NBA Players Likely To Be Dealt Before The Trade Deadline
With the trade deadline only about a month away teams are working the phones day and night to either improve their squad for the postseason or tear it down, planning for the 2014 draft and beyond.
We’ve already seen quiet a few trades take place like the recent Bynum for Deng swap or Rudy Gay getting sent to Sacramento, so what other deals are looming in the near future?
Here’s our take on which players are likely to be dealt following the latest trade rumors and speculations throughout the league.
Gary Neal, Milwaukee Bucks
It didn’t take long for Gary Neal to wear out his welcome in Milwaukee, recently getting in a nasty feud with teammate Larry Sanders and questioning his dedication to the team.
Since Sanders is set to be the franchise cornerstone of the Bucks, there’s no question the front office will favor their young center over an irate veteran riding the bench.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the team is already trying to do everything in its power to move Gary Neal before the trade deadline. It’s only a matter of time until the former Spur finds himself a new home.
Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors
This couldn’t be what GM Masai Ujiri was expecting after parting ways with Rudy Gay.
Instead of deteriorating and falling into lottery contention the team has improved rapidly, exerting itself into the playoff race with the fourth seed.
And while it all seems hunky dory in Canada to fans, the truth is Ujiri isn’t interested in a short lived postseason run.
According to Bill Ingram of HOOPSWORLD, Toronto is already trying to deal either one of their best players in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan so don’t be surprised to see their names pop up in a trade rather soon.
Arron Afflalo/Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic
It’s no secret that the Magic are in full fledged tank mode, far away from competing for a playoff spot and fully focused on the future development of the team.
Even though it’s beneficial to have a steady presence of veterans to mold younger players in the right direction, guys like Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson would be far better off on contending teams.
At the beginning of the season there were early rumblings of Nelson being on the trade block, but with Afflalo off to the best start in his career either guy could be up for grabs by the deadline.
Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets
I honestly feel bad for Andre Miller and how things have gone down hill for him this season.
For one the veteran’s getting stuck on the bench behind a crowded backcourt, and two he just snapped his streak of 239 straight appearances because new coach Brian Shaw felt like experimenting with the roster at his expense.
After lashing out at Shaw in frustration and receiving a 2 game suspension, the Nuggets have been actively looking to trade Miller to any team for almost pennies on the dollar.
The most recent rumor to surface mentioning the guard involves the Sacramento Kings who have offered Jimmer Fredette or Marcus Thorton according to Ken Burger of CBS Sports. With no room for him on the roster it’s only fair he should be traded to a team that will utilize him properly.
Omer Asik/Donatas Montiejunas, Houston Rockets
The fiasco surrounding the Rockets and Omer Asik has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. Over the course of a few months Asik has twice requested to be traded, and even sat out of games recently awaiting his imminent departure.
So far numerous deals have fallen through for the disgruntled center, but maybe involving a promising prospect like Donatas Montiejunas in a trade package will convince a team to make a move for both guys.
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Rockets are looking to move the 7-foot sophmore after he expressed frustration with the lack of playing time he’s received.
Hopefully both players can get their wish and find a new place to call home by February 20thto appease their current situations.