The start to the 2012-2013 NBA season is rapidly approaching, and as expected, their are still rumors flying in every direction. There are a couple of big names who may be on the move soon and could make an impact with their new team.
Reports out of Spurs camp is that DeJuan Blair could be a player on the move in the coming weeks. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Douglas Farmer, he was quoted as saying:
They've got me on the trade market and they'll do the best to get me in the greatest situation possible.
He appears to be taking the situation in stride and could be a solid contributor for any team that decides to go after him. After the Spurs signed Boris Diaw to a two-year deal, Blair felt that they were trying to phase him out of the organization.
He also said to the Post-Gazette that he felt he has made tremendous improvements this offseason on his offensive game. Blair has always been a solid defender and rebounder, even for his undersized 6'7" frame. The addition of a reliable post game could end up making a big difference for Blair.
Dejuan Blair has remained professional throughout the whole ordeal, and he said that no matter where he goes he will do what he has to do and "just be a pro."
Another player that may be on the move soon is Atlanta Hawks' power forward Josh Smith. The recent addition of Dwight Howard makes Pau Gasol an easier player to move. This was a trade discussed earlier in the summer; however, it has began cropping up again after the Dwight Howard blockbuster.
The move makes sense for both squads. Pau would be a strong player in the Eastern Conference, and Josh Smith would bring some youth to the Lakers and would be able to play along side Dwight for a few years. It wouldn't be the first time the Lakers have thought about, or in the CP3 situation, actually traded Pau Gasol.
Obviously, he is a player that they view as expendable should the return net them a player who helps the team in another way.
This could also be a move made to make sure Dwight resigns with the Lakers. Josh Smith and Dwight Howard have a very strong relationship and even played on the same AAU team. Putting them together could be enough to convince the NBA's best center to remain in LA.
It remains to be seen if either of these players might be shipped out, but it makes sense for both sides.
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