NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz from Teams Still Looking to Make Splash
Most of the NBA offseason deals have been made at this point as teams begin to look forward to the regular season. But there are a handful of teams still hoping to make another addition before that time comes.
Though talk has died down substantially from July, trade talks will continue up until the season starts, as we saw in 2012 when Oklahoma City dealt James Harden days before the season opener. That means you can never really end trade season.
Let's take a look at the latest news surrounding teams still looking to make an offseason splash.
It's been a rocky road for Delonte West in the past few seasons, but he's ready to get back on an NBA roster and get in the good graces of his future coach. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, West is hungry to get back on the court and will accept a non-guaranteed deal just to get that shot.
So West wants back in the NBA. If no one wants to pick him up, then so what?
Well, there may be one suitor. On July 30, Ian Begley of ESPN New York reported that the New York Knicks are interested in adding West to their roster.
The Knicks are looking for experience to help them make a deep playoff run, and West has that. But that could pale in comparison to some character issues he's had on teams—most recently with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
Once a Sports Illustrated cover boy as a future NBA star, point guard Sebastian Telfair is now patiently waiting for one of the 30 teams to give him a shot. It looks like the two-time defending champs may be willing to offer it to him.
That's right—the Miami Heat are courting the 28-year-old Telfair, per Alex Kennedy of USA Today's Hoopsworld.
The Miami Heat continue to express interest in free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair, according to sources close to the situation.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 4, 2013
Telfair hasn't found a longtime stop in the Association since coming onto the scene in 2004. He's played for seven teams—nearly one for each season.
He's averaged just 7.4 points and 3.5 assists per game for his career, but apparently the Heat look interested in potentially giving him at least a look at a roster spot.
Oh, the irony.
Years after going at LeBron James as his primary defensive stopper during the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 NBA title run, swingman DeShawn Stevenson is calling for James to help him out in getting another NBA gig:
Miami Heat Where I Wanna Go!!! Lebron Make it Happen— dsteve92 & JMarie (@DSteve92JMarie) August 4, 2013
Now, it's important to remember that this is just Twitter, and sarcasm is possible. But in this day and age, the immediacy of social media makes things like this relevant.
The 32-year-old has spent time with the Nets and Hawks since 2011.
Stevenson's defensive strengths would fit with the Heat, but it's unclear if there is any interest in the slightest in Stevenson on Miami's end. At this point, it's just chatter.
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