For NBA fans, the month of February is one of the most exciting parts of the season simply because teams have a lot of potential to make major changes in their respective lineups right before the trade deadline. While trades involving role players and prospects are a common thing, the one that makes the most noise is when a superstar is rumored to be on the move. This is what's happening right now with New York Knicks superstar forward Carmelo Anthony.
The trade deadline is less than a week away, and rumors are spreading fast as wildfire, though less than half of them come true or materialize. According to a report from Frank Isola of New York Daily News, there are preliminary talks being held by three teams — the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks swapping big names, including Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. The said discussions were reportedly centered on Anthony playing for Cleveland.
But there are two obvious reasons why this trade rumor may never come out to see the light of day. For one, Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, which means that he only can be traded if he waives that right. But the report said that Anthony has no plans of waiving that no-trade clause. more >>
The Kansas City Royals made a significant signing on Thursday, successfully completing two objectives in just one move, and that is to officially ink third baseman Mike Moustakas to a two-year deal worth $14.3 million. This new development does not only help the team avoid arbitration but also allowed them to buy out Moustakas' final year of his original contract.
The 27-year-old played remarkable baseball last season for the Royals, where he earned his first trip to the All-Star game. He averaged .284 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs. He likewise averaged in career high numbers both in slugging and on-base percentage.
As a player eligible for arbitration, he and the Royals were expected to face each other in arbitration hearing after a huge difference in salary offers with the team presenting $4.2 million, while Moustakas offering $7 million. But before a hearing could be scheduled, the parties agreed to a settlement amount of $5.6 million for the upcoming season and $8.7 million for the next, implying that the Royals have actually given the third baseman a two-year deal. more >>
The Houston Rockets may have finally pushed the panic button by initiating trade talks with other teams concerning All-Star center Dwight Howard, with the trade deadline only a few days away. Reports are claiming that the team front office is working closely with Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, in making a good deal that will benefit the parties involved.
While most people are utterly confused as to why the Rockets would trade someone like Howard, especially with the fact that the team almost made it to the NBA Finals last season with him and James Harden leading. Well, by looking at the current contract status of the eight-time All-Star, it actually makes a lot of sense.
Howard will hit free agency by the summer by way of the opt-out clause he is entitled to in his contract, the purpose of which is for him to explore other offers in the hope of landing a maximum contract. more >>
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently locked in at first place in the Eastern Conference, but it certainly appears they're not satisfied with what they have right now. The team is reportedly looking to add a wing player who can provide a better scoring option.
Several sources say that the Cavs are making some inquiries about the availability of several players, including the Sacramento Kings' Ben McLemore, Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson, and the Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver.
McLemore is the youngest of the three and was the seventh pick of the Kings during the 2013 NBA Draft. He didn't make that much of an impact in his first year in the league but has seen a lot of improvements as of late. This season, he is averaging close to 10 points a game and 2.7 rebounds. The Cavs are interested in the 6-foot-5 wing man probably because of his size and athleticism. more >>
The Los Angeles Clippers are having a tough year with their All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who, in a span of two months, has made headlines due to an injury and the altercation with a team staff member that led to another injury. And because this is the NBA, every player out there who messes something up becomes the center of trade talks, and Griffin is no exception to that.
Head coach Doc Rivers has denied repeatedly the rumors that Griffin is on his way out and that the Clippers aren't interested in trading him. However, the case would be a lot different if an outsider team is the one making a strong push to get him. This is where the Orlando Magic comes in.
Orlando has been struggling in their past 10 games and sources are saying that the front office is looking to "put something big together" just before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Well, it should make perfect sense if the Magic make a pitch for Griffin considering that they too have someone very valuable to offer — Tobias Harris. Combine that with the fact that LA might genuinely be looking to get rid of him because of the off-court issue, then a swap between the two stars should be an interesting thought. more >>
Back in 2007, the Los Angeles Lakers, while having the pressure and ire of a disgruntled Kobe Bryant, tried to offer him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for then budding superstar LeBron James.
According to a report from ESPN, Bryant was the one who demanded to be traded before the start of the 2007-2008 season when he became very frustrated by the team's lack of promise and action to remain as a team bent on winning even after the departure of another star, Shaquille O'Neal.
The Lakers won three straight NBA championships from 2000 up to 2002, but eventually faltered in the succeeding years after getting defeated by the younger and defensive-minded Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals. Everything came falling down after that, starting in 2005 when the team missed the playoffs. It was followed by two consecutive first-round playoff exits at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. That was when Bryant had enough, eventually asking for a trade. more >>