It's finally draft day for the NBA, and not only are teams preparing to select their stars of the future but the phones are hot with trade chatter. As we've seen in the past, drafty day is a cause for teams to wheel and deal and pull off trades we may not otherwise expect.
There are a number of rumors out there that could shake up many teams and/or give teams the assets to bulk up for a run next season. While we do not know if all of these rumors will come to fruition, we do know that some will hit and others will miss.
Rumors broke earlier this week that Michael Redd in the crosshairs of the Dallas Mavericks in an intricate four-team trade. The trade talk was a sign that Mavericks may be looking elsewhere other than Josh Howard for the future.
A deal that could bring in Redd, who battled injuries last season, will give the Mavericks a legitimate scoring thread and playmaker from the backcourt. Bringing in a career 20-point per game scorer for a backsliding Mavericks team is a big win.
The Pacers are looking to get young and add depth at the point guard. They've looked west for one source in Oklahoma City reserve guard Eric Maynor. Maynor, an athletic guard who split time between the Jazz and Thunder during his rookie season, can go to the rim and is a good ball distributor.
One concern is lack of minutes during his rookie season, but the Pacers still have a hill to climb. Bringing in a point guard with long term upside is a hit as long as he can be acquired on the cheap.
Rumors broke this week that the Timberwolves were shopping Al Jefferson in an effort to acquire Zach Randolph. Randolph is a steady 20/10 player, but Jefferson has done just that in two of the last three seasons and is four years younger than Randolph. The struggling Timberwolves are better of sticking with and building around the very much talented and younger Jefferson.
Collison has been rumored as a target for the Pacers and the Spurs who are both looking for long term point guard upgrades. The Pacers require an impact point guard who can play now and the Spurs may be looking ahead to a post-Tony Parker world.
Collison's stock is currently on the rise and he demonstrated the ability to produce in limited time.
The Pacers are in serious need for a point guard following A.J. Price's setback from injury and Earl Watson's free agency. If they can snag Collison, it gives them a long a term solution.
Rumors briefly swirled around the idea of a trade that would send Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic. The deal would save the Wizards money in the long run as Carter brings his expiring contract.
The Magic would absorb Arenas' enormous contract, but he would also give the Magic another dynamic scorer in the backcourt. There have been rumblings of the Magic waiting to give LeBron a call. This trade helps the Magic jettison the inconsistent Carter and give them a big time scorer at less money than a current max contract free agent.
The Clippers are floating the idea of swapping their No. 8 pick to the Bulls for Luol Deng and the No. 17 pick.
That's a good move for the Clippers who can still land value at No. 17 and acquire a swingman scorer. The move adds strength to their starting five which is strong in the backcourt and has size but not a strong inside-outside presence.
Jonathan Givony reported earlier this week that the Warriors were targeting Kenyon Martin for the recently acquired Dan Gadzuric and Andris Biedrins. Gadzuric's $6 million contract brings things more square on the financial front. Martin has served as a pivotal piece to the Nuggets athleticism in the front court.
The Blaze3rs have picked up the heat in talks regarding the dealing away of guard Rudy Fernandez. The hottest rumor, as reported by ESPN.com's Chad Ford, indicates the Blazers sending Fernandez and the Blazers' No. 22 pick to Toronto for the No. 13 pick.
it's a mutually beneficial deal for the Blazers which have good guard depth and increase their value at the back of the lottery. The Raptors, conversely, get a guard with good experience to fill in question marks in their backcourt.
The Nets have been attached to the Chris Paul rumors, but the Nets are seriously considering dealing Dooling to any team looking for salary cap relief. Dooling will earn roughly $3.8 million in the final year of his contract. Dooling is a solid acquisition for any team looking for short-term point guard depth.
Tony Parker's name has bounced around in pre-Draft trade talk. The Pacers are most associated with the Spurs veteran point guard who is set to make a little over $13 million next season. The Pacers take a serious payroll hit with the addition of Parker, but for a young team couldn't turn down a veteran point guard with championship experience.