The lack of trades during the 2013 NBA offseason has been somewhat unsettling.
While the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics started things off with a bang during the draft—exchanging future Hall of Famers for spare parts and picks for a rebuilding effort—there hasn’t been much movement since.
Now that a majority of the big-name free agents have been scooped up, teams looking to improve will need to start exploring different trade scenarios.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest buzz and hottest whispers about possible deals in the making in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Knicks Owner Wants to Trade Shumpert?
Iman Shumpert has had a tumultuous history in the Big Apple, starting from when the Georgia Tech product was booed when the team selected him No. 17 overall in 2011.
The latest hiccup is over his lack of summer league appearances, as the athletic guard reportedly wasn’t interested in honing his game further and had scheduling conflicts that only allowed him to appear in a single game out in Las Vegas.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News found that Shumpert’s lack of summer contributions infuriated owner James Dolan—who may try to trade the 23-year-old over the slight.
It would be absolutely foolish for Dolan to demand the trade of one of his club’s best young talents, but the owner hasn’t been known for his shrewd moves since taking over the team.
Knicks fans have to hope that Shump and Dolan can find a way to squash this issue; otherwise it could be a distraction and lead to a potentially lopsided deal in the near future.
LaMarcus Discusses Way Out
LaMarcus Aldridge clearly isn’t happy with the Portland Trail Blazers, as the superstar power forward is reportedly looking for a way to escape the City of Roses.
As per CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes, the big man and his reps met with general manager Neil Olshey in Las Vegas last week to discuss the various options available to land Aldridge on another roster.
While nothing is imminent, it was noted that the talks were “productive” and good for both sides.
Olshey made it clear that his organization would not be letting Aldridge walk for a package of draft picks plus expiring contracts, and would rather return a star frontcourt player to replace his minutes.
Haynes added that initial talks concerning Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford and Anthony Davis weren’t fruitful, and it seems that Aldridge may remain a Blazer for the remainder of his contract.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft has two years and approximately $30 million left on his current deal, giving him little leverage in this situation.
Salmons Could Be Sacramento’s Trade Bait
John Salmons hasn’t been a big-time contributor for a few seasons now, but the Sacramento Kings are hoping they can dump his effectively expiring contract and bring in a more promising swingman.
The team holds a $7 million option for 2014-15, which is almost certain to be declined by whoever holds Salmons’ rights.
Jones pointed out that the Kings would ideally like to bring in a player that can facilitate, hit the three and play defense to talk Salmons’ spot.
If they aren’t able to find one, they may just end up hanging on to the veteran for another season and then cutting him loose.