Over the final two days of All-Star weekend, the Clippers found themselves in the headlines linked to trades that would send young players out for veteran frontcourt help.
Saturday, a report from Yahoo Sports had the Clippers in talks with Boston for All-Star Kevin Garnett, and Sunday, an ESPN report tied the Clippers to the Utah Jazz in a deal that would send out Eric Bledsoe as part of a package that would net Paul Millsap in return.
Millsap, who is averaging more than 15 points and 7 rebounds a game, is a free agent after this season.
speculated about a possible trade that would send Evan Turner and
Spencer Hawes to Atlanta for soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Josh
Smith, but such a deal would not interest the 76ers, according to two
league sources with knowledge of the situation.
What are the chances Pau Gasol gets traded before the deadline?
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: Zero percent. Why would anyone want a guy who’ll cost $19 million next season when he can’t play for you this season? Anyway, the Lakers can’t afford to ship him out until they get Dwight Howard to sign on the line which is dotted.
Both Cleveland and Charlotte are said to be prepared to make Oden an offer following the Feb. 21 trading deadline. Boston also remains interested, although it’s believed Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge won’t get into any sort of bidding war.
The Grizzlies might not be done with roster moves, a source said. While Zach Randolph is safe, Memphis is open to using exceptions worth around $7 million and $3 million to add players.
The trade winds are going to be blowing for the next 10 days until the NBA deadline for making deals.But
as far as Rick Carlisle is concerned, he doesn’t think the Mavericks
are going to be players in the marketplace leading up to the deadline.
Heat have removed themselves from Greg Oden derby, sources say. Both
Cavs and Bobcats prepared to make Oden offer after trading deadline.
The Raptors continue to shop Andrea Bargnani with the latest name being
linked in return being Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova. This report from
Hoopsworld also says the Bucks are looking to move Samuel Dalembert and
Will Dwight Howard be traded from the LA Lakers less than a
season after arriving out west from Orlando?
The star centre remains one of the most sought after players in the
league, and teams are eager to add a player with his talents to their
roster. LA has surprisingly fallen out
of playoff contention, and is in need of a change in order to have any chance
at turning the season around.
Tyreke Evans counts the number of guards on the Kings roster. He
hears the persistent trade rumors. He remembers that his bosses refused
to extend his contract last fall.He also is miffed that the
organization failed to arrange for a second opinion on his sore left
knee, leaving his brothers and his agent to schedule a visit with Lakers
orthopedist Dr. Steve Lombardo.Without issuing any trade demands
– that’s not his style – Evans said he would be neither shocked nor
devastated if he were sent elsewhere before the Feb. 21 deadline.