With the NBA Trade Deadline creeping up this afternoon, the rumors are swirling fast and furious. Here’s a look at a few of the stories that are circulating throughout the NBA:
After moving Jose Calderon as part of a deal for Rudy Gay earlier in the year, the Toronto Raptors are the favorite to land Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns. Telfair is in the final season of his current deal and the Raptors need a backup point guard.
As reported by RealGM, the Houston Rockets are involved in "high level" talks with the Atlanta Hawks on Josh Smith. The Hawks are looking to get back Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons in exchange for Smith but it appears the Rockets don’t want to part with both of those players. In an interesting twist, the Rockets have enough cap space to sign Smith outright in the offseason.
Sharpshooter J.J. Redick should be able to bring back at least a first round pick if the Orlando Magic decide to move him. It is believed that most of the picks offered for Redick have come from teams that will likely be drafting in the twenties. The Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have all reportedly shown interest in Redick.
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The Boston Celtics are also looking at another long-range marksman, Jordan Crawford. The Washington Wizards have Crawford buried on their bench and are reportedly considering taking back Celtics rookie Fab Melo in return. Melo has done little on the court this year and is probably best known for giving himself a concussion by walking into a doorway.
In an attempt to free up roster spots, the Los Angeles Lakers are making Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris available for second round picks. Blake is the only one of those players that has gotten significant playing time this year.