NBA trade deadline coming into view

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NBA trade deadline coming into view

CLEVELAND Now that the All-Star game is in the books, attention in the NBA will quickly shift to the next major event -- the NBA trading deadline.

There are a number of big-name players who might be on the move between now and the March 15 deadline. The most notable being Orlando's Dwight Howard, who has asked the Magic to trade him.

Orlando has been in talks with a number of teams since Howard's request, but a deal does not seem imminent. That's not surprising given that Howard was a huge draw for the home crowd at this weekend's All-Star Game.

Now that the All-Star Game is in the books and a number of teams -- including the Boston Celtics -- will be looking for ways to improve. And making a trade will certainly be an option.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, has said many times that he's open to doing whatever he deems necessary to help bolster the Celtics' roster.

But with all the injuries Boston has had this year, it's difficult to gauge whether this team needs a major shake-up or time to get healthy.

If you talk with the current players and head coach Doc Rivers, it's banged up bodies -- not bad players -- that are at the root of the team's problems.

When asked what the Celtics need to do moving forward, Paul Pierce said, "One, us being more consistent, to get healthy. Those are the two main issues right now. Just being consistent with what we're doing and being healthy."

Still, that won't stop the questions from coming about potential trades, something that's difficult for any player to completely ignore.

"It's impossible not to (pay attention to trade rumors)," said Nets guard Deron Williams, who was traded from Utah last year shortly before the trading deadline. "There's no doubt that the media is coming to ask questions everyday. It's part of the game. It's part of our job. Trades happen."

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."