The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20. That means for the next month and change, teams that are either in full-on rebuilding mode and ones that are just on the outside of a title run will engage in a variety of talks centering around numerous pieces. Most of the time, these talks won’t amount to anything. However, each time any player with even an iota of name recognition is mentioned, basketball fans will go insane.
Over the past week, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers have found themselves at the center of several such trade talks.
The Clippers were said to have interest in Carmelo Anthony, who is set to become a free agent next summer, and are reportedly willing to part ways with former franchise cornerstone, Blake Griffin, to attain him. On Saturday night, Doc Rivers called the idea of an Anthony-for-Griffin trade "stupid” – much in the same way he told everyone he would never leave the Boston Celtics right before he actually did. Same exact tone of voice, actually.
Either way, Chris Broussard of ESPN maintains that there has been internal dialogue regarding the aforementioned mega trade, and that it is at least a legitimate option that all involved are considering.
Meanwhile, also on Saturday night, ESPN 710 tweeted out: "BREAKING NEWS-League sources say Pau/Bynum deal is done and happening Sunday.” After every legitimate Lakers reporter shot it down, ESPN 710 tweeted out: “The earlier tweet from this account regarding Pau Gasol was not authorized and did not meet the appropriate standards of reporting.”
The final word on Gasol-for-Bynum, as of Sunday morning, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN is: “Lakers vehemently deny Pau trade is done. Vehemently deny. Aren't budging from stance that they want asset for Gasol.”
So, to recap: While Gasol-for-Bynum and Anthony-for-Griffin are both possibilities, better possibilities than most of the trades you will hear about over the next few days, neither is a done deal.