Here are the latest NBA trade rumors around the league, featuring some old and new names.
Kevin Garnett most likely to remain a Celtic
In the last few days Kevin Garnett’s name has been thrown around the rumor mill, but the 36 year old power forward holds the last say thanks to his no-trade clause. The rumored move to the Los Angeles Clippers seems rather unlikely, and according to Denver Post, the rumored interest of the Denver Nuggets is not mutual:
Through his representatives, Garnett has let it be known he has no current interest in the Nuggets.
It was also reported that Garnett would not waive his no-trade clause unless Paul Pierce was also dealt, and even then he would only welcome a move to Los Angeles. Kevin Garnett might not be the player to be dealt before the Feb. 21 deadline, but the general consensus around the league is that the Celtics will be looking to swing some kind of a trade in the coming weeks.
Samuel Dalembert on the market?
Last night Samuel Dalembert gained league-wide attention, as he put up a monster game with 35 points and 12 rebounds on 17-21 shooting, in a losing effort to the Denver Nuggets.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Milwaukee Bucks might use this attention to ship Dalembert out of town:
Word is Bucks have been shopping Sam Dalembert thanks to emergence of Larry Sanders. Let's see if Sammy's 35 & 12 has impact on interest
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 6, 2013
Dalembert has not quite settled in with his new team, as he is averaging 15.8 minutes per game – his lowest since his rookie season in 2001-02.
Dalembert is headed for free-agency and his $6.7M expiring contract isn’t all too scary, as he is still a very capable center. With Larry Sanders having a breakthrough season, it would only be logical for the Bucks to listen to offers for the 6-foot-11 center.
With Calderon in town, will Pistons trade Bynum?
Will Bynum’s name has not really been mentioned in the rumor mill at all, until Jose Calderon arrived in Detroit through the Rudy Gay blockbuster deal.
Detroit Pistons seem keen on keeping Calderon around after his contract expires, and with both Stuckey and Knight also being able to handle the point guard duties, Bynum’s importance in the rotation will inevitably decrease.
Chris Sheridan, of SheridanHoops, pointed out that both the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder wouldn’t mind some backcourt help and it would make sense for these teams to inquire about Bynum’s availability.
In Oklahoma City’s case, both Eric Maynor and Reggie Jackson have seen limited minutes this season, with the former having quite a few DNP’s to his name. After trading away James Harden, the Thunder really wouldn’t mind having a solid player that could alleviate the heavy load that falls on Russell Westbrook.
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