To say that it is getting hectic around the league right now would be an understatement. Endless amounts of trade rumors are being thrown around the league, as teams look to improve or start rebuilding. Here is your daily dose of all the latest rumors.
Latest on Josh Smith
Smith’s situation changes on a daily basis. As we reported yesterday, the Hawks have said that they are more than willing to ship the forward out of town, but the offers have not blown the team away. Ken Berger of CBS Sports confirms, that the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks are the front-runners in the race to land the coveted player’s signature.
The Nets have reportedly offered Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, an offer that the Hawks are not blown away by, but that will most likely be available until the trade deadline buzzer sounds. The Suns have some desirable pieces on the roster but have been pondering upon whether Smith is worth the money, especially when he can walk after the season.
Milwaukee is also very much part of the discussions, but the front office has to decide whether they want to give up Brandon Jennings in a package for Smith. Luc Mbah a Moute would also have to be part of the said package for Smith.
Teams making a push for Dwight Howard?
It remains unlikely that Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak will change his stance on not trading Dwight Howard before the deadline, but Berger suggests that the Hawks could be making a push:
But several teams believe the Hawks will make a serious push for Howard before the deadline. If Howard is determined to leave the Lakers as a free agent, the Hawks would have room to sign him, but only for a four-year deal. If they were able to trade for him now, Howard could re-sign for a full, five-year max deal in his hometown.
Hawks would be an attractive landing spot for Howard in the off-season, and the Lakers still don’t know whether the franchise big man will commit to the purple and gold uniform for an extended period of time after the season.
Clippers and Celtics end trade talks?
One of the biggest trade rumors that has been reported is that of Kevin Garnett being moved to the Clippers. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports states that the two teams have ended discussions:
For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Celtics have been eager to continue the conversation on the deal, but league sources said the talks will remain dormant unless Clippers star Chris Paul pushes the issue with management.
While coach Vinny Del Negro would welcome the addition of the veteran big man, the Clippers organization as a whole is divided on whether the team should make a deal for Garnett. It seems that the Bledsoe and Jordan deal is off the table, at least for this moment, and it is unlikely talks will resume unless the two young players are made available.
Ben Gordon still available to the Nets
The Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries trade will most likely still be available at the deadline, if the Nets are willing to pull the trigger. However, the Nets are preoccupied with trying to work out a deal for Josh Smith, which, naturally, takes priority.
Warriors and Bulls could move minor pieces
Berger reports that front offices around the league believe that if the Chicago Bulls are presented with the right deal, the team would be willing to send some players away, in order to get under the luxury tax threshold. The Bulls are currently $3 million over the limit and with the looming uncertainty around Derrick Rose, the Bulls could very well make a minor deal before the deadline.
The Warriors are in the same boat, only the team is less than $1 million over the limit, and would only need to move a couple of minimum-salary players.
Sixers in talks for a Nick Young trade
With Andrew Bynum yet to play a game this season, Jason Richardson done for the season and Thaddeus Young still sidelined, the Sixers would not be reluctant to moving Nick Young, who is averaging 11.5 points per game off the bench this season.
Berger says that Philadelphia has been in talks with several teams, but no deal has been agreed upon or seriously discussed at this point.
Unlikely that Magic could keep Redick
J.J. Redick is a free agent this summer, and Wojnarowski reports that it is unlikely the Orlando Magic would be willing to offer him the money he has proven to be worth. The Magic are reportedly looking for a young player and first-round picks. Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves are among the teams that have previously expressed interest in trying to work out a deal for the guard. The Sixers seem to have the best chance of landing Redick.
Nuggets don’t like Timofey Mozgov for Brandon Roy trade
Wojnarowski reports that the Denver Nuggets have declined an offer for Mozgov, made by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Injury-plagued Brandon Roy and a first-round pick were offered for the Russian 7-footer.
It is uncertain whether Roy will ever play basketball again, and the Wolves are looking to get rid of his salary. He has a buyout clause in his contract, which the team is trying to sell.
Mozgov on the other hand has been out of the rotation for the Nuggets this year, as the team continues to see whether anyone has a more attractive offer for him.
DeJuan Blair likely to be traded
DeJuan Blair has been in the rumor mill earlier this year, being connected to several teams. As it is extremely unlikely he will re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs after the season, the team will look into moving him right around the deadline, for whoever offers the most.
Wizards want to get rid of Crawford
Jordan Crawford was great for the Wizards at the beginning of the season, but with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the lineup, his playing time has severely declined. The team is inclined to move him before the deadline, and there are teams that are interested.
Eric Gordon available?
According to the twitter of Chris Broussard of ESPN, the New Orleans Hornets have made Gordon available for a trade, but teams are reluctant to do business with the Hornets right now, as Gordon has a high-risk high-reward asterisk to his name. Hornets like Klay Thompson of the Warriors, but Golden State do too and are unlikely to part with the young talent.
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