NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Superstars Besides Carmelo Anthony Who Could Be On the Move
It's that time of year again. The trade deadline is just 10 days away, and there are moves to be made. All season long we've listened to speculation that Carmelo Anthony will get out of Denver somehow. But he's not the only star who's name has come up in trade talks.
Big-name guys like Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams have all been "rumored" to be on the trading block. Is there any truth to these rumors? Some of the rumors are definitely more factual then others.
Here are 10 big-name players whose names you'll here on SportsCenter as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches.
Andre Iguodala's name has come up a lot in recent trade talks.
The 76ers are loaded with young talent; Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams and Evan Turner give Philadelphia a foundation to build upon in the future.
Iguodala was supposed to be the guy who replaced Allen Iverson; he was going to be AI2. None of that ever really panned out. Iguodala has been a good player in Philadelphia, but its clear he's not the number one guy they'd hoped he'd be.
The Dallas Mavericks have already expressed interest in Iguodala's services, and odds are he'll have a new home by Feb. 24.
Chances he gets traded: 75 percent
Aaron Brooks isn't the happiest of campers in Houston right now. He recently just walked off the court in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Rockets suspended him one game for his actions.
Brooks was the NBA's Most Improved Player last season. He started in all 82 games and averaged 19.6 points per game. He was on his way to becoming one of the league's top point guards.
This year he has been coming off the bench, and his numbers are down.
Kyle Lowry has emerged as Houston's number one point guard, and the Rockets could possibly get some much-needed size in return for Brooks.
Chance he'll be traded: 70 percent
The Cavaliers acquired Jamison last year in hopes that he would could help them make a championship run. Well, LeBron James left for Miami and the Cavs are 9-46.
For his career, Jamison has averaged 19.8 points and eight rebounds per game. The New Orleans Hornets have already shown interest in Jamison, and Cleveland may just buy him out if they can't move him before the deadline.
Chances he'll be traded: 70 percent
Miller's time in Portland may very well be up. Portland came into the season with high expectations, and Miller was going to play a key role in the Blazers' success.
The Blazers have been depleted by injuries, and at 34, Andre Miller isn't getting any younger. He's been great in Portland, but he's not apart of the "new" long-term plan.
Wesley Matthews has emerged as a great young player, and he'll make it easier to deal with Miller's departure if Portland decides to part ways with him
Miller has averaged 13 points and seven assists this season. He has an option on his contract, which means the last year of his deal isn't guaranteed. So there would be little risk for the team that trades for him.
The Blazers will get a couple phone calls over the 10 days about Miller's services.
Chances he'll be traded: 65 percent
Mayo has fallen out of favor in Memphis. He lost his starting role earlier in the season and was recently suspended 10 games for using a banned substance.
Mayo is only averaging 12.2 points per game after averaging 18 over his first two years in the league. However, there are still many teams that believe Mayo can still be a major contributor; he's only 23 years old after all.
The Bulls have shown interest in adding Mayo, and he'll likely be out of Memphis before Feb. 24.
Chances he'll be traded: 60 percent
When the "Melo to the Lakers," talks come up, so does Andrew Bynum.
Bynum has had pretty high expectations since he arrived in Los Angeles back in 2005. Has he lived up to them? No. He's battled injuries and has had a tough time staying on the floor.
Has he shown promise? Yes. Every once in a while Bynum will show everyone what he could potentially be one day; he's only 23 years old.
His potential is so high, that his name is mentioned in trades with Carmello Anthony. Will Anthony end up in LA? Probably not, but if LA were to pull off "the trade of all trades," then Bynum would be a part of it.
Chances he gets traded: 30 percent
Like a lot of these trade talks, some of them will appear out of thin air. Marc Stein of ESPN wrote a story citing a source close to Artest saying that Artest wanted out of Los Angeles. And just like that, Artest is now in "trade discussions."
Is LA going to trade Artest? Probably not. Is Artest frustrated with his role with the Lakers? Probably.
The Lakers forward is averaging career lows in minutes per game (28.4) and in points per game (8.0). Artest has publicly denied his trade demand, and who knows how much truth there was to the report that he wanted to be traded.
You'll here Artest's name brought up in trade talks until the deadline simply because of the article ESPN put out.
Chances he gets traded: 30 percent
Jerry Sloan recently resigned as the Utah Jazz' head coach after 23 seasons with the team. There has been a lot of speculation that his relationship with point guard Deron Williams may have had something to do with it.
Utah hasn't publicly said that they were shopping Williams, but it makes you wonder if the organization will want a player who played a role in their coach of 23 years resigning out of nowhere.
Williams is one of the game's best young players; he's averaging 21.6 points and 9.6 points per game. Any deal for Williams would be major and lots of talent would be shipped in and out for all of the teams involved.
Is it likely that he's traded? No. But it's not a possibility that can't be ruled out either.
Chances he gets traded: 15 percent
Dwight Howard's contract is up at the end of the season, and there is a bunch of buzz surrounding what he's going to do at the end of the year.
There are always rumors being reported that he wants to be a Laker, or that he wants to go to New York and be a Knick. Like all these other rumors; it's hard to tell whether or not there is any truth to them.
These rumors have also led to rumors that Orlando may actually deal their superstar. At least they'd get something back for him if he is going to leave anyway. The Magic would probably get some unbelievable talent for a guy like Howard.
But they aren't going to trade him. Get real everyone. The people of Orlando would lose it if the Magic organization decided to just give up and trade him.
Chances he gets traded: Zero
Nash tried to kill trade rumors about himself in early January.
A lot of people want to see Nash reunite with Amare Stoudemire in New York. The Suns are 26-26 and they are going to have a tough time getting into the playoffs.
Nash is 37 years old, but he hasn't slowed down. He's second in the league with 11.2 assists, and he's still scoring 16.8 points per game.
Will he end up with in New York. No. The Knicks already have a young up-and-coming point guard in Raymond Felton and it wouldn't make sense to trade for a much older point guard at the end of his career.
Chances he'll be traded: Zero