Orlando not actively looking to trade J.J. Redick
Only a few days ago it was reported that the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls have shown interest in J.J. Redick, but according to Brian K. Schmitz, of the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic might not be looking to deal him before the deadline:
However, what this actually means is that the Magic won’t be trying to intiate trade talks, but you can bet that many teams are and will be making calls to try to land the coveted shooting guard.
Brooklyn Nets targeting Josh Smith
According to Chris Broussard, of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets are interested in making a deal for Atlanta’s Josh Smith:
The two teams are engaged in discussions, but one source said while “there has been lots of talk, nothing is close yet.”
The Nets are willing to give up Humphries and second-year shooting guard MarShon Brooks for Smith. But it almost certainly will take more than a Humphries-Brooks combination to pry Smith away from Atlanta, and one source said the Hawks want Brooklyn’s first-round pick.
It was reported earlier this week that the Nets were discussing a Kris Humphries for Ben Gordon trade with the Charlotte Bobcats, but trying to land Josh Smith is taking priority right now.
It is also reported that the Hawks are looking for a young center in return for Smith, but there is no chance that the Nets would give up Brook Lopez as part of a deal for Smith. If a third team was to be involved in the trade, it is quite possible that a blockbuster trade involving Josh Smith would go down before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
Al Jefferson safe in Utah, Paul Millsap is not?
The general consensus around the league has been that the Utah Jazz will have to deal one of their impeding free agents – either Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson. There have been rumors that Jefferson might be traded to the San Antonio Spurs, but according to Ric Bucher, Millsap might be the odd one out:
Latest word on Utah Jazz and who they’ll keep vs. deal between Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap: Jefferson is the likeliest to stay right now, according to several opposing team executives. Consensus is the Jazz can’t afford to keep both with Gordon Hayward soon to be eligible for an extension and the belief that Hayward is in the team’s long-term plans.
The Jazz will have plenty of cap space this summer, but won’t be willing to pay both Millsap and Jefferson.
Rodney Stuckey available?
The Detroit Pistons were part of the Rudy Gay blockbuster deal, but it seems that the team might be looking to move more players, in order to enhance the chances of a successful summer of free agency.
Rodney Stuckey has not quite been himself this year, and it got to the point where he himself asked to be stripped of his starting position and come off the bench instead. According to Hoopsworld, Stuckey is among the players that the Pistons could move:
League sources peg Stuckey as the easiest chip to move and there is a belief that Detroit is more than open to a deal involving one or both.
With so many ending contracts, there has also been speculation that Detroit would seriously entertain trading some of their own ending contracts like Jason Maxiel or Will Bynum if it could return one of the would-be free agents on their wish-list.
Will Bynum is also a popular name around the rumor mill, so we can expect the Pistons to be active until the Feb. 21 deadline.
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