Players Who Could Be Dealt at the NBA Trade Deadline 2.0
The trade deadline is only 2 days away and so far no major deals other than those involving Luol Deng and Rudy Gay have fallen through.
We recently heard rumblings of a potential Pau Gasol trade (feels like every year one of these surfaces), but the Lakers ended up demanding more than Phoenix was willing to offer, leading to both sides ceasing talks entirely.
So as we inch closer to February 20th this question remains. Will this deadline be relatively quiet like last year? Or are we in store for a more busy deadline like in 2012? Here’s some trade rumors that are brewing and have the potential to occur in the next couple of weeks.
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls
Recently there’s been rumblings that Carmelo Anthony may consider joining forces with Derrick Rose in the ‘Windy City’, but in order for that to happen the Bulls must find a taker for Taj Gibson.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Suns Times reported that the Lakers and other teams have shown interest in the Bulls veteran so it’s very possible we see him along with other teammates moved before the deadline.
Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic
Like last year when the Magic moved J.J. Redick at the last hours of the deadline, the team is remaining stiff as a brick when it comes to trade talks demanding draft picks or young assets in return for their veterans.
Currently the only veteran on their roster that can retain those demands is guard Arron Afflalo, who’s easily having the best season in his career averaging 20 points and shooting lights out from behind the arc at 42.7%.
Even if the Magic can’t find a deal by the deadline, it’s safe to say they’ll move the sharpshooter during the draft once they can find what they’re looking for.
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.
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