The 2013-14 NBA season isn't even a quarter of the way through yet, but there are still plenty of trade rumors flying around at this juncture.
While things won’t truly heat up until the February deadline, there is certainly no shortage of whispers surrounding some of the game’s biggest stars.
Let’s take a look at the latest buzz concerning potential deals in the Association in Thursday’s rumor roundup.
Knicks Attempting to Increase Shumpert’s Value
The New York Knicks are mired in one of the worst starts of any team in the league, a surprising feat considering they were pegged as contenders in the preseason and have one of the league’s highest payrolls.
Because they are a mere 3-13 at this juncture and looking for just about any possible way to turn things around, it’s no surprise that the Iman Shumpert rumors are once again heating up.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the club is reportedly attempting to increase the third-year guard’s trade value in discussions with various suitors.
Team brass is allegedly blaming his relatively mediocre start—averaging just 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game with his lowest PER rating yet (10.70)—on Mike Woodson’s coaching and playing up his cheap contract, youth and defense.
The 23-year-old was a popular offseason target for this type of speculation and—now that the Knicks are beyond desperate—it doesn't seem like it will relent soon.
There is talk that Carmelo Anthony is done in the Big Apple and poised to leave after the season, so expect the Knicks to weigh that heavily into their Shump decision.
Rockets Asking Price For Asik High
Omer Asik has made it clear that he doesn't want to play for the Houston Rockets much longer, but he may be stuck if the club continues to have such high demands for his services.
As per Alan Hahn of MSG Networks, the Rockets reportedly want at least two first-round picks in exchange for the center—who will be making $15 million for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Asik is averaging a mere 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per contest through 17 games, and his role is largely reduced by the presence of Dwight Howard. However, there is no doubt that the 27-year-old is a serviceable big man that could start for a number of teams around the league.
The Turkish star had his best season last year, when he helped lead Houston to a playoff appearance and averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while playing incredible defense.
It’ll be interesting to see if any team will get desperate enough and is willing to fork over both the picks and the cap space to absorb Asik’s contract.
Cavs Looking to Dump Waiters
The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a pitiful start to the 2013-14 season and desperately need to shake things up before that trend continues.
One option the team is reportedly exploring is trading second-year guard Dion Waiters.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the club has spoken to the New York Knicks about exchanging Waiters for Iman Shumpert, the Chicago Bulls concerning Luol Deng and the Philadelphia 76ers about Evan Turner.
Waiters was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft and had a solid rookie outing, but he has struggled thus far this year. The 21-year-old is averaging 14.1 points, 2.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest—numbers barely better than his first-year output.
A change of location may benefit the youngster and the club, as both aren't living up to expectations or ability
Keep an eye on this situation over the next few months, as there is a good chance that Waiters is moved by the deadline if there isn't a change in culture around in Cleveland.