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How a Kevin Love Trade Could Fast Track the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Growth

Nov 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) hug before the tip off at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Teams have been reluctant to give up their most coveted assets for Kevin Love, but a three-team deal with the Cavaliers and Warriors could spread the cost out among multiple teams.

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Clippers Look to Deal Jared Dudley

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The Los Angeles Clippers currently lead the Pacific Division with a record of 34-17 in the Western Conference. A large part of their success this season is due to the play of guards Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick. To go along with those two wingmen, who average upwards of 15 points per game, the Clippers also have Hedo Turkoglu, Sasha Vujacic and Jared Dudley. 5 players with essentially the same set of skills is just too much for one team, which is why Los Angeles is seeking to deal one of their guards. Jared Dudley appears to be the odd man out.

As Marc Stein of ESPN reported on early Wednesday morning, Doc Rivers and the Clippers are hoping to trade Dudley in exchange for more of a supporting cast.

At the age of 28, Dudley certainly still has game left. He’s a quality teammate, plays solid defense and can knock down three-pointers. There is just too much of a logjam on the Clippers’ roster.

In 51 games this season, Dudley is averaging 7.9 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the field, while grabbing down 2.1 rebounds in just under 27 minutes per contest.

Along with Evan Turner, Francisco Garcia and Ben Gordon – among many others – add Dudley to the list of players who may be moved before the February 20 deadline.

 

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Rockets Looking to Trade Francisco Garcia

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With the trade deadline less than three weeks away, the hot stove is beginning to catch fire. Teams around the league are actively pursing trades in hopes of improving their rosters – or, in some cases – doing the exact opposite for tanking purposes.

The Houston Rockets, at 29-17 are certainly a playoff team, but seem to be looking to upgrade their roster. The team is seeking to deal veteran wingman Francisco Garcia, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

“Francisco Garcia, who owns a player’s option for next season, has been dangled in trade talks lately, a source said.”

Despite re-signing the 32-year-old less than six months ago, it appears that the Rockets are open to trading Garcia. The former No. 23 overall pick is averaging 5.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists while playing just over 20 minutes per game.

The solid play of Omri Casspi may have allowed Garcia to become more of an expendable piece. Casspi, in his first season with the Rockets is a similar type of player to Garcia. He is scoring 8.2 points, on 44.2 percent shooting, as well as grabbing down 3.8 rebounds in over 20 minutes per contest.

Garcia doesn’t dazzle, but he is a reliable defender who can knock down three-pointers. In 40 games this season, he is averaging more than one trey per game while shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc.

While Spears does not mention any possible suitors in his report, the Detroit Pistons could emerge as a possible destination. They allow 103.2 points per game – fifth-worst in the league – while also knocking down just 5.9 three-pointers per game, 28th in the league. Garcia would help them in both categories.

The Chicago Bulls could also become Garcia’s new home. The Rockets have expressed interest in Bulls’ forward Mike Dunleavy, and including Garcia in a deal isn’t out of the question. While Dunleavy’s contract isn’t large ($6 million over the next two seasons), Garcia’s is smaller. He earns $1.2 million this season and possesses a player option for next year, with a salary of $1.3 million. For the rebuilding Bulls, Garcia can serve as a veteran leader and someone who will not them hurt the team financially.

He isn’t a franchise-savior, but Garcia can certainly play a significant role on a team given the right situation. The next few weeks are almost guaranteed to be interesting, so get ready for the potential moves ahead.

 

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Bucks Hope to Deal Gary Neal

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When teams struggle, its players can become frustrated. That is exactly what has happened in Milwaukee. The Bucks are 7-27, owners of the league’s worst record. They have lost three consecutive games and are 21 games back of first place in the Central Division.

On Saturday night, after their 116-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns, teammates Gary Neal and Larry Sanders engaged in a back-and-forth that was overheard by reporters.

While Neal is a reserve who signed a two-year contract in the offseason that pays him $3.25 million annually, the Bucks signed Sanders to a four-year, $44 million contract extension last summer, making him the highest paid player on the team. The 25-year-old, however, has played in just eight games this season after suffering an injury at a bar fight on November 3, something Neal brought up when he said:

“I earned my money. Why don’t you try it?” said Neal to Sanders.

Milwaukee has admitted that the relationship with the guard has not worked out as originally planned, and are now actively shopping Neal. According to reports, the Bucks “will do everything they can” to ship Neal off by the February 20 trade deadline.

Neal, 29, is averaging a career-best 10.4 points while grabbing 1.8 rebounds and dishing out 1.6 assists in over 20 minutes per game.

 

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Trade information via Marc Stein of ESPN