The NBA season is just a couple of weeks in, and that means that the trade rumors are already starting to pop up around the Association.
There's already been one significant trade this season, which came near the end of October. The Washington Wizards gave up Emeka Okafor and a top-12 protected 2014 draft pick for Marcin Gortat, Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee from the Phoenix Suns.
That trade was a rather big one, but there are potentially even bigger trade scenarios in the works.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest and most recent trade rumors going around the NBA, breaking down what it would mean for the parties involved.
Derrick Williams up for Grabs
While still a young and developing player, it appears that the Minnesota Timberwolves may be done trying to help Derrick Williams live up to his potential as a former No. 2 overall draft pick.
According to ESPN's Chad Ford, Williams is available, and the Sacramento Kings are a team that's specifically interested in the 22-year-old. Ford goes into more depth about the current situation, saying:
From everything I can gather, he's available. It's just about finding the right deal. Head coach Rick Adelman would prefer another veteran big to fill out the rotation. I think GM Flip Saunders wants a little more value. I know the Kings have a lot interest in Williams and might have the right combination of veterans to make a deal.
With Kevin Love back from injury, Williams hasn't played a very big role for the Timberwolves. He had a rather promising year during the 2012-2013 season, posting 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but the Timberwolves appear to be more comfortable giving Robbie Hummel extra minutes, as he's had an extended role with the team over their past four games.
For the Kings, Williams would be an interesting piece, going in to play power forward and giving the team some much-needed help in the frontcourt. DeMarcus Cousins is a very good player, but he needs some help down low if the Kings want to win some more games.
With the number of pieces the Kings have in their backcourt, I'm sure the two sides could be able to come up with a fair trade.
Omer Asik Still Wants out of Houston
With Dwight Howard taking Omer Asik's spot, he's made it very clear that he doesn't want to stay with the Houston Rockets, and the team is reportedly working on shipping him away in the near future.
Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports tweeted that the Rockets are in contact with several teams about trading Asik, and their asking price appears to be pretty high.
Marc Stein from ESPN.com provided some additional details about the current situation with Asik, saying:
Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Asik was challenged by coaches and teammates this week for not being "engaged" in the wake of the lineup change, which took effect when Asik was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. And he hasn't played since the challenge, logging zero minutes Thursday night in New York while in uniform and not even dressing against the Nuggets.
It's safe to say that this isn't the best situation in Houston right now.
To be fair, it has to be frustrating from Asik's perspective. He developed very nicely last season, shooting 54.1 percent from the field while averaging 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Instead of giving him a chance to keep getting better, the Rockets signed Howard, moving Asik to the bench.
Like Stein said, Asik has not been playing much lately. Over the team's past four games, Asik has played a total of 11 minutes, not even playing in two games.
Based off of what we saw from Asik last season, some team is going to give up something big for him, and it will likely be a win-win for the Rockets and whichever team decides to bring him in.
Multiple Trade Scenarios Developing Between Celtics and Knicks
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but several NBA teams are actively looking to trade for Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.
The most current rumor involving Rondo is one with the New York Knicks. According to Ian Begley from ESPN New York, the Knicks are shopping Iman Shumpert and possibly Amar'e Stoudemire to try and nag Rondo. Begley goes into more depth about other potential scenarios, saying:
The Celtics, though, have yet to show interest in the deal, instead preferring to unload forward Gerald Wallace in a trade, sources said.
The Knicks have inquired about Rondo in trade talks before, but both times the Celtics made it clear they were not interested in trading him.
Sources did say the Celtics would be willing to take on Stoudemire's contract if they could unload some of their longer deals, namely those of Wallace and Courtney Lee.
At least for now, it appears that the Celtics are not willing to part ways with Rondo, but they are looking to rebuild and add some younger players and work on developing them before trying to add a big superstar in the coming seasons, as a number of superstars will be entering free agency over the next couple of seasons.
For the Knicks, they are waiting until the end of the 2014-2015 season, when players with massive contracts like Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani expire, which will leave them with enough cap space to bring in a top-tier player, or maybe even two. According to HoopsHype.com, the current payroll for the 2015-2016 is less than $13 million.
It seems that both teams are worried about the long-term impact of a trade like this, which means that these could be two very interesting teams for possible players like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and maybe even Kobe Bryant.
But of course, it's way too soon to start predicting where those superstars will go in the next year or two, right?
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