Posted February 20, 2014

Trade deadline: Latest buzz around NBA

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Evan Turner

Evan Turner is averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Here is the latest buzz around the NBA with four days remaining before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline:

More Buzz: Saturday, Feb. 15 | Friday, Feb. 14 | Thursday, Feb. 13

• Tom Moore, Bucks County Courier Times: What will Sam Hinkie do at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline? The 76ers GM wouldn’t mind dealing Evan Turner and/or Spencer Hawes for a combination of players and draft picks. The players in return, as long as they have expiring contracts, are less important than the picks. But what if no team is willing to part with a 2014 first-round selection — Hinkie’s apparent asking price — for a player or players who could end up being a two-month rental? Would Hinkie settle for a 2015 first-rounder — or even a second-round choice in the June 26 draft?

• Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Evan Turner not expecting to be traded by Thursday deadline. If 76ers are holding out for a No. 1, strong sense is they won’t get it.

Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The 76ers’ focus in the days leading up to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline is acquiring draft picks, according to an Eastern Conference executive. The franchise wants to gain future compensation in exchange for Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Thaddeus Young, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. With the most cap space in the league and an open roster spot, the Sixers will consider acquiring an expiring contract from a team looking to dump a salary. But that most likely will also involve receiving a draft pick.

Chris Mannix, SI.com: Kevin Love is having an impact on this trade season. Teams believing they have a shot at signing/trading for him looking to keep flexibility. Some top talent could be available in the summer of ’15 (LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo) but Love is clearly the crown jewel.

Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Facing a difficult trade market and a glaring hole at the point guard position, Nuggets officials worked out the banished Andre Miller this week in New Orleans and are considering bringing him back, league sources told CBSSports.com.

• Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports: Embattled point guard Andre Miller has no desire to return to the Denver Nuggets, a source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday. The Nuggets were reportedly attempting to bring back the veteran but the relationship is beyond repair, according to the source. ,,, A source in Miller’s camp told Yahoo Sports that there is hope the point guard will be traded before Thursday’s trade deadline

Terry Pluto, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Expect David Griffin to make some type of trade by Thursday’s deadline. The interim general manager believes the Cavs are close to a playoff team — three games out of the final spot thanks to the current four-game winning streak. Griffin also would love to have the interim title taken away from his name, and he works for an owner (Dan Gilbert) who wants his general manager to be aggressive. The Cavs are looking for outside shooting.

• Bob Finnan, The News-Herald: Earlier in the season, it seemed like a lock the Cavs would trade [Dion] Waiters by the Feb. 20 deadline. He’s been moved to the bench and his game has picked up. Now, it might be a bit of a surprise if they move him.

David Mayo, MLive Media Group: The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer.  They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It’s more likely that the Pistons don’t make a major deal and [interim coach John] Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing [Mo] Cheeks last weekend.

• Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Just about every Knick other than [Carmelo] Anthony or Tim Hardaway Jr. could be had if Knicks officials find a deal they like. “I don’t really know exactly what’s going on right now as far as trades,” Anthony said. “There’s not that many people out there that I think can come right now in February and change our whole season.”

11 comments
JackHoff
JackHoff

Keep up the good work covering the NBA, tens of people out there are interested.

heatdreamer
heatdreamer

Trade Lowry and Hansborough to Phoenix for Dragic and a 1st Round Pick.


Protects Phoenix with a Pg AND adds some toughness, gives Toronto a PG for 2 years and a late first round pick.



ovp66223
ovp66223

@heatdreamer Dragic is the best player in your deal and then you're adding a 1st round pick...to net a lesser player in Lowry and a bench player in Hansbrough?  I would hope Phoenix wouldn't do that trade, but you never know.


John Rotten
John Rotten

@heatdreamer  Why would Phoenix want Hansborough?   They have enough role players i.e dudes who are maybe 18 minute guys AT BEST.  Maybe they would find the idea of him having only one year remaining on his contract attractive. 


But on a halfway decent team Hanborough shouldn't even be on the floor.  The fact he's getting 16min a game with Toronto speaks to that.   I would think the goal of the Suns would be to acquire pure NBA talent.  You can' always find a banger or a dude to give you fouls.


Rem
Rem

@ovp66223 @heatdreamer  The Cavs got Luol Deng for a 1st rounder and some cash (basically).  No way Phoenix downgrades from Goran Dragic (a legit top 20 PG) to Lowry AND spits out a 1st rounder for Hansborough, when they're not even hurting cap-wise.  makes ZERO sense.

Rem
Rem

@John Rotten @heatdreamer  Expiring contracts aren't even worth much any more on the trade market.  That and the value of 1st rounders is through the roof.  This would be the dumbest trade Phoenix could make--much better off staying put.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Because they have eric bledsoe who is the future at point guard and they gain protection in receiving a good caliber pg in lowery. Toronto wins with an international pg that they can sell their fan base and who is just as talented as lowery but could thrive even better in Raptor's scheme. Plus Suns add a scrapper who can come off the bench in Hansborough and be used to pester cry baby Howard in a serious and maybe lead to an implosion or the whiners part. This is why you consider this trade if you are the Suns.

ovp66223
ovp66223

@Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask Just because a team has another PG, doesn't mean they give one away and toss in a first round pick too boot.  The two best pieces of that trade are Dragic and the 1st rounder...not sure how Lowry and Hansbrough equal that.