The NBA trade deadline is just over a week away, and the rumors are starting to heat up. Here are the latest updates around the league:
Mavs like Brandon Jennings
It has been rumored for a while that the Milwaukee Bucks are open to dealing more than one of the team’s players. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks are interested in Bucks’ starting point guard Brandon Jennings:
Mavs, I'm told, do have interest in Brandon Jennings and will be in mix for him if Bucks opt to make RFA-to-be available b4 Feb. 21 deadline
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 13, 2013
Stein also says that the Mavs are not interested in signing Josh Smith, and that team owner Marc Cuban would only make a deal for a player that is capable enough to be considered a top three player on the Mavericks roster.
Jennings would definitely be a top three player on a relatively weak Dallas roster, but it is uncertain whether the Bucks will make him available. He is averaging 18.5 points, 6.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season.
Spurs also interested in Josh Smith
Rumors involving Josh Smith continue to circulate around the league. The Brooklyn Nets have been reported to be in heavy pursuit of the Atlanta Hawks forward, but according to Ric Bucher, the San Antonio Spurs are looking to join in on the fun:
The Spurs have also been rumored to be interested and, aside from having a built-in level of trust with Hawks GM Danny Ferry, have the kind of assets that would allow them to make a more “interesting” deal, according to the source.
The Spurs do indeed have more interesting pieces to offer to Atlanta, who are, reportedly, looking for a young center in return for Smith, but don’t want to take on any long-term contracts that would inhibit the team from being active in this summer’s free agency.
DeJuan Blair fits the bill when it comes to the young center part, and the Spurs can also throw in the expiring contract of Stephen Jackson, as well a guard or Tiago Splitter.
The Nets focusing on Millsap?
According to NetsDaily, the Brooklyn Nets are not as inclined to make a deal for Josh Smith, as they are for Paul Millsap:
Told #Nets interest in Josh Smith is not as great as interest in Millsap. Degree of difficulty part of the issue
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) February 13, 2013
When it comes to Josh Smith, the Brooklyn Nets simply don’t have the pieces necessary to facilitate a deal. Instead, it seems that the team is going to try to push to get a deal done with the Utah Jazz, as Millsap will be a free agent this summer.
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