The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away now and the trading block it starting to get more active after some of the first deals were completed this week. As of Jan. 23, 2013, reports from HoopsWorld columnist Steve Kyler it looks like the Washington Wizards are starting to look at their options for making a push up the Eastern Conference standings in the second half.
Kyler believes that the Wizards are preparing for the possible scenario of trading Jordan Crawford to the Memphis Grizzlies for outcast Rudy Gay even after completing a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 22, 2013, that already cleared up some salary cap room for next season:
More than a few league sources peg Jordan Crawford as the chip that is drawing the most interest in return from the Wizards. Crawford is an impact scorer from the bench in the mold of a Jason Terry or Jamal Crawford. He also doesn't earn much by NBA standards, scheduled to earn just $1.19 million this season.
Trevor Ariza could also be used as an additional makeweight in the deal to help lure the Grizzlies into accepting a deal for Gay. Additionally there could also be a first round draft pick having to head the way of Memphis.
With that much on the table it would be hard for either team to walk the other direction if they could create such a deal. However, it all remains speculation at the moment.
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