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It’s no surprise that the New Orleans Pelicans are open to moving Eric Gordon, as he has been rumored to be available for quite some time.
On the other hand, it is somewhat shocking that the Pelicans may already want to part ways with Tyreke Evans, just months after giving him a four-year deal worth $44 million. This season, Evans has been the team’s sixth man, averaging 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists, and he’s had one of the more efficient seasons of his career.
However, if New Orleans believes that Evans hasn’t fit in with their other pieces, it’s possible that they’re ready to move on (although general managers rarely admit to mistakes that quickly). Earlier this season, Evans talked to me about finally being in a stable position and having some security. If this report is accurate, that may not be the case.
The least surprising part of this article? The last sentence. New Orleans seems to have their big man and point guard of the future in Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday.
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This is excellent news for the Rockets, as Beverley has emerged as a vital part of their team.
He improves Houston’s defense and physicality, while strengthening the Rockets’ bench since either he or Jeremy Lin will return to the second unit.
This season, Beverley has averaged averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25 games.
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The Celtics started their rebuilding process when they traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and moving Rajon Rondo seems to be the logical next step. Rondo will turn 28 years old next month, which means he doesn’t fit into Boston’s long-term plan, and he’s a free agent after next season. It’s highly unlikely that Rondo would re-sign with Boston given their current rebuild, and that’s assuming that Boston would even want to re-sign Rondo.
A trade seems inevitable – the question is, when will it happen? If Rondo plays well between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline, it’s very possible that Rondo’s days with the Celtics could be numbered. By returning in mid-January, Rondo gave the Celtics plenty of time for Danny Ainge for showcase him and work the phones. If Ainge isn’t satisfied with the offers that he’s receiving, he could let Rondo finish the season in Boston to improve his trade value and erase concerns about his health. Then, the Celtics could make a move around the draft. It’s no surprise that other executives believe that Rondo will be moved – the writing seems to be on the wall.
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