The NBA has some very active rumor mills. And the one turning over trade ideas is running about as rampant as ever.
Some of the most common names coming to surface this summer have been Luol Deng and Danny Granger (who are on expiring contracts), Jimmer Fredette and Derrick Williams (young reclamation projects), and Rajon Rondo and Omer Asik (who are heading into drastically different situations).
Any specific deals are merely speculation at this point, but things can happen quickly in NBA front offices. I mean, where on earth did that Brooklyn/Boston trade come from?
That one surprised some people, as NBA moves often do, but it made sense on both sides.
Brooklyn wants to win now, so it added two future Hall of Famers on their last legs to an already star-studded roster.
Boston wants to rebuild, so it unloaded its two biggest contracts and picked up three future first-round picks as part of the deal.
The goal here is to sniff out some potential trades involving guys in the rumor mill that work within a theme similar to that of the Brooklyn/Boston deal: initially a little surprising but ultimately beneficial for all involved (hopefully).
Note: I ran each potential deal through ESPN's NBA Trade Machine to make sure it would be allowed under the terms of the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Links to each trade are included on its accompanying slide.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.