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Charlotte Bobcats to acquire Evan Turner?

Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers have let it be known 4th year forward Evan Turner is available to anyone interested.  Despite the career-best 17.9 points per game Turner is producing this season, the rebuilding franchise is seemingly against the idea of signing the scorer to an expensive extension this offseason.  As a result, the ball club is scrupulously searching for a deal, as they would rather receive assets in return than lose the Ohio State product without gain.

Considering the situation, it seems as though Philly will have a tough time achieving their goal:  since Turner hits restricted free agency in the summer, it is likely most interested organizations will exercise patience and wait.  Apparently, however, this statement does not apply to all, as the Charlotte Bobcats have emerged as potential partners in a deal.  Via the Charlotte Observer:

"The Philadelphia 76ers are open to trading forward Evan Turner and the Charlotte Bobcats have looked into acquiring him, an NBA source confirmed to the Observer Monday."

The article goes on to state Charlotte believes Turner can provide the scoring punch they need to qualify for the postseason.

Obviously, the Bobcats are intrigued.  Question is, are the 76ers open to receiving what Charlotte has to offer?

While the official answer at this point is unknown, the assumption is their interest has been sparked. Currently, the Bobcats boast three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, and while all of these picks are protected (two to the Pistons' and Blazers', and their own may go to the Bulls based on protection), these are assets a rebuilding organization cannot completely ignore.  Mix in the fact the 2014 draft is expected to be loaded with talent, and it is clear Philadelphia will be tempted to at least explore a trade with Charlotte.

In addition to their picks, the Bobcats also have Ben Gordon.  Now, you are probably scratching your head as to why Philly would even be remotely intrigued by the prospect of acquiring Ben Gordon.  If I were reading this, I too would do the exact same – I mean, it's Evan Turner for Ben Gordon.  However, what if I told you Gordon is on an expiring contract worth $13.2 million?  Would this bit of information change your thoughts?

Hopefully, it would.  Unsurprisingly enough, this is indeed the case, and if the 76ers were to acquire Gordon via trade, they could shed a boatload of salary for 2014 free agency.  Contrary to popular belief, trading Evan Turner for Ben Gordon is actually an excellent option.

So, based on these facts, it is evident both ball clubs likely possess the curiosity necessary to engage in trade talks as well as the assets necessary to pull off a deal.  But is Evan Turner really the best option for Charlotte for the long-term?

That, my dear readers, is a question for another time.  If you have any thoughts, please leave them in the comment section below.

Cleveland Cavaliers to Trade Dion Waiters?

Recently, the newly-acquired Luol Deng made these comments regarding his thoughts on the Cleveland Cavaliers (via Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News):

"The stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago.  It's a mess."

According to Lawrence, this "stuff" the small forward refers to includes players getting thrown out of practice, mouthing off to head coach Mike Brown, and threatening to not play in ball games – just to name a few.

While many of the athletes on this current Cleveland roster can certainly label themselves as guilty of these accusations, one baller who stands out in particular is second-year two guard Dion Waiters. Whether through his confrontation with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson early in the year, or the fact he has misbehaved to the point that he was recently kicked out of practice, the Syracuse product has proven time and time again he is completely incapable of handling himself professionally.

As a result, with the trade deadline fast approaching and the Cavs looking to shake things up, the ball club is interested in potentially shipping Waiters off to another ball club.  Via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

"Two sources close to the team confirmed that barring a significant turnaround before the trade deadline, this roster will likely face some upheaval.  That very well could include Waiters, whose act has worn thin on his teammates and various members of the organization."

It is apparent Waiters' behavior has had an extremely negative impact on the entire Cleveland organization, as the ball club is struggling to succeed in games due to the players' inability to mesh both on and off the court.  While he may be immature, Dion is undeniably one of the most talented athletes on this roster, and when a top player on a team consistently acts erratically, the unit as a whole tends to suffer the unfortunate consequences.  Therefore, the Cavaliers' thought process behind trading Waiters away makes sense:  Dion's attitude is a virus negatively infecting the franchise, and the franchise wants to simply remove said virus.

As far as other teams possessing the willingness to actually accept this virus is concerned, there are likely a plethora of ball clubs which are prepared to give Waiters a chance.  If Deng's recent comments serve as any sort of indicator, it is clear the Cavs are one of the worst-disciplined squads in the league.  Dion is a rising young prospect with a ton of offensive potential, and if he is placed in a situation where he is properly disciplined and given the chance to grow as a person, he is more than capable of thriving in the NBA.  Multiple organizations possess the ability to give Waiters this chance, and if Cleveland can find the right deal, they can undoubtedly exchange the talented shooting guard for whatever they desire in return.

Throughout the course of this season, Waiters has been connected to trade rumors involving the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns – to name a few.  It will be interesting to see if the Cavs are able to ship him off to any of these teams before the trade deadline is reached.  At this point, anything can happen.

NBA Trade Rumor Wrap-Up: Greg Monroe, Jeff Green Both on the Move?

With the NBA trade deadline less than a month away (February 20th, to be exact), numerous rumors regarding potential deals have emerged around the association.  Much like high school students with their studies, ball clubs possess a tendency to procrastinate:  if they're interested in shaking up their roster, they usually wait until the very last minute to do so.  As a result, multiple trades occur during the weeks leading up to the deadline, and, to no one's surprise, an even greater amount of rumors pop up and make their way across the inter-web.

Without further ado, let us explore the most recent rumors dealing with the specific trade interests of specific organizations:

The Washington Wizards Want Greg Monroe

Recently, the Wizards expressed a desire to acquire fourth-year center Greg Monroe from the frontcourt of the Detroit Pistons.  For Washington, Monroe is unquestionably the most sensible player to pursue, as he would fit in with the current roster perfectly.

There are three reasons as to why this is the case:

1)  He's young.  At the age of 23, the man known as "Moose" is similar in age to both Bradley Beal (20) and John Wall (23).  Place Monroe alongside these up-and-coming athletes, and the Wizards would possess a core capable of wrecking havoc on the league for a majority – if not all – of the next decade.

2)  He's good.  In the midst of Detroit's crowded frontcourt which also boasts talents like Andre Drummond and Josh Smith, Monroe is currently posting averages of 14.2 PTS and 8.7 REBS.  Not too many centers can produce at this rate on their own, let alone while playing alongside the likes of Drummond (12.7 PTS, 12.6 REBS) and J-Smoove (15.7 PTS, 6.9 REBS).  If given complete command of the inside –which would undoubtedly be the case in Washington– not only would Greg's numbers improve, but the Wizards' squad as a whole would improve.

3)  The contracts of both Trevor Ariza ($7.7 M)  and Marcin Gortat ($7.7 M) expire after this season.  With Monroe due to enter restricted free agency once the current campaign concludes, the expiration of both Ariza's and Gortat's deals would allow Washington to sign the center to the max contract he deserves.

Since Monroe's restricted free agency is fast approaching and the Pistons do possess Drummond as well as Smith, Detroit is indeed open to the idea of making an exchange involving the big man. However, at this point, it is unclear as to whether or not the ball club is willing to make a deal with the Wizards. The Pistons are in desperate need of a solid wing player, and unfortunately for Washington, unless they decide to give up Beal (spoiler alert: they won't), the athletes they have to offer will likely serve as unsatisfactory options.  Rookie small forward Otto Porter Jr. might be capable of sparking Detroit's interest, but due to the slow start the 20 year old has experienced thus far in his rookie season, his value has decreased significantly since being selected 3rd overall.

To sum it up, Greg Monroe's move to the Wizards is a definite possibility.  Should Washington fail to produce a package worthy of catching the Detroit management's eyes however, it's likely the squad will simply end up pursuing the big fella come free agency.

Boston Celtics Determined to Trade Jeff Green

Currently, the Boston Celtics are undergoing a rebuild. While many are under the impression the franchise is looking to move Rajon Rondo, the reality is quite the opposite:  Boston is quite keen to keep Rondo in green for the long haul.  Rather than giving up their superstar, the club is instead intrigued by the prospect of trading forward Jeff Green.

Obviously, this makes a lot more sense:  it is better to give up a non-star player with market value than lose one of the best point guards in the game.

The question is, which athlete would the Celtics target in return for Green's talents?

One possibility:  Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.

An Asik-Green swap would work out perfectly for both sides, as Asik would serve as a solid defensive presence for Boston and Green as a reliable stretch four for Houston.  Of course, this possibility is only one of what will probably turn out to be a plethora, as multiple clubs will likely compete for the chance to receive a baller of Green's caliber (15.7 PTS, 5.0 REBS thus far in 2013/14).

It will be interesting to see who the Celtics end up receiving in return for Jeff Green.  The team is determined to shake up their roster, and with the offensive potential the forward possesses, odds are a deal involving the 27 year old gets done before the deadline.

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What do you readers think about these rumors?  Will any of these trade scenarios actually come to fruition, or will all these clubs fail to achieve what they desire?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.