ESPN Rumor: Bulls Offer New Trade Proposal To Timberwolves

ESPN is reporting that a trade proposal involving Minnesota Timberwolves’ shooting guard Kevin Martin and Mike Dunleavy is officially on the table. The reported deal involves a little more than that though.
ESPN Insider Nick Borges reported of a trade proposal that would send veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin to the Bulls in exchange for the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell and a second-round draft pick.
Martin was a standout while at Western Carolina University. Due to his success, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Averaging 17.9 points, 1.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, Martin’s career numbers look like they could be a big help to the Chicago Bulls. In an effort to add scoring, a veteran SG with Martin’s ability could be a big addition.
Could Wolves send Kevin Martin to Bulls?
— ESPN (@NBARumorCentral) September 18, 2014

Martin’s coming off a season where he scored 19.1 points per game on 55.3% TS

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Is Bulls Silence Deadly at Trade Deadline?

Another uneventful trade deadline for the Bulls shouldn’t come as a surprise to die hards, but in another year where a second round playoff appearance appears to be the ceiling, we are now beginning to wonder what future the Bulls’ brass has in mind. If anything, the Bulls’ silence has confirmed that they are not planning on changing their identity and following the star-piling trend of the league. Historically the Bulls don’t make those big headlining moves. Trading Luol Deng for cap relief appears to be their high profile move of the year. So what do we want the Bulls to do, hope the Bulls will do and think the Bulls will actually do by next season?
Carmelo Anthony is the guy everyone wants – a pure scorer who makes up for the Bulls’ biggest deficiency, scoring. And while it seems to be the obvious move going forward, I’m not convinced its the best move. But there are good arguments for what the Bulls should do next, and as I’ve not been able to stop thinking about them since DRose went down

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The Detroit Pistons need to trade to upgrade

With a largely returning roster the Detroit Pistons need to make significant roster changes to avoid another losing season. The Pistons have already taken action and made changes to the front office and coaching. Longtime President and General Manager Joe Dumars has stepped down and Stan Van Gundy has come in as President and Coach. Van Gundy inherits a team that needs a lot of help.
The team needs to help itself and change the roster. The roster has talent, but the talent does not work well together. The starters Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond can all play, but not together. Smith especially hurts the team playing together out of place at small forward.
Josh Smith
Smith is an explosive player with freak athleticism at the power forward position. Playing at small forward does not play to his strengths. He is not in the paint as much playing at small forward. This results in him being forced to take outside jumpers instead of using his athleticism to get

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Cleveland Cavaliers: A 3 Team Dion Waiters Trade

Cleveland Cavaliers: A 3 Team Dion Waiters Trade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Cavaliers Get: Bismack Biyombo and Dennis Schroder
Hornets Get: John Jenkins and Matthew Dellavedova
Hawks Get: Dion Waiters
For the Cavaliers this trade is Dion Waiters and Matthew Dellavedova for Bismack Biyombo and Dennis Schoder. This may seem like the Cavaliers are losing this trade based on talent and that may be the case, but as I have written many times, Dion Waiters isn’t a fit on this Cavaliers team. He has an ego, he has problems with Kyrie Irving and this team has more scorers than they can use, meaning they have zero need for him and for the sake of chemistry, it could be addition by subtraction. He is an excellent talent, but this trade would give them 2 pieces they lack and could use.
Biyombo is basically useless on offense, but again this team has a lot of scoring and they lack defense and big man depth. They have an elite trio of big men with Kevin Love-Anderson Varejao-…

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Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green Trade Ideas

In recent days, reports have surfaced about Rajon Rondo, the four time All Star point guard of the Boston Celtics, reportedly “wanting out”. While those reports were shot down by many in both the Rondo and Celtics camp, these reports are not exactly new. Ever since the blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, many have speculated where Rondo could end up.
Another name that has been mentioned in trade talks is small forward Jeff Green. With the offensive ability to help a contender in the playoffs, and a contract that he could opt out of after a year, many teams could use a player like him. In light of the speculation going on with these two, here are some possible trades that I think could possibly work.
Trade Idea #1:
Charlotte Hornets get: PG Rajon Rondo and a 2015 2nd round pick (Indiana)
Boston Celtics get: PG Kemba Walker, SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, C Roy Hibbert and a 2016 1st round pick (Charlotte)
Indiana Pacers get: SF Jeff Green and SF Jeff T

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What Is Rajon Rondo’s Real Trade Value?

There are a host of reasons that, despite being consistently involved in NBA trade rumors, Rajon Rondo has remained a member of the Boston Celtics throughout his entire career.

The one underlying reason that hasn’t changed, however, is that it is incredibly difficult to determine his true trade value.

The team around him has changed over the years, and that has certainly created wrinkles in his value, but he remains in Boston because no one, Celtics GM Danny Ainge included, can seem to put a finger on just what he might be worth in a potential deal.

The 2014 offseason has been one of the more pressured for Rondo trade talks. Due mostly to his contract timeline, which will expire next summer with a lucrative next deal on deck, Boston feels extra pressure to trade him before potentially losing him in free agency.

Some other factors weighing in on the Rondo trade situation are his health and feelings on wanting to win. Rondo played only 30 games last season, working his way back to full strength after missing significant time with an ACL tear. While he should be fully mended by the start of this 2014-15 season, teams will still be assuming that risk with a preseason trade.

Recently, a report surfaced that Rondo was asking out of Boston, but his camp quickly denied the claim, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. The original claim was made by Jackie MacMullan while she thought she was off-air during the filming of an episode of ESPN’s Around the Horn. The video, which has since been deleted, was found by’s Jay King.

A couple days ago, Celtics President Rich Gotham told The Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn that he had no knowledge of Rondo demanding a trade.


Rondo’s money

There is also the matter of where Rondo would re-sign. Bringing him in at this point of his contract is a massive risk to any team. They are potentially trading away an attractive package of players and picks for one year of Rondo. He has been looking forward to the opportunity of experiencing free agency, and a team would really have to appeal to him to forgo that chance.

As he told The Boston Globe‘s Baxter Holmes near last season’s trade deadline, it is something that definitely appeals to him.

It’s kind of like college recruiting. I’m pretty sure a lot more goes into it in the NBA. A lot more money is spent. I’ve heard stories, guys getting called right at midnight. It’s something that I haven’t experienced. I may want to go through it. I haven’t thought about it at all.

Rondo will be looking for a maximum contract next summer, which with nine years of NBA service would be 30 percent of the salary cap. This coming season’s cap is set at $63.065 million, meaning Rondo’s pay could be as much as $18.92 million.

Were Rondo to pull in that contract this coming season, he would be the 12th highest-paid player in the league and the third highest-paid point guard, behind Chris Paul and Deron Williams and just ahead of Derrick Rose.

After missing about half of each of the last two seasons, it is impossible to say honestly that Rondo is a top-12 NBA player or a top-three point guard. He may very well be but will have to prove that in 2014-15.

That is what a team that trades for Rondo is looking at right now and on through the trade deadline.


Point guard precedents

Point guards aren’t being traded with a ton of frequency these days, especially the higher-end ones. This is another factor that makes it difficult to judge Rondo’s return package. 

Back in 2011, Paul and two second-round picks were sent from New Orleans to Los Angeles for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and an unprotected first-rounder (which became Austin Rivers).

While the deal certainly didn’t work out for the Hornets/Pelicans, that was quite a package at the time. Gordon was in his early 20s and coming off a season that saw him average an efficient 22.3 points per game. Kaman and Aminu were quality NBA role players, and that pick became No. 10 overall in 2012. 

Paul was 26 at the time, however. Rondo will turn 29 during the 2014-15 season. He also isn’t nearly the shooter or complete player that Paul is.

One could also look at the more recent Jrue Holiday trade. Coming off an All-Star season, the Philadelphia 76ers dealt him to New Orleans for two first-round picks. One of those was Nerlens Noel on draft night. The other became Elfrid Payton, who the 76ers flipped to Orlando for Dario Saric and more assets, including a future first-round pick.

Kyle Lowry was also recently traded to the Toronto Raptors from the Houston Rockets. That deal netted the Houston Rockets a first-round pick in 2013 that became part of the James Harden trade. The pick eventually belonged to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who nabbed Steven Adams at No. 12 overall.

From these three trades we can definitely glean that Rondo is worth at least one high-end first-round pick. He could possibly be worth two depending on the suitor and what else is involved in the package in terms of actual NBA players. 


Who is out there?

When judging a player’s value on the trade market, one must first analyze the market and find potential suitors. For a point guard, that is tough because there appear to be so many quality ones in the game today.

Of the 30 NBA teams, roughly half have a point guard that could be favored over Rondo. Whether it is the Los Angeles Clippers with Paul, San Antonio Spurs with Tony Parker or even guys like Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson and Mike Conley, those teams have players they like at the position and could make an argument that Rondo wouldn’t be a huge upgrade.

A 16th team is obviously the Celtics themselves, so that leaves 14 teams who could definitely use Rondo at point guard to upgrade their roster.

The next step would be to consider Rondo’s feelings on free agency and the chances he would be willing to re-sign with that particular team or sign an extension right off the bat. For that to be the case, a team would have to either have a winning tradition or the ability to compete right away. An ultra-competitive player, Rondo wants to win now and wouldn’t like to leave the Celtics just to be a part of a different rebuilding project.

With this caveat, it is possible to eliminate the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

We’re now down to nine teams but not finished trimming just yet. There is also the wonky history between Rondo and the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers to consider. Would he be willing to re-sign in either of those places for big money? Possibly, but Rondo is an interesting cat as is Ainge, who wouldn’t be psyched by the idea of giving his best player to the Lakers or Heat.

Down to seven teams, we can start going into depth with them a little bit. On the surface, the Brooklyn Nets seem a tad far-fetched. On top of already owing the Celtics a pair of first-round picks and the right to swap another, Brooklyn will be paying Williams and Joe Johnson nearly $46 million combined in 2015-16, which would be the first year of Rondo’s max extension.

The Rockets are another team who could certainly upgrade their roster with Rondo but have questionable assets to offer in return. They hold their own first-rounders in 2016 and beyond but don’t have much promising young talent to package. Rookies Clint Capela and Nick Johnson aren’t getting Ainge‘s attention, which could mean having to sacrifice two top picks.

The New York Knicks similarly don’t have a ton of appealing items to barter. They are a step ahead of Brooklyn and Houston, though. They hold their 2015 and 2017 first-round picks, have big expiring contracts in Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani and some minor young talent like Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Shane Larkin.

The Indiana Pacers are another fringe option. It is unclear exactly what their plan is, staring at a season without the injured Paul George. The Pacers hold all their first-round picks and could definitely stand to upgrade from George Hill, especially after losing Lance Stephenson to free agency. However, there isn’t a ton of young talent that Boston would be looking for. There is salary filler to look at with the picks, and Roy Hibbert could be another option, but the potential here isn’t great.

The Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons make the most sense right now. 

All three franchises hold all their first-round picks. The Hornets have the most to offer in terms of young talent in a package. Boston could be swayed by Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Noah Vonleh. Charlotte was a playoff team last season with Al Jefferson and just added Stephenson to the fold this summer. They are a team that Rondo could help push over the edge into real contention in the Eastern Conference.

Dallas has plenty of space to re-sign Rondo, with Tyson Chandler and Brandan Wright coming off the books next summer. They also have the desire to win right now, with Dirk Nowitzki getting up there in years. There isn’t a lot of young talent on the team to draw attention, but Chandler is a big expiring contract, too. Whether Rondo would want to re-sign with a team that might lose Nowitzki to retirement soon is unknown, but the Mavericks have a good owner, GM and head coach and should remain competitive.

Finally, we have the Pistons, who have had an interesting offseason and still may not be finished given the Greg Monroe situation. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Monroe finally signed his $5.5 million qualifying offer and will be an unrestricted free agent next season. That puts him in an interesting position as far as a Rondo trade is concerned. 

The Pistons also hold something in terms of young value. Spencer Dinwiddie, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler are all young, inexpensive players with the chance to develop more. There is also the friendship between Josh Smith and Rondo to consider, for whatever something like that is worth when you are talking $18 million contracts.



All of this gives us a better idea on a range to zero in on. Until Rondo plays a month or two of healthy, quality basketball, we won’t know for sure his real value. However, with this information, we can certainly predict packages from specific teams and from there judge whether Ainge would be forced to pull the trigger or not.

In the end, Rondo’s trade value probably resembles his game. He is a stat sheet stuffer and probably the league’s biggest triple-double threat. Therefore, a package for him would look a lot like a triple-double, with a little bit of everything: a first-round pick, at least one young talent, an expiring contract and maybe also a team willing to take on one of Boston’s iffy contracts as well.

Ainge isn’t one to put all his eggs in one basket. By getting the buffet line of returns, he has numerous shots to hit it big and a safety net of cap space to catch him if he swings and misses.


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Will Gorgui Dieng’s Emergence Put Nikola Pekovic on the Trade Block?

It was obvious last season, and it has become even more apparent this summer.

Minnesota Timberwolves sophomore-to-be Gorgui Dieng needs more minutes, and they could come at the expense of incumbent starting center Nikola Pekovic. Rather than burying one of the two on the bench, Wolves president-coach Flip Saunders might be forced to see what the market would bear for a productive big man.

Saunders has been in this position before, although under entirely different circumstances. This isn’t about caving to a superstar’s demands, as was the case in the franchise-altering Kevin Love trade Saunders orchestrated earlier this offseason.

In fact, this isn’t about a star player—a label Pekovic should sport after putting up stellar per-game marks of 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season—at all. Rather, it’s a reflection of the steaming locomotive behind that player, as Dieng‘s rapid run through the early portion of the FIBA World Cup has proven impossible to ignore:

For the astute observer, Dieng‘s demolition of international competition may not come as a surprise.

Despite being tethered to former Wolves coach Rick Adelman’s bench for the bulk of his rookie campaign, Dieng flashed impressive ability once his leash was finally lengthened. It took an ankle injury to Pekovic to open up that door, but that was all the opportunity Dieng needed to make a compelling case for a major role.

The former Louisville standout dropped double-doubles in each of his first three NBA starts. During his third run with the opening lineup, he erupted for 22 points and 21 rebounds, a stat line matched by only eight other players over the entire 2013-14 campaign.

Dieng wound up starting 15 of his final 18 games, posting per-game averages of 12 points and 11.3 rebounds. During those 15 starts alone, those numbers increased to 12.2 and 12, respectively.

Granted, that’s a minuscule sample size, but the big man was able to carry that momentum over into the offseason.

He had three double-doubles in six games at the Las Vegas Summer League and three outings there with multiple blocked shots. And while he’s cooled a bit from his torrid World Cup start, he still ranks eighth in scoring (18.0) and second in rebounding (11.4) through five games.

His stat sheets aren’t the only reason so many heads have turned his direction, either. More impressive than the numbers themselves is the way he’s gone about compiling them:

His physical tools helped punch his NBA ticket—he has a 7’3.5″ wingspan, per DraftExpress—but his versatility has propelled him from being an afterthought role player to a potential full-time starter.

Saunders has said he can see that versatility pairing well with Pekovic on the same frontcourt.

“I think you can play them (together),” Saunders told the Star Tribune‘s Jerry Zgoda. “I think that’s probably something we’ve work on a lot this summer, to see Gorgui‘s ability to play out on the floor a little bit more. I always say what position you are is who you can guard and I think he can guard 4s.”

Maybe the experiment will break Minnesota’s way, but a Dieng-Pekovic frontcourt seems like a temporary look that might work only in certain situations.

Offensively, the pair will struggle to pull defenses out of the paint. Pekovic shot just 41.5 percent outside of the restricted area last season, while Dieng connected on only 31.9 percent of his jump shots.

The opposite end could be even tougher to navigate.

Dieng is by far the superior rim protector, whether judging by shot-blocking (2.2 per 36 minutes compared to Pekovic‘s 0.5) or opponent’s field-goal percentage at the rim (51.5 and 55.5, respectively). But this setup would force Dieng to stray away from the basket, leaving the ground-bound Pekovic vulnerable against high-flying finishers.

It also might push Dieng beyond his defensive limits. He has the quickness to keep pace with traditional power forwards, but smaller, more athletic stretch-4s might run circles around him.

Does the fact that they can’t always play together mean they must be broken up? Not necessarily.

However, the money owed to Pekovic and the high ceiling in front of Dieng led one analyst to push for a transaction last season, before Love cut the ribbon on Minnesota’s youth movement.

“They must consider trading the 28-year-old Pekovic, who will have four years and $47.9 million left on his contract,” NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman wrote in March. ” … He should still hold value around the league, and Minnesota could use whatever he fetches in a trade plus the possible salary savings to upgrade its roster.”

Pekovic deserves a starting spot somewhere. There aren’t many guys capable of doing what he does. Only 13 others averaged at least 17 points and eight boards last season, and just two of those players had a higher field-goal percentage than the big man (54.1).

As for what that means for his trade value, that remains uncertain. He has never missed fewer than 17 games in any of his four NBA seasons, and his upside isn’t the same as most four-year veterans given he’ll turn 29 in January.

His limitations are similar to those of Greg Monroe, who entered the offseason with max-contract dreams and now could be forced to settle for a one-year, $5.5 million qualifying offer. Both shot under 32 percent from beyond 10 feet, and neither averaged more than 0.6 blocks per night.

If the market felt bearish about the 24-year-old Monroe, it might be even less inclined to part with coveted assets for the older Pekovic.

If Pekovic doesn’t hit the trade block, that will be the reason—Minnesota won’t find the requisite reward to justify the cost.

But if there’s a sliver of hope that the team finds something substantial (players, picks, prospects or any combination of the three), it’s an option Saunders must explore.

Pekovic might be the better player, but that shouldn’t be the Timberwolves’ focus. By bringing Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young on board, Minnesota committed itself to a future built around youth, length and athleticism.

Oh, and defense.

“I’m hoping that the biggest change is going to be defensively,” Saunders said, via Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press. “Always a key in your ability to guard is your athleticism. The quicker you are, the longer you are, the better chance you have to be a good defensive team.”

If the Wolves want defense, quickness, length and athleticism, then Pekovic‘s days in the Gopher State should be numbered.

Dieng is a perfect fit with this revamped roster. His dominant display at the World Cup is just the latest evidence of that.


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Why the Time Is Now for the Detroit Pistons to Trade Greg Monroe

The Detroit Pistons tried in vain to make it work. The believed, erroneously, that all they needed to do to improve as a team last year was to boost the level of talent on the squad. 

True, the team was technically more talented last year than it was a year prior. It would have been hard not to be. But after two high-priced acquisitions (Brandon Jennings via trade and Josh Smith through free agency), the end result was not much different from 2012-2013. 

It turns out it isn’t just talent that is needed to build a playoff contender but rather a coherent plan for how said talent is supposed to fit together. The Pistons of a year ago were not a team in any sense of the word. They were a collection of talent that didn’t work well collectively. 

There are three main reasons for the disaster that was last year. Lack of floor spacing caused by three big men trying to play together, poor shot selection essentially caused by the same problem and terrible perimeter shooting that was caused, in part, by the three big men trying to play together. 

Therefore the elephant in the room is the three big men trying to play together. 

Since Josh Smith has a huge, nearly untradeable contract and Andre Drummond is basically the cornerstone of the franchise, that leaves Greg Monroe. 

Monroe is the obvious choice to be moved. He appeared to have no interest in signing a long-term contract this summer, and he is under contract only through this year. After that he becomes an unrestricted free agent who can bolt for nothing, and he has basically reached his ceiling as a player. 


Near his ceiling

OK, before the Monroe-philes call me a “hater,” let’s look at this rationally. What exactly does Monroe bring to the table?

Monroe is a very good low-post player. He exhibits excellent footwork, awesome passing ability and knows how to play team ball. That all lends to him being a good pick-and-roll player. 

He also is slowly developing a 15-18 foot jumper that will only make him better in that situation. 

Monroe plays well with his back to the hoop, which is a trait not many possess these days. 

And finally, he is a very good rebounder on both sides of the court. 

That’s the good news. 

On the flip side, he is a terrible defender. He lacks quick feet and defensive instincts, which makes him a liability against nearly everyone he plays. Quick power forwards can suck him out to the perimeter and then blow by him at will. Bigger centers can muscle through him given his passive nature. 

Offensively, he still lacks the consistent perimeter shot to stretch the defense and play alongside someone like Drummond who is anchored to the post. 

This isn’t to say that Monroe is a bad player; in fact, he is far from it. On the right team, he could be a tremendous asset. But he has to play center. And the Pistons already have a center. 

So why not just play him off the bench you may ask? Monroe is looking for a huge contract, something in line with other players of his caliber such as Roy Hibbert, Al Jefferson, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka

Those players each make upward of $12 million per season. While Monroe may fetch that on the open market, he isn’t worth that as a backup, not when this team has holes in multiple spots. 

Additionally, there doesn’t appear to be a strong likelihood that Monroe is eager to sign such a deal to stay in Detroit as a starter, so why in the world would he want to be a backup?


Why trade him now?

The obvious question people may ask is why do the Pistons need to trade him now? I mean, isn’t the trade deadline months away?

Of course, this is true. The Pistons could try to squeeze as much talent out of Monroe, play him off the bench regardless of how he feels about it and just deal him at the deadline. 

This is a feasible plan but short-sighted and detrimental. Sure, he could provide some depth and maybe even add a nice wrinkle to the offense as a super sub. 

But there doesn’t appear to be a long future here, and the Pistons aren’t title contenders. They really are just slapping a Band-Aid on a gaping wound that is the overall construction of the team. 

By trading him now, they can work on building a cohesive unit that could stick together for years to come. 

Additionally, the longer they keep Monroe the less leverage they have in dealing him. Sure, they could hold out hope that a contender has a major injury that leads to an arms race at the deadline, but how often does that happen? When was the last time there was an all-out scramble at the trade deadline for a big man?

Even in 2004 when the Pistons secured Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks, they really didn’t give up much. They received Wallace, an impending free agent himself, for pennies on the dollar. 

The time has come to end the three-ring circus that is the Pistons frontcourt. 


Who would be interested?

There are plenty of teams that could use someone like Monroe. The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to squeeze the last two years out of Kobe Bryant and could use a talented big man. The Atlanta Hawks have long been rumored to be interested, although it seems a strange fit given that they have Al Horford and Paul Millsap down low. 

The Dallas Mavericks have Tyson Chandler under contract through this year but could shift him to the bench should they get Monroe. 

Personally, my favorite landing spot for Monroe would be San Antonio. The Spurs could groom Monroe to take Tim Duncan’s place and hopefully teach him some defense. Monroe is a professional and would fit well with that group. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard would work well off of Monroe acting similarly to how Kyle Singler plays off of him without the ball. Leonard has the added dimension of talent in his game that could make this a dynamic duo. 

The bottom line is the Pistons are going to lose Monroe. The question is whether they get their money’s worth for him. 

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After trade, Dudley looks forward to Bucks (Yahoo Sports)

Looking for a fresh start, Jared Dudley couldn’t be happier to have landed with the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee acquired the veteran forward last week from the Los Angeles Clippers, who also gave up a conditional first-round draft pick, in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Radulijca, both of whom were waived this week. Dudley is looking to bounce back from a rough season in Los Angeles. ”It was probably the most injury-plagued season I’ve had,” Dudley said Tuesday at the Bucks’ training facility.

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Rajon Rondo is next in superstar trade carousel

We had the Melo-Drama, the LeBron sweepstakes, the Dwight-mare and the Love Affair. Figuring out which superstar players are going to leave their current team and test the waters of free agency or force their way out of town in a trade is the newest game in the NBA. Players have all the power. It is so easy for them to pick up and leave when they are ready and teams are virtually helpless to stop them. This is why the NBA offseason can be, and is, so intriguing. So who is next? Why it is none other than Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. The rumors of Rajon Rondo leaving Boston have been around for several years now. There were always rumors that he did not quite get along with teammates and, as the lone youngster on a veteran team, was the most movable of the Celtics’ core players. That was when Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were still around and championships were a very clear and achievable goal. The trade talks have only increased since the Celtics started their rebuild…

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