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NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 1/16/14

NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now

January 16, 2014

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We’ve still got over a month left until the NBA’s trade deadline, but the ever-present rumor mill has been churning non-stop with plenty of speculation and water-testing by NBA brass. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the trade situations that have been making news over the past few days and see if we can determine what’s in store for the players involved.

Omer Asik, C, Houston Rockets: Since even before the ink was dry on Dwight Howard’s contract this past off-season, Asik has been the source of rampant trade rumors and speculation in Houston. He hasn’t seen a great deal of on-court time this season thanks to his injuries over the past month or so, even though he started every game for the Rockets last year. There are plenty of teams who would love to have Asik, so what’s the issue?
Well, the sticking point for any trade talks has been his back-loaded contract. It includes a balloon payment of $15 million in the final year (which would be next season) after a relatively affordable salary of $5 million in the first two years. The big number has cooled what would otherwise be a rampant trade market (and a trade probably would have been done by now) for the big man. If the Rockets are going to move him, they’ll likely have to eat some money or wait until closer to the deadline when teams are more desperate. Considering that, they're probably just going to keep him. 
In a related situation, Jeremy Lin is under an identical contract to Asik--and has been the source of a few rumors of his own--but likely won’t be dealt.

NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 1/16/14

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Jordan Crawford, SG, Golden State Warriors: Now let’s move on from rumors to a trade that actually happened yesterday. With the impending return of Rajon Rondo (tomorrow, perhaps?), the ever-present trade rumors surrounding the Celtics roster came to a head with the trade of Jordan Crawford. Boston had him signed to an expiring contract, so it made sense to try and get some value for him, since he was headed to the bench upon Rondo’s return anyway.
Here’s how it breaks down: The Warriors get Crawford and Marshawn Brooks; Toney Douglas goes to Miami; Boston gets Joel Anthony and a future first- and second-round pick.
All three teams can claim victories with draft assets or luxury tax savings, but the most immediate and noticeable result of this trade will be Golden State’s bench scoring. It’s been in desperate need of a boost, and Crawford should fill that void.

Andre Miller, PG, Denver Nuggets: Miller has been involved in quite the soap opera in Denver this season, culminating in the team officially shutting him down late last week. He’s still allowed to utilize the Nuggets’ facilities for training, but effectively is no longer part of the roster. That’s opened up a wide variety of potential trade possibilities--and the Kings have been in hot pursuit--but nothing has come to fruition just yet.
A couple of other teams mentioned in a possible deal include the Mavericks (who are reportedly satisfied with their backcourt and aren’t interested) and the Knicks (who want to unload troublesome SG J.R. Smith, but the Nuggets aren’t interested).

J.R. Smith, SG, New York Knicks: Speaking of Smith, let’s check in on his situation. He was officially eligible to be traded as of yesterday, so you can expect the rumor mill to continue going strong in New York until either a deal gets done or the deadline passes. The team--specifically head coach Mike Woodson--appears to have had quite enough with his on-court antics, and have been actively seeking out a deal.
The problem is, there seems to be no market whatsoever for Smith, who is a genuine talent but is far more trouble than he’s worth. We’ll keep you posted as the situation develops.

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