With the NBA trade deadline coming forth on Feb 21, there is a lot of chatter coming from Boston, Memphis, Atlanta, and Indiana regarding key players. I’m sure the Celtics are looking to offload two or more recently acquired players who are underachieving and have yet to reach expectations. I expect Boston players, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, and Jason Terry, to be among the list of players on the trading block, however, don’t be surprised if Celtics All-Star guard Rajon Rondo’s name, gets thrown around as trade bait in exchange for a marquee player. Celtic guards, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry, are averaging career lows in both scoring and field goal percentage. One would argue that Doc Rivers’ focus on defense simply isn’t suited for players who are known primarily for putting the ball in the hoop. On the other hand, you have Jeff Green who has a ton of talent but has yet to play up to the same level he performed while playing for the Thunder. I doubt if any team will be singularly interested in Courtney Lee and Jason Terry unless they are included in a multi-player deal. Look for big moves in bean-town.
There are speculation reports that the Boston Celtics are in talks with the Los Angels Lakers in a trade involving Dwight Howard and Rajon Rhondo. Stay tuned for more updates.
The time has come for Josh Smith to move on, perhaps to a team in contention for a real playoff run. Josh Smith’s name has been on the trade block for years but the Hawks have yet to act on any past and present offers. Smith’s contract ends this summer and he ranks at the top of the trade rumor mill and his recent suspension from the team displays some unhappiness with coaching and the organization. I doubt if Smith will be traded unless the Hawks can receive a player of equal or more value. The Hawks don’t appear to be interested in rebuilding, maybe after next season.
In my opinion Rudy Gay is the best player amongst all the current trade talk. Rudy Gay can be the franchise player for many of the underachieving teams in the NBA. If you witnessed what James Harden brought to the Houston Rockets, please understand we’re speaking of an All-Star caliber player who can create his own shot. Sadly, Rudy Gay is surrounded by a stacked Memphis team and his contributions are out-shined by the performances of Zack Randolph and Mark Gasol.
The Grizzles lost in the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs in 2010 without an injured Gay and lost in the first round last year with him healthy. If the Grizzles fail to get past the first round of the playoffs, expect Rudy Gay to be on the move. I reiterate, a trade would be the best career move for Gay, he’s an upgrade for any franchise but I don’t see him going anywhere this season.
With the resurgence of Paul George carrying the offensive load for the Pacers, Danny Granger’s stock has fell tremendously. Both George and Granger have similar games yet I’m not sure both players will gel together on the court. George is leading the Pacers in points per game (17.3), and steals (1.8), also proving he’s capable of being both an All-Star and a franchise caliber playe. His play in the win against the Miami Heat this year was impressive and I almost forgot Danny Granger was a member of the team. The Pacers are sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with all indications of grabbing a playoff seed, all with an injured Granger; so I expect Granger to be among the top trades this year.
Which player is likely to be traded? (Multiple Answers allowed)
- Josh Smith (32%, 18 Votes)
- Danny Granger (30%, 17 Votes)
- Rudy Gay (25%, 14 Votes)
- Rajon Rondo (14%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 47