Apr 4, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Elliot Williams (25) guards Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Rondo Likely To Be Traded + Barbosa To Miami?

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It’s never too early to start talking NBA trade deadline “potential” deals, right?

Well in this new era of the NBA, where the players control everything, no.

And according to reports that have been swirling around all summer long, Rajon Rondo looks to be at the center of all trade talks that are either being taken place or will take place in the future.

Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 NBA season, and according to Chuck Myron, he’s a name to watch that will probably be on the trade block for much of next season.

Myron also writes that Brook Lopez could be a trade candidate, as may Mark Gasol.

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Rondo’s probably the best bet. Maybe Brook Lopez if he returns to health. If the Grizzlies get off to a slow start, I’m sure they’ll be chatter about Marc Gasol, though I don’t think he’ll be traded.

As for next season, the Miami Heat, you know that team that just lost the NBA Finals and the best player in the world, are reportedly interested in signing Leandro Barbosa. Per Alex Kennedy, of Basketball Insiders, the interest is mutual.

The Miami Heat are hurting in the backcourt with no solid two-guard depth behind Dwyane Wade. Barbosa could potentially be the answer to such concerns, but the last time he played more that 60 games in one season was in 2009 for the Phoenix Suns. Not sure if that’s exactly what Miami needs behind Wade.

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