The 2013 NBA offseason has been eventful, to say the least, as signings and trades have taken the basketball community by storm. From All-Stars changing cities to rising stars shaping trades, we've seen it all.
The question is, what's going to happen next?
The rumor mill may be running temporarily dry, but that doesn't mean all is quiet on the home front. Superstars still have uncertain futures and teams entering a rebuilding stage are looking to clean house.
Here's what you need to know.
Rondo to Pistons Still Possible
The Detroit Pistons have been one of the most active teams in the NBA, complementing rising stars Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe with Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. While it may seem that their core has been completed by drafting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, they may not be done just yet.
Per Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, the Pistons are still targeting Rajon Rondo.
Like I said earlier, move doesn't stop #Pistons from seeking Rondo. More of a matter they couldn't wait around to see what happens there.— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) July 31, 2013
As for why:
Source said Rondo viewed as franchise-level PG so you do all you can. Also weak FA class for PGs nect summer also forced #Pistons hand.— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) July 31, 2013
It may not be conventional, but it certainly makes sense.
If Detroit is to trade for Rondo, it'd likely include Jennings as compensation, which is significantly more attractive than offering Brandon Knight. Should that trade come to fruition, it'd likely come at the 2014 trade deadline.
Should the Detroit Pistons be targeting Rajon Rondo?
The Pistons can't trade Jennings until December 15, per the new CBA rules.
If Jennings begins the season well, developing a chemistry with his teammates and helping Detroit string together victories, the desire to execute a trade will likely be eliminated. If the Pistons are unable to perform at an elite level, the interest in Rondo will likely return.
Unfortunately for Detroit, the only way Boston would trade Rondo is if their season was lost, as well.
There are too many surrounding factors to count, but that doesn't mean that the possibility is non-existent. Rondo is one of the top five point guards in the NBA, and a case could be made he's a top-10 player, which makes a desire to acquire him inevitable.
Even with Jennings, it appears as if the Pistons haven't quite ruled out the possibility of acquiring the two-time defending assists leader.
Evan Turner Almost Traded, Door Not Closed
In 2010, former Ohio State Buckeyes star Evan Turner was the National Player of the Year and went second overall in the NBA draft behind John Wall. Three summers later, the Philadelphia 76ers are left questioning whether or not he can be a franchise player.
According to John Gonzalez of CSN Philly, the Sixers nearly traded Turner for that very reason.
There were rumors following the draft that the Sixers almost traded Turner. According to people inside the organization, however, the Sixers fielded calls about Turner but “nothing came close” to getting done -- on draft night or since then.
Just don't think that means nothing will happen.
The 76ers are officially rebooting, as evidenced by the decision to trade All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and essentially replacing him with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. The question is, will they trade Turner to continue that process?
There's a reason for both approaches.
Should the Philadelphia 76ers trade Evan Turner?
The Sixers have reason to keep Turner, as he's already one of the most well-rounded swingmen in basketball. During the 2012-13 season, he averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 36.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Per Basketball-Reference.com, Turner was one of five players—the others being Kevin Durant, Paul George, LeBron James and Paul Pierce—to average more than 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting at least 36.0 percent from three.
With that being said, Turner also shot 41.9 percent from the field, posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 12.16 and committed 0.6 more turnovers than the year prior. Those numbers seem to counter what Turner has done, but let's remember one thing.
He's only 24.
Many have pointed to Turner's 0-for-13 month of February from beyond the arc, but other than that dreadful month, he did shoot 39.7 percent from distance. He also converted less than one per game, which at least suggests he knows his limits.
If a team is willing to take Turner's contract and offer reasonable compensation during the course of the season, don't be too shocked to see Philadelphia pull the trigger as they execute a complete overhaul.