As the NBA season continues to march on, the rumors continue to pop up. With the trade deadline coming on Feb. 20, there are going to be even more rumors over the next month.
Most rumors are focused on potential trades, including a number of trade rumors that it feels like we've been hearing for the past three to five years. At the same time, we're also starting to hear rumors about where these superstar free agents could possibly be going after the season is over.
Let's take a look at some of the most recent rumors surrounding the NBA, breaking down the impact they would have for the respective parties.
Marcus Thornton on the Move?
Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton had an explosive game against the Indiana Pacers, but before the game actually happened, the rumors of him possibly being traded started to pick up some steam.
Steve Kyler from Basketball Insiders tweeted before the Pacers-Kings game that Sacramento was looking to shop Thornton:
.@GetBucketzz24_7: what are your thoughts on a possible marcus thornton for omer asik trade? ---> I know Sacramento wants to move Marcus— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) January 24, 2014
Thornton was able to put up 42 points on 16-of-27 shooting in the 116-111 loss in overtime to the Pacers, but he's only averaging 8.6 points per game this year. However, we've seen in previous seasons that Thornton can be a go-to scorer. During the 2010-11 season, he put up 21.3 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor in 27 games after being traded from New Orleans to Sacramento.
A trade could be mutually beneficial for a team looking for a backcourt player that is capable of putting up some points. He's probably not effective enough to be a starter, but he could be a valuable piece coming off of the bench.
Celtics Shopping Jeff Green
Talks between the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics just keep dragging on as we wait to see whether or not Omer Asik will be traded.
But the talks now seem to be shifting towards the Celtics, as they're looking to trade away small forward Jeff Green. Sam Smith from NBA.com helps provide some context to the situation:
More executives think the Celtics want to trade Jeff Green. They’re probably trying to persuade someone to take Gerald Wallace along with Green, though many figure they’ll eventually move Green. A nice exchange could be for Omer Asik, giving the Celtics a point guard/defensive center core to move forward with along with Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.
Green has been Boston's leading scorer this season, averaging 16 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 42.5 percent shooting. But while he's developed into a solid player, the Celtics are currently more concerned with starting from scratch after losing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Adding Omer Asik would be a smart move. After posting a 2012-13 season where he averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per contest while starting all 82 games, Asik hasn't been used nearly as much due to Dwight Howard's presence, along with his injury.
Still, this is a trade that works for both sides, and it's one we'll have to wait and see if it gets done.
Carmelo Anthony's Future in Question
The New York Knicks aren't having the season they were hoping for. Despite playing in a weak Eastern Conference, the Knicks still aren't even in the playoff race as of now.
That's not exactly the most appealing option for Carmelo Anthony, who will likely be a free agent at the end of the season. There have been multiple rumors as to whether or not he'll stay with the Knicks or if he will go to another team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, it doesn't sound like Anthony is going to be playing most of his games at Madison Square Garden next season:
The losing, the decaying roster, has inspired 'Melo to consider closely the possibilities of free agency this summer. WIthin the past several weeks, a longtime confidant of Carmelo Anthony confesses, something changed. Never did he believe there was a chance Anthony would leave the New York Knicks – never the Madison Square Garden stage, never the $129 million contract extension.
Only now, the gloom of the Knicks' season – the uncertainty of the franchise's future – left that man to believe it's possible Anthony could leave New York in free agency.
"Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.," the source said.
Where will Melo play next season?
With a number of superstars already with NBA championship rings, Anthony likely wants one to help cement his legacy.
Going to the Chicago Bulls would be a very interesting move. The Bulls are also another team that's trying to rebuilding, but their rebuilding process is likely only going to be for this season. Once Derrick Rose returns, the Bulls are hoping to have a strong supporting cast around him.
If the Bulls were able to add Melo to the mix, then they could be a potential championship contender coming out of the East for quite some time.