With the NBA trade deadline now roughly a month away, there's going to be a serious uptick in conversation about potential trades. In-season trade movement has reduced dramatically since the 2011 CBA which changed the length of contracts, but there are always opportunities for adding a significant player. But sometimes those opportunities are fraught with concern. Teams that are looking to make a deal inherently recognize a need for some kind of change, be it major or minor, but the players available in such deals are often available for a reason, and sometimes those deals make things worse, not better. With that in mind, here are five players that teams should be wary of when looking at trade
Did Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talk during the Warriors’ win over the Thunder last night? Westbrook said no, though video and first-hand accounts indicate otherwise. Even more clearly: Westbrook – who walked near teammates Enes Kanter, Anthony Morrow and Jerami Grant – didn’t want someone talking to someone as they left the floor after the game. ESPN caught Westbrook saying, “Don’t say what’s up to that b— a—.” You will never convince anyone Westbrook is referring to anyone but Durant.
Desperately in need of good news in a Texas basketball season that's slipping away, coach Shaka Smart got some this week. Long-time recruiting target Matt Coleman of Virginia's Oak Hill Academy told an ESPNU audience that he would play basketball next season at Texas and not Duke. Then in explaining his choice, the Longhorns' point guard of the future pretty much diagnosed the problem of the present. "Watching Texas play, watching both teams play, and just finding out where I was needed more," Coleman said, calling Smart a player's coach. "Constantly, you're just hearing, like 'Texas needs a point guard. They need a point guard. Things would be different if they had a point guard.'" More than