NBA Trade Rumors: Players Most Likely Staying Put as Deadline Looms

Jeremy DawsonContributor IIIFebruary 19, 2014

Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Celtics won 114-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb 20  at 3 p.m. EST.  Fans everywhere are now dreaming of their favorite team moving pieces to make room for guys like Rajon Rondo or Kevin Love. Unfortunately, I am here to wake you all up. There will be a trade or two on these last couple of days, but there are some players that you guys are really reaching for.


 

The first rumor I have to crack is Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Los Angeles Lakers, according to Ken Berger of CBSspoorts.com, are trying to put a deal together to acquire Love.

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It is no surprise that the Lakers believe they can trade for Kevin Love. The Lakers obtained Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Dwight Howard in some way through a trade. So why not Kevin Love, especially with no David Stern there to get in the way?

The Timberwolves have not shown any interest in their best. There is little to no reason to even consider a deal. They have the best big man in the game and it will stay that way.


 

Next is Rajon Rondo. The rumors around him are plentiful and teams keep knocking at the door, and the door stays shut.

 

Knicks know they lack assets to even tempt Celts. But you'll recall @WindhorstESPN reporting earlier this season Rondo is NYK dream target.

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2014

 

 

You can tell from their asking price of two unprotected first-round picks however, that they are not in any real rush to get rid of the veteran point guard.

The Boston Celtics are in a rebuilding mode this season, so they are at least listening to offers. They value Rondo more than the rest of the NBA does, so Rajon Rondo will remain a Celtic this season.


 

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Marc Spears had reported on Yahoo Sports that Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings was proposed in a deal with the Celtics. Spears said, “Source said Kings and C's discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo.” This report later proved to be false.

 

Pete D'Alessandro says Ben McLemore is not now nor has been discussed in trade talks.

— Bryan May (@BMayNews10) February 18, 2014

 

 

Ben McLemore had a pretty exciting dunk in the NBA dunk contest during All Star weekend, showing off his athleticism. There is a bright future for the 21-year-old McLemore in the NBA, and that is why we need to shut down the trade rumors now.


 

Every year we go through this, so just because you hear some of your players are on the chopping block, do not think that the team and player are automatically splitting up. Just look at Pau Gasol. I cannot remember the last season he was not in trade talks and yet he has remained an LA Laker for seven seasons now.

It is obvious why we obsess over trades in the NBA. One piece can be the difference between the playoffs and a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Just think, what would one of these players mean for your favorite team?