NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Updates on Omer Asik, Amar'e Stoudemire and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

Nov 19, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) reacts in the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We're still in the early goings of the NBA season, but trade talks abound and are peppered with big names from around the league.

It makes sense seeing as how the upcoming draft is just oozing elite talent. Yes, we're already to that point—teams are looking ahead for the next big superstar and are willing to dump talent and inherit big contracts that strategically expire at a time the team needs cash the most.

Combine the above factors with disgruntled players, expensive players and a variety of teams in various stages of rebuild or contention, and it's easy to see why the trade rumors are flying at such a frantic pace.

Below is a look at three of the most recent rumblings from around the league.


Jimmer Fredette Widely Available

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Jimmer Fredette has had a hard time finding a role in Sacramento.

Fredette has recorded a goose egg in the minutes department seven times in 11 games this season. Interestingly enough, Fredette recorded 14 or more minutes in the team's last two games, both victories as Nicholas Martineau illustrates:

Oh well. Clearly, that means little to the front office, a group of decision-makers who already declined to pick up Fredette's option in late October.

Now Scott Howard-Cooper of the league's website reports that the Kings are aggressively attempting to propel the rebuilding process by acquiring young talent and draft picks. Fredette is also on the block and has been since the declined option:

Fredette is widely known to be available after the decision in October to decline his option for next season. But the third-year guard, mostly out of the rotation, would bring little in return. One executive was asked if Fredette could bring as much as a pick late in the 2014 first round and said, “Not this year.”

The obvious plan is to rebuild the team around DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore. Fredette simply is not in the plans at this point in time. As Howard-Cooper speculates, perhaps the most likely scenario is Fredette leaving the team via free agency.


Omer Asik to Dallas?

Omer Asik is presumably on the way out of Houston after the arrival of Dwight Howard, but where his exact landing spot turns out to be is still up in the air.

Asik asked for a trade earlier in the month and was subsequently benched. He's averaged just 9.5 minutes in the team's last two games with his role up in the air, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Bill Ingram of Hoopsworld has the latest nugget of note and says Asik could be on his way to Dallas:

It's an interesting package if true. Shawn Marion is 35, but through 12 games, he's shooting 46 percent from the field and averages well over 12 points per game and 7.7 rebounds.

Shane Larkin is the jewel of the rumor. A developmental prospect at the age of 21, the point guard has appeared in Dallas' last two games and tallied 11 points and two rebounds. His effectiveness may be short-lived with Devin Harris poised to return.

Asik is surely on his way out, but after a 54.1 percent average, 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last year, Houston will surely want more in the potential deal.


Amar'e Stoudemire is the Name to Watch Between Boston and New York

Nov 10, 2013; New York, NY, USA;  San Antonio Spurs power forward Jeff Ayres (11) keeps New York Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) from the basket during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sp
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport

Go ahead and scratch Rajon Rondo off holiday wish lists—he's not going anywhere if the folks in Boston are to be believed.

Amar'e Stoudemire? That's a different story.

Despite a hefty price tag of over $21 million this year and over $23 million the next, it sounds as if the Celtics would be willing to take on the 31-year-old, per ESPN's Chris Broussard:

Boston would clearly love to dump the duo of Gerald Wallace and Courtney Lee—both are due guaranteed money through 2016, when the Celtics figure to be big players in free agency.

It's a weird potential move for New York, a team clearly waiting for after 2014-2015 for major contracts belonging to Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani to come off the books.

Long-term implications are the name of the game for both sides. Until those can be sorted out fairly for all, don't expect much to happen.