Here are the latest trade rumors around the league:
Danny Granger will not be going to the Rockets?
Recently it was reported that the Houston Rockets could potentially be interested in adding Danny Granger, of the Indiana Pacers, to their ranks. According to Marc Stein, of ESPN, Houston will not be trying to make a deal for Granger:
Maybe there is enough time before this month’s trade deadline for Indiana to find a trade partner willing to gamble on Danny Granger. This much we do know, though: It’s not going to be Houston. One source with knowledge of Houston’s thinking left little doubt that recent reports portraying the Rockets as a potential suitor for Granger, as they were in the past long before James Harden showed up, were inaccurate.
The initial reports saying that the Rockets would like to get their hands on Granger seemed strange, so the latest news will not surprise anyone. Houston will have cap space this summer, and trading for Granger’s contract when he has not played a single game this season would probably not be the smartest move. Besides, the Rockets don’t really have any contracts to offer in return to even make a deal feasible on paper.
Danny Granger could still be on the market, as the Indiana Pacers are ready to let Paul George run the show.
Timofey Mozgov likely to stay with the Nuggets
Timofey Mozgov is one of the players most people assumed would be looking for an address change before the trade deadline. The Russian center has not seen solid minutes this season, and head coach George Karl essentially gave the front office a green light to deal the big man, as he would not see an increase in minutes.
However, Marc Stein reports that sources close to the Nuggets say that Mozgov will only leave Denver if the offer on the table is too good to resist. Since such an offer is unlikely to present itself, Mozgov will most likely have to suffer through this season and look for a change of scenery this summer, when he hits the free agent market.
Sixers gauging interest for Evan Turner?
According to the same ESPN report, it seems that the Philadelphia 76ers might consider moving the second overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft, Evan Turner:
The Sixers, sources say, are open to a shakeup as they continue to wait for the return of Andrew Bynum to give All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday some badly needed help. And I’m told Philly, as such, is shopping (or at least making calls to gauge the value of) swingman Evan Turner.
The Sixers are still in the playoff race, but with Andrew Bynum not having played a game and Thaddeus Young being sidelined for several weeks, the playoff hopes are slowly fading away.
This season Evan Turner has shown some potential, but his scoring has been very sporadic. He is averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds on the season, but has hit a shooting slump lately, averaging only 5 points per game in Philadelphia’s last 4 outings, including a 1-10 shooting night against the Indiana Pacers.
Turner has the tools to be a good player, but has not met the hype that a second overall pick in the draft inevitably has to meet. Unless the Sixers are presented with a great offer, it is doubtful they’d ship Evan Turner out of town before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, but stranger things have happened.
Milwaukee Bucks could be shopping multiple players
After Samuel Dalembert exploded for 35 points and 12 rebounds, he instantly gained attention in the rumor mill. According to Stein, the Bucks were always shopping Dalembert, even before his great performance.However, there are other players the Bucks are not reluctant to moving either.
The Bucks are holding down the 8th position in the East right now, and are on their way to the playoffs. But the team is not a contender by a long shot and if a good offer for a player like Monta Ellis is put on the table, you can bet that the Bucks will be listening.
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