NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Players Who Won't Be Dealt
The NBA is full of uncertainty, right now, as it faces a similar labor battle the NFL faced not all that long ago.
It looks as though we will miss the regular season opener, possibly resulting in a shortened season, or worse, no season at all.
Amidst all of the confusion and uncertainty, fans can look at one thing on the bright side: their favorite players won't be dealt to other teams any time soon.
There are plenty of rumored trades that would, no doubt, shake up the NBA's landscape once the labor dispute is resolved (if it is ever resolved).
Many people assume that, once these trades start happening, more superpower teams like the Heat, Celtics and Knicks will emerge from superstars changing hands. I think it would be safe to assume that those teams in question will do anything in their power to keep that from happening.
Here are five players, who have been involved in trade speculation, that won't be dealt once the NBA resumes.
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Anderson Varejao is probably the Cleveland Cavaliers biggest trade bait at this point.
With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, they added a point guard who will likely become the new face of the franchise. This is very good news to Cavs fans, especially those still bitter to the loss of you-know-who.
Unfortunately, because they had the first overall pick in the draft, they are still very much the worst team in the NBA. The addition of Kyrie Irving will not save this franchise like a first overall pick did for them last time.
This means that the Cavs will need to give their 19-year-old star player a supporting cast that can help him to not only make plays, but win ball games as well.
Some of you might disagree with me on this claim, but that supporting cast starts with Varejao.
When healthy, the center can play as well as just about any other center in the NBA. In 2010, before his injury, Varejao averaged nearly a double-double per game with 9.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. Though these numbers don't make him a star player, they do give their young new guard a reliable teammate in the post.
Trading Varejao may be the only bait the Cavaliers have, but honestly, I don't think they'll receive much for him. They will be better off holding on to him and letting the "wild thing" continue doing his thing in Cleveland for the time being.
In my opinion, Michael Beasley is the closest thing the NBA currently has to a manifestation of Dennis Rodman. The only problem is, Beasley doesn't play like Rodman.
The "I'm gonna do what I want" attitude that Beasley has is probably the reason he ended up in Minnesota in the first place, and it is also the reason for all of the trade rumors surrounding him.
When Beasley is on his game, he is a very talented young player. However, his self-destructive personality could end up being a downfall to his career.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, being the young team they are, are in a difficult situation with a serious need for veteran players. New head coach Rick Adelman will have his hands full with a group of young, inexperienced talent.
First-round pick Derrick Williams was considered the prize of the draft, and because he and Beasley play the same position, a lot of trade speculation has risen from the selection, despite GM David Kahn saying otherwise.
The Timberwolves will not trade Beasley, though, because they need to hold on to the nucleus of veteran players that they do have. When Beasley shows up to play, he can be an excellent scorer, which is why the Williams selection could actually be a good move for all parties involved.
If Adelman can create some competition in his locker room, he could get the most effort and potential out of both players.
Keeping Michael Beasley on the right track will be a full-time job for the Timberwolves organization, but I don't think they are at the point (yet) where they want to trade him. Keeping a playmaker like him around with such a young roster is essential for the immediate direction of the team.
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Steve Nash has been the face of the Suns franchise for as long as many of us can remember.
The 37-year-old PG has had an excellent 15-year career, but lacks any NBA Championship rings.
Never, it seemed, had the Phoenix Suns lost faith in this great veteran player—up until right before the 2011 NBA draft.
While the Suns are certainly in rebuilding mode after losing Amar'e Stoudemire and their former head coach Mike D'Antoni, I highly doubt they are looking to get rid of the player who has been the glue of this team for years.
Nash clearly still has a few solid seasons left in him. While I understand getting what they can for him, I think they will wait to trade him until they at least find a serviceable starter.
Nash still has the ability to make a team a contender; I doubt the Suns want to essentially be responsible for the creation of another "Big Three," which is exactly what they could end up doing by trading him.
Nash wants to finish his career with the team that drafted him and the team with which he spent the majority of his career. I think that with the career he's had for Phoenix, they will be happy to honor that request.
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Monta Ellis is one of the more intriguing trade prospects right now.
The Golden State Warriors are in a tough situation with Ellis and guard Stephen Curry, who are both pure scorers and have a hard time sharing the ball.
Ellis has the potential to be one of the league's best players, but a tough situation in Oakland has trade talks swirling as the Warriors try to find some offensive identity and compete in a tough division.
It would be crazy for the Warriors to give up, arguably, their most talented player, especially with how weak a lot of the Western Conference is.
If Golden State can figure out the situation with Ellis and the rest of the starters, they could find themselves competing in the West, but Ellis is a key piece.
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Dwight Howard is one of the greatest superstars the Orlando Magic has ever known.
Howard is one of the team's cornerstones and has led the Magic to the playoffs for five straight seasons.
With the loss of some key players in the last few seasons, it has been difficult for the Magic to compete with Eastern Conference powerhouses like the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. That in combination with the possible emergence of a talented New York Knicks team could be the reason for trade speculation surrounding Howard.
A trade for Howard could potentially land the Magic a pretty hefty amount of talent, but the effects of losing such an important player like Howard would be similar to that of Kevin Garnett leaving the Timberwolves.
The franchise knows that by losing Howard, the team would be set back several seasons.
Because of this fact, it would be in the team's best interest to keep Howard happy in Orlando and bring some more talent to make the Magic a contender once again.
Keeping Howard in Orlando will be a priority for the Magic, but what players could end up coming in to support him?
What do you think?
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