The 2013-14 NBA season is humming right along, but a number of revelations this early into the campaign has led the rumor mill to start churning at a high rate.
Whether general managers are looking to swing a massive deal to bring in a star player or unload a struggling talent, there has been non-stop talk about potential transactions around the league.
Let’s take a look at some of the best and most exciting trade buzz in Friday’s rumor roundup.
Dion Waiters May Go
Dion Waiters has already lost his starting job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and may soon be out of a job completely in The Forest City.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Cavs brass has reportedly contacted a number of teams in the NBA about acquiring the second-year guard.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft is apparently open to such a move after a 4-11 start and a confrontation with forward Tristan Thompson during a players-only meeting, as per Broussard.
The 21-year-old has averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists through 13 games, solid but unspectacular numbers that don’t differ greatly from his rookie outing.
Perhaps Waiters will make the leap if he exits Cleveland and gets a fresh start elsewhere. Keep a close eye on this situation over the next few weeks.
Luol Deng Rumors to Start
Luol Deng is likely to be one of the top targets, as the veteran swingman is a prime candidate to be moved by the upcoming deadline. The 28-year-old is averaging 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game thus far in 2013-14, playing out the last year of his contract.
Deng understands that his $14.3-plus million expiring contract is a valuable commodity for almost every team in the league and that a flurry of whispers are about to surround him, but he doesn’t seem to be worried.
According to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell, the Sudanese star will not be listening to the speculation this year and instead will concentrate on his game.
The Bulls can definitely rally around Deng—an all-around star capable of doing everything at a high level—but they aren’t a true contender for a title without Rose.
It will be interesting to see what Chicago ends up doing with the veteran swingman prior to February’s deadline.
Rockets Have Deals on Table for Omer Asik
The Houston Rockets have a black cloud looming over the organization, as center Omer Asik is completely unsatisfied with his role on the team and continues to make that clear.
Until he’s finally dealt away and given a chance to start elsewhere, Asik will serve as a distraction for the media to focus on and in the locker room.
Perhaps that will be a reason why general manager Daryl Morey is willing to accept a deal in which he returns nothing better than Robin Lopez as the centerpiece.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly spoken to Houston about dealing for Asik and are willing to offer up Robin Lopez, but not the stretch 4 that the Rockets covet.
Until a sweet-shooting power forward becomes available, expect Morey to hold on to his cards and wait. He’s a shrewd GM that has put his team in position to be one of the best in the league through patience, so it would be surprising to see him lose it in the face of this Asik fiasco.
While the big man may not be happy, it looks like the Rockets are not going to deal him until they are happy with the offer.