The question is, what are we buying and what should we be selling with the latest trade chatter?
Everyone has a rumor to report at this time of the year, which leaves the NBA community in a tough position when evaluating news that's breaking. Fortunately, there is a way to decipher which trade rumors have substance, as a deep evaluation determines just how likely the potential trade truly is.
So which trade rumors actually make sense?
Detroit Pistons Want Rajon Rondo
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, the Detroit Pistons are interested in trading for Rajon Rondo. As it presently stands, the Pistons are looking to create a deal centered around guard Brandon Knight.
Unfortunately, that's quite the uphill battle with Detroit's unwillingness to trade Andre Drummond.
The Pistons are quite interested in Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, but they don’t have a package to offer that would attract president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to making a deal. The Celtics would presumably ask for emerging center Andre Drummond, who is as close to untouchable as a younger player can get. Detroit would like to send the Celtics Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that wouldn’t be nearly enough. Detroit doesn’t have a first-round pick to offer because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons
Without a first-round draft choice to offer, swapping Knight for Rondo simply isn't a legitimate possibility.
There's a popular belief that Boston is rebuilding, as it traded future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. With that being said, Pierce is being replaced by breakout performer Jeff Green and Garnett by first-round selection Kelly Olynyk.
Perhaps "rebuild" is a drastic statement that places name value over the validity of a sound basketball decision.
By dealing Rondo, the Celtics would be committing to a complete overhaul and thus build for the future. While Knight may have upside, Rondo is one of the top five point guards in the NBA.
Plain and simple, the only way that Boston pulls the trigger on this deal is if Drummond is included. Until that happens, this is just interest from a team unwilling to part with a future star, Drummond, for an established superstar, Rondo.
Humphries, Wallace on the Block
The Celtics clearly aren't done making moves, as A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports that they're looking to deal both Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace. This comes after both men were acquired in the Pierce and Garnett trade, likely to make the financial aspects match up.
It wouldn't be the slightest bit surprising to see this deal get done.
Humphries is an attractive trade piece for the Celtics to wave around, as he's a 6'9" power forward that rebounds as well as anyone in the NBA. He's due to make $12.0 million during the 2013-14 season, but here's the key.
Humphries has an expiring contract.
Wallace will be significantly more difficult to move, although he is one of the better defenders in the NBA. He's set to make more than $30 million over the next three seasons, which makes him a significant financial burden for any team to tackle.
The fact that he's 30 doesn't bode well for Boston's chances of dealing him, either.
With that being said, if a team is looking for a big-body interior player with an expiring contract, Humphries is the guy to go with. If a team believes in Wallace's ability to help transform it into a contender, he too could be dealt.
With Wallace possessing a long history of stepping up in the postseason and Humphries easy to move, we'll put our money on this trade happening.
DeJuan Blair on Washington's Radar
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Wizards are interested in executing a sign-and-trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire DeJuan Blair. With Washington strapped for cash, this appears to be the only way to get the deal done.
Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs would be open to helping Blair find a new home.
The Washington Wizards have interest in pursuing San Antonio Spurs free-agent forward DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
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.
The key is finding the assets that appeal to San Antonio.
At this point, the only viable option for a one-for-one sign-and-trade would be small forward Trevor Ariza and his expiring contract worth roughly $7.3 million. Another option would be a package deal, most likely centered around power forward Trevor Booker.
Seeing as the Wizards drafted Otto Porter and re-signed Martell Webster for a hefty salary, something tells us Ariza will be expendable.
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