The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. ET, and as usual, the rumors have begun to swirl in full. With the league’s annual summit at All-Star weekend days away and meetings set to take place behind closed doors, the buzz will only intensify as the deadline nears.
Who’s staying? Who’s going? Stay tuned for updates as the clock continues to tick.
• The Hawks are “engaged in serious internal discussions” surrounding the core of their team, including Al Horford, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst report. The Hawks sit in the middle of a crowded Eastern Conference and are weighing whether to take a step back, deal their veterans and acquire younger talent. Horford in particular, will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and command a significant deal on the open market. ESPN reports the Celtics, Nuggets and Magic are showing interest in the veteran center.
• Hawks point guard Teague is currently backed up by 22-year-old Dennis Schröder, who has shown promise and is in line for increased playing time in the near future. ESPN reports the Pacers have reached out about Teague and are offering point guard George Hill as part of a swap, with the Magic also interested.
• Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Hawks and Magic have been in discussion about a deal including Teague and guard Victor Oladipo.
• ESPN’s Marc Stein reports the Magic could field offers on forward Tobias Harris, though they are not openly shopping him. According to Stein, the Magic are remaining open to trade proposals in an attempt to “get a bit more seasoned.”
• Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that the Cavaliers have cooled on trading Kevin Love.
• Berger also reports that the Kings, amid turmoil surrounding head coach George Karl’s job status, remain hesitant to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
• Berger reports the Pelicans have “indicated little appetite” for dealing sharpshooting forward Ryan Anderson, but are open to dealing veteran guards Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans.
• The Clippers do not plan to trade injured forward Blake Griffin before the deadline, Berger reports, but whether or not to move the talented star will become an offseason topic in the front office, he adds. Jamal Crawford and Lance Stephenson are candidates to be dealt.
• ESPN’s Windhorst reports that the Cavaliers have interest in Hawks guard Kyle Korver and Tyreke Evans and Omer Asik of the Pelicans, and recently have been rebuffed by the Kings after dangling center Timofey Mozgov.
• Gery Woelfel of the Milwaukee Journal-Times reported last week that the Bucks are receptive to dealing guard Michael Carter-Williams and center Greg Monroe for the right price.