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
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.