NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Latest on Potential Player Movement

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2013

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With Dwight Howard and the rest of the NBA's most coveted free agents having re-signed or found new homes this summer, the rumor mill is starting to dry up.

But this is the NBA we're talking about, and the trade chatter never ceases. 

Below, we'll break down the latest buzz on potential player movement this July. 

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Pistons and Bucks Talking Potential Brandon Jennings Sign-and-Trade?

On Monday, The Journal Times' Gery Woelfel reported that he was hearing chatter regarding a potential sign-and-trade between Central Division rivals Detroit and Milwaukee that would send point guard Brandon Jennings to the Motor City:

Detroit has a handful of point guards currently on its roster, including Chauncey Billups, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey.

ESPN insider Nick Borges reports that Jennings' options are limited this summer, considering he would prefer to play somewhere other than Milwaukee. 

According to Borges, Jennings could agree to a $4.5 million qualifying offer and start next season with Milwaukee. That would open up the possibility of a trade before next year's deadline. Or, Jennings could play the entire season with the Bucks and then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014.


Boston Celtics Still Making Moves?

CSNNE Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely reported late last week that the Boston Celtics, who have undergone some serious roster changes already this summer, could be looking to make even more changers. 

According to Blakely, Boston may be looking to deal recent acquisitions Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries. Both players came over from Brooklyn in the mega trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets.

Humphries is owed $12 million this coming season and will become a free agent next summer. Meanwhile, Wallace has three years and over $30 million remaining on a four-year deal he signed with Brooklyn last summer. 

Only Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green are owed more than Wallace and Humphries next season. And although they aren't cheap, at least both players offer first-year head coach Brad Stevens some experience. 

Boston's roster is overflowing with players at the moment, including a considerable amount of unproven young talent.


Washington Wizards Interested in Adding DeJuan Blair?

The Washington Wizards are hoping to make a run in the Eastern Conference next season. But the Wizards are apparently looking to get better and possibly deeper in the front court before then, according to Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski:

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 6'7" forward-center has played four seasons in the NBA and is averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for his career during the regular season.

Blair saw his playing time decrease considerably last season in San Antonio and appears set to begin a new chapter with a different team.

According to Wojnarowski, the Wizards can't sign Blair for anything more than the veteran's minimum, and it remains unclear whether the Spurs are interested in any of Washington's tradable assets.


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