Trade Deadline: Latest buzz around NBA with one day left to deal
Here is the latest buzz around the NBA with one day remaining before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline:
Update: 2:41 PM ET
• Dave McMenamin, ESPNLA.com: Despite all that has gone wrong in Dwight Howard’s first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak says the team is still hitching its wagon to the All-Star center. “Dwight is our future,” Kupchak told “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “Kobe [Bryant] has one more year on his deal [this year, plus one]. That’s all I can bank on or this organization can bank on. I have no idea if he wants to continue to play beyond next year. As of now, we’re looking at a two-year window, [and that] plays to the urgency of the situation and how we build the team. … This team’s window to win is this year and next year.”
• Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: Rockets coach Kevin McHale felt no need to address the potential of deals and the need to not be distracted by uncertainty. But he had reason to believe his young team was not concerned. “We’re not doing anything,” McHale said. “I’d be shocked if we do anything.”
• Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick, USA Today Sports: Several teams have expressed varying degrees of interest in [Josh] Smith, among them the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, and the Phoenix Suns. But despite the fact that officials from several involved teams are under the impression that Smith will definitely be traded, a person with knowledge of the Hawks’ strategy said it’s not inconceivable that they hold onto him past the deadline.
• Chad Ford, ESPN.com: “I’ve heard rumblings that if Howard told Laker officials this summer that the only way he’d stay in LA is if Kobe leaves, the Lakers could end up choosing Howard over Kobe. It’s an unlikely scenario, but one worth watching.”
• Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick, USA Today Sports: Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford is not pleased with his reduced role, and the Wizards are looking to move him, a person familiar with Washington’s thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because of the private nature of the plan. league sources tell Y! Sports.
• Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports: The Minnesota Timberwolves were turned down on an offer of Brandon Roy and a first-round pick to Denver for center Timofey Mozgov, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Denver is combing the market further for offers on Mozgov. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the emergence of Kosta Koufos could make it hard for Denver to match an offer sheet for Mozgov. The Timberwolves are trying to include Roy’s contract into offers, selling the non-guaranteed value of his 2013-14 year as an appealing factor. Roy is rehabilitating his knees, and neither the Wolves, nor Roy, truly expect he’ll be able to play again in the NBA, sources said.
• Sean Deveney, Sporting News: Chicago has toyed with trading [Richard] Hamilton for a while now, because the team does not want to pay the new, very prohibitive luxury tax, not when it appears Derrick Rose probably won’t be back in time to be effective this year. Having failed to find a suitable Boozer deal, the Bulls are now looking to send Richard Hamilton somewhere, anywhere. … Hamilton is still effective—he is averaging 10.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting—but he is 35 years old and is being paid $5 million this year. He can be had by any team that has the cap room or trade exceptions to absorb his contract, and the Bulls have gotten plenty of inquiries, most notably from the Houston Rockets.”
• John Reid, New Orleans Times-Picayune: “New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon appeared unsure about what may happen before Thursday’s trade deadline. Trade rumors are starting to swirl that the Hornets might be willing to part ways with Gordon if they can land the right deal. … Sources confirm the Hornets would be interested in any trade deal with the Golden State Warriors that would include second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson. But sources indicate the Warriors are reluctant to part ways with Thompson, whom they feel is a young emerging star.”
• Chris Broussard, ESPN.com: “One of the teams Utah has talked to about Paul Millsap is Minnesota. The name of the very available Derrick Williams came up.”
Eastern Conference Teams
• Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald: As Danny Ainge downplayed the possibility the Celtics will be involved in a transaction before tomorrow’s NBA trade deadline, general managers and personnel people around the league are saying quite the opposite. They’ll be stunned if the Celts don’t make a deal of some sort. … If the Celtics do pull off a trade, it’s likely something beyond what’s already in the public domain, and many of those talks were dead on arrival. … While teams are generally either looking to add key players for a postseason push or play more for the future, the C’s haven’t limited themselves.
• Chris Broussard, ESPN.com: Sources say Boston willing to trade injured PG Rajon Rondo in right deal.
• Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Engaged with multiple teams in trade talks for Josh Smith, the Hawks are struggling to get the assets they are seeking for the prospective free agent, league sources told CBSSports.com Tuesday. Hawks GM Danny Ferry has told prospective trade partners he is not interested in taking back future salary and he won’t do a deal “just to do it,” one person familiar with the discussions said. The Hawks have been in conversations with many teams about the 27-year-old forward, with the most persistent conversations happening with the Suns, Bucks, Celtics and Nets.
• Chris Vivlamore, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Hawks are fielding calls on [Josh] Smith and there have been trade discussions involving the forward — and other members of the current roster. The lack of a trade to this point leads to the conclusion that no offer has been acceptable to part with the versatile Smith. As of Tuesday, no trade was imminent. It is possible a pursuing team could up its offer for Smith as the deadline nears. … Certainly, Smith’s declaration that he wants a maximum contract had an effect on offers made to the Hawks for a player that could be available come the free-agent signing period.
• Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel: Rumors have swirled around [Magic guard J.J.] Redick for weeks. The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs have been mentioned as being interested in acquiring the 28-year-old shooting guard…. But he’s not the only Magic veteran who could draw interest on the trade market. Point guard Jameer Nelson, wing Arron Afflalo and power forward Josh McRoberts, who also is in the final year of his contract, have value.
• Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports: Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota have expressed interest in trading for [J.J.] Redick, but teams have been reluctant to give up a first-round pick and a good young player for a player who could turn into a rental for the rest of the season.
• Sam Amick, USA Today Sports: While [Raptors GM Bryan] Colangelo could make more moves before the Thursday trade deadline to help his team and improve his case even more, he downplayed the once-widely-held notion that center Andrea Bargnani would be traded before then. He called that situation “fluid” and said “there just may not have been enough runway prior to the deadline to get something” because Bargnani recently came back from injury.
• Shandel Richardson, South Florida Sun Sentinel: While the rest of league is paying close attention to Thursday’s trade deadline, the Heat are among those to likely have no midseason moves. The decision to sign forward Chris Andersen was probably the last transaction of the season.
• Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News: A report by ESPN’s Chris Broussard said that swingman Evan Turner, who is averaging career highs in points (13.8), rebounds (6.6), assists (4.4) and minutes (36.2), is on the trading block, though an NBA source told theDaily News nothing is going on with Turner.
• Jodie Valade, Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cavaliers acquired [Marreese] Speights this season to help fill the void created when they lost Anderson Varejao to a quad injury. Speights has been a solid addition from the moment he set foot in Cleveland, averaging 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in 10 games. … But he’s also one of the Cavaliers’ most tantalizing players in any trades, his contract having an appealing player option for next season worth $4.5 million. He has only been in Cleveland for a month, but Speights already has heard rumors that he’s available to move on, for the right price.
Western Conference Teams
• Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times: Anybody want Chris Duhon? How about Devin Ebanks? Steve Blake? What about [Kobe] Bryant’s deal with $30.5 million due next season? Or [Pau] Gasol’s with $19.3 million? Or a dinged-up [Dwight] Howard for a few months until he becomes a free agent? Didn’t think so. The Lakers are the Lakers, until further notice.
• Sam Amico, Fox Sports: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has strongly nixed the notion that [Dwight] Howard could be moved prior to Thursday’s trading deadline. But if Kupchak changes his mind, he’d have [Kobe] Bryant’s full support, according to sources.
• Paul Coro, Arizona Republic: ESPN.com reported New York’s interest in Jermaine O’Neal and Toronto’s interest in Sebastian Telfair while another source said there was All-Star break talk of Oklahoma City exploring Marcin Gortat and P.J. Tucker for Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb and a first-round pick. Perkins is the type of center to fit the new defensively geared culture, although he is limited offensively for a team wanting to post up its big men. Lamb probably would have been the Suns’ draft pick in June had Houston not made a trade to move up two spots and take him in front of Phoenix.
• Chris Broussard, ESPN.com: Sources: New Orleans has made Eric Gordon available for trade. Trade not likely though as clubs concerned about EG’s health going forward.
• Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis Star Tribune: [The Timberwolves'] most likely options include trading veteran point guard Luke Ridnour or one or more future first-round picks — they almost certainly will own two in the June draft — for a legitimately sized shooting guard so coach Rick Adelman won’t have to rely on an undersized three-point-guard lineup as much as he does. Or the Wolves could trade Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, who hasn’t played up in his lofty draft status but is averaging 16 points and 8.8 rebounds in his past five games starting at Love’s power-forward position.
• Mike Sorensen, Deseret News: Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson have been the subjects of the most speculation, while rumors of the Jazz acquiring a younger point guard have also been making the rounds. … Millsap’s name has come up in trade rumors for years, and the Jazz forward says he’s used to it by now, saying he takes it as a compliment that he’s a wanted player. One of the latest rumors has him going to the L.A. Clippers for point guard Eric Bledsoe and others. … Jefferson has been traded twice in his career, but he knows if the Jazz are involved, it’s unlikely anyone will know about it in advance.
• Mike Tokito, The Oregonian: There have already been, and undoubtedly will be more, rumors about Blazers center J.J. Hickson. … Three things you need to consider with Hickson: 1) He has an expiring contract, worth $4 million this season; 2) Because he signed a one-year deal with a team that has his Bird rights, he is allowed to veto any trade; 3) If he is dealt, his new team does not inherit his full Bird rights, meaning Hickson would give them up.
• Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News: The Warriors almost certainly won’t do anything to get smaller or slower and won’t add crazy money or crazier players. As Thursday’s trade deadline arrives, they won’t tear up their core group before they’ve seen a healthy Andrew Bogut in the middle of it. Let’s also add that the Warriors also don’t have upcoming first-round picks to offer or any salary cap-space to utilize. So… Unless something dramatic happens over the next few days, the great likelihood is that the Warriors will remain mostly status quo through the deadline.
• Mike Monroe, San Antonio Express-News: [Spurs forward DeJuan] Blair’s name has been linked to numerous trades in the last few weeks, and he understands comments he made last summer about expecting to be traded before training camp are partially to blame. Blair’s trade value likely is diminished by the fact he will be a free agent this summer, when teams interested in him could get him without giving up a player.