Monday, May 23rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm  |  24 responses

Trade Rumors Abound

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

With the NBA draft positions now locked in, the trade rumors are beginning to swirl. The Cleveland Plain Dealer suggested earlier today that the Milawakuee Bucks are open to trading Brandon Jennings. Jonathan Givony from Draft Express tweeted that the Cavaliers offered the Memphis Grizzlies the number four overall pick for Rudy Gay, who has also been rumoured to be on the trading block for Andre Iguodala. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal Constitution proposed that it’s time for Josh Smith to pack up his bags. So what does it all mean?

Probably nothing.

There will surely be trades on Draft night and the days surrounding the event, but until the selections are made, it’s all hypothetical. This year, the speculation is muddled even further with the possibility of a lockout. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio are currently facing that scenario, as the Pioneer Press reports:

“Rickey Rubio would prefer to know if there will be a lockout before committing to joining the Minnesota Timberwolves for next season. The NBA’s labor agreement expires June 30.

The Timberwolves would prefer to know before the draft whether the 20-year-old point guard, their top pick from 2009, will buy out his contract in Spain. The draft is June 23.

‘That is the question,’ Wolves owner Glen Taylor said this morning. ‘He’s asking how that (lockout) might affect him, if we don’t play or if we will play. And our answer is, ‘We won’t know the answer to that question. You’re going to have to make your decision before that.’

‘We (NBA owners) are negotiating with the players right now. We’re hopeful we’ll play. But I don’t want to guarantee him that because there’s no way that I know that.’”

The lockout itself remains a debated issue, as the players and owners continue to offer divergent opinions about the possibility. Only a handful players are truly untouchable and as the draft approaches, expect the rumblings to get louder and louder.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    i may be mistaken but I don’t think trades can be made until a collective bargaining agreement is agreed to.

  • RunNGun

    Rubio to the Knicks… MAKE IT HAPPEN, WALSH!

  • http://Slamonline BossTerry

    Nice, funny how one of my favorite parts of the NBA season, is the offseason.. I’m probably one of the only guys on here that watches every minute of the draft, pausing for bathroom/beer fetching breaks..

  • AD

    this means rudy gay to to nets … next is superman lol

  • manigault

    rudy is goiing to the celtics for big baby and ray allen

  • $tev3

    ^swap big baby for someone. hes replacing KG

  • http://www.egay.com eGirl

    send him to MIA for CB1

  • BostonBaller

    I love the draft and all it brings. I still do my mock drafts (before the term was coined)

  • Frank

    Jennings and DeRozan, reunited in T.O.. Make it happen, Colangelo.

  • robb

    I hate this Rubio guy

  • al29

    This is Kahn’s chance to redeem himself. Trade this overhyped PG for as much as you can get, then sit back and be hailed as a genius when Rubio fails to deliver in the big leagues.

  • Bill Sunday

    Word BossTerry.

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  • Groves

    @BossTerry. No different to me- draft is my favourite part of each year and the rest of the offseason is great

  • matt

    @Frank – dude, look at Jerryd Bayless’ stats as a starter, now look at Jennings’ stats. Jennings = hype.

  • slamfan4life

    haha rubio is eating the ball haha

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I think Rubio would thrive in Sacto. Didn’t he say that’s where he’d want to play? Tyreke, Dalembert, and Casspi for Rubio, Gay, and Tony Allen?

  • NJ4Life

    Deron, Morrow, Gay, Hump, Howard. NJ/BKN would have a team you can go to war with.

  • Harlem_World

    Rubio to the Knicks? HAAAAAYYEEEELLLLL NO! Him plus D’Antoni is a match made in hell for true Knick fans. If this were to happen, I’m throwing eggs at the garden. Rubio is not going to be a stud in the L. Everyone knows that. Keep him the hell away from NY, we need no parts of that train wreck.

  • al

    rubio to south artic, ball don’t lie there

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    To all the Rubio haters, get a life. You haven’t seen dude playing but still you think you know a lot about him. That says a lot about you, and not good.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    NJ4Life did you just say Gay Hump? $50,000 fine automatically

  • supermaaaaan

    Rubio is treated like a superstar and he hasn’t touch foot on a court with the big boys in the NBA. D Rose will be eating Rubio up all night!!!! hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com north philly

    ricky going to be nice great passer will set up kev & derrick all day but dont take it from me yall will see you are now a witness to ricky rubio and wat he will do