The Feb. 21 trade deadline is merely 9 days away, and the trade rumors all around the league are heating up. Here are the latest updates.
Spurs ready to part ways with DeJuan Blair?
The San Antonio Spurs have a pretty deep frontcourt, and DeJuan Blair has thus seen a major decrease in playing time this year. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Spurs might be willing to let go of their 2009 second round pick:
Broussard also mentions that Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers could potentially be interested in the undersized center.
Blair will be a free agent this summer and has a very tradable contract, as he is owed just $1M this year.
Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries trade at a halt
It was recently rumored that the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats were discussing a deal which would send Humphries to Charlotte and Gordon to Brooklyn. According to Marc J. Spears, of Yahoo, the discussions have not progressed:
Trade talks regarding Brooklyn forward Kris Humphries to Charlotte for guard Ben Gordon are at a standstill, a source said. Charlotte had interest in Humphries as a free agent last summer.
Recent reports have said that the Nets are pushing hard to acquire Josh Smith before the trade deadline, and those negotiations are clearly taking priority over a potential Humphries-Gordon trade.
All Suns available for trade?
According to Spears, the Phoenix Suns have no untouchables at this point in time:
All Suns players are available via trade, according to a source. Phoenix has strong interest in Knicks guard Iman Shumpert that doesn’t appear to be reciprocated.
Iman Shumpert, of the New York Knicks, is the Suns’ main target right now. Jared Dudley would have to be part of a potential package for Shumpert, but it is unlikely that the Knicks would want to trade the team’s defensive ace.
Marcin Gortat is another piece that is likely to gather attention the closer we get to the deadline. Gortat has a seemingly reasonable salary, as he is owed just under $15M over this and the following season.
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