NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Andre Miller, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

Jan 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Is it February 20 yet? The NBA trade deadline can't come soon enough.

Every year, so much is made about potential deals that may come in under the wire and then absolutely nothing happens. J.J. Redick gets traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

So don't count on that Carmelo Anthony-for-Blake Griffin swap anytime soon.

Over the next month, the only major deals you'll hear about involve aging veterans and expiring contracts, kinda like these three players below.


Andre Miller

Dec 7, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Nuggets defeated the Sixers 103-92. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Once Andre Miller was suspended by the Denver Nuggets following his criticism of head coach Brian Shaw, it felt like his future with the team was in doubt. The Nuggets have since rescinded the suspension, but Miller remains expendable.

Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post reported the team has placed the 37-year-old on the trade block:

The Nuggets are actively trying to trade Miller, according to a league source. If accomplished, it would be the second time Denver traded him. He was traded in 2006 in a package that brought Allen Iverson to the Nuggets.

Despite his age and the fact that he's averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists a game, Miller would be a solid addition for a team looking to add a veteran presence. He's considered one of the most crafty players in the league, finding a way to prolong his career no matter how much of his athleticism is gone.

He's also making $4.625 million next year, which is a pretty cap-friendly contract.


Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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This is the trade that won't die.

By the time you're reading this, something will probably have developed. A third and fourth team will have been added, and 15 different players will be moving.

For now, here's what we know.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are shopping around Andrew Bynum, and the Los Angeles Lakers are doing the same with Pau Gasol.

The two teams have discussed swapping their unwanted big men, but Gasol's large contract means the Cavs will have to give up at least one more player in order to make the trade work.

The problem appears to be that Cleveland isn't willing to have that extra player be anyone with much value. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears reported that the Lakers want Dion Waiters, but the Cavaliers are putting their foot down:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have refused to include Dion Waiters in Andrew Bynum-Pau Gasol trade talks and remain reluctant on sending a future first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles could save $20 million-plus on a Gasol-Bynum deal, but the Lakers' insistence on more than salary-cap relief from the Cavaliers – such as Waiters or a draft pick – has been a significant hurdle in discussions.

There was speculation last month that Waiters wanted to get out of Cleveland, but the second-year guard publicly stated that any such rumor wasn't true.

If the Cavaliers can't get the deal done with Los Angeles, they may look elsewhere. Wojnarowski and Spears reported the Utah Jazz could be an option:

Cleveland has talked to the Utah Jazz about trading Bynum for forward Richard Jefferson, but has yet to re-engage on those talks over the weekend, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Cavaliers are willing to part with a second-round pick in a Bynum-for-Jefferson deal, which Cleveland officials believe is likely enough return to make the transaction worth the Jazz's trouble.

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However, Sam Amick of USA Today reported that the Jazz may not be as likely a landing spot for Bynum as some think.

The Cavs are under a deadline, though, as failing to waive or trade Bynum by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 means that he'll be paid another $6.25 million by the team. They may end up having to give up Waiters and Bynum for Gasol if they really want to not pay Bynum that extra money.

However, with the team's playoff chances in the tank, it may make more sense to take on an expiring contract like Jefferson's if only to secure the team's chances of continuing to rebuild through next year's draft.