NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Rumors Sure To Heat Up This December
NBA trade rumors fuel the fire of many fans early in the season. Who will my team get? Where will my favorite player go?
The NBA is a rapidly changing environment. Teams are loading up their guns at any cost to keep up with the Lakers, Celtics and Magic.
The Miami Heat are the one suffering team that doesn't seem to need a trade. Before they add pieces, they need to iron out a game plan. If doesn't mean they won't make a move, though.
Here are 10 of the hottest trade rumors sure to melt the ice in December.
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10. Phoenix Suns Trade Steve Nash
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Steve Nash isn't one to hide his feelings, and he is not happy being a part of the Phoenix Suns rebuilding process.
Can you blame the 36-year-old two-time MVP?
Currently, the Knicks are the best fit for Nash. Raymond Felton is posting career numbers and doing a nice job but he doesn't bring the shooting ability that coach Mike D'Antoni desires.
After the 2009 Draft, there is a diminished demand for PGs, especially among playoff-caliber teams, but it's hard to see a team not benefiting from the acquisition of Nash.
The Suns also have unrestricted free agents Jason Richardson and Grant Hill to offer teams. Two dynamic wings with plenty to offer.
9. Atlanta Hawks Trade Jamal Crawford
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It took 10 years for Jamal Crawford to make the playoffs and finally get the respect he deserves in the NBA, but finally his time has come.
The reigning Sixth Man Award winner is a proven off-the-bench player and instant points for any team in need of a combo guard.
Many teams have rumored interest in Crawford, including the Knicks and Bulls.
His contract expires after this season, making him an attractive pickup, but some teams are more interested in his teammate Josh Smith.
If the Hawks aren't interested in moving Smith, it may be hard to trade Crawford for anything more than picks...which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
8. Detroit Pistons Trade Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince
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If Detroit trades Prince and Hamilton, they might as well throw in Ben Wallace, right?
The glory days have been over for a few years now, and it's time for Detroit to commit to the future and develop their young talent. Heck, had they lost a few more games last year, they could have DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors right now.
Not only could the vets help a team like New Jersey, New York or Chicago on the court but they will add invaluable locker-room leadership.
Prince and Hamilton have been on the trade block ever since Chauncey Billups left town, so it shouldn't be a surprise if they remain Pistons past the deadline.
7. New Orleans Hornets Trade Chris Paul
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It will take a monster deal to acquire the best point guard in the NBA, but the rumors say the table is full of them.
Chris Paul's player option isn't until the 2012 season, but the Hornets better figure out if he's out the door soon so they can get something in return.
Orlando is offering everyone not named Dwight Howard, and the squads in New York and New Jersey are trying to work a deal from every angle.
New Orleans has a lot of 2011 free agents on their roster, so it shouldn't be a surprise if they try to surround Paul with more talent before next season.
6. Washington Wizards Trade Gilbert Arenas
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When you add up the value of Gilbert Arenas' contract to the injuries and multiply it by the fact the talented scorer is crazy, it's no surprise some teams don't want to touch him.
But it only takes two to tango, and Washington's trade partner could be the Orlando Magic.
While Washington is currently denying they are trying to trade Arenas, the uninhibited growth of John Wall may be worth more to them than what Arenas adds on the court.
A trade with Orlando could be a blockbuster, including names like Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis.
5. New York Knicks Trade Anybody Not Named Amare or Danilo
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We're seeing a different New York Knicks from years past, but they aren't ready to challenge for a NBA title with their current roster.
New York is a big city, and this roster has enough room for one or two more big names. Possibly names like Chris and Carmelo.
The recent Knicks roster has been a revolving door. They have a decent batch of unrestricted free-agents to play with and some versatile wings teams want.
New York does not want to trade sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari or summer signing Amar'e Stoudemire, but everyone else is fair game.
4. New Jersey Nets Trade Troy Murphy or Terrence Williams
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There were plenty of players who disliked Avery Johnson during his playing days, and his abrasive attitude continues to turn players off as a coach...most recently Troy Murphy and Terrence Williams.
Johnson punished Williams by sending him down to the D-League in the last week, and it doesn't look like the two will see eye to eye anytime soon.
Although he's been injured, New Jersey native Troy Murphy has been unhappy with his role on the team. Murphy is coming off back-to-back double-double seasons with Indianapolis, and he is a respectable three-point shooter.
Similar to the Knicks, the Nets want to add a premier player like Carmelo and it seems they are willing to trade more than Williams and Murphy to get their man.
Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors are both in high demand but they would be tough to part with for a team looking to establish a winning tradition.
3. Houston Rockets Trade Yao Ming
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Would the Rockets really trade the player that has all of China rooting for them? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
Houston GM Daryl Morey is committed to building a championship team and that could mean saying goodbye to Yao and other expiring contracts like Shane Battier, Chuck Hayes and Jared Jeffries.
With multiple injuries on his resume, including one this season, the phones aren't ringing off the hook for Yao, but his 20-plus minutes per night could be what a team like Atlanta or Oklahoma City needs to get over the hump.
Morey has also expressed high interest in bringing Carmelo Anthony on board.
2. Philadelphia 76ers Trade Andre Iguodala
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The Sixers trading Andre Iguodala has been a lingering rumor that may finally come to fruition this season.
Right now, the Dallas Mavericks are rumored to have the most interest in the explosive wing. Dallas has seven 2011 free-agents, giving them plenty of trade bait for a team looking to rid themselves of an unwanted contract.
Recently Iguodala has been very open to the idea of a trade. His defense and fast break play would give Dallas what they thought they were getting from Caron Butler.
1. Denver Nuggets Trade Carmelo Anthony
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He's the man everybody wants and while Denver doesn't want to get rid of him, if Carmelo Anthony is looking for a change of scenery, they better get something in return.
New York, New Jersey, Houston and Orlando are all in line. Chicago and New Orleans have outside shots.
Denver has supplier power at this point, and with seven unrestricted free-agents they do have enough puzzle pieces to make a multi-team deal.
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