NBA trade deadline: Rounding up trade rumors

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The NBA season is over halfway completed, but the busiest part of the business schedule is just beginning. Now that teams have seen what they currently have on their rosters, the trade market is starting to heat up with the February 19th trade deadline just a week away.

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NBA trade deadline: Rounding up trade rumors

Enes Kanter wants out of Utah?

Enes Kanter‘s name hasn’t come up all that much this season in trade rumors, but reports have come out that he is frustrated and would like the Utah Jazz to trade him. There would likely be quite a few teams interested in acquiring the 6’11” center out of the University of Kentucky.

He is a very skilled big man, and has averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. There is still a lot of room for improvement on the defensive side of the basketball, but at 22 years of age there is plenty of time for him to work on that. Utah likely doesn’t want to move him, but if he has indeed asked for a trade then they would listen to offers.

There are always places for a big man with that type of size to land, but any potential trade will depend on how much the Jazz are going to be asking in return for him. Kanter is also a restricted free agent this coming offseason.

Assuming this report is true and he has asked for a trade, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his name come up fairly often over the next seven days. Utah isn’t wanting to break up their young core, but they do have Rudy Gobert to replace Kanter if they do trade him.

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Phoenix Suns looking to trade Goran Dragic?

The Phoenix Suns are a team that could either be very busy at the trade deadline or extremely quiet. There have been rumors surrounding both Gerald Green and Goran Dragic, but Dragic is the name that teams are interested in the most. According to a recent report from Gery Woefel, the Suns are willing to trade Dragic if they receive a first-round pick in return.

If that is indeed their asking price, they won’t have to wait too long before they get an offer they like. Plenty of teams need legitimate franchise point guards, and that is exactly what Dragic is. There is a risk of losing him in free agency next offseason assuming he does accept his player option as he has already stated, but there are contenders in need of a point guard that would be happy to deal a late first-round pick for him.

Houston would be an ideal fit for Dragic, but another team to keep an eye on is the Indiana Pacers. Larry Bird has made it clear that he wants to contend for the playoffs this year, and there were rumors surrounding a Roy Hibbert for Dragic swap this past offseason.

Dragic will see his name come up quite often in trade rumors for the next week. Phoenix has had some issues with the three-guard lineup this year, and they just gaveIsaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe new deals last offseason. If they do make a major trade, Dragic is the most likely piece to be heading out of Phoenix.

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Arron Afflalo trade interest is picking up

Perhaps the most talked about name in trade rumors lately has been Denver Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo. Quite a few teams have been showing interest in him, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Throughout the 2014 season so far in 53 games, Afflalo has averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. He has shot 42.8 percent from the field overall and 33.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. There are legitimate concerns about his consistent so far this season, but he is more than capable of working through that.

Reports have stated that the Nuggets would like a first-round pick in return for Afflalo. That is a fair exchange for a contending team with a late-round pick, and he is one name that is highly expected to move in the next week.

More rumors will come out with Afflalo’s name attached, and he would likely welcome a trade. He will have the option to be a free agent this coming offseason, which means that any team that acquires him will likely be getting him for a half-season rental. It is a risk that contenders have to take, especially with what Afflalo is capable of bringing to the floor.

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Orlando Magic shopping Andrew Nicholson

One name that hasn’t been heard too much in trade talks, is young Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson. He has yet to live up to the potential that many saw in him during the 2012 NBA Draft. There simply aren’t minutes for him in Orlando, and the Magic have placed him on the trade block.

Nicholson has only played in 18 games all season long, and has averaged just 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Despite the lack of production, he is still an attractive trade piece assuming the Magic aren’t asking for much in return. At 25 years of age he still has room to grow, and he has shown flashes of talent throughout his three-year NBA career.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Nicholson move if the asking price for him is a second-round pick. Orlando isn’t going to be demanding too much in return, and teams are always interested in giving young talent another chance.

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Could Nik Stauskas get moved?

The Sacramento Kings selected Michigan shooter Nik Stauskas with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but it appears that they are already open to trading him at the right price. Ben McLemore has stepped his game up this season, which makes Stauskas an expendable piece. According to Ken Berger, the Kings would like to acquire a legitimate big man to pair with DeMarcus Cousins in the front-court.

Milwaukee Bucks beat writer Gery Woelfel seems to believe that the Bucks are a legitimate contender to acquire Stauskas from the Kings, although there is no mention of what they would give up.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see quite a bit of interest begin to grow in Stauskas at the deadline. There are plenty of teams that are looking to rebuild for the future, and there are talented front-court players that are available in trade talks as well. Sacramento would have a hard time pulling the trigger, but they have been very aggressive on the trade market over the past year.

Stauskas has averaged 3.4 points per game so far this season in very limited minutes. He has shot just 26.1 percent from behind the three-point arc, but consistent minutes would help fix that number.

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So far this year, there have already been quite a few big trades. Rajon Rondo went to Dallas, Corey Brewer went to Houston, Mo Williams went to Charlotte, and Jeff Green went to Memphis. All of those trades are major difference makers for the teams that made the moves, and there are more players on the trade market that could end up moving. It could very well end up being one of the busiest deadlines that the NBA has seen in a while.

Now that we are in the final week before the deadline, a rumor roundups are in order. Hoops Habit will have you covered for the next week of trade rumors, speculation, reaction, and a lot of other NBA analysis.


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