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Despite talk among fans, early trade market reportedly quiet

DeMarcus Cousins

It takes buyers and sellers. Supply and demand. Two to tango. Choose your cliche but the truth remains — if a team is going to make a trade in the NBA, there have to be two willing parties, both of whom think they have something to gain.

All of which is why — despite the growing chatter in the media and among fans about potential trades — the actual NBA trade marketplace has been quiet. From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Meaning, there is more demand than supply. Teams who think they have a shot at the playoffs want to buy, not sell. That has left the market relatively barren; we will have to see how that changes as we move toward the February trade deadline.

There are some names out there — Kevin Martin and Caron Butler likely will get moved. There will be a lot of Ty Lawson chatter but actually trading him and his large salary (and limited production on the court) will be difficult. While the Pelicans deny they are shopping him, Ryan Anderson also likely is available (the Pelicans say they are listening to offers). There are others.

However, Miami moving Hassan Whiteside is unlikely because of the salary challenges. And Celtics/Lakers fans can dream all they want, Kings’ ownership has zero interest in moving DeMarcus Cousins.

This could end up being another quiet trade deadline.