Three names are consistently being brought up in trade rumors: Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks and Courtney Lee.
There have been reports that both are likely to be traded, but then there are more that state that neither will be traded.
Gotta love rumors, right?
However, teams seem to be interested in both Battier and Lee. There have been multiple scenarios going around that would ship both of them out of H-Town.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Chicago Bulls are actively pursuing Battier and Lee, especially with head coach Tom Thibodeau's backing.
Reports have also said that the Rockets want Omer Asik and/or Taj Gibson in a deal for either player. Unfortunately for the Rockets, those are the two players the Bulls don't want to give up.
The Bulls front office accordingly covets both players, especially with both of them having great potential.
Also according to reports, the Bulls would much rather have Lee than Battier, as he is younger and just as good of a defender than Battier. With the Bulls unwilling to give up Gibson or Asik, it could end up in a three-team deal.
If a trade doesn't happen between the Bulls and Rockets, the Bulls could end up caving in to the Rockets' demands.
The Grizzlies have also expressed interest in Lee.
Reports have stated that the Grizzlies would love to bring Lee to Memphis, especially with his defensive abilities. Of course, we all know that the Grizzlies have been shopping troubled shooting guard O.J. Mayo.
This could possibly end up in a trade, as it seems to work out for both sides.
One of the main holdups with a trade like this is that the Grizzlies would want more out of a deal that includes Mayo, especially since he was chosen third overall in the 2008 draft. With a draft pick that high, the Grizzlies feel as though they should get more out of him.
But if the Grizzlies truly want to get rid of Mayo, they may just have to suck it up and make a deal if it's the right one.
The Celtics have also been interested in trading for Battier.
However, it would be hard for the Celtics to trade for the fan favorite, as they do not have many pieces they can give up. One of the best scenarios is that the Celtics could give up draft picks, but that scenario is pretty much dead from the get-go.
The best they can offer is a pick from the low-20s, which wouldn't really help the Rockets at this point.
The Celtics want Battier because of the injury problems surrounding Marquis Daniels and Delonte West. Battier would definitely fill that gap, but it is going to take something besides picks to get him to Beantown.
Like the Bulls, a three-team trade may have to happen for Battier to end up in Boston. Speculation is that Atlanta would be a successful partner for the deal, as Marvin Williams has also been subject to trade rumors.
Recent reports have also suggested that the Rockets are interested in bringing Gerald Wallace to town. It is unclear what the Bobcats want for Wallace, but one could just naturally assume that Battier or Lee are at the heart of those trade talks.
According to the New York Daily News, the Nets have been a suitor to point guard Aaron Brooks.
It's not too surprising that the Nets want Brooks, especially since the team has a lot of trade assets now that the Carmelo fiasco is over with.
One of the most suggested moves is that the Rockets are willing to deal Brooks to the Nets for point guard Devin Harris and a draft pick. The Rockets would more than likely have to include Jared Jeffries' expiring contract in the deal to make it work.
New Jersey is now wanting to dump salaries, so if this scenario happened, the Nets would likely buy out Jeffries.
The Celtics are also interested in Brooks.
Like the Battier scenario, the Celtics really don't have that much to give up. Brooks' salary isn't that high, so it would be somewhat easy for Boston to make a deal.
Which Rockets players will get traded?
It may take a little more to get Brooks than to get Battier, however. The Celtics may have to offer either or both rookies Avery Bradley or Luke Harangody. But with that, it may not be good enough, as the Celtics may have to include a pick or two.
Another possible suitor for Brooks is the Knicks, who just pulled off the blockbuster deal that brought Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple.
It is unclear as to what the Knicks would give up for Brooks, but due to his low salary, it may not take much. There may have to be a three-team deal in place for the Knicks to get Brooks, one possibly involving out-of-nowhere rookie Landry Fields.
A scenario I came up with, goes as follows:
- Denver receives: PG Aaron Brooks, SF Travis Outlaw, F Quentin Ross
- Houston receives: PG Devin Harris, C Melvin Ely, 2nd round pick from New Jersey, 2nd round pick from Denver
- New Jersey receives: PG Raymond Felton, F Jordan Hill, F Jared Jeffries (who would get bought out)
Of course, this is just a scenario. I doubt a deal of this magnitude and of this many players would actually happen, but who knows. Brooks wants out of Houston, Felton already wants out of Denver, and Harris' name is constantly on the trade block. Hill is also one of the named Rockets who is "up for grabs at the right price." The Nets are also looking to cut salary.
So, who knows? We'll see what happens in the next few days.
As far as the three players go, I'm almost 100 percent sure that two of those players will be gone, if not all of them.
The Rockets seem to want to rebuild, as they have put many of their players on the trade block. All that needs to improve is their willingness to make deals.
But my guess is that the Rockets will be one of the teams to make the most deals.
All we have to do, as fans, is play the waiting game. Luckily, we don't have that long to go.