Monday , Aug , 06 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Monday Listed-NBA Players On The Trading Block: Ron Artest, Mike Bibby, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal, Mickael Pietrus, & Anderson Varejao

A mighty big chip in the NBA poker game changed hands this week. Kevin Garnett, after years of misery in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, finally changed teams, landing with the Celtics after 12 years of hard labor with the Wolves. But the trade rumors are still out there. Circulating and festering with an intensity that leads us to believe other deals are on the horizon …

A mighty big chip in the NBA poker game changed hands this week. , after years of misery in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, finally changed teams, landing with the Celtics after 12 years of hard labor with the Wolves.

But the trade rumors are still out there. Circulating and festering with an intensity that leads us to believe other deals are on the horizon.

This edition of Monday Listed looks at five names that keep popping up on the rumor mill.

1) Ron Artest, Sacramento Kings.

Why he’s available: The and deny a deal is in the works. But Ron-Ron’s contract is expiring and he would love to head home to New York. Something could happen.

2) Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings.

Why he’s available: game has hit a plateau in Sacramento and he needs a change of scenery. We keep hearing rumors of a potential sign-and-trade with Cleveland.

3) Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Pacers.  

Why he’s available: have a dilemma: go young or keep the same core. If they go young, will be traded for prospects to expedite the rebuilding process. Los Angeles and New Jersey have some interest in acquiring the veteran power forward.

4) Mickael Pietrus, Golden State Warriors.

Why he’s available: recently agreed to terms on a one-year contract with their athletic swing. This means little. Other teams-like Miami- are talking with Golden State about adding Pietrus because they like his physical skills and energy.

5) Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers.

Why’s he’s available: is a restricted free agent; he still hasn’t signed a new contract with because the club is worried about the salary cap and limited in what they can offer. A sign-and-trade is looking more-and-more likely.

Honorable mention:

  • , Washington Wizards.
  • , Los Angeles Lakers.

Their situation: Arenas and Bryant won’t be dealt anytime soon; however, their status with the Wizards and Lakers remains unclear. The Hibachi is happy in Washington, but he will opt-out of his contract after next season. Who knows what happens if the Wizards feel like they can’t re-sign their star?

Bryant is miffed with the Lakers and has flip-flopped on his trade requests all summer. The purple-and-gold can’t get back equal value for the world’s most talented basketball player in a trade and they can’t keep Bryant because his contract also has an opt-out clause. Right now, all is quiet-too quiet. Keep an eye on this situation.    

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