NBA Trade Rumors: Updates on the Latest Players Potentially on the Move

John Friel@@JohnFtheheatgodAnalyst IDecember 8, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 01:  Chris Paul, of the New Orleans Hornets, speaks to the media prior to the CP3 All-Star pickup game at the Winston-Salem State University - C.E. Gaines Center on October 1, 2011 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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As the world turns, the NBA's trade rumors continue to run rampant with big names hitting the headlines once again including our favorite New Orleans Hornets point guard and an Orlando Magic star who was reportedly the victim of being drunk dialed in the wee hours of the morning.

Speculation has continued to surround those two elite players as well as a few others who could possibly be on the move within the next two weeks as the time to begin signing and trading players begins on December 9th. With the regular season starting on December 25th, organizations won't have too much time to sign players as other organizations will not be hesitant when making their deals.

We've actually gotten a change of pace over the past 48 hours as free agent signings have begun to pile up with Shane Battier reportedly going to the Miami Heat being the largest acquisition thus far. Among other significant deals include Tracy McGrady going to Atlanta and Greg Oden accepting the lucrative qualifying offer that the Portland Trail Blazers gave him.

There's plenty of time to talk about free agents once that period begins, so for now we'll have to continue relying on speculation and wondering where these four particular players could possibly be heading to upon the start of the season.

Chris Paul

Always the hot topic of the day, Chris Paul once again finds himself in trade rumors as it has been reported that the New York Knicks have dropped out of the race for his services and that the Los Angeles Lakers may have just become the favorites with the fact that they're offering Pau Gasol for Paul's services.

Among other teams looking to make a trade include the Boston Celtics who are offering Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and two first-round picks as well as the Los Angeles Clippers who are offering Chris Kaman and his expiring contract, Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe.

Word is that the Hornets are most interested in the Clippers' Eric Gordon and the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, but neither team is offering either player as the Clippers withdrew their statement of offering everyone besides Blake Griffin while the Warriors are sticking to their guns and not allowing Curry to be a trade chip, but are willing to offer Monta Ellis.

Chris Kaman

With the Los Angeles Clippers set to sign DeAndre Jordan to a deal worth $40 million over the next five seasons, it's become obvious that Chris Kaman's services are no longer needed with the organization as the team looks to trade him immediately.

Teams that have popped up on the radar include the Detroit Pistons who are offering small forward Tayshaun Prince in a potential sign and trade as well as the San Antonio Spurs who are also in desperate need for a center, but have given no word on who they could offer in return with an educated guess being DeJuan Blair and James Anderson.

Kaman has also been linked to Chris Paul as the Clippers recently sent a deal over to the Hornets that would have him being sent to New Orleans along with Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe. The Hornets aren't budging, however, as they'll only make a deal with the Clippers if Eric Gordon is a part of the package.

David West

He is a free agent, yes, but it turns out that the New Orleans Hornets power forward could be on the way out as a number of contenders have stepped to the plate and are now considering a possible sign and trade in order to obtain David West.

Contenders such as the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs as well as the Atlanta Hawks are looking to make a trade happen.

There has been no word on who exactly the teams will offer to the Hornets, but this is a legitimate rumor that the Hornets are listening in on as they hope to possibly make something out of nothing with the possibility that West leaves as a free agent this year and Paul leaves next year.

Dwight Howard

Another popular player to spring up in trade rumors happens to be Orlando Magic center and 2012 free agent Dwight Howard. We're going in a completely different direction this time as the Magic are seen in a positive light for once with Howard claiming that Orlando is "by far" his preference with regards to which team he wants to play for next year. 

This is some of the best news to come out of Orlando recently as Howard has been at the center of trade rumors with talks that the Los Angeles Lakers are becoming strong advocates in possibly acquiring the All-Star center as well as Chris Paul to form a big three of their own between the two future free agents and Kobe Bryant.

It turns out that maybe ex-CEO Bob Vander Weide reportedly drunk dialing Dwight Howard at 1am in the morning and attempting to convince him to stay may have actually paid off.