NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Steve Nash, Omer Asik and More

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2013

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The NBA season may have just started, but it doesn't mean that teams aren't looking to upgrade their rosters or trying to unload some dead weight.

Already, rumors are swirling around about a number of players. Most of these trades will probably not happen. But these rumors are still exciting to chew on and think about.

It is possible that a trade for some of the bigger names on the market could mean the difference between a long playoff run and an early exit.

We'll break down the latest buzz on players such as Steve Nash, Omer Asik and more.


Steve Nash

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According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, Steve Nash could be traded, and he could be headed back home:

The Los Angeles Lakers have gotten off to a decent start without Kobe Bryant, with a 3-3 record. Nash is averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 assists per game.

He's obviously not the player he once was. Unless Kobe comes back and dominates, it would be surprising to see the Lakers contend. If Nash is going to get traded, it would make sense to get traded to a contender.

The Toronto Raptors are not a contender. Yes, Nash is Canadian, and that would certainly bring a lot of attention to the Raptors. The Raptors are 2-3, and while there is some talent on the roster, this is a team that is going to be in contention for the Wiggins Watch. 

It does make sense for Nash to get traded. But I think Toronto would be the wrong team. A team like Golden State or Indiana would be better fits.


Omer Asik

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Omer Asik, a bad fit in Houston now that Dwight Howard is in town, could be on the move.

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld tweeted that Asik, along with a number of veterans, could be on the block:

After a huge season last year, Asik has gotten off to a slow star so far, averaging 5.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. Last year, though, Asik 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.

Obviously, Howard is going to take a lot of minutes from Asik, and while they could play together, that would slow down what has been a fast-paced offense. 

Asik could help a lot of contenders. He can rebound and is a big body down low. On a contender, he could be a very valuable starter or sixth man.

A team like Oklahoma City would really benefit from Asik's services.


Gerald Wallace

Nov 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace (45) drives to the hoop against Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Gary Neal (12) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
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Gerald Wallace seems unhappy in Boston, and he could end up getting shipped out.

After an early November loss to Milwaukee, Wallace chewed out his teammates, telling Ben Rohrbach of

We got selfish. We got selfish as a team. Instead of worrying about winning the ballgame, we were more worried about our stats, getting points. It showed. We went from a team that was together and moving and playing together in the first half to a team that was five individuals out on the court, everybody playing for themselves, and it showed on the defensive end.

I don’t have a clue. You’ve got to ask everybody individually. I don’t know. I don’t even really understand it. I’m trying to figure out what’s more important, winning or padding your stats, because this was a game that we were supposed to win easy without even the starters playing in the fourth quarter. Instead, we got selfish as a team. We didn’t move the ball, we let the ball stick, we stopped pushing the ball, and their second unit came in and manhandled us and did whatever they wanted to do.

Ouch. Wallace is a grizzled veteran on a young and rebuilding team. He's not the most natural fit. And while he's only averaging 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds, I think there are a lot of contending teams that would value his toughness.

Wallace was once one of the best and most versatile defenders. You could see a team like Chicago being very interested.

And while it might make sense to trade Wallace, it's not likely, as Chris Mannix of reports:

That contract is burdensome, and I highly doubt the Celtics would give up one of their valuable picks from the Nets.

But if a team is in need, perhaps the asking price could be lowered. Wallace still has value as a defender and could be a very valuable pickup.