NBA Tip-off is just a few days away and a lot can still happen in the world of basketball. We take a look at some NBA trade rumors circulating around the league and the possible effects it can have on the teams and players.
Taj Gibson-Brandon Bass trade is a go?
Rumors are circulating that the Los Angeles Lakers are keeping an eye on Chicago Bulls power forward, Taj Gibson and an imminent trade between Gibson and recently acquired player Brandon Bass may be on the works, according to Yibada.
?Brandon Bass cannot be traded until the stipulated period of three months on the contract is over,? Yibada reported. But the Los Angeles Lakers are very likely to trade the backup big for a ?small and versatile? forward like Taj Gibson if they ever want to stay ahead of the curve.
Marcus Smart to Philadelphia 76ers?
A possible trade between rising players Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Nerlens Noel of the Philadephia 76ers might also be agreeable, according to Yibada. ?The 76ers have a lot of bigs. Nerlens Noel would fill a huge hole in Boston. Noel would most likely cost the Celtics Smart and draft considerations,? according to a post in a Celtics blog.
Tiago Splitter to Atlanta Hawks decision
In a surprising move made by the San Antonio Spurs, big man Tiago Splitter was moved to the emerging Atlanta Hawks. A lot of fans were shocked to learn that a long time member of the Spurs was suddenly moved to another team but Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich explains the tough decision.
?It was very difficult,? Popovich said according to Basketball Insiders. ?When someone is with you for a while, you get close to them and their family. That?s the business part of the situation. It shows its ugly head once in a while,? he added. ?So if we want to add the talent that we added then we had to do something because you can?t pay everybody. I think Tiago being here in Atlanta is a perfect fit for both parties.?