It's deadline day in the NBA which means all 30 teams will be scrambling to make the last minute additions -or subtractions- from their teams. From the Miami Heat all the way down to the Milwaukee Bucks, front office staff will be working around the clock to strike deals in the hope of taking a step closer to the promised land, the NBA title.
Here are some of the biggest whispers swirling around about possible deals in today's commotion.
Rondo's name has been thrown into numerous trade rumours recently which is somewhat surprising since he is one of the best pure point guards in the game.
Having led the NBA in assist for the past two seasons, his court vision and ability to find hit players right on the money is second to none, so it's understandable why any team would love to have him on their roster. Therefore it doesn't really make a lot of sense for the Boston Celtics to be shopping him around. After all, there's no smoke without fire.
General Manager Danny Ainge has been searching high and low for draft picks after hitting the reset button in the off season by shipping the contracts of veterans Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and long time Celtic, Paul Pierce for draft picks, young assets and expiring contracts.
Hell, he even traded away his Head Coach when the Los Angeles Clippers gave the up a first round pick as compensation for releasing Doc Rivers from his contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks have all shown interest and made some interesting enquiries, but it's the Sacramento Kings who have tabled the biggest offer. According to a Yahoo Sports report, the Kings are willing to part ways with Isiah Thomas, Ben Mclemore and two first round picks.
"Kings and C's discussed a deal involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and a pick for Rajon Rondo, but Rondo wasn't interested in re-signing with Sacramento and the Kings strongly value McLemore." (per ESPN's Marc Stein)
The Houston Rockets are also allegedly in the running for the point guard, but the Celtic are asking for A LOT in return for their biggest asset.
Unless someone comes in with a ridiculously good offer then expert Rajon Rondo to stay put. Either that or if Ainge eases up on his demands, though there's more chance of seeing pigs flying, or me marrying a supermodel - not likely.
CBS insider Ken Berger reported that teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks are all trying to assemble packages to release Kevin Love from the clutches of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the likelihood of a move before the deadline is very low.
Love, a California native who went to UCLA, hasn't exactly kept it a secret that he likes allure of the big market teams. And with him becoming a free Agent in 2015, the general consensus is that he won't be resigning with the Minnesota after years of missing out on the Playoffs.
Nonetheless, team President Flip Saunders won't be looking to move his best player any time soon as he will most likely feel he still has plenty of time to convince him to stay. Besides, there's always next year's trade deadline to strike a deal if he thinks Love will walk away for nothing.
Gasol has had to endure his name being dragged into near enough every trade rumour which involved the Los Angeles Laker this year, but with his contract coming to an end, L.A. needing picks and the season all but down the drain, the circumstances are just too perfect for nothing to happen.
The Phoenix Suns appear to be the likely landing spot for the Spaniard seen as they have plenty of Draft picks to entice the Mitch Kupchak to pull the trigger. But the stumbling block as is the the greed of the selling team.
Sure, it's up in the air who will blink first, but come 3 pm ET (8pm British time), Pau Gasol will be a member of the Phoenix Suns, it makes way too much sense for it not to happen.
The Lakers would avoid a harsher luxury tax penalty if they dump the Spaniard's $19 million salary, while Phoenix would add a high calibre bigman to help them in their quest to move up the Western Conference rankings. At the very least he would allow them to make some noise in the Playoffs.
New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony has made it abundantly clear he wants to win and wants to win now. So much so that he's even said he's willing to take a pay cut in order to see his title dreams come true-though jury is out on how much he actually meant that. However he isn't sure the New York Knicks are the team he can do so with, therefore the All-Star intends to test the Free Agency waters this coming offseason.
Obviously the Knicks don't want that, especially after giving up so much for him, so they have been scrambling to gather talent in hope of pleasing their most precious asset. Consequently that has linked them with near-enough every NBA player under the sun.
Iman Shumpert has been the primary player used as trade bait in the pursuit of Denver's Kenneth Faried, Toronto's Kyle Lowry all the way to the Clipper's Darren Collison.
'Melo himself has been linked to trade rumours this season, but he was quick to brush them aside at the All-Star Weekend by stating that, "I know for a fact the Knicks aren't going to trade me." He may seem absolutely sure that he isn't going anywhere any time soon, but you never know what happens in the NBA.
Nevertheless, Anthony might be untouchable, though the same can't be said for any of his teammates. Who knows, maybe someone might be optimistic -dumb- enough to take Amar'e Stoudemire of their hands.
The New York Knicks will undoubtedly be active on deadline days, but in all honesty, trying to predict who will be going in and out of the door is near enough impossible.
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