The NBA trading deadline is just a few short weeks away, leaving a number of fringe contenders scrambling to evaluate the league’s landscape and their own rosters with the clock ticking.
Whether there will be major championship-altering moves made by the Feb. 21 deadline, or—more likely—minor transactions to patch up rosters, we are sure there will be at least a few trades going down.
Let’s take a look at some of the latest on potential deals and other rumblings around the Association in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Speights may have just become acclimated to the Cleveland Cavaliers (and putting up career numbers in the process, including averages of 19.0 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in two February contests), but he may be on his way out sooner than later.
Because Speights is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 campaign, Bob Finnan of The Mourning Journal is reporting that the Cavs will entertain offers for the 25-year-old at the deadline.
Cleveland just acquired Speights in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, a deal that primarily cleared cap room for the Grizz—and paid a first-round pick to the Cavs for their trouble.
If GM Chris Grant can pull off another swap to bring future value or young talent in for Speights by the deadline, the Cavs would be well on their way back to prominence.
West is one of the more potentially productive players (along with Kenyon Martin and a few others) to remain without a contract for the 2012-13 season.
It seemed he was on the verge of returning to the league, but recently abandoned that quest for the time being.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears, the 29-year-old was originally led to believe that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would potentially sign him if he played for the Texas Legends—the Mavs D-League affiliate—for a stint.
However, he’s since learned (per Spears) that Cuban did not have any interest in bringing him back to the Association and did not report to the Legends after being claimed on the waiver wire.
The eight-year veteran last played for the Mavs during the 2011-12 campaign, averaging 9.6 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 44 games. He was cut prior to this season after being suspended twice in a month for detrimental actions.
If West can avoid trouble, we wish him well on his journey back to the NBA and hope he finds a way to get his career on track.
Golden State Warriors
In somewhat shocking news, the W's are apparently not going to be a major player at the deadline.
This franchise has fought for years to become relevant and swung plenty of blockbuster deals—most notably swapping Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut (and other pieces) last season—to try to achieve that.
Now that the Warriors have a sterling 30-17 record—and are right in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference—they must maintain some consistency and the front office knows this.
According to basketball analyst Ric Bucher:
Don't look for the Warriors to be active at the trade deadline. The rumor that they were making a hard push for Rudy Gay was not accurate, a team source says, and while they would not turn down the chance to make an upgrade, they're not motivated to mess around with a chemistry that is as good as any in the league
It seems the W’s are for real and team brass finally believes in the roster as it is assembled.