The 2014 NBA trade deadline is less than two months away, and with the All-Star break drawing closer, trade rumors have begun swirling.
Drama in Denver has raised questions regarding Andre Miller's future with the Nuggets. Meanwhile, Sacramento's desire to get out of the Western Conference basement has sparked ambitious thinking among management.
But that's not all. Below we'll break down some of the latest buzz around the league.
Andre Miller Staying Put for Now?
Denver Nuggets disgruntled point guard Andre Miller has been the subject of several trade rumors involving the Golden State Warriors since his falling out with head coach Brian Shaw.
But according to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the veteran floor general may be sticking around for now: "Source says despite reports, Warriors are not making a move for disgruntled Nuggets guard Andre Miller."
At practice on Jan. 6, Shaw called Miller's frustration "personal issues" and attempted to minimize the drama in Denver, per The Denver Post's Terry Frei:
He's just away dealing with these personal issues and until that gets resolved, we're going to play with the guys we have, who were at practice. I don't know if there's any rift. It was a moment where tempers kind of prevailed, and those things happen.
The 37-year-old Miller, who hasn't played since Dec. 30, is under contract through the 2014-15 season and averaging a career-low 19 minutes per game this season. As a result, he's struggled to make an impact, averaging career lows of 5.9 points and 3.3 assists per night.
Kings Looking to Break up Splash Brothers?
The Sacramento Kings are slowly watching their 2013-14 season slip away as the rest of the Western Conference continues to distance itself from the Pacific Division bottom dwellers.
Still, there appears to be hope for the future. According to CBS Sports NBA insider Ken Berger, the Kings aren't done dealing yet, and have their sights set on one of the league's top young talents, Golden State's Klay Thompson:
On the heels of acquiring Rudy Gay from Toronto, the Kings are “swinging for the fences” on the trade market, one rival executive said...Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro's true long-term target is said to be Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, who will be a restricted free agent after next season.
The idea of the Warriors letting Thompson get away is unfathomable. After all, he's improved every season since his rookie year and is averaging 19.5 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season.
However, with Thompson on pace to become a free agent in the summer of 2015, the Kings are a team to keep an eye on if the 23-year-old starts to struggle or regress for some reason.
Hedo Turkoglu Headed to Hollywood?
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Clippers could pull the trigger on a short-term deal for Turkoglu or another free agent as soon as Tuesday, Jan. 7:
"Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers could make a new 10-day signing as early as Tuesday, with Vujacic and Turkoglu currently at the forefront of L.A.'s thinking."
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has made his interest in Turkoglu clear to this point, per Stein and Shelburne: "I just like him. He's out there and we should look at him. I've always liked him. He can shoot and play [small forward and power forward]."
The 34-year-old forward was released by the Orlando Magic on Jan. 3 and hasn't played in a regular-season game in 11 months because of injuries and a 20-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance in February 2013.
While it remains to be seen how much Turkoglu has left in the tank, he certainly boasts significant NBA experience having played 13 seasons in the NBA and helping lead the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2008-09.
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