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So, as we have all noticed, there have been quite the slew of trade rumors being tossed around sites, most of which involve Amaré and Shaq.  This thread is being started so as to (try to) keep track of the various rumors being thrown out.  Time to get down to business!

The Wizards:

They give: Antawn Jamison, Mike James, and the #5 pick.
We give: Amaré Stoudemire.

While I echo the words of Stan in saying that this trade doesn't make a ton of sense, adding salary in a time when it's been stated that we're trying to cut expenses, I like this trade overall.  Read more about this trade here.

 

The Bulls:

So, there have been a few trade rumors (or variations on a rumor) discussed, but I'm going to stick with the two that seem to actually have more roots than typical blog banter.

Trade 1:

They give: Luol Deng, Tim Thomas, and Jerome James.
We give: Shaquille O'Neal.

I like this trade, minus the obvious hole it leaves at starting C.  Lopez isn't ready for that kind of responsibility, and pushing Amaré to the 5 and sliding a SF into the PF spot won't work.  Remember what happened to Matt Barnes?  Read more about the possible modifications to this trade here.


Trade 2:

They give: Tyrus Thomas, Tim Thomas, and John Salmons.
We give: Amaré Stoudemire and Alando Tucker.

I think I like this trade even more, but only if we can somehow get rid of Jason Richardson.  We already have a logjam at the 2, and having to split minutes between Richardson, Salmons, and Barbosa would be a nightmare.  Read the in depth analysis of this here.

The Celtics:

They give: Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.
We give: Amaré Stoudemire and (maybe?) Leandro Barbosa.

This trade has made the least sense out of any of the many that have arisen in recent days.  Yet, for some reason, it's still being talked about in Phoenix.  Say the trade does happen...who are we left with at the 4?  Try to make a free agent signing?  Lou Amundson?  And then we pick up Rondo...that basically leaves Goran Dragic as dead space.  Then, at the 2, we have Ray Allen (who is an All Star and should be starting) and Jason Richardson, who would probably throw a fit if he wasn't starting.  This makes no sense to me.  Read more about it here.

The Cavaliers:

They give: Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic.
We give: Shaquille O'Neal.

With Ben Wallace considering retirement (and the slim chance that he says, "Sure, I'll retire and not take any money from you, when I could just as easily make you pay me") and the fact that I am already biased against players whose names start with "Sasha" and end with "-ic" (ahem, this guy), I think this trade isn't good for the Suns.  If Ben Wallace were healthy and not considering retirement, I might be a little higher on this trade, as it would fill the void left by Shaq at the 5, but...that doesn't seem to be the case.  It makes complete sense for the Cavaliers, but no sense for the Suns.  We don't even save that much money.  More on this here.

Let me know if I've forgotten any major trade proposals, but I think I covered most of the more recent ones.  I could be mistaken, though.  And, for fun...here's a poll.

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