On this week's episode of CBSSports.com's NBA Drive, Ken Berger and Matt Moore join Lauren Shehadi to break down trade talk, the fight on the Memphis Grizzlies' team plane, trouble for the Los Angeles Lakers and the season-ending surgery for Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler. Posted by Ben Golliver.
In a jam-packed edition of NBA Drive, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger and Matt Moore cover a range of hot topics, including a fight on the Memphis Grizzlies team plane, the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers, the all-but-over Rookie of the Year race, the trade implications of Caron Butler's season-ending knee surgery, and a whole lot more.
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When it comes to trade talk, Berger says watch out for Dallas. "Number one, you have to keep an eye on the Mavericks. With Caron Butler out for the year, once they figure out where they are when Dirk Nowitzki and Roddy Beaubois come back, they're going to have to decide if they have enough to compete with the Lakers. If not, they'll be looking to make a big move."
Berger also noted that trade talks between the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets are back on. "The Nets, after backing away a week a week ago, are slowly starting to make progress again on a Carmelo [Anthony] deal. Most executives believe that will go right down to the deadline, because the Nuggets believe they can get the same deal then that they can get now. And the Nets aren't going anywhere either, they want Carmelo."
Finally, Berger says the Phoenix Suns could be looking to dump salary if they continue to remain out of the Western Conference playoff picture. "In Phoenix, the Suns do not foresee trading Steve Nash, that was not the intent behind the Orlando trade they made, but Phoenix right now is 2.5 games out of the eighth [playoff] spot and you have to be wondering how much longer owner Robert Sarver is going to be willing to pay that kind of money for a team that's going to be out of the playoffs."