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NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/14/14

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

February 14, 2014

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With the NBA quiet now thanks to the All-Star break, this morning is a good opportunity to check out some of the persistent trade rumors around the league. There’s no shortage of speculation out there--as usual--so let’s take a closer look at some of the developing storylines that could materialize into real-world trades before the February 20 deadline.

Eric Gordon, SG, New Orleans Pelicans: It’s been no surprise that the Pelicans are trying to unload Gordon before the deadline, but as yet there haven’t been a lot of teams outwardly showing interest. That appears to have changed this week, however, as the Bucks have been taking a close look at the sixth-year guard recently.
Milwaukee is bad--that much is fact--and they’ve pretty much locked up the worst record in the NBA. They’ll be looking to make improvements with young talent before next year--in the draft and possibly through trades/free agency. A Gordon deal would be a step in the right direction, and the team wouldn’t have to mortgage their future to get him. It makes sense, but the teams have to find some common ground first.

NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/14/14

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Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver Nuggets: From a familiar pair of trading partners comes a familiar trade situation. This Faried deal just refuses to die, and it’s reportedly gained some renewed traction over the past few days.
New York is apparently trying once again to sell Denver on the idea of a Faried-for-Iman-Shumpert deal, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The Knicks’ big men are beat up (not to mention old) and there’s really no in-the-paint Robin to Tyson Chandler’s Batman. Faried would fit that role nicely, but the Nuggets seem reluctant to get a deal done--and they’ve said before that they’re not trading Faried to anyone.
New York is in a tough spot when it comes to looking appealing. They have virtually no viable draft assets (traded away) and few appealing young pieces to package in a deal. Shumpert is one of their few bargaining chips, and if Denver doesn’t take the bait, we could see a meltdown in the Big Apple.

Evan Turner, SF, Philadelphia 76ers: With Turner’s contract expiring this year (the Sixers have said they’re not picking up his qualifying offer), he’s been a hot topic of trade talks over the past few weeks. Now it appears we have a potential suitor for Turner, and also the framework of a potential deal.
The Bobcats are reportedly trying hard to make this deal happen, putting a first-round draft pick and Ben Gordon (who has an expiring contract) on the table. The question here is which pick Charlotte is offering up in the trade. The Cats own a pair of picks in the first round of the upcoming draft: one relatively high (Detroit’s) and one relatively low (Portland’s). Any potential sticking point will probably be rooted there.
Whether or not all that talk is true or just posturing, we’ll have to wait and see. Regardless, Turner will more than likely be on the move before the deadline and this is a situation that will only heat up as the February 20 date approaches.

Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: Rondo will be another hot topic of conversation in this coming week, at least from an offers standpoint. The Celtics have given no indication that they’re in the market to move him, but a handful of teams (including the aforementioned Knicks) are expected to try and get Boston to bite.
The Celtics are thinking toward the future--2015 to be exact--and they’d like to parse some salary in preparation for that. In the right circumstance, we can see a Rondo move, but it’ll take a heck of an offer.

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