The NBA offseason has the rumor mill swirling with the biggest names available already taken. Quality players, such as Jamal Crawford and Ty Lawson are rumored to be traded this offseason. The Dallas Mavericks, following the recent debacle with DeAndre Jordan, are rumored to be going after Crawford as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, but both teams have yet to strike a deal.
The Mavericks look to be out of the deal with the team settling on Deron Williams; a big risk for the team.
ESPN’s Marc Stein believes that Jamal Crawford will ultimately end up with the Cavs in a trade that would move Brendan Haywood. Ty Lawson is being pushed out of the Denver Nuggets lineup, with the recent acquisition of two point guards this summer. It is all but inevitable that the team will trade Lawson this offseason.
The Sacramento Kings are the frontrunners to sign Lawson, but a few other teams are also in the running. Lawson still has $25 million over the next two years.
These two superstars are not the only two names being rumored in trades. With many free agents still on the market, there are a few names that will be a welcomed addition to struggling teams.
JaVale McGee is in talks with the Dallas Mavericks, and put up 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds last year. Darrell Arthur is still yet to be signed. The former Denver Nugget posted 6.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1 assist and 0.8 steals a game last season.
Shooting guard J.R. Smith is still a free agent and had impressive stats in the 2014 – 2015 season. The 29-year-old Smith has 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season. Tristan Thompson has the most upside of all free agents available. Just 24 years old, the power forward averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds last year.
The Cavs are still in talks with Thompson and hope to resign him before the season begins.