NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Rumor Roundup Leading Up to 2011 NBA Draft
NBA trade rumors are swirling as we're just hour out from the 2011 NBA draft, and there are a lot of big names that are attracting a ton of buzz on the open market.
Lamar Odom has continually popped up in several deals, the Spurs are heavily shopping Tony Parker and the Sixers continue to look toward finding a suitor for Andre Iguodala.
There is going to be a ton of action to follow as we inch closer toward the draft, and here are the latest news and notes from around the league regarding the biggest names on the block.
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The Lakers have made no secret that they are using Lamar Odom as trade bait in an effort to keep Kobe Bryant's championship window open.
The team has pursued potential deals or Warriors' Monta Ellis, Sixers' Andre Iguodala and even made a play for the no. 2 overall selection from Minnesota.
Los Angeles isn't going to move Odom just for the sake of making a deal, so they're going to need a very attractive offer in order to consummate any move.
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Raymond Felton is on the block once again, as the Denver Nuggets seek to commit to the promising Ty Lawson as their point guard of the future.
The Nuggets have been talking to the Sacramento Kings about moving up into the No. 7 slot in the draft in exchange for Felton and the Mo. 22, but it's still to be seen as to whether or not the Kings are willing to move down 15 spots to acquire the veteran.
He would also be an excellent fit with the Lakers who desperately need a point guard, but it's not known if Los Angeles has any assets that Denver would value.
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The Utah Jazz checked in on Tony Parker's availability when they offered Devin Harris and the No. 12 pick in exchange for Parker, but the Spurs instantly rejected that offer.
San Antonio is also dangling Parker to Sacramento with the hopes of moving up into the draft lottery, but Parker's massive extension he received last season greatly detracts from his overall trade value.
The Spurs and Blazers almost completed a blockbuster swap that would have landed Parker in Portland, so it's a definite that the team is making him readily available in the right deal.
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Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks appear headed toward a divorce, and J-Smoove has already made it clear that he has four preferred destinations: Boston, New Jersey, Orlando and Houston.
The Celtics reported no interest, the Rockets seem more focused on trading up in the draft than acquiring a high-priced veteran and the Magic will likely have to get a third team involved if they want to facilitate a deal.
A swap of Brook Lopez for Smith could be beneficial to both clubs, but as of now Atlanta and New Jersey haven't entertained the possibility of that deal.
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Despite General Manager Larry Riley insisting that Monta Ellis won't be traded, his name continues to surface regularly in some of the biggest rumors out there.
There has been talk between the Warriors and Sixers about an Ellis for Andre Iguodala swap, and Golden State already rejected an offer from the Lakers of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown for Ellis.
The Warriors may claim that Ellis is not on the block, but the team is clearly listening to any overture that's being made and won't be afraid to pull the trigger if they find a scenario to their liking.