Trade Rumors Swell (“As the NBA Turns”)

As the NBA trade rumors continue to circulate, one wonders how many, if any, will actually happen before the February 8th deadline.  Current gossip concerning top NBA players being traded includes the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, the Hornets’ Kemba Walker, the Kings’ George Hill and, the craziest of all, DeMarcus Cousins leaving the Pelicans for the Cavaliers.  As a big Lakers fan, I have a perpetual stomach ache from ongoing trade talks circulating regarding Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr., not superstars but important players nonetheless!

So let’s take a look at last season’s rumors leading up to the February 23rd, 2017 trade deadline and see what actually happened before the trade deadline (without boring you with the other players, draft picks, etc. involved in these trades):

By the way, when I started doing the research for this post, I assumed that most of the trade rumors regarding last season were just that, rumors.  But, as you will clearly see, a lot of the trade talk was an accurate reflection of these NBA teams wanting to part ways with the players that were mentioned in the rumor mill:

THE RUMORS WERE CORRECT … Serge Ibaka traded from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors … Nerlens Noel traded from Philadelphia 76’s to Dallas Mavericks … Kyle Korver traded from Atlanta Hawks to Cleveland Cavaliers … Taj Gibson traded from Chicago Bulls to Oklahoma City Thunder … Lou Williams traded from Los Angeles Lakers to Houston Rockets. 

THE RUMORS WERE CORRECT BUT NOT THE TIMING AS THESE TRADES OCCURRED BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE 2017/2018 SEASON … Carmelo Anthony from New York Knicks to Oklahoma City Thunder … Dwight Howard traded from Atlanta Hawks to Charlotte Hornets … Ricky Rubio traded from Minnesota Timberwolves to Utah Jazz … Brook Lopez from Brooklyn Nets to Los Angeles Lakers.

PLAYERS INVOLVED IN LAST SEASON’S TRADE RUMORS WHO SIGNED ELSEWHERE AS FREE AGENTS … Paul Milsap leaves Atlanta Hawks for Denver Nuggets … Rudy Gay departs Sacramento Kings for San Antonio Spurs … Rajon Rondo from Chicago Bulls to New Orleans Pelicans.

THE RUMORS WERE NOT CORRECT … Nikole Vucevic is still with the Orlando Magic although rumors persist this season … Reggie Jackson remains a Detroit Piston … Gorac Dragic is still a valuable Miami Heat asset … Brandon Knight remains a Phoenix Suns player but is out for the season with a torn ACL.

We may not know until next season the accuracy of the current trade rumors, but if last season is an indicator of accuracy, hold on to your hats!!!

 

NBA Free Agent Superstars – Lakers don’t need Lebron in 2018

January 26th, DeMarcus Cousins suffered a full tear to his left Achilles tendon which will keep him out the rest of the season. Several superstars came back from this injury but were never the same, such as Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor and Patrick Ewing although all were much older than Cousins at the time of their injuries. One exception is Dominique Wilkins who maintained his points and rebounds stats before and after. Wilkins was 32 at the time versus Boogie who turns 28 this year, he was shorter and weighed less (Wilkins at 6’8″ and 230 lbs. vs. Cousins at 6’11” and 270 lbs.) Only time will tell what the future holds for this very talented superstar!

BOOGIE, stay positive and work hard during the long, difficult rehab process.  I have faith in you and still want to see you in purple and gold starting next season!!!!!