The 2013-14 NBA season is hardly two weeks old and already there have been countless amounts of rumors surrounding a number of players in the league, ranging from the game’s biggest stars to lowly role players.
While some of these rumblings are far-fetched and unlikely to occur, others seem realistic and could be on the verge of happening.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz around the Association in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Jimmer Fredette Has Suitors
The Sacramento Kings declined to exercise their option on Jimmer Fredette at the end of October, an unsurprising move considering the guard’s limited production.
However, despite the fact that he is averaging just 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a mere two appearances this season, the former BYU star reportedly has at least a couple teams intrigued about a potential trade.
As per USA Today’s Sam Amick, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft has drawn the interest of two rival clubs, surprisingly neither of which are the Utah Jazz.
Fredette is heading into free agency this coming offseason after being denied the $3.1 million extension by the Sacramento brass, meaning his price tag should be cheap.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Kings dump Fredette for the first reasonable offer that comes along, considering his disappointing production since being drafted and lack of playing time this season.
Iman Shumpert’s Time in Big Apple May Be Up Soon
The New York Knicks have returned J.R. Smith to the lineup after a five-game suspension kept the star shooting guard sidelined. While the relentless gunner finished with just five points on 1-of-9 shooting, his presence may make Iman Shumpert expendable.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, an Eastern Conference executive noted that Shumpert’s value across the league is high, although the Knicks do not treat him that way.
The writer suggested that the team should be willing to trade the 23-year-old to the rival Boston Celtics for star point guard Rajon Rondo, or—more likely—to the Denver Nuggets for rebounding machine Kenneth Faried.
With a crowded backcourt that also features emerging rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., New York would be wise to get a big man in return for Shumpert if it decides to deal him away this season.
Raptors Open to Trading All But One Player
The Toronto Raptors have been continuously tweaking their roster since before last season’s trade deadline and it seems that new general manager Masai Ujiri isn’t going to stop that trend.
As per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the organization reportedly feels that everyone on the roster is expendable, with the lone exception of up-and-coming big man Jonas Valanciunas.
That means that Rudy Gay, the team’s prized acquisition this past January, could be on his way out of Canada shortly. Other possible candidates to be dealt are DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
After a mediocre start, it’s not surprising to see Ujiri attempting to make his mark on this club and put together a winning unit. He found success at his last stop in Denver and could repeat that north of the border.
It’ll be quite interesting to see what sort of returns the Raptors can get for some of their better players, especially early on in the season. Toronto has until Feb. 20 to strike a handful of deals that will better position it to make a run in the future.
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