The NBA goes international, trade rumours fly and a big name in big trouble.[caption id="attachment_13693" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images[/caption] Another great week of action lined up in the NBA including some regular season action in Europe so here is what we here at USSDU are looking forward to.
The NBA Heads to LondonIn what the NBA would like to see as a regular event every season, we head abroad to London's O2 arena for a match-up between the Knicks and the Pistons. The game marks the 16th time a regular season game has been played on international soil after games in Mexico, Japan and England previously. As seen in the Olympics, the O2 arena is perfect for hosting an NBA game with its large seating capacity, modern facilities and a vibrant atmosphere. The outcome of the game won't really matter unless it's a 50 point blow out as the fans in London just want to see some quality NBA action. Will this be the first step in creating a Euro division like David Stern has hinted at before?
Gay Being Shopped Around by Memphis?It's no secret that Memphis is a small market that can't really afford to go into luxury tax territory, as a result it's not suprising that Rudy Gay's name has been floated around as trade bait. So far there has been great interest in the dynamic small forward but no team has shown enough interest for the Grizzlies to pull the trigger. Phoenix, Washington, Golden State, Toronto and Boston are all in the mix but the Grizzlies are looking to get top quality draft picks in return for Gay, a similar situation to the Thunder dealing Harden. So far Phoenix are in the best position with regards to draft picks as they have two potential lottery picks next season (if the Lakers don't get back on track) and could use a big name like Gay to boost fan numbers. It will hurt the Grizzlies a lot if they decide to deal Gay given this was their best shot at making a play for the championship. Where will he go if the Grizzlies trade him and where would you like him to end up?
Miami BluesWest Coast road trips have not been kind to the Heat in the past and this season is no different. Since hitting the road the Heat have posted a 1-3 record with losses against Indiana, Portland and Utah and have two more tough games against the Warriors and Lakers to finish. What makes their struggles even more pronounced are the rumours surrounding team harmony after Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade sat out the 4th quarter against Utah, despite not being injured. Rebounding has been a big problem for this team and you have to wonder where they would be without the super talents and numbers they get from LeBron James. If they finish with losses against the Warriors and Lakers (a real possibility) how will this team react and can they still be a powerhouse in the NBA?
Do you think the Miami Heat can bounce back or will this be the start of many problems they will face before the playoffs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.