NBA Trade Rumors: Nate Robinson, Tracy McGrady, Amar'e Stoudemire, and More
With the NBA trade deadline" target="_blank">NBA trade deadline now just a day away, rumors are swirling throughout the league involving several high-profile players and contending teams.
Now, here's a midday rundown of what we could see coming in the next 24 hours.
Nate Robinson to the Boston Celtics?
According to the Boston Herald Wednesday morning, the Knicks and Celtics are discussing a deal that would send three-time dunk champion Nate Robinson to Beantown, possibly for sharpshooter Eddie House.
The 5'9" Robinson, still just 25 years old, is averaging about 13 points this season for New York. He's only played in 30 games, and went about two consecutive weeks earlier this season without once seeing the floor.
Robinson's contract includes a no-trade clause; a luxury he's already made use of this season when he turned down a potential trade to Memphis in December.
Reports indicate that Boston may also be willing to part with a future first-round pick in a potential deal for Robinson, which would prove to be a major selling point for the Knicks.
Robinson, like House, has the ability to score in bunches, and would bring great energy off the Boston bench should he be dealt.
House, a key player off the bench for Boston, is shooting 38 percent from three-point-range while averaging about seven points per game.
Obviously, as the Knicks are trying to save money for next season, House's contract is up after this season.
McGrady decision to come today?
According to ESPN (Marc Stein, specifically), the Houston Rockets are expected to decide between two offers for exiled guard Tracy McGrady sometime Wednesday.
One offer comes from the Knicks, who would likely be getting McGrady, Brian Cook, and Joey Dorsey in exchange for Jordan Hill, Larry Hughes, and Jared Jeffries.
The key to this trade for Houston is the potential swap of draft picks, as it's been reported previously that it would likely involve the two teams swapping first-rounders in 2011, with New York giving up an additional first-rounder in 2012.
For New York, the incentive to do this deal comes from their desire to clear cap space for this summer, in hopes of possibly attracting two top-tier free agents.
In shedding Jeffries' contract worth about $7 million next season and Hill's worth about $3 million, the Knicks could use the incoming expiring contracts from the Rockets to free up about $10 million more.
Houston would get a former lottery pick in Hill; a 6'10" untested big man with big-time potential.
The other offer Houston is mulling accepting comes from the Chicago Bulls.
There have been two widely-reported packages that Chicago could be sending to the Rockets.
Both include the expiring contracts of Brad Miller and Tyrus Thomas, with either John Salmons or Jerome James reportedly involved as the third piece.
Similarly to the New York trade, Houston would be dealing McGrady and Cook.
If Salmons is involved, the Rockets would be saddled with the additional year on his contract, worth $5.8 million.
James' contract expires after this season.
Where is Amar'e Stoudemire headed?
The Heat and Cavaliers are the two teams that have been reportedly interested in Stoudemire's services the most.
Miami has apparently offered Quentin Richardson, Dorell Wright, Daequan Cook, Mario Chalmers, and draft picks.
Cleveland has offered J.J. Hickson and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, with another player and a draft pick likely to be involved as well.
Clearly, it's a matter of what Phoenix prefers.
If they feel that they need help in the backcourt, then Miami's slew of swingmen and guards should do the trick.
Do they want frontcourt help to replace Stoudemire?
If so, they'll take Hickson.
It's been stated that Hickson is the most desirable part to the Suns, but Stoudemire's lack of interest in joining the Cavaliers could be a major hindrance to that potential deal.
If I were Phoenix, and these were the only two legitimate offers on the table, I'd ship him to Cleveland immediately and not think twice about it.
Miami's offer looks like a mix of undesirable guards and expiring contracts, and doesn't look all that appealing.
The likelihood of Amar'e being traded appears to be a certainty at this point.
What about Antawn Jamison, Kevin Martin, Corey Maggette, or Ray Allen?
Celtics' GM Danny Ainge stated recently that he "doesn't want to lose" Ray Allen, so it seems that the 35-year-old guard will not be dealt before Thursday afternoon's deadline.
Yesterday, rumors were floating about that Cleveland was in talks with Washington about Jamison and Golden State about Maggette.
While the Cavs almost surely would prefer the services of either Stoudemire or Jamison, it's wise of GM Danny Ferry to explore other possibilities, like Maggette, should nothing else work out.
Maggette is a proven NBA scorer, and is one of the most physical swingmen in the league, often using his strength to get inside and draw fouls.
This season, the 30-year-old Maggette is averaging about 21 points and six rebounds per game for the woeful Warriors.
Jamison, on the other hand, would be an absolutely perfect fit for the Cavaliers.
He fills up a stat sheet (averaging 20 points and nine rebounds), and can score from anywhere on the floor.
His long-range shooting ability would help to spread the floor and clear out the lane, giving LeBron James more room to operate.
Kings' guard Kevin Martin, in light of recent comments from Sacramento ownership, appears to be staying put for the time being.
Sacramento's struggles have been well-documented since Martin returned from injury, and the Kings were apparently exploring the market for the sharpshooting guard.
While he would be an extremely desirable part for a contender, the Kings are going to give their backcourt of Martin and rookie Tyreke Evans more time to flourish.
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