NBA trade rumors: LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs
NBA trade rumors have reached a new high with the trade deadline nearing. LA Lakers power forward, Dwight Howard has once again emerged as the subject of a potential trade before the deadline ends on February 21. Though the Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak, has refuted the rumors of a possible trade of Howard, some reports suggest that Howard’s teammates doubt his ability, which might force Kupchak to change his mind.
Kobe Bryant is reportedly not sure about Howard’s approach, mental toughness and overall willingness, that will help the Lakers to flourish. Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and several others have also echoed the same concern about Howard. Lakers are still in contention to reach the playoffs and make a championship run, which might not be an unlikely situation.
Atlanta Hawks are still immersed in the confusion surrounding the trade of Josh Smith. The team is reportedly now looking for a combination of expiring contracts, young players and draft picks in exchange for the power forward. Phoenix Suns have apparently been the most aggressive team in the pursuit of Smith, though the uncertainty of the trade has created a lot of confusion.
Earlier reports suggested that Brooklyn Nets were on the brink of signing Smith while Boston Celtics are also reportedly chasing the point guard. The Hawks reportedly approached Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes in exchange for Josh Smith, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
DeJuan Blair might be on his way out of the San Antonio Spurs as the Spurs are reportedly looking to trade the power forward before he becomes a free agent this summer. Rumors suggest that Miami Heat or New York Knicks might make a run for Blair, but nothing can be confirmed yet.