There's never a shortage of trade rumors in the NBA, especially at this time of the year with the February 21 trade deadline just around the corner.
Last year's trade deadline saw big names such as Gerald Wallace, Derek Fisher and Monta Ellis switch teams, and this year could feature more of the same.
The Grizzlies got the party started early with their trade of Rudy Gay, showing the caliber of talent that's on the block this February.
But rumors are still rumors, and there's a chance that some of these big names stay put.
Here's a breakdown of some top names in the rumor mill that shouldn't be going anywhere on this year's trade deadline.
With Rajon Rondo out for the year with an injury and the season already a disappointment, the Boston Celtics would love to move Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and start over.
But it seems like Garnett doesn't quite care what the Celtics want, so expect him to stick around for the rest of the season with his no-trade clause.
Earlier this month the Denver Nuggets enquired about the power forward, but the 36-year-old made it clear that he would not waive his no-trade clause if that was the final destination.
The superstar has made it clear that his only landing spots will be an L.A. team, and only if the Celtics also trade Paul Pierce.
In a recent article by the Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes Garnett was reported as wanting to retire in Boston. Holmes quotes Garnett as saying:
I love my situation here. But I bleed green and I continue to do that and if it’s up to me, I want to retire a Celtic. I just want everybody to know that, all right?
Since his no-trade clause means any decision to stay or go is up to him, then there's a very good chance Garnett stays in Boston February 21st.
The situation in Los Angeles isn't getting any better, and there remains plenty of speculation of whether the Lakers will attempt to move or keep Dwight Howard.
The dominant center is in the final year of his contract, and it's still unknown whether he would be willing to sign a long-term deal with the Lakers after this season. Given the way L.A.'s season is going, things don't look good.
A trade could make sense, but it just doesn't seem like a move the Lakers can afford to make.
Kobe Bryant is 34 years old, and Pau Gasol is having the worst season of his career. After that, the Lakers get pretty thin on star power.
Dwight Howard is the team's best shot at a bright future. The 27-year-old remains the best center in the league, and would be a great piece for any team to build around.
Earlier this month, the NBA's Jeff Caplan quoted Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak as saying:
We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It’s unlikely that we’ll make any trade with any of our principal players.
The talent is there. We have to find our way.
Keeping D12 is still the smartest move for L.A. at this point. Whether he resigns or not, the team is going to be in a better position to make a deal holding on to him than letting him go.
That's why there's very little chance Dwight Howard will be playing for any other team this season besides the Lakers.
Tyreke Evans has had trouble living up to his superstar hype after a stellar breakout campaign as a rookie in 2009, but he's still a wealth of talent.
The 23-year-old is averaging just 15.3 points a game this season, but is shooting career highs from the floor (48 percent) and from three-point range (32.7 percent).
With another dismal season in the books, the Kings may look to offload some talent. Evans has already been linked to plenty of teams, including the Lakers and Grizzlies.
But now that the Grizzlies have moved Rudy Gay, the Kings lose a major trade partner in facilitating any deal. And with the Kings' sale still in limbo, it's unknown how much they can actually do this February.
In a recent article from ESPN's Marc Stein, he said of Evans:
As for Evans? Word is that the Grizzlies would have loved to acquire him as part of the big trade that sent Gay away, but the Kings really aren't in a position to take on salary as they await clarification on who'll be buying the team from the Maloof brothers.
A couple of teams consulted have volunteered the notion that Kings GM Geoff Petrie is ready to move Evans, but you have to wonder how much shot-calling Petrie can do at the minute. The greater likelihood is that the Kings don't do anything at this deadline unless it saves money or comes in cash neutral.
Another thing to consider is that Evans will be a restricted free agent after this season. Teams might not be so quick to trade for a player they can just try to sign over the summer.
Things are still far too unknown in Sacramento for the Kings to broker any kind of deal. As we get closer to the February 21, it seems more and more likely Evans stay put for the remainder of the season.
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