NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Around League About Potential Moves

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

Dwight Howard is still the most talked-about player on the trade market, with updates on the saga being sent out on what seems like a daily basis. He isn't the only player being shopped around, however, as other teams look to make changes.

Let's take a look at some of the latest news on the trade rumor front and break down what it would mean for the teams involved. It's already been an interesting offseason throughout the NBA, and it looks like that will continue throughout the summer.

 

Dwight Howard to Lakers?

Howard wants out of Orlando, but the Magic are in no hurry to make a move, even though the disgruntled center could walk away at season's end and leave the team in a tough spot. Trade talks are ongoing, though.

The Lakers are the most active team right now, according to ESPN Los Angeles. The report states the Lakers would only make a trade if Howard would be willing to agree to a long-term extension, which isn't a big surprise.

Sooner or later, the Magic must find a reasonable offer and take it. They can't afford to lose Howard for nothing, and the number of potential suitors continues to shrink as teams make other moves to upgrade their roster. The Lakers look like the best fit right now.

 

Bulls Shopping Richard Hamilton

Chicago brought in Hamilton before last season to give the team a veteran presence as they attempted to win a championship. Injuries slowed him down, forcing him to miss a bunch of games and leaving a void in the Bulls' rotation.

Apparently, the team doesn't want to risk a similar situation next season, because they are attempting to trade him, based on a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Hamilton's contract for next season checks in at $5 million.

While trading Hamilton wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if a good offer came along, the Bulls are better off keeping him because he won't have much market value after a disappointing season. He still has the ability to play a key role when healthy.

 

Ben Wallace Could Cause Pistons Deal

Wallace wants to play at least one more season in the NBA, but the Pistons don't have enough room on the roster for him. Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News reports that could lead to a trade of either Charlie Villanueva or Austin Daye to create space.

While the 37-year-old forward was once the best defensive player in the league, he is no longer a dominant force on that end of the floor. He averaged less than a block per game last season while playing limited minutes for Detroit.

Knowing that, it wouldn't make much sense to move a young player like Daye just so Wallace can stay with the team. Villanueva would make more sense, but it's unclear what type of value he would have. It wouldn't be much, meaning the Pistons are best off standing pat.

 

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