NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 1/30/14
NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
January 30, 2014
With a pretty thin schedule in the NBA tonight, this morning makes a good time to go over some of the pervasive rumors out there regarding potential trades and the players involved. There’s no shortage of speculation when it comes to wheeling and dealing in the NBA, so let’s try to analyze some of the scenarios being thrown around and see if we can figure out what’s likely to happen before the trade deadline on February 20.
Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: One of the big names who seems perennially attached to trade rumors this season is Rondo, but so far a deal has yet to gain any traction. Part of the issue is the Celtics’ likely asking price: They’ll want draft picks, prospects, etc. If Rondo ends up leaving, Boston will officially be in full-on rebuilding mode and not likely to entice a big-fish free agent to move there this off-season.
One of the possible destinations being thrown around as a potential Rondo landing spot is Houston, who could definitely use his services (and would immediately become a scary starting lineup with him on board). We’re not really buying it at this point, though. The Rockets have big pieces to put forth in a trade--Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik have been named as potential trade pieces--but their assets come with huge contracts attached. We suppose anything is possible with some financial wrangling involved, it’s just difficult to imagine at the moment.
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Greg Monroe, PF, Detroit Pistons: Well, is he or isn’t he? There’s been a ton of speculation surrounding Monroe and a potential trade lately, and it’s difficult sorting out a likely scenario. Here’s the truth: Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond haven’t been as effective together as the team had hoped, and they’re starting to get away from that three-big lineup they had so much invested in. That’s led to speculations about a potential trade for Monroe, but there are a couple of things standing in the way here.
The Pistons--and just about everyone in the horrid Eastern Conference--are within reach of a playoff spot. They’ve also reportedly told interested teams that Monroe isn’t on the market at the moment.
Still, a lot can change in three weeks. If the Pistons do a nosedive in the standings and can’t get their preferred lineup to work, they could end up making a move. Monroe would be the most likely candidate to go, given the fact that he’s a free agent and the team’s financial commitments to Smith and Drummond are quite a bit more substantial.
Kyle Lowry, PG, Toronto Raptors: Toronto is stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place with Lowry. Despite reports emerging earlier this week that said they’d more than likely be trading him, it’s getting more and more difficult to imagine that scenario unfolding.
The Raptors have been winning lately, and looking pretty good doing it. Lowry himself dropped a season-high 33 points in a double-double against the Magic just last night. That brings them to 24-21 with wins in four of their last five games.
Depending on where things go from here--and how desperate certain teams get--there still exists the possibility of a trade within the next few weeks, but considering the Raptors’ current position in the standings, and the anticipated PG market during the upcoming off-season, we really wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in a Toronto uniform in 2014-15.
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