NBA Trade Deadline: Latest Rumors Involving Marcus Camby, Antawn Jamison And More

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Oklahoma City Gets Bigger With Kendrick Perkins And Nazr Mohammed

The Oklahoma City Thunder weren't expected to be very active before this year's NBA trade deadline, but now that the trade deadline has come and gone and the dust has settled, the Thunder look much bigger, and much better as they get ready for the NBA Playoffs.

In addition to adding Kendrick Perkins, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder also picked up Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte, sending Morris Peterson and DJ White to the Bobcats in exchange. It's a small move compared to the blockbuster that landed Perkins, but it's another body for the Thunder, a team that desperately needed size, and it also clears Morris Peterson's contract off the books.

All in all, it's been a pretty productive day for the Thunder and their GM Sam Presti. And just when everyone was ready to close the book on the trade deadline, the Thunder's renovated front line just became the story of the week.

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Rockets Looking To Trade For Marcus Camby In Latest NBA Trade Rumors

The latest hot NBA trade rumor involves the Houston Rockets talking to the Portland Trail Blazers about a deal involving center Marcus Camby, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. The Rockets would likely trade Aaron Brooks to the Blazers as part of the package. 

Berger reports that the trade may end up involving three teams, with Jonny Flynn ultimately coming to Houston from the Timberwolves. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Blazers like Brooks, but want more back for Camby. They will have to get something else back to make the salaries match.

Camby expressed frustration with the possibility that he would be traded from the Blazers earlier in the week, suggesting he wouldn't have signed a contract extension last season if the team would turn around and trade him one year later. But Berger suggests that Camby would be open to a trade to the Rockets because he lives there in the offseason.

The Rockets would ideally prefer a younger center, but Camby at least fits into coach Rick Adelman's offense, reports Feigen. 

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NBA Trade Rumors: Antawn Jamison To Warriors Under Discussion

Antawn Jamison has re-entered the deluge of NBA trade rumors in the 11th hour, as ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Golden State Warriors are in talks to bring the power forward back to Oakland in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jamison is due $15 million next season. The Warriors already project to be over the salary cap, and could send expiring contract Troy Murphy to Cleveland.

Jamison began his career in Golden State, and has bounced around the league every since. He's currently the best player on the league's worst team, a franchise clearly looking toward tomorrow. Losing Jamison for an expiring contract would give the Cavaliers cap space to work with this next offseason (depending on how collective bargaining shakes out), and would soften the blow of Cleveland's deal to take Baron Davis in a trade consummated early Thursday.

Cleveland has reportedly been looking for draft picks from teams looking to trade for their veteran players, but given Jamison's cap burden, the Warriors may be able to pry the forward without giving up an asset beyond Murphy.

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NBA Trade Rumors Add Two West Teams To Anthony Parker Derby

Anthony Parker isn't exactly the hottest name you can imagine lighting up the final minutes of the NBA trade rumors season, but there he is, drawing attention. Parker, the Cleveland Cavaliers' veteran wing on an expiring deal, has been tied to the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls of late, but Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that two Western Conference contenders have joined the hunt in the 11th hour.

One could be the Dallas Mavericks, who have otherwise struck out in their attempts to land a replacement for Caron Butler, who was lost to a season-ending injury almost two months ago. Other teams considered contenders in the West seem to have their defensive wing roles locked up; the New Orleans Hornets, for example, need scoring, which Parker does not offer.

If no trade for Parker is consummated, it's expected he'll be waived by the Cavaliers and would become possibly the top perimeter free agent. The Celtics have most frequently been mentioned as the frontrunner to sign Parker if he's bought out. The Celtics lost Marquis Daniels to a spinal injury early in February.

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Bobcats Offering Gerald Wallace To Rockets In Latest NBA Trade Rumors

The Charlotte Bobcats continue to field offers for Gerald Wallace after the Portland Trail Blazers backed out of a dealthat would have sent him to the Pacific Northwest. The latest rumor involves the Houston Rockets, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Sources say Bobcats turned to Houston and Cleveland for Gerald Wallace after Blazers talks broke down. Cleveland a no-go. Rockets "chomping for a deal," another source says. Battier could be part of Wallace deal, but feeling among execs is Wallace stays.    

The Rockets have been active in general at the trade deadline. They talked to the Timberwolves about acquiring Jonny Flynn, and continue to posture with the Bulls about trading away Courtney Lee. In addition, they talked to the Blazers about trading for Marcus Camby, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

A deal that WAS discussed today but I'm now told is unlikely to happen featured Houston's Aaron Brooks and Battier to Portland for Camby    

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is always prominent around this time of year. It remains to be seen if he manages to pull anything off.

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No Jazz Players 'Untouchable' In NBA Trade Rumors

No player on the Utah Jazz is untouchable, reports Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune. With just minutes left before the NBA trade deadline, the Jazz need to cut another $5 million of salary -- even after the Deron Williams trade -- to fall below the luxury tax threshold. Utah received Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and draft picks in exchange for Williams on Wednesday.

For every dollar over the luxury tax threshold of $70 million the Jazz's payroll sits at season's end, the team will have to pay $1 into a fund that is then dispersed to team's under the threshold. Currently, the Jazz are due to pitch $5 million into the fund. The only option to shed payroll after Thursday's 3 PM Eastern trade deadline is to reach buyout agreements with players, but that will save only a fraction of what Utah would need to cut.

Andrei Kirilenko's expiring $17 million contract might be the easiest to move, if Utah can find the right partner. All other Jazz players have salary due beyond this season.

For Jazz trade rumors and analysis, visit SLC Dunk.

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Jared Dudley Will Not Be Traded From The Suns, Despite Prior NBA Trade Rumors

There was some talk that the Phoenix Suns might trade small forward Jared Dudley, because they have a high payroll and may need to trim salary. Many contenders called the Suns to ask about Dudley, according to multiple reports, hoping he could provide them bench depth. However, it looks like the Suns have taken Dudley off the market.

David Aldridge of NBA.com has the story:

A team source tells TNT's David Aldridge that the Phoenix Suns will not trade forward Jared Dudley before today's deadline. Several teams gave been trying to get Dudley, including the Celtics and Rockets.  

Dudley has long been a valuable cog with the Suns, due to his play and his rapport with his teammates in that locker room. The team signed him to a five-year, $21 million extension that kicks in starting next season. This makes him a base-year compensation player for the year, which makes trading for him very difficult even if the Suns were more open to dealing him. As it stands, though, contenders will have to look elsewhere to find help on the wings.

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Samuel Dalembert Being Held Out Of NBA Trade Rumors By Kings

Samuel Dalembert ought to be a prime candidate for NBA trade rumors, given that he has a massive expiring contract, plays for a team going nowhere this year and has particular talents of need at a hard-to-fill position. But the Sacramento Kings continue to keep him off the market, ESPN's Chad Ford reports.

The Kings like Dalembert and claim they will try to re-sign him at season's end, despite the presence of rookie center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins and Dalembert have played together in spots this season, but coach Paul Westphal has more frequently sought to bring Dalembert off the bench and pair Cousins with a power forward.

Ford reports that the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have interest in Dalembert either via trade or after a buy-out by the Kings. But neither looks likely at this point. The Kings have, however, long been interested in Rockets' point guard Aaron Brooks.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Mavericks Want Tayshaun Prince, But Pistons Don't Want To Trade Him

The Dallas Mavericks need a small forward, and the latest trade rumor has them chasing Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons. The problem, though, is that the Pistons are unwilling to trade Prince. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, they continue to reject the Mavericks' trade offers.

Detroit won't deal Tayshaun Prince to Mavs for Caron Butler and a 1st. Even if Pistons can't re-sign him, he's asset in sign-and-trade.    

Prince and Butler are both in the final year of their contracts, but Butler is injured and would not return until the postseason at the earliest. Essentially, the Pistons would be acquiring a first-round pick for Prince, and the pick is expected to be at the very end of the first round. I can understand why that trade does not appeal much to them.

The Mavericks will keep trying, though, since small forward is a real void for them. Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com reports that the Pistons are "driving a hard bargain" for Prince, and that the Mavericks may need to throw in another player to make the trade work.

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Rockets Demand Big Man In Any Courtney Lee Deal, NBA Trade Rumors Suggest

Courtney Lee has been the subject of NBA trade rumors all week, with the Houston Rockets guard being tied to the Chicago Bulls, among other teams. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets are holding out for a big man in any Lee trade, however, putting the likelihood the former Magic and Nets player will be dealt by the NBA trade deadline at 3 PM Eastern on Wednesday.

Lee is primarily known as a defensive and three-point shooting specialist, but has fallen rather low of Rick Adelman's totem pole in Houston, playing behind Kevin Martin and Chase Budinger. He was a starter on the Orlando Magic's 2009 NBA Finals team, but his shooting fell off in the playoffs that season. He was soon traded to the New Jersey Nets for Vince Carter, and was then forced to suffer through one of the worst seasons in modern NBA history.

The Bulls would reportedly have to send rookie center Omer Asik to the Rockets to get Lee. Other teams could be interested as well.

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Jason Kapono Absent From NBA Trade Rumors, But Could Receive Sixers Buyout

Jason Kapono doesn't figure to be dealt by the Philadelphia 76ers before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday at 3 PM Eastern. But Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Kapono is a prime candidate for a post-deadline buyout. Kapono is one of the best three-point shooters in the league, but the rest of his game is so bad coaches have trouble finding room in the rotation for him.

Kapono has been particularly restricted this season because of injuries; he's played just 89 minutes for the Sixers under Doug Collins. But when he does play, he's as close to lights-out from long-range as anyone not named Anthony Morrow. Kapono is a career .439 three-point shooter, good for No. 4 all-time behind Morrow, Steve Kerr and Hubert Davis.

Woj reports that the Boston Celtics, L.A. Lakers, New Orleans Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder would come calling if Kapono is bought out. Kapono spent two seasons with the Miami Heat, including when Miami won the title in 2006.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Jonny Flynn Could Head To Rockets For Aaron Brooks Or Jared Jeffries

The Houston Rockets appear to be getting closer to a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that would give them former lottery pick Jonny Flynn. The trade, as it stands right now, would send Aaron Brooks or Jared Jeffries to the Timberwolves in exchange for Flynn, with draft picks also possibly involved, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Flynn has been a disappointment in his two years in the NBA, and the Timberwolves appear to want to move on and admit they made a mistake picking him so high. Trading him for Brooks would provide an upgrade, though Brooks is an impending free agent. If Jeffries is involved, other players would probably have to be involved as well.

For Houston, the motivation seems to be financial. The team doesn't appear inclined to re-sign Brooks after the season, so if he is the piece heading to the Timberwovles for Flynn, it would mean the Rockets turned nothing into something, even if Flynn has been a disappointment. Trading Jeffries and his $6.9 million salary would put the Rockets closer to being under the luxury tax and would save a boatload of money. 

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Troy Murphy, Already Dealt To Warriors, Remains In NBA Trade Rumors

Troy Murphy was traded to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in a cap dump that netted the Warriors a second-round draft pick and sent the expiring contracts of Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to the New Jersey Nets. All expectations have the Warriors reaching a buy-out agreement with Murphy after the NBA trade deadline Thursday, allowing the forward to sign with a contender for the stretch run.

But Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Warriors are looking to flip Murphy for another pick. Steinmetz reports that because multiple teams are interested in Murphy, contenders might look to work out a trade before the deadline. The Warriors would be looking for picks in those types of deals.

If Murphy isn't dealt, the Warriors aren't expected to save much salary. Typically, players agree to buy-outs which allow the old team to withhold any salary paid by a new team that picks the player up. For instance, if Murphy was bought out and signed a minimum contract worth $400,000 after being pro-rated, the Warriors could lop $400,000 off their payments to Murphy.

For more Warriors trade rumors, visit Golden State Of Mind and SB Nation Bay Area.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Shopping Marquis Daniels, Draft Pick For Small Forward

The Boston Celtics continue to be involved in recent NBA trade rumors, as they are trying to find a backup swingman behind Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They tried offering Nate Robinson around the league, but teams weren't interested in acquiring him. Now, they are offering their first-round pick and the expiring contract of injured Marquis Daniels, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in a number of players, including Houston's Shane Battier, Cleveland's Anthony Parker, Washington's Josh Howard and several others. They also may be interested in Phoenix's Jared Dudley if the Suns choose to move him, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian WojnarowskiThere was a rumor that the Celtics were talking to the Warriors about a trade involving Robinson, but that got shot down yesterday.

Daniels' situation, however, complicates matters somewhat. Daniels is on his second straight one-year contract, which means he has the power to veto any trade. It remains unclear what Daniels would do if the Celtics did indeed agree on a trade involving him. 

The Celtics could also acquire a player bought out after the trade deadline if no trade comes together.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Jonny Flynn Draws Interest From Rockets, Says Report

Jonny Flynn could be traded to the Houston Rockets, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. The Minnesota Timberwolves' No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft has been a disappointment to say the least; Flynn never really broke out as a rookie, and an offseason hip injury has rendered the Syracuse product's sophomore season a massive failure. Flynn has played fewer than 600 minutes this season, and has spent time with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.

The Wolves picked Ricky Rubio and Flynn with back-to-back selections near the top of the 2009 draft, passing on Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings and others. Rubio remains in Spain, having refused to sign a deal with Minnesota in 2009. Luke Ridnour and Sebastian Telfair have been taking the bulk of minutes at point guard this season.

It's unclear what the Rockets would send to the Wolves for Flynn. Houston is also reported to be in talks for 2009 No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Andre Iguodala Will Stay With 76ers, According To Report

The Philadelphia 76ers are making a playoff push, and they will do it on the shoulders of Andre Iguodala. The small forward was definitely involved in trade rumors earlier in the season, but with the 76ers playing better, he will stay with the team past the trade deadline, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.

Sixers had been widely shopping Iguodala, but with recent winning ways, he's off the market, sources say. #NBA #tradedeadline

The 76ers' earlier desire to move Iguodala was mostly due to his hefty price tag. He has three years and $44 million remaining on his contract after this season, which is a lot for a player many feel is best as a role player on a very good team. The 76ers, though, have played better since he returned from injury earlier in the year and now sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a young core that has some upside. 

The 76ers are likely to stay quiet as the trade deadline approaches, though they may make a minor move involving the expiring contracts of Jason Kapono and Darius Songaila.

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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Dallas Mavericks 'Not Optimistic' They Will Make A Move

One team that has been conspicuously absent from the latest NBA rumors is the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas tends to be one of the more active teams around the trade deadline, but this season, they've so far been content to stand pat. In fact, the only noise they are really making is when their owner is talking about other teams

However, the Mavericks may be trying to enter the game late in the process. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Mavericks are making a last-minute chase to acquire either Detroit's Tayshaun Prince or Denver's J.R. Smith.

The Mavericks plan to make last-ditch trade runs at Detroit's Tayshaun Prince and Denver's J.R. Smith before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, sources close to the situation say. 

But Dallas isn't optimistic about acquiring either player.     

The problem is that neither team wants to give up its player at this point. Dallas has been careful about adding long-term salary, so players with expiring contracts, like Smith or Prince, are the way they will likely go. Still, given the upheaval in the Western Conference, you'd think a bold move to win this season would be worth more than in most years.

Other rumors as we get closer to the 3 p.m. deadline:

 

  • The Grizzlies are talking to the Rockets about trading Hasheem Thabeet for Shane Battier, but the Rockets want an additional first-round pick. 
  • The Grizzlies have also turned down every trade offer for Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Bulls offered Kyle Korver and the Nets offered Anthony Morrow for Mayo, but owner Michael Heisley turned both down.
  • Raymond Felton's agent met with Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri Wednesday night to discuss his client's future with the team, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Felton reportedly doesn't want to be a reserve, but the Nuggets have named Ty Lawson the starter. Many teams have called about Felton's availability, but the Nuggets have so far rebuffed those calls. 
  • The Bulls continue to look for a shooting guard, and have zeroed in on Mayo and Courtney Lee, but they are only offering their two first-round picks, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Teams have asked for either Taj Gibson or Omer Asik instead, and the Bulls want to keep both.
  • The Timberwolves have put point guard Jonny Flynn on the market, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. They talked to the Jazz about shooting guard Raja Bell, and have also called the Blazers. 
  • The Warriors will buy out recently-acquired Troy Murphy, no matter how long it takes, writes Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. Several contenders would be interested in Murphy once that happens.
  • The 76ers will likely be quiet at the trade deadline, writes Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There's still a chance a minor deal happens involving forward Marreese Speights, who the 76ers aren't that inclined to trade, or the expiring contracts of Jason Kapono or Darius Songaila. 
  • Interesting note from Stein: the Kings are under the minimum salary threshold (75 percent of the salary cap) after trading Carl Landry for Marcus Thornton. They will likely have to make a move to get back over the line.
  • The Hawks look like they will keep sixth man Jamal Crawford even after acquiring Kirk Hinrich from the Wizards. Crawford, for his part, thought he was going to be moved, and according to Chris Palmer of ESPN, the Nets had interest before trading for Deron Williams.
  • T.J. Ford may go to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to John Canzano, but only if the Pacers buy out the final year of his contract ($8.5 million). The problem is that Ford has resisted buyout talks up to this point.
  • We talked on Tuesday about how the Blazers, in general, were in an odd position. But after a recent winning streak, they have decided to be buyers, writes David Aldridge.
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NBA Trade Rumors: Grizzlies Discussing Shane Battier Trade With Rockets, Say Reports

The Memphis Grizzlies are in talks to trade Hasheem Thabeet to the Houston Rockets for Shane Battier, according to reports. Memphis radio host Chris Vernon reported late Wednesday that the Grizzlies look likely to deal Thabeet, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. Vernon reported that the Grizzlies and Rockets had discussed a deal sending the Tanzanian center to Houston for the veteran Battier, who came into the league with Memphis, but that the Rockets were looking for more.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal's Ronald Tillery reports that the deal hinges on the Grizzlies agreeing to give the Rockets a first-round pick in the swap. The Grizzlies traded Battier to Houston for the No. 8 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. That pick was Rudy Gay, Memphis' top wing who happens to be out with separated shoulder, leaving the Grizzlies thin at small forward.

Thabeet has been an unmitigated failure almost two seasons into his career. The Grizzlies passed up James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings to take the center out of UConn, but Thabeet has consistently struggled. Last season, he became the highest draft pick ever to be assigned to the NBA D-League.

For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.

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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Troy Murphy To Warriors, Zach Randolph Could Be Headed To Magic

Troy Murphy will be traded to the Golden State Warriors for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. The New Jersey Nets will also send the Warriors a 2012 second-round pick. Spears says that the trade will be finalized on Thursday. It has been rumored since the weekend, and will save the Nets a few bucks.

If the Warriors buy out Murphy as expected, they could manage to clear a bit of salary. There's also a possibility that the Warriors could ask Murphy to suit up as Golden State considers a run at the playoffs now that the Jazz have traded Deron Williams and the Nuggets have lost Carmelo Anthony.

* Could Zach Randolph end up in Orlando after all? Orlando Pinstriped Post takes a look at the newest reports.

* The next shoe to drop in Salt Lake might have at least one of the team's big men moving. The Deron Williams trade sent Derrick Favors to Utah, where Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap already reside. All three power forwards are signed for the next three seasons, so Utah may look to unload one of the veterans. Chad Ford breaks it down. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Timberwolves could be looking at Raja Bell.

* Andray Blatche is reportedly off the trade market.

* Blog-a-Bull has a solid round-up of Chicago's options at shooting guard.

* Despite a previous report indicating talks on a trade that would land Nate Robinson with the Golden State Warriors, Sam Amick reports no such move will happen.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Gerald Wallace Draws Interest From Cavaliers, Blazers

Now that Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams are off the market, the latest NBA trade rumors focus on secondary players. One such player is Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, a one-time all-star that nevertheless could be a huge help to a contending team. However, the two teams that reportedly are most interested in acquiring him are the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers, who already have a good young small forward in Nicolas Batum.

The Cavaliers are reportedly looking to acquire Wallace for a first-round draft pick, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix.

Charlotte and Cleveland still talking about Gerald Wallace. Wallace would be absorbed into Cavs trade exception, pick to Cats. Not imminent.    

The Cavaliers have a $14.5 million trade exception after losing LeBron James this summer, allowing them to acquire any player worth less without having to match salaries. That trade exception expires this summer, though, so this is the last chance they will have to use it.

Meanwhile, the Blazers are also interested, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portland is pushing hard and getting closer to completing a deal with Charlotte for Gerald Wallace, a league source tells Y! Sports.    

It's not clear what the Blazers are offering, nor is it clear where Wallace would fit in. Batum is one of the Blazers' core future pieces, and Wesley Matthews has established himself at shooting guard. They also, remember, still have Brandon Roy. The Bobcats are asking for a high price for Wallace regardless, according to the AP's Tom Withers. 

Wallace has two years and $21 million left on a six-year, $57 contract he initially signed in the summer of 2007. The final year is a player option. 

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NBA Trade Rumors: Greg Oden Being Shopped By Blazers, According To Report

One of the more interesting recent NBA trade rumors involves Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick that has seen his career fizzle due to a number of serious injuries. The Portland Trail Blazers may finally be moving on from him, if they can. They have offered him in a number of trades, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Sources say Portland is pushing Greg Oden in trade talks. Oden's injury history, predictably, has GM's reluctant.    

Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has played in just 82 games in his four-year career due to a number of knee surgeries. The Blazers are likely trying to move him in part because he has an $8.8 million qualifying offer that the Blazers must pick up if they wanted to have a chance to keep him long-term. That's a hefty price for someone with that kind of injury-history, so they are understandably looking to see if anyone else wants him. Given his injury history, it's not surprising that teams are wary.

It's not clear what Portland wants back for Oden or whether any team is interested. Oden can also be a de facto expiring contract if teams do not want to commit to him long term.

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Nate Robinson To The Warriors Among NBA Trade Rumors

Nate Robinson could be headed to the Golden State Warriors in a trade with the Boston Celtics, reports Sam Amick. NBA trade rumors continued to fly after the New Jersey Nets traded for Deron Williams early Wednesday, with teams alternately looking to clear cap space and shore up problem areas in advance of the stretch run and playoffs. It's unclear what exactly the Celtics are aiming at here, as the Warriors headed to Boston in the proposed deal haven't been named.

Robinson signed a two-year deal worth $8.7 million before this season. The reserve guard is a prolific per-minute scorer and shooter, and is very intense on defense (fitting the Boston mold). But his size -- he's the shortest player in the league other than Earl Boykins -- makes his defense hard to tolerate in most match-ups, especially given his lack of playmaking ability, which requires that he either play shooting guard or the point with other ballhandlers on the court with him.

The Warriors are chock full of small shooting guards with some point guard abilities, as the description fits both Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. The Celtics lack depth at small forward, and the Warriors do have Dorell Wright, Reggie Williams and Charlie Bell at the position.

The Warriors are pushing for a playoff spot in the suddenly wide open West. Boston is parlaying with the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls at the top of the East.

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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Will Nene Stay With The Nuggets?

As NBA trade rumors continue to fly leading up to Thursday's deadline, there remain a lot of teams that could really use more size. It's the most prized commodity in this league, and there are inevitably more teams trying to acquire it than teams that want to give it up. In that vein, the most important player on the trade market, outside of Carmelo Anthony of course, may be his former teammate Nene. 

Unlike Anthony, Nene would like to stay with the Nuggets. The Nuggets agree, according to Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse, and are trying to work out a contract extension with him. Nene reiterated on Tuesday that he wants to stay with the team, but as always, it is a matter of dollars and cents. He can opt out of his contract after the year, and would like to have a new deal in place before the new CBA. 

"This is where I want to be,'' Nene told FanHouse after Tuesday's game. "I have family here. Today, I'm here. Tomorrow, I can't control. I'm here right now.''

When it comes to a contract extension, Nene said, "I definitely hope I get one.''     

Nene is said to be seeking a five-year contract worth close to what Joakim Noah and Al Horford signed for last summer ($60 million). But if a contract extension cannot be worked out, then the Nuggets may look to trade Nene and get some value back for him before losing him for nothing. If so, there will be a lot of suitors lined up for him. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets, Heat and Thunder lead the way, but there are undoubtedly more. As the trade deadline grows closer, this is a situation that bears watching.

Other trade buzz out there:

 

  • As we noted earlier, the Miami Heat are trying to trade Mike Miller, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract last summer. Don't expect many teams to be interested at that price. 
  • The Devin Harris sweepstakes appear to be down to Dallas and Portland, with the Mavericks in the lead.
  • If the Mavericks trade for Harris, the major piece going back to New Jersey will be Caron Butler and his expiring contract. Butler, however, defiantly tweeted last night that he "ain't going no where."
  • The Knicks need size, and have asked about Portland's Marcus Camby, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Portland, however, is looking for other more attractive trade options.
  • It looks like the Nets and Warriors are close to agreeing to trade Troy Murphy to the Bay Area for the expiring contracts of Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright, according to Wojnarowski. The Warriors will also receive a conditional 2012 second-round pick, then buy out Murphy. The trade could also be a larger part of a Harris swap. Several contenders are interested in Murphy once he is bought out. 
  • The Nuggets are unlikely to make any more trades, according to Tomasson. Takes at face value, it means Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Nene will all stay with the team past Thursday.
  • The Hawks, needing a point guard, have engaged the Wizards on a trade involving Kirk Hinrich, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com. The Hawks are only willing to offer Mike Bibby back at this point, because they feel the salary savings will appeal to the Wizards. The Wizards, on the other hand, want a prospect and a draft pick. The Hawks don't really have any prospects (maybe Jeff Teague and Jordan Crawford), and their pick is expected to be late in the first round.
  • The Rockets are expected to be active, and their players know it, writes Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
  • One guy likely to leave is backup shooting guard Courtney Lee. The Bulls are interested, offering a first-round draft pick, according to Wojnarowski. Chicago made a smaller move yesterday, sending James Johnson to Toronto for a first-round pick initially controlled by the Miami Heat, so they have more picks and more cap space to fill its shooting guard hole. 
  • The Celtics continue to search for a backup small forward, and have engaged the Suns in discussions around their three wing players: Grant Hill, Jared Dudley and Mickael Pietrus.  
  • The Cavaliers continue to shop Anthony Parker, but they want a player in return instead of a draft pick. They have asked the Bulls about Omer Asik and the Celtics about Semih Erden, but have been rebuffed, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Lloyd also reports that Jamario Moon and Leon Powe are likely to have their contracts bought out after the trade deadline.
  • The Clippers are seeking a small forward, even after being rebuffed by the Nuggets for Gallinari, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. The Cavaliers also asked about Gallinari, but were shot down.
  • Detroit's Tayshaun Prince does not believe he is going anywhere, and it sure sounds that way. 
  • And finally, here's a fun one from Chad Ford: the Grizzlies apparently had internal discussions about moving Zach Randolph, and were thinking of asking the Magic if they would be interested in a package of Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson. Neither team made the offer, but who says no first? It's an interesting question.
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Devin Harris To The Mavericks Trade Seen As Likely, As NBA Trade Rumors Pick Up

If NBA trade rumors suggests one thing right now, it's that Devin Harris will almost assuredly be traded somewhere by the New Jersey Nets by Thursday's deadline. The Nets have floated Harris all season, and were once hoping to include him in a Carmelo Anthony trade. That fell apart when 'Melo went to the New York Knicks, leaving the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks as the top remaining suitors for the former All-Star point guard.

Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record reports that the Mavericks are the favorites to land Harris. The Nets want Caron Butler's expiring contract, rookie Dominique Jones and a first-round pick in exchange for Harris. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the Mavericks will only give up Butler.

Harris, of course, came into the league with the Mavericks. He thrived there as a young scoring point guard, but Dallas, looking to get over the top, dealt him to New Jersey in exchange for veteran star Jason Kidd in 2008. Dallas sent New Jersey a couple of picks, too, but the Nets flipped those and, all told, haven't gotten much out of the deal.

Whether Harris would start over Kidd in Dallas or join Jason Terry's bench crew remains to be seen. Iannazzone reports the Nets are seeking, in addition to the expiring contracts of Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla, former No. 1 pick Greg Oden from the Blazers. That is almost assuredly not going to happen.

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Mike Miller Could Be Traded By Miami Heat, According To Report

The Miami Heat have largely avoided being mentioned in NBA trade rumors thanks to having three huge stars -- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- the team simply wouldn't want to give up. Beyond the three stars, few Heat players make more than the minimum salary, and players making the minimum salary aren't useful in trades. But Mike Miller, the sharpshooter the Heat signed as a perimeter ballast for the team's star, makes enough to be useful in trades. ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports that Miami is indeed shopping Miller.

Whether anyone would give Miami what they need -- a point guard better than Mario Chalmers or a center better than Erick Dampier -- for Miller's contract is doubtful. Miller, 31, signed a five-year, $29 million over the summer. He remains a great shooter and surprisingly awesome rebounder. But the mid-level exception, essentially, for those skills is a bit much, and a team would have to be very desperate for shooting to accede to a trade.

Windhorst reports that the Heat remain more likely to wait for the NBA trade deadline to pass and try to land a player bought out by his team. Few solid point guards have been mentioned as potential buy-out candidates.

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Carl Landry Acquired In Trade By Hornets For Marcus Thornton, According To Report

The New Orleans Hornets were very active leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline, and they appear to have made a move to provide more frontcourt depth. They have acquired forward Carl Landry in a trade with the Sacramento Kings for guard Marcus Thornton and forward David Anderson, according to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein.

The move will provide New Orleans with the interior scoring they seek on the bench while also providing an insurance policy in case David West decides to leave as a free agent over the summer. Landry was an up-and-coming player for the Rockets, but has faltered badly in Sacramento this season, shooting under 50 percent for the first time in his career. Even though he is known as a tough inside player, his rebounding has been mediocre, and has been particularly bad this season.

The Hornets, however, likely think a change of scenery and being inserted in a playoff race will invigorate Landry after a season in messy Sacramento. The Kings acquired him for Kevin Martin at the trade deadline last season, but he lost playing time to DeMarcus Cousins this year.

The Kings are also hoping a change of scenery benefits Thornton, who has fallen off after an outstanding rookie season, when he averaged 14.5 points with efficient shooting as a sixth man. He's shooting just 41 percent from the field and is averaging half as many points as he did last season. He never clicked with new coach Monty Williams, perhaps due to his poor defense. Anderson is a spare big man acquired from Toronto earlier this season that never made the regular rotation.

Landry is a free agent after the season, while Thornton is a restricted free agent. 

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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Marcus Camby, Carl Landry Among Big Men Being Shopped

Marcus Camby joined his Portland Trail Blazers teammates in the NBA trade rumor circuit ahead of Thursday's deadline. Yahoo!'s Marc Spears reports that the Blazers are looking to move the ageless center before the NBA trade deadline, along with ageless point guard Andre Miller. Miller has been wed to rumors involving Devin Harris of the New Jersey Nets. Joel Przybilla has also been mentioned in those rumors.

Camby didn't respond particularly kindly to news that he's on the block. Via Blazersedge, Camby told reports that had he known he'd be in trade rumors, he wouldn't have signed an extension with Portland last year. Yikes. (That said, Camby was also reportedly mad when the Los Angeles Clippers traded him to Portland last year. He quickly assimilated and signed that extension.)

* Don't think that the Magic are going to trade Jason Richardson. In fact, a report suggests the Magic are actually working on a contract extension with J-Rich.

* The Houston Rockets' Shane Battier and Courtney Lee are drawing interest.

* Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the New Orleans Hornets are looking for a big man (as they were a week ago when Antawn Jamison's name popped up). One name Wojnarowski presents Tuesday is Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry. Landry will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, and hasn't meshed well in the Kings' crowded frontcourt. Woj reports that the Hornets are dangling Marcus Thornton, a cheap scoring guard who will a restricted free agent at the end of the season. The Kings have certainly chased young guards this season.

* Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee noted that sources tell him the Kings will indeed look to shake things up before the deadline, and won't hesitate to take players back. The team is also open to more draft picks and, of course, cash.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Lakers Among Several Pacific Teams Likely To Be Quiet

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

 

Here is Part 4 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We already discussed the AtlanticCentralSoutheastSouthwest and Northwest divisions, so now let's move on to the Pacific Division. The Lakers are probably going to stay quiet, but will anyone else be active?

Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 38-19, third in the West.

Priority: Three-peat.

Holes/weaknesses: Bench depth, if anything.

Trade assets: Nothing.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Ron Artest (four years, $28 million remaining).

Targets: Kirk Hinrich (maybe)

Summary: General manager Mitch Kupchek issued a threat that trades may be on the way soon, but it's largely empty. The Lakers have no contracts that expire this season (unless Shannon Brown opts out), traded their draft pick to remove Sasha Vujacic from their payroll and lack any real youngsters. They also have traditionally resisted midseason trades because of the difficult adjustment to the Triangle, with the Pau Gasol move in 2008 being the notable exception.

If I were GM, I would ...: Do nothing. This mix is this mix. 

Phoenix Suns

Record: 27-27, 10th in the West.

Priority: Make the playoffs.

Holes/weaknesses: Rebounding, interior defense, perimeter defense.

Trade assets: Vince Carter's sort-of expiring contract ($4 million guaranteed next year), Goran Dragic, Robin Lopez, their 2011 first-round pick, Orlando's 2011 first-round pick.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Josh Childress (four years, $27 million left), Mickael Pietrus (player option for $5.3 million next year).

Targets: N/A.

Summary: The Suns are not trading Steve Nash, so they will soldier on toward what they hope is a playoff berth, despite being two-and-a-half games out. They've tried to move Childress, but nobody seems interested, so it'll probably be a quiet deadline.

If I were GM, I would ...: Shop their upcoming draft picks, including the one from Orlando, as a means to dump long-term salary, like Childress or Hakim Warrick. 

Golden State Warriors

Record: 26-29, 11th in the West.

Priority: Make a playoff run, for some reason.

Holes/weaknesses: Size, perimeter defense, bench depth.

Trade assets: Expiring contracts of Dan Gadzuric, Brandan Wright and Vladimir Radmanovic, high 2011 second-round pick from New Jersey (but no first-round pick)

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: Nene, Chris Kaman, Troy Murphy, a top-flight wing player.

Summary: The Warriors are positioning themselves as buyers for a playoff run, which doesn't make much sense given what little they have to trade. Unsurprisingly, they are getting rebuffed when trying to shove their nose in the chase for big men. There remains a chance they will break through, but they're thinking a little too big. Instead, they could look to add more bench pieces, or failing that, get their first-round pick back.

If I were GM, I would ...: Chill out. The Warriors have a developing young team. There's no need to rush into a panic move. Play out the season, look for that elusive big man later, and try to get your pick back somehow.

Los Angeles Clippers

Record: 21-35, 13th in the West.

Priority: Continue to build around young talent.

Holes/weaknesses: Turnovers, long-range shooting, depth, perimeter defense, small forward.

Trade assets: Rasual Butler's expiring contract, Craig Smith's expiring contract, their own 2011 pick, the Timberwolves' 2011 pick (top-10 protected, but unprotected in 2012).

Other pieces involved in rumors: Chris Kaman ($12.7 million for one more season).

Targets: Danilo Gallinari

Summary: The Clippers have a nice young core that they could wait to breathe, but do have a couple intriguing assets, including a potential unprotected first-round pick. They dangled it to the Nuggets for Gallinari, according to reports, who would fill a void at small forward. They also could move Chris Kaman, who has become expendable with DeAndre Jordan's emergence.

If I were GM, I would ...: Pass on the Gallinari deal, look for something better and keep peddling Kaman, asking for a draft pick and expiring contracts back. 

Sacramento Kings

Record: 13-40, 14th in the West.

Priority: Avoid long-term salary commitments.

Holes/weaknesses: Everything

Trade assets: Samuel Dalembert's expiring contract, Carl Landry, Donte Greene, Omri Casspi.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Kings' situation is put on hold because of the uncertainty surrounding a possible relocation, which is too bad. Samuel Dalembert and Carl Landry have value to contending teams, and it doesn't look like the Kings are going to bring either back next year. Oh, and don't worry: the Kings won't trade DeMarcus Cousins.

If I were GM, I would ...: If possible, shop Dalembert and Landry. Tons of teams need interior help, and both of those guys are big men. Ask for draft picks in return. 

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Many Northwest Teams Aggressive, But Thunder Remain Conservative

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

Here is Part 5 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We already discussed the AtlanticCentralSoutheast and Southwest Divisions. Now, let's move on to the Northwest, featuring a young team that's being way too conservative, an older team being too aggressive, a desperate team trying to keep its superstar and, oh yeah, the Nuggets.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Record: 35-19, fourth in the West.

Priority: Contend and maintain the young core.

Holes/weaknesses: Center, interior defense, toughness

Trade assets: Morris Peterson and Nenad Kristic's expiring contract, Jeff Green, James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Eric Maynor, 2011 first-round pick, 2012 first-round pick from the Clippers.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Thunder are once again quiet at the trade deadline, and this time, it's getting a little ridiculous. They desperately need size, and would be an ideal fit for Nene, for example, but they haven't popped up in any trade rumors involving him. They seem to be content to let their young core continue to grow, except the honeymoon stage is going to run out at some point . They have a chest of assets and two great players, but have to make some sacrifices to upgrade right now. However, they seem content to stand pat and hope natural progression pushes their core further in the playoffs.

If I were GM, I would ...: Start trading for some veterans. They, and not the Rockets, should be leading the chase for Nene. They should look around the league and see if there's any size available. They should also try to cash in on Jeff Green now instead of having to overpay him in the summer. I'd also look for a shooting guard upgrade on Thabo Sefolosha, who remains an excellent defender, but is a self-check on offense. 

Portland Trail Blazers

Record: 32-24, fifth in the West.

Priority: Unclear. They could try to go for upgrades now, or they could rebuild. A recent winning streak may indicate the former strategy wins out. 

Holes/weaknesses: A penetrating wing player who can create offense, point-guard defense.

Trade assets: Joel Przybilla's expiring contract, Andre Miller's semi-expiring contract (non-guaranteed next year), Greg Oden's expiring contract, Rudy Fernandez, Dante Cunningham, Patty Mills, $2.29 million trade exception, 2011 first-round pick, 2011 first-round pick from New Orleans.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Marcus Camby

Targets: Devin Harris, Gerald Wallace, Troy Murphy, Ramon Sessions, Anthony Morrow

Summary: The Blazers are being typically active, though it seems like they just pop up in rumors that have little substance. Still, they're in an interesting spot. A recent winning streak, coupled with the emergence of LaMarcus Aldridge has likely convinced the team they don't need to blow it up in the wake of devastating injuries to Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. They've been interested in Harris for years, and are rumored to want him again. 

If I were GM, I would ...: Make the trade for Harris. The Blazers need a point guard that can get into the lane, and Harris is the best one available. They were talking about sending Miller and Przybilla to the Nets, which would be a steal for the Blazers.

Denver Nuggets

Record: 32-25, seventh in the West.

Priority: Rebuild, now that Anthony is gone.

Holes/weaknesses: N/A

Trade assets: J.R. Smith's expiring contract, Kenyon Martin's expiring contract, a bunch of the guys they just got from New York.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Nene (player option for $8 million next year), Al Harrington (four years, $27 million remaining), Raymond Felton (one year, $7.5 million left)

Targets: Draft picks.

Summary: The Nuggets finally traded Anthony. Now, they want to rebuild, and need to decide on some keepers. They are committed to keeping Nene around, which is a smart move even though he's not getting any younger. Otherwise? Everyone except Ty Lawson is potentially available. The Nuggets could move recently-acquired Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov for draft picks, and they could elect to move Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler before they become free agents this summer. Expect them to remain active through Thursday.

If I were GM, I would ...: Keep Lawson, Nene and Gallinari (don't trade him), and commit to moving everyone else for draft picks. New Jersey has several picks, and they may need Felton if they trade Devin Harris.

Utah Jazz

Record: 31-26, tied for eighth in the West.

Priority: Contend before Deron Williams skips town.

Holes/weaknesses: Outside shooting, defensive rebounding, interior defense.

Trade assets: Andrei Kirilenko's expiring contract, Gordon Hayward, two small trade exceptions (under $1.5 million)

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A.

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Jazz are stuck in a rough spot. They are struggling, their star player could flee elsewhere and they don't have much to trade. Kirilenko's expiring contract could fetch them a long-term piece, but he's also a key player right now. They have no pick either, since it went to Minnesota in the Al Jefferson trade.

If I were GM, I would ...: Wait until the offseason. Alternatively, do the trade SBNation.com colleague Evan Dunlap proposes and bring in Rip Hamilton for Kirilenko.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Record: 13-43, last in the West.

Priority: Add young talent

Holes/weaknesses: Everything

Trade assets: Had cap space, but used it to acquire Anthony Randolph at the cost of taking on Eddy Curry; 2011 first-round picks from themselves, Utah and Memphis. 

Other pieces involved in rumors: 

Targets: Danilo Gallinari.

Summary: The Timberwolves continue their perpetual rebuilding, playing the role of the money broker while acquiring yet another raw forward in Anthony Randolph. Acquiring Randolph cost them the cap space needed to acquire players in a salary dump, and Randolph, a great talent that has flamed out in two up-tempo settings already, was their only reward. They do have a lot of draft picks that could be used to acquire young players.

If I were GM, I would ...: Trade those latter two draft picks for established young talent like Danilo Gallinari, Marcus Thornton or others. 

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Mavericks, Rockets, Hornets Among Active Southwest Division Teams

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

Here is Part 4 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We already discussed the AtlanticCentral and Southeast divisions, so now let's move on to the Southwest Division, where four potentially active teams chase the San Antonio Spurs. 

San Antonio Spurs

Record: 46-10, first in the West

Priority: Contend

Holes/weaknesses: Interior depth and perimeter defense, but those are all relative

Trade assets: Nothing

Other pieces involved in rumors: Nobody

Targets: Nobody

Summary: The Spurs are perfect the way they are, so their name hasn't come up much. They don't really have much to trade, so don't expect them to come up much.

If I were GM, I would ...: Stand pat and let this team do its thing.

Dallas Mavericks

Record: 40-14, second in the West.

Priority: Contend for a title

Holes/weaknesses: Small forward, perimeter shot creation.

Trade assets: Caron Butler's expiring contract, $4.3 million and $3 million trade exceptions, Rodrigue Beaubois.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A.

Targets: Tayshaun Prince, Devin Harris, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace

Summary: The Mavericks have surged to the top of the West with Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, and are now a legitimate title contender. They remain a bit weak at small forward after Caron Butler's season-ending injury, and ironically, their best way to upgrade that position is to use Butler's expiring contract. They continue to be linked to the top veterans on the market, but are also a little more conscious of their long-term finances than before.

If I were GM, I would ...: Forget the financial concerns. The West is there for the taking. Dallas matches up well with San Antonio, and the Lakers are vulnerable. With key players like Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry and Butler free agents soon, the window is closing. A move for a legitimate difference-maker like Wallace could end up being the difference, even if Wallace's contract has two more years left on it.

New Orleans Hornets

Record: 33-25, sixth in the West.

Priority: Contend as long as they have Chris Paul.

Holes/weaknesses: Perimeter scoring, interior scoring, interior depth, 

Trade assets: Marcus Thornton, Quincy Pondexter, Marcus Banks' expiring contract, Willie Greene's expiring contract, $6.2 million trade exception.

Other pieces involved in rumors: David West.

Targets: Antawn Jamison, J.R. Smith, Troy Murphy, Corey Maggette.

Summary: The Hornets are among the most active teams at the deadline, as general manager Dell Demps continue to improve a roster while he has Chris Paul. They've been linked to Antawn Jamison, among others. But here's where Demps' impulsiveness earlier in the season has cost him. He's lost a lot of his trade assets (Darren Collison, Peja Stojakovic's expiring contract), and all he has to show for it is Trevor Ariza and Jarrett Jack. Had he kept Stojakovic's contract, he may have been able to match salary for Jamison. Alas, he cannot, and making a trade for an upgrade will be difficult. Instead, it sounds like the Hornets have shifted gears to dumping Thornton, who has not gotten along great with coach Monty Williams.

If I were GM, I would ...: ... have not made the trades they made earlier, but that's neither here nor there. In the meantime? Look for bad-contract guys that may come with smaller asking prices, including the trade exception.

Memphis Grizzlies

Record: 31-26, tied for eighth in the West

Priority: Find short- and long-term help around their core of Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

Holes/weaknesses: Perimeter shooting, depth.

Trade assets: Darrell Arthur, Sam Young, Xavier Henry.

Other pieces involved in rumors: O.J. Mayo, Randolph, Hasheem Thabeet, 

Targets: Courtney Lee?

Summary: The Grizzlies got dealt a monkey wrench when Gay went down for a month. They are clearly going for a playoff run -- which is why Randolph is not available -- but without Gay, it'll be difficult. Mayo was clearly on the block before the injury, because of all the stuff he's been through this season, but now he's needed as insurance. The Grizzlies could still move him, but they'd have to take a short-term hit. Thabeet remains clearly on the block, if anyone wants him.

If I were GM, I would ...: Move Mayo anyway. With extensions coming for Marc Gasol and, now, likely Randolph, they can't also afford Mayo when his rookie deal expires in two years. Moving him now while he still has value makes sense.

Houston Rockets

Record: 26-31, 12th in the West.

Priority: Very unclear - could look for upgrades now or begin rebuilding.

Holes/weaknesses: Center, perimeter defense, interior defense.

Trade assets: Yao Ming's expiring contract, Shane Battier's expiring contract, Jared Jeffries' expiring contract, Terrence Williams, Aaron Brooks, Courtney Lee, Patrick Patterson, Chase Budinger, New York's 2011 first-round pick, the right to swap first-rounders in 2012 with the Knicks, two high 2011 second-round picks (Sacramento, Clippers), $6.3 million trade exception, $2.5 million trade exception.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: Nene, O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace, Omer Asik, anyone.

Summary: Once again, the Rockets have a treasure chest of assets, but this time, there aren't too many players that are legitimately available. The Rockets really want a center to replace Yao Ming and zeroed in on Nene, who seemed likely to be dealt given the Nuggets' preference for rebuilding. However, the Nuggets are now talking contract extension with Nene, which has to be a huge blow to the Nuggets. They could grab Gerald Wallace, but their wing positions are already crowded. So what do they do? Daryl Morey is usually creative and certainly could figure something out, but this was the deadline for Houston to make its huge move, and there's not much there.

If I were GM, I would ...: Hold all the key assets, unless Nene or a young, elite wing (Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger) somehow becomes available. Otherwise, I'd look to get something of value for Aaron Brooks and possibly Courtney Lee in smaller deals.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Southeast Contenders Look For Upgrades, But Lack Trade Assets

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

 

Here is Part 3 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We already discussed the Atlantic and Central Divisions. Now, we'll discuss the Southeast Division, home of three contenders that have few trade assets.

Miami Heat

Record: 41-15, second in the East

Priority: Contend

Holes/weaknesses: Size, point-guard play, depth.

Trade assets: Nothing

Other pieces involved in rumors: Nobody

Targets: N/A

Summary: The consequence of the Heat's summer is that they have almost nothing to trade at the deadline, unless they combine some small expiring contracts. Expect them to wait until the deadline passes when players become available via buyout.  

If I were GM, I would ...: Wait until after the deadline and scoop up the guys bought out.

Orlando Magic

Record: 36-21, fourth in the East

Priority: Contend before Dwight Howard leaves

Holes/weaknesses: Size, interior depth, perimeter shot-creation

Trade assets: None, really

Other pieces involved in rumors: None, really

Targets: Troy Murphy

Summary: The Magic desperately need more size, but they have nothing of value to offer, so their best bet is to wait until after the trade deadline and snag someone who is bought out. Murphy is the piece most linked to the Magic, though he doesn't really solve their problems.

If I were GM, I would ...: See what you could get for Jason Richardson's expiring contract. I know, they just traded for him, but that might be the only way to acquire some legitimate size. Orlando could then slide J.J. Redick into the starting lineup. There might be nothing out there, but it's at least worth calling around.

Atlanta Hawks

Record: 34-21, fifth in the East

Priority: Contend while maintaining long-term flexibility

Holes/weaknesses: Point-guard play, foul-drawing, interior depth. 

Trade assets: Jeff Teague, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans' expiring contract ($2.5 million), first-round pick in 2011, $3.6 million trade exception.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Jamal Crawford ($10.5 million expiring contract), Marvin Williams ($16.8 million guaranteed over next two years, plus a team option o $8.8 million after that).

Targets: Ramon Sessions, Devin Harris. 

Summary: The Hawks are stuck in neutral as the rest of the East improves, so they'd like to make a move, but they don't have a lot of pieces to trade and they are reluctant to go over the $65 million luxury-tax line. Their biggest need is at point guard, where Mike Bibby's skills have declined. A major trade seems unlikely, though, unless they want to surrender Crawford's expiring contract, which would rob them of a key member of the rotation. 

If I were GM, I would ...: Talk to the Houston Rockets about the possibility of renting Aaron Brooks for the rest of the season. Brooks is an impending restricted free agent, and the Rockets aren't inclined to pay him. His price tag is small ($2 million), and the Hawks could offer a first-round pick and filler to ensure the Rockets don't lose him for nothing. Brooks played in a system that runs through the high post in Houston, so he would be a good fit in Atlanta's offense.

Charlotte Bobcats

Record: 24-32, ninth in the East

Priority: Blow it up

Holes/weaknesses: Outside shooting

Trade assets: N/A

Other pieces involved in rumors: Gerald Wallace ($10.5 million guaranteed next year, player option for the same the year after), Stephen Jackson ($19.5 million for the next two seasons), Boris Diaw (player option for $9 million next season).

Targets: Young players

Summary: The Bobcats seem to want to blow their team up, with their three highest-paid players all being involved in rumors over the past month. However, they are also only a game out of the playoffs, and they could use that home playoff revenue, so there's a chance they end up keeping the band together.

If I were GM, I would ...: Keep talking to Western Conference teams about Wallace, who is the most tradeable of the three. If Dallas changed their policy on taking on long-term contracts, they'd seem to be a good fit for the expiring contract of Caron Butler.

Washington Wizards

Record: 15-39, 13th in the East.

Priority: Rebuild

Holes/weaknesses: Everything, save for point guard 

Trade assets: Nick Young (upcoming restricted free agent), Al Thornton (same), Yi Jianlian (same), Josh Howard ($3 million expiring contract, but must agree to trade)

Other pieces involved in rumors: Andray Blatche ($29 million over next four years), Kirk Hinrich ($8 million next season), Rashard Lewis ($31 million over next two years if waived after 2011/12).

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Wizards are likely to stand pat and wait to see what happens with the new CBA, though they have some interesting pieces. Contenders are lining up for Hinrich and Howard, and the Wizards could consider being proactive with their three upcoming restricted free agents. That said, given owner Ted Leonsis' reluctance to make moves before the summer, don't expect much. That is, unless anyone wants Blatche.

If I were GM, I would ...: Stay quiet unless someone wants Blatche or is willing to surrender legitimate value for Hinrich or Howard. Hinrich and Howard are worth more as short-term veteran leaders than what they likely would receive in a trade on the open market. 

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Bulls Look For Perimeter Help As Rest Of Central Looks Toward Future

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

Here is Part 2 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We already discussed the Atlantic Division, so we now move to the Central Division.

Chicago Bulls

Record: 38-16, third in the East

Priority: Contend, while maintaining the current mix

Holes/weaknesses: Shooting guard, outside shooting, perimeter shot creation

Trade assets: Omer Asik, James Johnson, Charlotte's 2012 lottery-protected first-round pick.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: Courtney Lee, O.J. Mayo, Anthony Parker, J.R. Smith, Rasual Butler

Summary: The Bulls have an excellent team that could really use one more upgrade along the perimeter. The problem is they don't have much to trade. Taj Gibson is needed as an insurance policy for Carlos Boozer, and even Asik is young, big and cheap. The guy they seem to want most is Lee, but he's not much of an upgrade, and Asik may be a better asset than him.

If I were GM, I would ...: Think long and hard about O.J. Mayo. It's a risk, given his issues this year, but he's a much better player than Lee. If the Bulls need to trade Asik, they should do it for Mayo before they do it for Lee.

Indiana Pacers

Record: 24-30, eighth in the East

Priority: Make the playoffs while maintaining long-term flexibility

Holes/weaknesses: Offense in general, especially perimeter scoring alongside Danny Granger.

Trade assets: Expiring contracts of Mike Dunleavy, T.J. Ford and Jeff Foster, a $3.4 million trade exception, 

Other pieces involved in rumors: Dahntay Jones.

Targets: Unclear

Summary: The Pacers are in eighth place in the East and playing well under new coach Frank Vogel, so they now want to gun for that while maintaining flexibility coming into the lockout. The Pacers have just $36 million in salary committed for next season, and if they can keep that and make the playoffs, it'll be the best of both worlds. Still, they may look to trade their expiring contracts in order to get younger.

If I were GM, I would ...: Try to cash in those expiring contracts now rather than later. The Pacers won't ever be a major free-agent destination, and their cap room will evaporate with a new CBA. Getting some veteran help for those expiring deals will provide a playoff berth and still continue the philosophy of building around youth.

Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 21-34, 10th in the East

Priority: Unclear, should be sellers

Holes/weaknesses: Scoring of any kind

Trade assets: Michael Redd's expiring, insured contract ($18.3 million), Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Corey Maggette ($21 million owed the next two years)

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Bucks splurged unnecessarily last summer, and now are paying the price. In an ideal world, they would rebuild, but none of their recently-signed long-term contracts have much value. 

If I were GM, I would ...: Talk to teams with large trade exceptions and offer some picks or promising young players to get the three bad contracts acquired or signed this summer (Maggette, John Salmons, Drew Gooden) off your payroll.

Detroit Pistons

Record: 21-36, 11th in the East

Priority: Rebuild

Holes/weaknesses: Outside shooting, shot creators on the wing, interior depth.

Trade assets: Tayshaun Prince and his expiring contract.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Rip Hamilton

Targets: Troy Murphy, anyone with an expiring contract, draft picks. 

Summary: The Pistons are already done with Hamilton, and they'd like to get something for Prince before he becomes a free agent, but the ongoing transfer of ownership complicates things, likely making them merely a pawn in larger trades like they were in some of the Carmelo Anthony rumors.

If I were GM, I would ...: Talk to teams about Prince. Hamilton is a lost cause, but Prince may be able to help a contender. Dallas, in particular, is someone I would look at.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Record: 10-46, last in the East

Priority: Add young talent, offload veterans

Holes/weaknesses: Everything

Trade assets: $14.5 million trade exception from losing LeBron James, 2012, 2013 and 2015 first-round picks from Miami, Anthony Parker's expiring contract, Jamario Moon's expiring contract.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Antawn Jamison ($15 million owed next year), Mo Williams ($17 million, but with an early-termination after this year), Ramon Sessions ($9 million for next two years, but with a player option), Daniel Gibson ($9.5 million for next two years, but final year not fully guaranteed).

Targets: Young players, picks.

Summary: The Cavaliers would like to continue their rebuild, both by sending away veterans and using available assets to get more draft picks. There's been some interest in Jamison, but his expensive contract makes moving him difficult. There has been a lot of interest in Parker and Sessions, but not for anything significant. Instead, the Cavaliers' best chance is to use their massive trade exception to acquire high-priced veterans teams are looking to dump with draft picks and/or young players attached to them.

If I were GM, I would ...: Seek out many of those teams with bad contracts and see if they may be willing to surrender draft picks for that trade exception. Some examples: Atlanta (Marvin Williams), Charlotte (Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw), Denver (Al Harrington) Detroit (Rip Hamilton, who can then be bought out), the Clippers (Chris Kaman), Milwaukee (Corey Maggette) and Phoenix (Josh Childress). 

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Nets Trade Rumors Lead To Cancellation Of Tuesday Practice

As trade rumors attempt to engulf the New Jersey Nets in fiery brimstone -- ever after the Carmelo Anthony saga has ended -- the team has canceled its Tuesday practice, reports SB Nation New York's Ryan Jones. The Net don't play again until Friday, but players had been due back from All-Star Weekend on Tuesday for a practice. Jones reports that the Nets don't want to put their players back on the court until the front office led by general manager Billy King can work out the details of a potential trade involving Devin Harris.

Other Nets will assuredly pop up in rumors between now and the Thursday NBA trade deadline, but Harris is the big cheese. The veteran point guard has been a disappointment this season under Avery Johnson, who coached Harris when both were with the Dallas Mavericks. Harris made the All-Star Game in his first season as a Net, but the two years since have been dreadful for the point guard and his team.

A potential trade with Portland Trail Blazers involving Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla and Troy Murphy has been the hottest rumor. The move would effectively be a cap dump for New Jersey, as both Miller and Przybilla have expiring contracts. Harris is due just under $18 million over the next two seasons, and Murphy's deal is expiring. Other teams including the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have been mentioned as potential Harris destinations.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2011 Team Needs: Celtics, Knicks Could Use Help As Bulk Of Atlantic Rebuilds

Now that the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, we can finally focus on what the rest of the teams will do at the NBA Trade Deadline. The Anthony saga was very clearly holding up any potential movement that would occur. Now that it's over, we can start to consider which teams may be active this week.

Here is Part 1 of a team-by-team breakdown of what we should expect as the NBA Trade Deadline draws near. We will start with the Atlantic Division.

Boston Celtics

Record: 40-14, first in the East.

Priority: Contend.

Holes/weaknesses: Backup small forward

Trade assets: Avery Bradley, Semih Erden, Marquis Daniels' expiring contract ($2.8 million, but has to agree to trade), first-round draft picks.

Other pieces involved in rumors: Jermaine O'Neal (one more year for $6 million left).

Targets: Anthony Parker, Shane Battier, Josh Howard, Roger Mason, Dahntay Jones, Rasual Butler, Rip Hamilton, Kirk Hinrich.

Summary: With Daniels sidelined due to a neck injury, the Celtics need another wing player behind Paul Pierce, and have combed the league for anyone that's relatively cheap. They also would like to get Hamilton on a buyout if the Pistons elected to go that way. They don't have a ton to trade, but they also aren't targeting major-salary players, so they should be able to work something out.

If I were GM, I would ...: Engage the Wizards and ask about Josh Howard, first and foremost. Howard's game is similar to Daniels', except better. Howard would have to agree to the trade, and the Wizards value Howard as a leader, but they are also rebuilding around picks and prospects. The Celtics could offer Erden, who is promising, but likely to be buried on the bench in the playoffs if both Shaquille and Jermaine O'Neal are healthy.

New York Knicks

Record: 28-26, sixth in the East

Priority: Contend

Holes/weaknesses: Size, depth, defense 

Trade assets: Most were used to acquire Anthony, unless you consider Toney Douglas an asset.

Other pieces involved in rumors: None, really

Targets: N/A

Summary: The Knicks made their big move, and now must hope for the best.

If I were GM, I would ...: Hope that someone big gets bought out and will join the team in March.

Philadelphia 76ers

Record: 27-29

Priority: Contend for the playoffs, though fans may want them to rebuild.

Holes/weaknesses: Size, rebounding, shot creation in the half court.

Trade assets: Expiring contracts of Jason Kapono and Darius Songaila, Thaddeus Young (an upcoming restricted free agent), Marreese Speights, 

Other pieces involved in rumors: Andre Iguodala ($44 million for next three years),  

Targets: Dante Cunningham

Summary: The 76ers have decided they want to play for this season instead of starting a long rebuilding effort, so Andre Iguodala is off the table. That said, the 76ers do have an interesting situation on their hands with Thaddeus Young, who has been big for them, but also is a restricted free agent and may get overpaid this summer.

If I were GM, I would ...: Swing for a big trade. The 76ers have a lot of assets -- two expiring contracts and a lot of young players. There may not be something like that out there, but as long as they want to contend, they should try. Failing that, looking for a clear upgrade, even on a long-term contract, is wise given their position, so long as they don't sacrifice too much. 

 

 

New Jersey Nets

Record: 17-40, 12th in the East

Priority: Acquire young talent while maintaining their dignity.

Holes/weaknesses: Everything

Trade assets: Expiring contracts of Troy Murphy, Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic, two 2011 first-round picks (their own, the Lakers'), three 2012 first-round picks (their own, Golden State's, Houston's).

Other pieces involved in rumors: Devin Harris ($17 million for next two years), Travis Outlaw ($28 million for next four years), practically everyone in Anthony chase.

Targets: Andre Miller, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Andrei Kirilenko, Aaron Brooks, Joel Przybilla, 

Summary: Spurned by Anthony, the Nets will try to rebuild the slow way and hope to convince the star free agents of 2012 to join them, even though the star free agents of 2010 and 2011 didn't. That means they're going to try to get young assets like Gallinari and Brooks while trying to offload Harris, who has a long-term contract, and Murphy, who is a veteran that's not needed. They also may use some of their picks to acquire those players.

If I were GM, I would ...: Do what they are doing, and fully commit to building the slow way, a la the Oklahoma City Thunder. None of the stars want New Jersey, so stop embarrassing yourself while going for them.

Toronto Raptors

Record: 15-41, 14th in the East.

Priority: Continue to rebuild, or at least you'd think.

Holes/weaknesses: Everything

Trade assets: $14.5 million trade exception from Chris Bosh situation, two first-round picks in 2011 (their own, Miami's), Reggie Evans' expiring contract.

Other pieces involved in rumors: N/A

Targets: Danilo Gallinari, other young players.

Summary: Toronto is very much in the same boat as Cleveland, with a big trade exception as its biggest asset. The only difference is their veterans are less tradeable. Still, look for them to try to get some youth with that exception.

If I were GM, I would ...: Use the trade exception to try to take on bad contracts in return for having draft picks and/or young players attached to them.

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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Devin Harris Involved In Many Trade Proposals

The Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks is finally completed, which means that we may finally start to see some action at the NBA Trade Deadline. Many teams were waiting to see what would happen with Anthony before deciding to make some moves of their own. Now that Anthony is finally elsewhere, expect that action to pick up.

There are many more names floating around the rumor mill, and chief among them is New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris. Harris was a part of the Nets' offer for Anthony, but now that's not a possibility. Instead, the Nets appear focused to move Harris to whoever is interested in his services.

Al Iannazone of the Bergen Record reports that Harris' days in New Jersey are "certain" to be numbered. Why? They are concerned that the trade talk has irrevocably damaged his commitment to the team.

The Nets are intent on moving Harris because they feel his level of play and commitment to the organization have been affected by being in trade discussions all season.    

This has spurred a number of Harris trade rumors, including the following:

 

  • The Nets and Blazers have talked about sending Harris and Troy Murphy to Portland for point guard Andre Miller and center Joel Przybilla, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Such a proposal would save the Nets money and provide Portland with a player they have long coveted. Iannazone reports the deal could also include Greg Oden coming to the Nets and a first-round pick going to Portland.
  • There was a rumored three-way swap with Denver and Dallas that would send Harris back to the Mavericks, where he began his career, with Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov, just acquired in the Anthony trade, heading to New Jersey and draft picks heading to Denver. However, that deal is a long shot, according to ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan.
  • Finally, the Atlanta Hawks, who desperately need a point guard, have inquired about Harris, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Hawks, however, don't really have much to offer New Jersey.
Other rumors out there:
  • As noted here, the Nuggets, in a mild surprise, have begun work on a contract extension for Nene. This is bad news for teams like the Rockets, Thunder and Warriors, among others, who would be interested in him to provide more size.
  • The Nuggets will, however, look to find a taker for Al Harrington, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. Harrington's five-year, $33 million contract signed last summer will make that difficult. 
  • Will the Nuggets look to trade any of the pieces they acquired from the Knicks. General manager Masai Ujiri told Aldridge that they intend to keep everybody. However, Chris Broussard of ESPN reports that Danilo Gallinari is likely to be flipped to another team, with New Jersey, the Clippers, Cleveland and Toronto interested. 
  • In general, expect the Nuggets to remain very active, even with guys they just acquired, writes Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
  • Despite all the rumors that indicate otherwise, the Charlotte Bobcats won't be active at the trade deadline, says head coach Paul Silas. Then again, the coach is usually one of the last to know. 
  • The Orlando Magic need frontcourt depth, but they're probably going to be quiet at the trade deadline because they don't have much left to trade, according to a report by SB Nation's Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.
  • Coach Doc Rivers said the Boston Celtics are "clearly" looking for another player, and they'll likely inquire about Cleveland's Anthony Parker, New York's Roger Mason, Washington's Josh Howard and Indiana's Dahntay Jones, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe
  • The Celtics did inquire about Houston's Shane Battier, but that trade appears unlikely, according to A Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, because the Celtics don't have much to offer that can match Battier's price tag
  • The Toronto Raptors may look to parlay one of the first-round picks they got from Miami in the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade over the summer, according to general manager Bryan Colangelo
  • The Phoenix Suns will probably look to trade expensive wings Josh Childress and Mickael Pietrus, if anyone wants them, according to SB Nation Arizona's Seth Pollack
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NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Gerald Wallace, Raymond Felton Could Be Up For Grabs

While we wait for the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors to come to a merciful end, the rest of the NBA attempts to gauge opportunities for deals ahead of the NBA trade deadline this Thursday at 3 PM Easter. 'Melo may or may not be headed to the New Jersey Nets or New York Knicks, and the Nets may or may not take on some Knicks in an absurd mash-up of the reported offers. Wackadoo!

There was some non-'Melo chatter out there on Monday. Here are the highlights.

* Gerald Wallace could be on the move. The Charlotte Bobcats' small forward, a strong defender and rebounder, is available, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams interested. Houston has been reluctant to extend any of the team's own players past this season; Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier and Chuck Hayes all learned that the hard way. Wallace is on the books beyond this year, but would add a top-flight inside player to team with Luis Scola and Kevin Martin.

* If the Denver Nuggets end up with Raymond Felton in an Anthony deal, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports, they will try to flip him. Felton is an above-average point guard on a short contract that only runs through next season. There should be a plethora of buyers if the Nuggets get him and look to trade him.

* Who's the most likely to be traded Phoenix Sun? That'd be Mickael Pietrus, according to Seth Pollack of SB Nation Arizona. The defender who helped the Orlando Magic get to the 2009 NBA Finals could be of interest to contending teams.

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Greg Oden, Yao Ming Could Be Golden State Warriors' Targets At Center

The Golden State Warriors are open to chasing Greg Oden or Yao Ming, both centers who are done for the season, in free agency, according to Warriors GM Larry Riley in a story by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. Riley doesn't mention either center by name, but says that the Warriors wouldn't hesitate to take a chance on an injured player.

"When you're looking at what you can do to get better, you have to consider the possibility of what an injured player today might be able to do when he returns," said general manager Larry Riley, who can't name players under contract with other teams. "A lot has been done down that road, and more will be done."

Oden will be a restricted free agent, provided that the Portland Trail Blazers extend a pricey qualifying offer to the player they made the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden has played 82 games in four seasons in the NBA after a series of brutal injuries to his feet and knees.

Yao's in a similar boat, though he'll be an unrestricted free agent in July. Yao, 30, played just five games this season and zero last year due to foot and knee injuries. It isn't believed the Rockets will trade Yao's expiring contract at the NBA trade deadline this week, but anything is possible. Portland trading Oden seems more plausible as the Blazers try to firm up a playoff run. But assessing a fair value for player with the potential and injury history of Oden seems particularly daunting.

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NBA Trade Rules Help Determine Which Rumors To Ignore Ahead Of Thursday Deadline

The NBA trade deadline is at 3 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 24. Between now and then, myriad NBA trade rumors of varying likelihood will litter the web, and unless you are a super hardcore NBA fanatic, you will likely wonder, "Hey. Is that even legal?"

It probably is; the NBA's governing document on trades has more loopholes than an Afghan rugmaking factory. But some trades are indeed impossible. Curious as to why? Here's a primer on the basic NBA trade rules.

* In most NBA trades, salaries have to match. There are exceptions will get into below, but the most basic and true rule about NBA trades is that salaries have to match. What does match mean? In the NBA, that means teams over the salary cap can receive no more than 125 percent plus $100,000 in current-season contracts compared to what they send out. So if a team sends a player making $10 million this season to another team, and both teams are over the cap, the first team can receive a maximum of $12.6 million in salary in return.

* Teams under the salary cap don't have to send equivalent salary in a trade. The Kings, for example, have a payroll of $44 million. The cap is $58 million. The Kings could make a trade for a player making up to $14 million without sending any salary back. The only teams currently under the cap by at least $2 million are the Clippers ($5 million), Cavaliers ($6 million), Timberwolves ($13 million) and Kings ($14 million).

* The main exception to this comes in the form of the traded player exception, also known as the trade exception. If a team has a traded player exception for $10 million, that team can trade it for a player making up to $10 million without sending any salary back. The Al Jefferson trade -- which involved the Jazz sending the Wolves only Kosta Koufos and draft picks -- was able to happen because of a trade exception. How does a team get a trade exception? By participating in an unbalanced trade. In the Jefferson example, the Jazz had participated in a sign-and-trade with the Bulls for Carlos Boozer. The Bulls were under the salary cap, and could have signed Boozer outright. But instead, they engaged Utah in a sign-and-trade, with the Bulls sending nothing of value back to the Jazz. The unbalanced trade created a trade exception for Utah worth the difference in salary going each direction. Utah then used that in an unbalanced trade to acquire Jefferson ... thus passing the exception to Minnesota. However, because Minnesota was under the cap by more than the value of the exception, it's moot. The Wolves can participate in an unbalanced trade because of their cap space without needing an exception. ShamSports has an updated list of all the trade exceptions teams currently hold.

* There is no limit as to how many teams can be involved in a trade. The largest trade ever included eight teams. But the salary rules apply to everyone. Teams will often include a third team that has a trade exception or cap space in order to facilitate a trade. As such, cap space can become an asset around the deadline.

* Draft picks have no salary value. Players on minimum-value contracts also have no salary value in trades.

* Teams are prevented from trading first-round picks in consecutive future years. For instance, the Knicks have traded their 2012 first-round pick to the Rockets. They cannot trade either their 2011 pick or their 2013 pick because either would result in the Knicks having traded two consecutive future first-round picks. On the flip side, because the Rockets now have two 2012 picks, they could trade their own 2011 and 2012 picks. Teams just must have at least one first-round pick every other year in future drafts. (The Knicks could trade their 2011 pick after the selection is made in June, because at that point the pick becomes a player.)

* Second-round draft picks have no such restrictions. You'd be surprised at how many second-round picks change hands.

* Only two players -- Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki -- have legit no-trade clauses. There are a number of other less important players who effectively have no-trade clauses; these are players who either signed a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent last offseason or are on a one-year deal with Bird rights at stake. Rarely do those players affect a larger trade; Devean George, who broke up the first attempt at a Jason Kidd-Mavericks deal in 2008, is the exception.

* Teams can include up to $3 million cash in any trade. You'll see cash considerations moving around when a team under the cap helps out a team above the luxury tax level by taking an unbalanced trade. The team over the tax line will send enough money to cover the player's remaining salary plus a little sweetener, assuming they don't send picks as sweeteners.

* Trades can be finalized right up until the 3 PM deadline. That means news of some deals won't break until 30-45 minutes after the deadline. So hang tight.

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Troy Murphy To The Warriors Waiting On Potential Carmelo Anthony Trade, Says Report

Troy Murphy will be traded to the Golden State Warriors once Carmelo Anthony's future is resolved, reports Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. Murphy, a former Golden State power forward on an expiring contract who doesn't play for the New Jersey Nets and has been involved in myriad NBA trade rumors, would apparently go to the Warriors whether 'Melo agrees to sign an extension with the Nets or not. If Anthony does, Murphy's expiring deal would be conferred to Golden State in a multi-team deal. Otherwise, the Nets would apparently send Murphy to Golden State for smaller expiring contracts such as Dan Gadzuric and Vladimir Radmanovic.

The Warriors, hoping to continue to improve upon a 25-29 record, need rebounding help. Murphy has long been an excellent defensive rebounder, but Nets coach Avery Johnson hasn't found much use for him in a frontcourt lined with Brook Lopez, Derrick Favors and Kris Humphries.

Murphy spent the first 5-1/2 seasons of his NBA career with the Warriors before being included in a trade that brought Stephen Jackson to Golden State. Murphy was sent to New Jersey in a multi-team trade last offseason that included Trevor Ariza, Courtney Lee and Darren Collison.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors Roundup: Will The Rockets Make A Move?

The rest of the NBA still seems waiting to see the fate of Carmelo Anthony before they decide to make any significant moves at the NBA Trade Deadline. There are trade rumors here and there, but most other teams seem cautious because of the Anthony black cloud and the possible impending lockout next summer. But there are a couple teams who may end up being active, and one of them -- the Houston Rockets -- is likely to miss the playoffs.

The Rockets are now just 26-31 after Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia, five games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. And yet, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, all indications are that they will be very busy in the coming weeks in an attempt to bolster their future, though it's not clear yet which players they may be seeking.

With the trade deadline a week away, there is still every indication that the Rockets will be very active in talks. They still seem very willing to take on contracts, still hoping their expiring contracts and young talent can bring help.

They won't do something just to bolster this season, but that was never the plan, anyway. Daryl Morey has always been trying to find long-term help. And it could come at any position.

The Rockets were among the most active teams last year at the deadline, even though they missed the playoffs. It could happen again.

Other rumors from today:

  • As we noted earlier, the Nets and Blazers are discussing a swap centering around Devin Harris and Andre Miller. The Blazers have coveted Harris for quite some time, so it's not surprising to hear his name pop up again.
  • Speaking of the Blazers, they are another team that could be active in general next week. As Ken Berger notes, they have two big expiring contracts (Miller and Joel Przybilla), as well as guys like Marcus Camby who could be moved. The problem, according to Chad Ford, is that general manager Rich Cho needs to convince owner Paul Allen to begin the rebuilding process. That's a tough sell, given Portland's rise to sixth in the West.
  • The Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a swap involving Marreese Speights and Dante Cunningham. The 76ers rejected the deal. 
  • Tayshaun Prince of the Pistons is a piece that any contender could use, with an affordable, short contract and championship experience. Last night, he admitted that he was open to a trade, telling Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News that "it would be something I'd definitely look at." He also said that he's tired of the "drama" in the Pistons' locker room and the speculation about his future.
  • The Atlanta Hawks want some help at guard and are looking at Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions, according to Berger. Sessions certainly helped his value with a huge game against the Lakers on Wednesday.
  • The New Orleans Hornets remain active, and are one of the few teams likely to take on long-term salary for short-term gain. However, don't expect them to go crazy. Their payroll is $5 million from the luxury tax, and they won't go past that, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
  • Speaking of the Rockets, many executives believe they could swap shooting guard Courtney Lee for Memphis' troubled shooting guard O.J. Mayo, writes Berger.
  • Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge admitted on "The Big Show" on WEEI yesterday that the Celtics have been "fielding calls" about potential trades. Boston has a hole on the wings because of Marquis Daniels' injury. Berger writes that they could be in the mix for Cleveland's Anthony Parker.
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Devin Harris To The Blazers Focus Of Latest Nets Trade Rumors

Devin Harris is the focus of a potential trade between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets, according to Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record. Iannazzone reports that the teams are discussing a deal that would make Harris Portland's new point guard while veteran Andre Miller, who has an expiring contact, would be headed to the Nets. Other players, including possibly Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez, Joel Przybilla and Anthony Morrow, could be involved.

Harris was seen as one of the centerpiece's of the Nets' franchise over the last few seasons, but he's been a disappointment of late. His name pops up in Carmelo Anthony trade rumors whenever the Nets find themselves in the middle of the Denver Nuggets' drama, and Iannazzone reports that it's unclear whether a 'Melo trade would preclude or prevent a Harris deal with Portland. In January, when Nets-Carmelo rumors were at their heaviest, reports suggested Denver could flip the point guard to Portland.

The Blazers are in the throes of a wild playoff chase with the Nuggets and three other teams, with four spots available. Miller has played well, but as star wing Brandon Roy returns to the fold after double knee surgery in January, the old issues of a lack of on-court compatibility between the pair figures to crop up. Whether Harris would be content to allow Roy to control the ball remains to be seen.

The Nets have little chance of making a playoff run in the East, so it would seem that moving Harris, who is owed $17 million over the next two season, for an expiring contract would constitute a salary dump.

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Hornets, Blazers Pop Up In NBA Trade Rumors

The New Orleans Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers, two non-elite playoff teams out West, are active as NBA trade rumors pick up this week. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (via Blazersedge) reports that the Hornets have been active in seeking frontline help in advance of the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline, and that the Blazers are among the teams potentially in position to peddle some big men.

Hornets' rumors are focused on finding a third big man, likely a center, to augment New Orleans' David West-Emeka Okafor frontline. Of course, getting Okafor back would be a big boon to the team; Okafor has missed the last eight games due to an injury that wasn't initially expected to keep the center out of action for more than a week.

Portland could supply such a big man. From Berger:

One exec said he believes Portland GM Rich Cho is "poised for a pretty significant 24th." Given the grim prognosis for star guard Brandon Roy and the uncertainty about what cap space will be worth under the new labor rules, Cho is seriously considering cashing in on the expiring contract of Joel Przybilla and the essentially expiring deal of Andre Miller, whose 2011-12 salary is fully non-guaranteed.

Przybilla is a bit close to Okafor in terms of on-court value; both are defenders, and while New Orleans has hung its hat on defense all season, it desperately needs scoring punch to help Chris Paul and West. Antawn Jamison is mentioned as another potential option for the Hornets.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors Roundup: Knicks In, Nets, Lakers And Rockets Out Of Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes

As the NBA Trade Deadline approaches, everyone seems to be waiting to see if Carmelo Anthony will be dealt. Portland Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho admitted as much in a recent podcast. So what is the latest on Anthony's status? As of right now, it looks like the Nuggets are ready to deal him, and the Knicks are the only serious suitors, with the Nets, Rockets and Lakers not a part of the picture.

Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that the parameters of an Anthony trade "have been set," and the only thing holding it up is what happens once more players are involved. The Knicks have committed to trading either Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler, and a proposed Raymond Felton-Chauncey Billups swap is not a dealbreaker either, but the Nuggets continue to ask for more pieces. Hahn describes the Nuggets' philosophy as coming "from the pages of the children's classic, 'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.'"

So if not the Knicks, then who? Hahn reports that the Nets remain out of the picture after announcing as much last month, and the Rockets, who were considering making a move around Yao Ming's expiring contract, are also out because Anthony does not want to sign an extension there. The Lakers, who were rumored to have offered Andrew Bynum for Anthony, are out too, though truthfully, they were never really in. That leaves one darkhorse, according to Hahn.

At this point, a source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks.

Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.    

Other rumors floating out there today:

 

  • The Mavericks that went on record don't see a trade happening, even though owner Mark Cuban said that this year is like any other year in that trades tend to all happen at the last minute. Butler, who has an expiring contract that could be used to land Anthony, not only expects to return from his injury by playoff time, but also expects the Mavericks will keep him even beyond this season. He told Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas that he sees himself with the Mavericks "for years to come."
  • Jason Terry also doesn't think the Mavericks will make a trade, telling the Fort Werth Star-Telegram that he doesn't see anything that would "surprise the heck out of me." 
  • The New Orleans Hornets are looking for more help as they make a playoff push, and have talked to the Nuggets about shooting guard J.R. Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. They have also talked to Cleveland about Antawn Jamison, but are worried about his hefty contract. The Chicago Bulls are also making calls on Smith, but they are worried he will mess up their chemistry, according to Wojnarowski.
  • The Nets continue to search desperately for a taker for Troy Murphy, who was involved in Anthony trade talks before the Nets took themselves out of the chase. General manager Billy King said he thinks "something will come" before the deadline. However, Wojnarowski reports that nothing is cooking there and that Murphy is instead likely to be bought out. At that point, the Hornets and a slew of other contenders would have interest.
  • The Orlando Magic made a big trade already, but they still have needs. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post runs down what they may have to offer teams. 
  • The Philadelphia 76ers are playing well, but have a free-agent decision looming with sixth man extraordinaire Thaddeus Young. Sam Amico of FOX Sports reports the team has been calling around to see what they could get in a trade for him. SB Nation's 76ers blog Liberty Ballers approves of the team looking to sell high on Young before they must re-sign him.
  • The Cavaliers continue to offer shooting guard Anthony Parker around, as he's drawing interest, according to a Cleveland paper. They offered him to the Bulls for young Turkish center Omer Asik, but the Bulls refused
  • The Nets and Phoenix Suns are looking to move Travis Outlaw and Josh Childress, their disappointing small forward signings this summer, according to Wojnarowski. 
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Would A Carmelo Anthony Trade Open Up The Floodgates Before The Deadline?

Back in January, FanHouse's Chris Tomasson reported that uncertainty about whether Carmelo Anthony would ever be traded had led to other potential deals being held up. Well, 'Melo still hasn't been traded, and we're just days away from the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline. If 'Melo uncertainty is holding up other trades, something's got to give. And fast.

Consensus is, however, building that the NBA's domino trade is being held up by the Nuggets. As CBS Sports reports, Blazers GM Rich Cho discussed the waiting game on a recent Portland podcast (via PBT).

"It looked like that deal was going to go down with New Jersey. And then that got held up. I don't know if it's still going to go down or something is going to happen with New York or maybe Melo stays there [in Denver], but it does seem to be holding things up a little bit."

It remains unclear exactly what about 'Melo trade rumors have led to a freeze on other moves. The Nets, for instance, have ruled themselves out of bidding for Anthony. They have tradable assets and glaring needs. Are they holding back in case Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke come crawling back? Are teams like Cho's Blazers, the Rockets and the Mavericks waiting to make any move until they know for sure there's no chance they can pull 'Melo?

There are also, of course, extenuating and particular circumstances that might result in lower trade volume for this deadline, as we mentioned Tuesday and PBT's Kurt Helin discussed earlier this week.

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Zach Randolph Trade Sought By Magic, According To Report

Zach Randolph is a trade target of the Orlando Magic, according to Bulls.com columnist (and former legendary ink-stained wretch) Sam Smith. Near the end of his weekly column, Smith wrote that the Magic would be interested in trading for the burly power forward, one of the league's top rebounders and a pending free agent. The Memphis Grizzlies are fighting for a treasured playoff spot in the Western Conference, now just one game behind the Denver Nuggets for the No. 8 spot. But with serious long-term salary tied up in Mike Conley and Rudy Gay and the pending free agency of Marc Gasol coming this offseason, Randolph may very well get pushed aside.

Randolph lobbied for an extension from Memphis last offseason and early this year, but never received one. Franchise owner Michael Heisley would not be expected to pay the luxury tax for a cusp-of-the-playoffs team, and keeping both Gasol and Randolph may very well require coming close.

Smith indicates that the push for such a deal is coming from the Magic's side, though the writer doesn't cite a source or previous report, as noted by SB Nation's Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post. Given Smith's reputation as the world's first NBA trade machine (lo-fi edition), it's worth taking this rumor with a big ol' grain of salt. Randolph's situation and Memphis' plans bear watching, though.

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NBA Trade Rumors Heat Up As 2011 Deadline Approaches

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have dominated the NBA landscape since September (no, really!), but there are plenty of other stories to follow heading into the league's 2011 trade deadline. The deadline is on Thursday, February 24, at 3 PM Eastern. Past years have experienced hit-or-miss deadline days in terms of actual action. In some seasons, the major trades happen weeks in advance, with All-Star Weekend -- happening from Feb. 18-20 this year -- acting as a lubricant. But uncertainty about Anthony's status has constipated this year's market, with teams hesistant to act before knowing the landscape.

But time is running out, and teams are expected to pull a few triggers. Complicating matters is the uncertain status of the league's collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will expire on June 30, and the league's franchise owners and players' union remain at an impasse in terms of how (or if) it should be amended. Franchisees wants massive salary cutbacks; players want the status quo, to put it bluntly.

As such, teams may be hesitant to trade for players with hefty salaries that would become even more onerous under a new agreement. There isn't expected to be the manuevering for cap space there was at the 2010 NBA trade deadline, but some teams could look to cut salary in order to find themselves in a fortuitous spot come July (or whenever the expected lockout ends).

Meanwhile, the lack of a clear-cut No. 2 behind the ace San Antonio Spurs might have contenders groping for an extra edge. The Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Mavericks and two-time defending champion Lakers are all bunched up behind the Spurs, and a few other teams like the Hornets, Thunder and Magic could look to join the chase. The Knicks may be the most watched team at the deadline, even if few can see a reasonable expectation of near-term contention, no matter what move they make.

Follow this StoryStream for all the latest in trade rumors through All-Star Weekend.

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