The NBA regular season is more than a quarter of the way finished, meaning that several teams have seen enough to warrant some notable roster changes.
Whether it's a move to free up cap space or acquire a missing ingredient, the arrival of the holidays marks the start of NBA trade season.
Below we'll take a closer look at some of the latest buzz surrounding big names across the league.
Houston Rockets Closing in on Omer Asik Deal?
The Houston Rockets look poised to move banged-up center Omer Asik prior to their self-imposed Dec. 19 deadline, according to sources close to the situation via ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst:
The Houston Rockets, as they've been telling teams all month, remain on course to trade disgruntled big man Omer Asik by Thursday, according to sources close to the process.
Numerous teams consulted by ESPN.com in recent days have said they are convinced the Rockets will indeed go ahead with a trade headlined by Asik before their self-imposed deadline of Dec. 19, with sources saying Tuesday that the Boston Celtics are increasingly active in the Asik talks.
The 7-footer has become the subject of countless trade rumors since he began struggling alongside Dwight Howard at the start of the season. Terrence Jones eventually replaced him in the starting lineup. Recently, the 27-year-old has been sidelined with an injured thigh.
Several teams have been rumored as potential trade partners in a move involving the defensive-minded big man, but the Boston Celtics have been mentioned as a potential destination all along, according to Stein on Twitter:
Those Rondo-to-SAC rumblings have been shot down pretty firmly ... but I continue to hear Celts remain at heart of trade mix for Omer Asik— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 18, 2013
Asik is averaging just 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14 after posting career highs of 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last season. Since Howard's arrival last summer, Asik has seen his minutes decline significantly and his shooting percentage plummet to a career-low 47 percent as well.
Will a Potential Rajon Rondo Trade Have to Wait?
The Celtics are in the midst of a rebuild and therefore seen as a team willing to make multiple moves prior to February's trade deadline.
In addition to the Asik noise, rumor has it that the C's have been listening to offers for superstar point guard Rajon Rondo, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered last January. But according to CSNNE.com's Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Boston will likely have to wait until Rondo is healthy and playing again before they discover any solid trade offers for the coveted floor general.
Rondo, who will turn 28 in February, has averaged a double-double in points and assists in each of the past three seasons and is scheduled to earn $12.9 million next season before he becomes a free agent in 2015, according to Spotrac.com.
Pau Gasol Trade Rumors Persist
Another NBA season and another slew of Pau Gasol trade rumors. What else is new?
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to another slow start and their veteran big man is struggling again under head coach Mike D'Antoni, averaging just 14.7 points per game on career-low 44 percent shooting from the field.
Gasol's recent struggles led him to call out D'Antoni's offensive system and question his role in L.A. last week. The issues have also sparked several trade rumors.
According to Stein and ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers may not be shopping Gasol right now, but they have no choice but to look at all options heading into the new year:
The Lakers have yet to engage in any Gasol-related trade discussions with other teams, sources told ESPN.com. But Gasol's recent comments about his frustrations with his role in the Lakers' offense, his impending free agency, and his struggles offensively and particularly defensively have essentially forced the team to consider its options.
The 33-year-old Gasol will become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Therefore, if the Lakers don't move him by next summer, he could wind up walking for nothing next July.
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