LA Lakers NBA Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Trevor Ariza, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries Top Names On Trading Block In 2014

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Jul 29, 2013 04:06 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol
San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair (45) and guard Cory Joseph (5) defend against Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, April 28."

The NBA offseason is getting closer to ending and with the preseason and training camps coming up around the bend, it's never too early to look at what will happen in 2014 and since many people have already done that while speculating on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and whether they will head to the Lakers, here are some names that could hit the trading block next season.

Some of the players mentioned on the block this past offseason included names like LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings and next season a number of those same names could pop up again. Trevor Ariza could be a prime option next year depending on how he plays this coming season for the Wizards and he was solid shooting the ball last season with a field-goal percentage of 45.7 and since he is in the final years of his contract, he will be an attractive piece that could be moved to get draft picks or other players to build around John Wall with. The team already has Otto Porter after the draft and that could be what sparks the move.

The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets made the biggest trade of this offseason after moving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries or Brandon Bass and after that move, Wallace and Bass could be dealt later down the line to help the rebuilding process, as Bass has two years and $13.6 million owed to him over the next couple seasons. Humphries could also be moved since he has just one year left on his deal and according to the Boston Herald, both players could be on the block with Wallace, who has three years and $30 million left.

The Sixers are working on their own rebuilding process and Evan Turner could end up being a part of that as well, since he will get a qualifying offer of $8.7 million next season and just how the team traded Jrue Holiday, they could do the same with Turner to build around Nerlens Noel and Michael-Carter Williams. Suns center Marcin Gortat has already been mentioned in trade rumors all offseason, but with the team drafted an injured Alex Len, they may try to hang onto him until he is fully healthy and ready to go. It would make things easier since he is a free agent after next season and with Len looking like an option to build around, Gortat could be on the move.

Pau Gasol has always been mentioned in trade rumors with the Lakers and he could be at it again next season depending on how the team performs and if the team wants to go after LeBron or Melo next season, a Gasol trade will be needed. Zach Randolph has been solid for the Grizzlies since coming over to the team and he could be an option to be moved next year and just like the team moved Rudy Gay last year, they could do the same with Randolph. LaMarcus Aldridge has been mentioned in rumors all offseason already and with the team putting together Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum and Robin Lopez, the team may feel it's time to move Aldridge as well.

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