More Bogut speculation, Lin, Okafor

Thanks to a reader, Stephen, for passing this on.  Via Gery Woelfel:

I’ve heard the Bucks have been offered a “young, All-Star type point guard” for center Andrew Bogut. If that is true, and the Bucks took up that offer, would that mean current point guard Brandon Jennings could be jettisoned as well? Yes, it would.

That sounds a lot like Kyle Lowry.  In fact, Steph Curry is the only other possibility that comes to mind in fitting that description.

Stephen writes:

Total speculation,but have we gone from Lowry is untouchable to he’s being included in trades for a big? What changed? Is there a hidden problem between Lowry and McHale?(I was struck by how long Lowry and Adelman talked after the first Minn game and how Adelman seemed to be trying to encourage Lowry.)

I agree; it’s interesting.  I think the organization sees its real chance at an upgrade and hopes to capitalize, avoiding a repeat of the Aaron Brooks value deflation fiasco.  They’ve seen how tough it is to land a star, they’ve seen Lowry’s production drop, and they’ve seen Dragic fill in beautifully.  It might be the time to cash in while demand remains high.

If trading Lowry, what would come of Martin?  It seems he almost must be dealt at this point, but the Lakers would appear to not have any use for the frail-framed shooting guard.  At this point, the only way I’d keep Martin is in the event of a Dwight Howard rental.  I worry his trade value will drop even lower as this season continues.

Another note: one ironic consequence of the Jeremy Lin fiasco is that it just might save the Rockets.  New York was the one team out there that desperately needed a point guard and might have offered Goran Dragic a full MLE deal this summer.  Now, with Lin filling the spot, the Rockets might rest a bit easier in dealing Kyle Lowry, liking their chances at retaining Dragic.  Speaking of the Knicks, they’ve lost 6 of their last 7.

How many here would take on Emeka Okafor’s contract for the rights to the Hornets’ draft pick?  The Rockets could theoretically trade Dalembert and some combination of the 09ers for that New Orleans package, and then still make the Gasol trade.  That would leave them with an Okafor-Gasol frontline and an incoming likely-top 5 pick in the summer.  Many things can be done with cap space.  Let’s hope the Rockets make good use.

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