Missed any news on the trade front these past couple of days?
If you have, this is completely understandable. Rumors around the league have recently increased immensely, and all these incessant pseudo-news can be very tough to follow.
Thankfully, for those of you in need, The Pick and Roll has you covered. So read on, my fellow fanatics: the information you desire is but a few lines away.
Omer Asik to the Sixers?
Rockets center Omer Asik has popped up in trade talks from the moment Houston landed Dwight Howard, and apparently, the organization is now determined to move the big man by December 19. Whether or not this actually occurs remains to be seen, but if reports regarding a deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers are true, it’s highly possible an exchange happens sooner rather than later.
Word around the league suggests the Rockets and 76ers already have a deal in place, and if Houston fails to find a better package, they will reportedly end up pulling the trigger on this trade. While the main athlete Houston would receive remains unknown at this time, it is rather obvious who the Rockets would desire in return: Sixers forward Thaddeus Young. Athletic, talented, and youthful, Young would fill the four-spot well alongside Howard, and while he isn’t necessarily the most ideal option for Houston, he is still capable of efficiently spreading the floor offensively and providing versatility defensively.
In addition to the 76ers, there have also been reports regarding the Rockets’ interest in trading for Hawks’ power forward Paul Milsap. This seems to be the deal Houston prefers, but since Atlanta just signed Milsap this past summer at the bargain price of 2 years, $19 million, the odds of this trade happening are indeed very slim.
Moving forward, it seems as though an exchange between Houston and Philly is the most likely scenario to occur. However, do not count out other destinations around the league just yet, as the NBA is always full of surprises.
Knicks still pursuing Lowry, Shumpert may be shipped out with Amare
Recently, Knicks’ owner James Dolan denied a deal which would have given them Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry. In this trade, the Knicks would have given up Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, and either Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., or a 2018 first round pick.
Now, while Dolan did indeed veto this particular exchange, Lowry rockin’ a Knicks jersey is still very possible, as the team will likely continue discussions regarding their interest in adding the floor general to their back court. However, if a deal in fact does go down, do not expect Shumpert to be included as an option. Apparently, when it comes to the talented shooting guard, New York has other plans.
It is no secret Shumpert’s trade value around the association is very, very high. The two guard is athletic, efficient, and reliable on both ends of the court, and at the youthful age of 23, the Georgia Tech product still possesses much more room to develop in all areas of his game. Due to this fact, it seems as though the Knicks plan on trading him by including him in a package with aging big man Amar’e Stoudemire.
Think about the thought process here for a second: by placing Iman in a package with Amar’e, other organizations would have incentive to take on Stoudemire’s incredibly large contract. Perfect plan, am I right or am I right?
Obviously, whether or not this can actually work has yet to be determined. Quite frankly, I personally do not see this happening, as Shumpert is not fully proven and Amar’e is worth well below his salary. However, the fact of the matter is New York plans on attempting this in the future, and as the situation currently stands, Iman will not be involved in a deal for Kyle Lowry.
- With the continuous clashing going on between Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers are open once again to the idea of shipping the Spaniard off to another ball club. While Pau’s colossal contract will likely prevent an exchange from happening, it seems GM Mitch Kupchak has already inquired about a deal involving New York’s Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler. However, at this point, no trade involving Gasol is imminent, and based on the information I provided earlier regarding Shumpert, it is likely this particular scenario will never come close to actually occurring.
- In order to take some of the pressure off of Dwyane Wade and his ailing knees, the Miami Heat are interested in acquiring shooting guard Jordan Crawford from the Boston Celtics. Now, despite the fact Boston (11-14) is sitting in fourth place in the disgustingly dreadful Eastern Conference, this club is actually focused on rebuilding and not on winning ball games. As a result, the odds of the C’s trading Crawford away for pieces may end up working in Miami’s favor.
- Reports have surfaced suggesting that the Suns are determined to receive a star player in exchange for 2014 draft picks. GM Ryan McDonough desires to gain a proven athlete who can make an impact right away, and with Phoenix possessing four picks in the loaded 2014 draft, it is very possible the franchises’ plan comes to fruition.
What do you readers think about these trade rumors? Do you think any of these deals will transpire, or will the majority of them fall through? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.