NBA trade deadline: Latest rumors and reports

Thursday February 23rd, 2017

The NBA trade deadline has passed.

The biggest deal of the week involved the Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans for a package including Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, a top-three protected 2017 first-round pick and Philadelphia's 2017 second-round pick. The move sent ripples around the league, but no other stars were moved, despite heavy speculation surrounding Paul George. In the final minutes, a slew of smaller deals went through to beat the deadline.

Suns send Tucker to Raptors for two picks

• Bulls ship Gibson, McDermott to Thunder

• 76ers send Noel to Mavs for Anderson, Bogut

• Rockets trade K.J. McDaniels to the Nets

 76ers trade Ilyasova to Hawks for Splitter, pick

• Rockets send Ennis to Lakers for Huertas

​• Hawks trade Mike Scott to the Suns for cash

Here's a blow-by-blow recount of the 2017 NBA trade deadline...

3 p.m. ET

• The Raptors have acquired P.J. Tucker from the Suns for Jared Sullinger and two future second-round picks. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Sacramento had offers for all three of Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore, but kept all three. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Suns will also send a heavily protected pick with cash to Atlanta for Mike Scott. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• The Wolves walked away from the Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose deal. (Stein, ESPN)

• Denver was close to a deal with Portland for Festus Ezeli, but opted instead to land a heathly Roy Hibbert from Milwaukee. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)

2:55 p.m. ET

• The Rockets have traded Tyler Ennis to the Lakers for Marcelo Huertas, who will be bought out. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Deron Williams will be bought out by the Mavericks. (Alex Kennedy, HoopsHype)

• The Sixers continue to search for a Jahlil Okafor trade. (Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Atlanta has traded Mike Scott to the Suns for cash considerations. (Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

2:45 p.m. ET 

• Paul George will remain a Pacer after Indiana turned down multiple trade offers. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Bulls and Thunder are near a deal to send Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne to Chicago for Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 first-round pick. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Larry Bird is trying to get help for Paul George, looking at Kings guard Arron Afflalo. That deal looks unlikely at present. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Bucks are finalizing a deal to send Roy Hibbert to the Nuggets for a “heavily protected” second round pick. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• With minutes to go until the deadline, Lakers president Magic Johnson is believed to currently be on the team plane to Oklahoma City. (Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times)

• Deron Williams is not with the Mavericks at practice, and Rick Carlisle called that a “pending situation.” (Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News)

The Knicks are asking for Nemanja Bjielica in a deal with the Wolves, which has been a non-starter. (Jon Krawczynski, AP)

2:30 p.m. ET

• The idea around the league is that Paul George is “hell-bent” on joining the Lakers. George is from Los Angeles and will be a free agent in 2018. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Sixers want defensive-minded guards to play alongside Ben Simmons, with Boston’s Avery Bradley a target, although there’s no traction there. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Rockets have traded K.J. McDaniels to the Nets to free up cap space for the buyout market. (Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The “growing belief” among execs is that Jimmy Butler is staying put with Chicago. (Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today)

• Philadelphia doesn’t expect to find a trade partner for Andrew Bogut before the deadline. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

2:15 p.m. ET

• Denver made a “monster” offer for Paul George today that was rebuffed, with Paul George unlikely to commit to the Nuggets long term. (Marc Stein and Chris Haynes, ESPN)

• Chris Bosh will join TNT as a studio analyst for the next five weeks, which is in step with the timing of the potential removal of his salary from the Heat’s cap sheet. (Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel)

• The Thunder are trying to gauge what it will cost to re-sign Andre Roberson this summer. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• OKC would likely send Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and draft compensation to Chicago if it were to acquire both Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson. (Stein, ESPN)

• The Bulls are motivated to get something for Taj Gibson, after getting nothing for Pau Gasol last season. (K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune)

• A Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio trade has been held up by the Knicks insisting on a second piece in the deal. (Ian Begley, ESPN)

2 p.m. ET

• There’s no movement on a Jimmy Butler deal, and the Bulls are saying he won’t be traded today. (Tim Bontemps, Washington Post)

• The Bulls and Thunder remain in negotiations, with the Thunder interested in Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson and the Bulls interested in Cameron Payne. OKC could acquire both. (Marc Stein and Royce Young, ESPN)

• The Wizards are hoping to cut a deal before the deadline but aren’t optimistic about their chances. (Bontemps, Washington Post)

• Ricky Rubio is currently practicing with the Wolves, for what it’s worth. (Jon Krawczynski, AP)

1:30 p.m.

• The Celtics side says there has been no progress with the Pacers, but if Indy is making pre-emptive moves to clear room for a bigger deal, that could change fast. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Pelicans will try out Jarrett Jack as they fill out their new-look team around Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

1:15 p.m.

• There’s no “significant traction” yet for the Celtics on Paul George or Jimmy Butler deals. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Pacers are talking to teams about clearing roster spots, which some suspect is related to their talks with the Celtics. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• Multiple rival teams think Boston has a chance to land George today. (Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• Nerlens Noel trade update: If the Sixers don’t receive Dallas’s Top 18-protected first-round pick this season, it will convert to two second-rounders, one this year and one in 2018. (Zach Lowe, ESPN)

• The Wolves are engaged with several teams, including the Knicks, about Ricky Rubio. (Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Multiple teama have interest in recently-waived free agent Matt Barnes, but he won’t sign until after the deadline passes. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

No deal looks likely for the Jazz at the moment. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN)

12:40 p.m.

• The Knicks and Timberwolves remain in talks about a deal involving Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Boston has discussed a Danilo Gallinari trade with the Nuggets. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

12:15 p.m. ET

• There is a “strong sense” that the Celtics want to go all-in on their current core, led by Isaiah Thomas. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Sixers will try and move Andrew Bogut ahead of the deadline before figuring out any buyout plans. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Philly was interested in Bogut last summer, when he made clear he’d request a buyout if traded there. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN)

• The Cavs have been monitoring Bogut as a possible buyout signing. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)


• The Celtics have told teams with players they “really like” that the Brooklyn picks are in play. Boston has swap rights this season and the Nets’ unprotected pick in next year’s draft. The question is more whether the Bulls and Pacers are ready to deal Jimmy Butler or Paul George. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• Dallas has long had interest in Nerlens Noel and intends to try and sign him to an extension. He will be a restricted free agent this summer. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The newly-traded Andrew Bogut could wind up in Boston and is likely to be moved somewhere before the deadline. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• Bogut and Philadelphia are expected to engage in buyout talks. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)

11:45 a.m.

• The Nets’ first-round pick has now entered trade conversations between the Pacers and Celtics pertaining to Paul George. Boston has yet to meet Indy’s asking price. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Dallas has acquired Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a first-round pick. (Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Mavericks’ pick going to Philly is protected from selections 1 to 18 in this year’s draft. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Thunder are known to have interest in Bulls forward Doug McDermott. (Royce Young, ESPN)

• The Kings are seeking a first-round pick for Darren Collison. (David Aldridge, TNT)

11:30 a.m.

• The Celtics and Pacers have had preliminary Paul George talks, but until Boston introduces Brooklyn’s first-round pick, the conversations won’t advance. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Suns’ asking price for Brandon Knight is a high second-round pick and an expiring contract. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• Minnesota wants to deal Shabazz Muhammad today and is looking for a pick back. (David Aldridge, TNT)

11:00 a.m.

• Brandon Knight wants to be traded, but the Suns’ asking price has been too high in the past, having talked to the Magic, Kings, Sixers and Bulls. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Thunder are buyers and have been “aggressive” today. (Royce Young, ESPN)

• The Kings are expected to trade Arron Afflalo today. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)

• The Bucks have been “low key” this week with regard to deals. (Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today)

• The Cippers have shown interest in Knicks guard Courtney Lee in the past. The Knicks continue to seek a first-round pick and have discussed sending Kyle O’Quinn and Brandon Jennings as a package deal. (Ian Begley, ESPN)

10:30 a.m.

• Teams with interest in Paul George are “apprehensive” with the knowledge that he wants to 1) win with the Pacers and 2) the Lakers are his plan B. He won’t commit long-term to any other franchise. (Chris Haynes, ESPN)

• Detroit is “aggressively” shopping Reggie Jackson, hoping for a first-round pick, young player and expiring contract in return. (Chris Mannix, The Vertical)

• Toronto has pursued Wilson Chandler in addition to P.J. Tucker as it looks for wing help. Both Denver and Phoenix are seeking a first-round pick for either respective player. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Wolves are shopping Ricky Rubio to other teams in addition to the Knicks. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• Minnesota is operating under the M.O. of making the playoffs, and are looking for immediate help. (Jon Krawczynski, AP)

• The Bulls have been seeking a first-round pick for Taj Gibson. (Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today)

10 a.m.

• The Pelicans are looking to move salaries, including Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• New York is looking for an additional piece in a Ricky Rubio–Derrick Rose deal, which is holding up the swap with Minnesota. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

9:30 a.m.

• Ricky Rubio is still a “significant” target for the Knicks. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Raptors are weighing whether to deal a first-rounder and presumably Jared Sullinger’s expiring deal for Suns wing P.J. Tucker. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and “especially” Nikola Mirotic are in play on the Bulls’ end today. (Stein, ESPN)

• The Suns are looking to deal Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler and other veterans, but have struggled this week to find takers. (Stein, ESPN)

9 a.m. ET Thursday

• The Celtics and Bulls are expected to have some type of trade dialogue surrounding Jimmy Butler before the deadline. (K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune)

• Chicago is Jahlil Okafor’s preferred trade destination. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Bulls thus far are not interested in dealing a first round pick and a player for Jahlil Okafor, which has been Philly’s asking price. (K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune)

• The Lakers have inquired about Pacers forward Paul George, who along with Butler is the highest-profile player on the market. (Ramona Shelburne,

• Boston could try and leverage Indiana and Chicago as it weighs a deal for George or Butler. The Celtics hold the most desirable assets with their collection of picks and young players. (The Vertical)

• ​Chicago forward Taj Gibson has emerged as a target for the Thunder. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

NBA Trade Deadline: The Six Biggest Questions

Wednesday Roundup

• The Nets traded Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Wizards for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a lottery protected first-round pick in the 2017 draft.

• The Hawks acquired Ersan Ilyasova from the Sixers for Tiago Splitter and two second round picks.

• The Lakers are seeking a second-round pick for Nick Young. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Detroit Pistons are listening to offers for center Andre Drummond and swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Portland Trail Blazers were among the teams but backed off when they were asked for C.J. McCollum in exchange for Drummond. The Nets missed out on DeMarcus Cousins and are also in the mix for Drummond. (ESPN)

•​ Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams were not at practice on Wednesday. Coach Rick Carlisle admitted that with the trade deadline looming, you can “read what you want into it.” (Dwain Price, Fort Worth-Star Telegram)

• A meeting between Paul George and Pacers ownership is a key factor that led the team to consider its direction with the deadline looming. The Pacers are looking at players including Jahlil Okafor (Sixers), Arron Afflalo (Kings), Allen Crabbe and Ed Davis (Blazers) to improve the team via trade. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• Frustrated with a shifting role, veteran wing Wilson Chandler is seeking a trade out of Denver, and the Nuggets are aware he would like to be dealt. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• Hawks GM Wes Wilcox said that Paul Millsap will not be traded and that keeping him this summer is the team’s first priority. (The Vertical)

• The Rockets, after adding Lou Williams, remain “motivated” to acquire a player in the $10–12 million salary range, offering expiring contracts and cash in return. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

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