Trade deadline: Latest buzz around NBA
Here is the latest buzz around the NBA with three days remaining before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline:
Update, 5:30 p.m. ET
• Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc Stein, ESPN.com: The Brooklyn Nets are interested in acquiring Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack and have had discussions about a potential trade with Cleveland involving Jason Terry, according to sources briefed on the talks.
Update, 3 p.m.
• Marc Stein, ESPN.com: Knicks' focus leading into Thursday trade deadline is upgrading at point guard. And word is a new name intrigues them: Atlanta's Jeff Teague. There are issues if Knicks make full-on play for Teague, who has right of first refusal on any trade after Hawks matched offer sheet in July. Also: Teague not only must approve any trade but also owns long-term deal that slices into Knicks' projected flexibility for summer of 2015.
• Ian Begley, ESPNNewYork.com: [T]he Knicks continue to try to engage the Raptors in an attempt to acquire point guard Kyle Lowry, according to league sources. The Knicks are offering packages including Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih, sources say. They have been reluctant to include sharp-shooting rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. or a future first-round draft pick in any deal. One of those two pieces are believed to be a prerequisite for Toronto to consider giving up Lowry. One scenario to keep an eye on here, though, is the possibility of a three-team deal also involving the Hawks and point guard Jeff Teague. Atlanta has all of its first-round picks in the next four drafts and could conceivably send one to Toronto to satisfy the Raptors' demand for a future draft pick.
• Sean Deveney, Sporting News: The Pelicans have been trying to move [Eric] Gordon for most of the season, even before injuries to point guard Jrue Holiday and sixth man Ryan Anderson torpedoed the team’s postseason plans. If they do so, he will probably be the most talented player moved at the deadline. ... [T]he Pelicans are eager to add a big man to play next to Anthony Davis, and would be willing to take on salary if it meant shipping Gordon out.
• Sam Smith, Bulls.com: This is the big week in the NBA when Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo are not likely to be traded. But with the trading deadline Thursday, there could be some new addresses for the likes of Evan Turner, Jarrett Jack, Udonis Haslem and Emeka Okafor’s luggage. ... The asking price if you can get Rondo is said to be two unprotected first rounders.
• Marcus Thompson II, Bay Area News Group: The calls are coming in for Harrison Barnes as the Thursday trade deadline nears. But Golden State isn't doing much more than listening. While fans might be disappointed, the Warriors aren't biting. General manager Bob Myers would deal Barnes only in a blockbuster that would significantly improve the roster, according to league sources. Barnes, despite playing beneath expectations, is coveted because of his high ceiling and low salary.
• Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: Trade talk at All-Star weekend has been "as slow as it's been in a long time," said one executive who has not received a single phone call. A lot of teams have made it known which players they are open to moving, but the problem is finding trade partners. Very few teams are willing to part with premium draft picks or take on future salary, which are the two key drivers for trades.
• Ian Thomsen, SI.com: It looks as if no star will be moved at the deadline for a second straight year. Pau Gasol's lingering injury gives rivals another reason to not take him off the Lakers' payroll, in addition to the overwhelming cost of his $19.3 million salary. Rajon Rondo is unlikely to create a market in his first month back from knee surgery. Carmelo Anthony isn't going anywhere in the next few days (though that could change this summer, if he becomes fed up with losing in New York). The Raptors are no longer seeking to unload Kyle Lowry, who isn't (yet) a star but would have added some substance to this inert market. The most valuable asset may turn out to be Luol Deng, if the underperforming Cavaliers don't believe they'll be able to re-sign him as a free agent this summer.
• Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: At some point, and with L.A.’s spot in the standings, the decision has to be made whether it makes more sense for [Kobe] Bryant to aim for 2014-15 rather rejoin the team for 15 or 20 games this season. The uncertainty comes with the trade deadline on Thursday, leaving the possibility that longtime Bryant favorite Pau Gasol will be traded and the Lakers’ roster the rest of the way might be an unknown. “I hope not,” Bryant told NBA.com when asked if he thinks he has played his last game with Gasol. “I hope not. Big, big fan. You know how much I love Pau.” Bryant also reiterated, though, that he will not be involved in front-office decisions, this week or moving into a summer with the Lakers hoping to be major players to re-shape the roster. He said he simply wants to know about any major decision before it happens rather than have to learn about it at the same time as the public.
• Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun: As happy as he is with his team that reached the break at 28-24 after a 6-12 start, [Raptors general manager Masai] Ujiri knows they still have plenty of room to grow and for that reason he’s not ruling anyone on his roster completely untradeable, and that includes point guard Kyle Lowry, who he was asked about specifically. “I hate to comment about any player in that way, but I think we are not good enough so you have to keep it open,” he said. “That’s the honest answer. These guys have done pretty good. I know we’ve won a couple of games but we haven’t done anything yet. We’ll keep trying to grow.”
• Frank Isola, New York Daily News: The Knicks are definitely in the market for point guard help but there are few realistic options available. ... The Knicks are open to trading Iman Shumpert but since the shooting guard is still on his rookie contract, it is difficult to find a trading partner unless the Knicks add another player. Tim Hardaway Jr. has the most value but the Knicks are not interested in trading the impressive rookie. Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace could both be moved but the Knicks won’t receive much in return. • Sam Amico, Fox Sports Ohio: Some intriguing names to keep eye on as potential moving parts, mentioned to me by league insiders: Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova and guard Gary Neal; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young; Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey; and, of course, Rockets center Omer Asik. ... The Spurs, I am told, would love to land Ilyasova or Young. But no one's sure how they could actually make that happen.