Dwight Howard is the biggest name on the trade market.
The NBA is locked out, but that doesn't mean we still can't ruminate on the various potential wheelings and dealings.
NBA players can't meet with their teams, and many are going overseas, but when the time for the lockout to be lifted, it will get crazy—just like the NFL did.
There will be trades happening frequently and big free agent signings. Ready? Well, let's talk some NBA.
Here are five deals that you shouldn't believe.
The Nuggets don't have anyone to trade after trading Anthony.
Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets does not make sense. Iguodala is a scoring guard, who has a knack of pouring in buckets in short spurts. His career average is 15.6 points per game, but that went down when he was injured last season.
The last three seasons, he has averaged about 18 points per game.
Iguodala is also sound defensively.
However, does this make sense for the Nuggets? I mean they just traded Carmelo Anthony.
The most likely player to trade would be J.R. Smith, as he is a free agent, but that would not likely be enough. It might also include Ty Lawson. Even that, Smith is likely to test free-agent waters.
Then who? Lawson and Andre Miller or Wilson Chandler and a draft pick.
Who would play point guard then? Sounds like a huge risk for the Nuggets to me.
Dwight Howard isn't going to the Big Apple.
Dwight Howard is expected to make a lot of money and come 2012, will the Magic have enough to resign him?
The Magic better start planning now because if they don't, they should trade him when they can get something in return.
Does this make sense for the Lakers? Perhaps no. The Lakers have Pau Gasol, who is only 31 and in the middle of his prime. Andrew Bynum is only 23.
Those are two big men that are huge to the Lakers. I am not sure the Lakers would be ready to depart with them. Bynum would most likely get traded.
Lamar Odom could also get packaged in.
Plus, I am not sure the Magic would want that. The Magic would be getting two average players. It would be a step backward in their attempt to replace Howard.
Not to mention, a Chris Paul-to-Orlando deal has been rumored. That might attract Howard to stay in Orlando. Howard and Paul would be a deadly one-two punch.
Monta Ellis wants to be traded. But to who?
Rumor is Monta Ellis wants the Golden State Warriors to trade him. To who, one might ask?
Back before the draft, there were rumors that Ellis might be shipped to the Lakers, with the Warriors getting Lamar Odom and Joakim Noah in return.
You may ask how Noah comes in and what the Bulls would get for him? Probably just draft picks.
That would not go down. The Bulls are contenders, and Noah is their starting center. No way that deal gets done.
Lamar Odom is a key contributor off the bench for the Lakers.
Lamar Odom for Andre Iguodala has surfaced. One might ask, why, as this deal only benefits the Lakers.
One reason the Lakers may be turned away, Iguodala is owed $44 million over the next three seasons—including $13.5 million next season. Meanwhile, Odom is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year and is owed just $8.9 million this coming season.
That is a difference of $5 million. One which could get the Lakers perhaps, say Dwight Howard.
No doubt, Iguodala would give Kobe another prolific scorer but just isn't the right option now.
Chris Paul to the Knicks?
Chris Paul to the New York Knicks has been bandied out there for awhile now. But do the Knicks need to go after him, where they could get Tony Parker or just roll the dice with Chauncey Billups?
Or wait for Deron Williams to become a free agent upon his return from Turkey.
The New Orleans Hornets will likely offer a high asking price, and might even want to give Emeka Okafor away. Okafor has a big contract, four years and 52 million left on his contract.
With a new CBA likely, will the Knicks have the money to support Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.
A Paul to Orlando deal has surfaced as well, and that might be better for Paul.