NBA trade rumors: Nets want Paul Pierce, Paul Millsap eyed by T-Wolves

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The Boston Celtics appear ready to make a trade to get help in the backcourt, but they're also being pushed by the Brooklyn Nets to deal Paul Pierce.

The Brooklyn Nets want Paul Pierce, but the Boston Celtics want a better package than the current offering of Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a draft pick, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With Kevin Garnett proclaiming during All-Star weekend that he still likes the injury-riddled roster of the Celtics, it appears that general manager Danny Ainge is taking a hint but also keeping his options open.

Based off Wednesday's trade rumors, the Celtics are seeking guard help to make a playoff push, and CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson is a target. Henderson is averaging 13 points per game and shooting a healthy 39.6 percent from three-point range for Charlotte this season.

Despite signing former lottery pick and wing Terrence Williams on Wednesday, Boston is continuing to look for ways to shore up a backcourt that lost Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to ACL injuries. Rookie 7' center Fab Melo is on the trading block for that very purpose, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Melo has played in just three games for Boston this season. Most of his time has been spent in the D-League, where earlier this season he recorded a record 14 blocks in one game.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have shown interest in Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The T-Wolves have been uneasy about keeping second-year forward Derrick Williams, who they selected No. 2 in the 2011 draft behind only Kyrie Irving. And with the Utah Jazz wanted to shed either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, Minnesota has used Williams as a trade chip.

Though he has underachieved and struggled to score as a perimeter-oriented combo forward, Williams would provide Utah with a less expensive and younger forward. For the Timberwolves, Millsap would need to find a role alongside Kevin Love after his eventual return.

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Though the Phoenix Suns seemingly don't have much to offer, they are apparently still in the Josh Smith sweepstakes. Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets are three names to watch as the Atlanta Hawks look to make a blockbuster deal.

Milwaukee could be in the hunt, as Broussard reports that Smith would like to team with guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.

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A brief rumor that the Suns would send center Marcin Gortat and small forward P.J. Tucker to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins, rookie wing Jeremy Lamb and a pick is apparently just talk, according to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro. However, Phoenix could deal veteran role players Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors or Jermaine O'Neal to the New York Knicks.

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