It may be early, but there are already a couple of trade rumors emerging around the NBA as the preseason gets ready to kick off.
We saw a very interesting trade around this time last year, when the Houston Rockets traded Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb along with some draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for James Harden and a few other players.
The rumors that are being talked about now aren't as big as this, but they could make things more interesting for the parties involved.
These trades might now be going down immediately, but there seems to be a good chance that they happen at some point before the trade deadline in February.
Marcin Gortat Preparing for a Potential Trade
After spending the last three seasons with the Phoenix Suns, it appears that Marcin Gortat is preparing to find a new home in the NBA.
People have began to talk about a possible trade involving Gortat ever since the team drafted Alex Len out of Maryland in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft. In an interview with Paul Coro from the Arizona Republic, Gortat had this to say:
This is a business. We all know where I am right now, and we all know what’s going to happen probably. It’s business. I totally understand that. I totally understand the situation. I totally understand the management and front-office people. There are no hard feelings. At the end of the day, I’m a pro. I’m going to try to do everything that’s necessary to win the basketball game.
Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I’m grateful for everything I had with this team. This team took my game to another level. Quite honestly, it was Steve (Nash).
The move would make sense for the Suns. Despite the fact that Gorat has played at a high level since moving to Phoenix, this team is looking to completely rebuild, and that starts with getting rid of players from the previous regime and replacing them with younger talent.
There's certainly some trade value with Gortat. At 29 years old, he averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this past season while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. He's shot over 52 percent and averaged at least 11 points and eight rebounds per game in each of his last three seasons.
After going 25-57 last year, things likely won't be much better this season. If they're really serious on rebuilding this team, it would only be logical to part ways with Gortat and give Len the starting job.
Orlando Looking to Clean House
While the Suns may be looking to possibly trade Gortat, it looks like the Orlando Magic are planning on completely cleaning house and trading away most of their key pieces.
Brett Poirier from SheridanHoops.com reported that the Magic were looking to trade three of their key pieces in Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis.
Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis could be on the trading block come the deadline in February, an Orlando Magic source tells me.— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) October 3, 2013
It's understandable why the Magic want to rebuild. They went 20-62 last year, with a win percentage of just .244 and the worst record in the NBA. Still, fans will be upset to see three of the most popular players on the team go.
The team will have to start building around Victor Oladipo if this trade happens at some point this season. Oladipo was one of the most exciting players to watch in college basketball last season at Indiana, and the Magic are hoping that his skill set can quickly translate to the NBA level.
Things probably won't get much better for the Magic this season, especially if these guys get traded. This team is focused on rebuilding for the future, which is just what they should do with a real talent like Oladipo.