With the NBA trade deadline still over a month away, it appears talks have once again heated up following the deal that sent Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Andrew Bynum to, well, look for a job like over seven percent of the U.S. population.
There isn't exactly a proposition like the one that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings or the Deng trade out there, but there are still several players that could be on the move before the trade deadline on Feb. 20.
To clarify before we get into the actual rumor discussions, there will be no talking about a Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin trade. Especially not after Doc Rivers told Complex Magazine that the deal was preposterous:
Doc Rivers would like you to know that ESPN is making this Blake Griffin-Carmelo Anthony trade story up. http://t.co/2xb9JABNls— Complex (@ComplexMag) January 5, 2014
Taking all of this into account, here are a few trades that have been rumored as the trade deadline approaches.
Ben Gordon Being Shopped
The Charlotte Bobcats are currently in a free fall after being one win away from .500 on Dec. 23. But even at 15-21, Charlotte still has a shot at making the playoffs in an Eastern Conference that only has four teams at or above the .500 mark.
With that in mind, Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports that the Bobcats are testing the waters on Gordon, likely for a player with a long-term contract or other asset that helps the team:
NBA trade rumors - Bobcats shopping Ben Gordon, several teams emerge as buyers, and Sixers are open for business: http://t.co/qmPDFEZNMt— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 7, 2014
But the market doesn't seem as promising as the Bobcats would like it to be.
Pau Gasol still sits out there as a potential candidate for any trade that could lower the Lakers' salary cap below the luxury tax, but the Lakers appear to be holding onto Gasol at this point after not making the Bynum deal.
The return for an expiring contract—Gordon's contract is up at the end of this season—isn't exactly what it used to be. But currently sitting in the No. 7 spot in the East, the Bobcats will look to get something back for Gordon's contract before the deadline to continue their playoff hopes.
No teams have been reported at this time, but the Bobcats are doing as much with Gordon as the Cavaliers were with Bynum—nothing.
Could Andre Miller Find a New Home in California?
The Denver Nuggets have been actively trying to trade Andre Miller for a few days now and may have found a potential suitor in the Sacramento Kings. Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Kings are trying to move the disgruntled guard.
According to the report, the Kings have put a few deals on the table, with the most likely being Marcus Thornton and a second-round pick. The other option might be trading Jimmer Fredette, while forward Jason Thompson is also a possibility.
Miller has been with Denver for a total of seven seasons in two different runs with the team. He has averaged 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 30 games this season.
While the deal hasn't been set in stone, it appears that the Nuggets are intent on moving the 37-year-old after he confronted coach Brian Shaw after being benched in a 114-102 loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 1.
Are the Bulls Trading Away More Players?
The Bulls finally got the deal they wanted for Deng and he was out the door. It appeared the trade train had found its way back to the station. Apparently it hadn't
Should the Bulls deal Hinrich?
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Chicago is looking for a team that would like the services of Kirk Hinrich. The serviceable guard helped the Bulls make the playoffs last season without Derrick Rose and has been useful during their current three-game winning streak.
But the Bulls are in full-blown auction mode and looking to move players to save money this season. According to Amick's report, the Bulls have found a suitor in the Golden State Warriors.
Hinrich's ability to facilitate the ball coming off the bench is exactly what the Warriors need to help starting point guard Stephen Curry. With Hinrich averaging nearly five assists per game this season, Curry would have the ability to rest and avoid the same nagging injuries that have hindered him over the last few seasons.
The deal has not happened yet, but with both teams having a need filled in the deal, it could be one that goes through before the deadline passes.