We've already seen two major trades in the NBA this season, but more significant movement could be on the horizon before the trade deadline.
A scan of the NBA rumors scene shows us that teams are still jockeying to put themselves in the best position this year and beyond. Here's a look at the latest buzz on three high-profile players who are in high demand.
Could Andrew Bynum Be the Newest Big in the Clip Joint?
Per Clippers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times Brad Turner, the Clippers have shown the most interest in the recently released Andrew Bynum.
Clippers have gone back and forth on Andrew Bynum, but word is Clippers have had more internal discussions about Bynum and are interested— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 10, 2014
Adding Bynum to the Clippers would give the team an impressive rotation of bigs and substantial depth at center. DeAndre Jordan is having a season worthy of All-Star consideration, and Ryan Hollins has been decent as a backup. Still, two centers are not enough for a serious playoff run—unless you have LeBron James.
Plugging Bynum in with the Clippers would be a low-risk/high-reward move.
If he doesn't work out, the Clips could cut him loose and make their way with their already-talented roster. In order for this scenario to come to fruition, Bynum has to convince suitors he's serious about contributing. Brett Pollakoff of NBC Sports concurs:
Bynum is going to have to prove he still has the desire to play when meeting with teams, and that will have as much as anything to do with the offers that may come in for his services.
If he truly wants back in, he will find a home somewhere this season; exactly where and under what terms remains to be seen.
Is Kevin Love to the Lakers a Foregone Conclusion?
At least one Eastern Conference executive seems to think so. Per Ken Berger of CBS Sports, an anonymous NBA executive said: "They [Wolves] should trade him. No one thinks he's staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers."
Should Minnesota trade Kevin Love?
While the Lakers could be focused on trying to convince Carmelo Anthony to join them in free agency this offseason, the team may have an ace in the hole with Love. The Minnesota Timberwolves star will make $14.6 million this season.
Love is on the books for $15.7 million in 2014-15, and he can be a free agent the following year. The California native and UCLA alum may very well have eyes for Los Angeles.
The Wolves would be wise to move him this season if they believe he won't re-sign with them or exercise his player option for 2015-16. If Minny waits until next season, the team will lose leverage and could ultimately have to settle for less when it decides to part with Love.
We'll see if the 'Wolves adopt this thinking over the next month.
The New York Knicks Like Andre Miller
Despite a limited amount of assets, the Knicks continue to target veteran point guards. Per ESPN's Marc Stein:
The Knicks are now said to want to work their way into the bidding for Denver’s very available Andre Miller, but the same problem that doomed New York in the Lowry chase a month ago — limited assets to offer — doesn’t bring much hope.
Miller's veteran presence could add some direction to the Knicks offense and stop a bit of this malarkey pointed out by Bleacher Report's Kelly Scaletta.
Carmelo Anthony has run 182 isolation plays this season. The Portland Trail Blazers have run 203. WOW!— Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) January 11, 2014
It's nice to think about how Miller's court leadership could help New York, but the fact is, a deal seems unlikely for the Knicks.
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