The NBA trade season is upon us, and the buzz is already roaring. Between now and the trade deadline on February 9, we’ll be tracking the top rumors from the league’s most reliable sources.
Do the Lakers want to keep Westbrook?
According to a report from The Athletic, a Russell Westbrook trade is “increasingly unlikely” due to his recent increase in production. In his last 10 games with the Lakers, Westbrook has averaged 14.1 points, 7.4 assists and 7.1 rebounds off the bench. Westbrook is the only reserve in the league averaging at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Is LA still hunting superstars?
The Athletic’s Jovan Buha also reported that in a perfect world, if the likes of Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal were around, the Lakers, like almost every other team in the league, would aim to one of the superstars.
A more realistic idea would certainly be Zach Lowe’s discussed on his Lowe Post podcastsaying the Lakers have had “internal discussions” about landing either Demar Derozan or Nikola Vucevic from Chicago.
Kuzma is a hot commodity
Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma is a trade deadline target for the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns, according to a report from The Athletic. The Hawks appear to pose the biggest threat, as the report says the Wizards have “seriously discussed a potential deal” for John Collins, whose name has been on the trade block for years.
The Lakers have also inquired about Kuzma, who they sent to Washington in the Russell Westbrook deal before the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
This week, Kuzma spoke to FOX Sports’ Melissa Rohlin about his time in Los Angeles, saying he’d like to get the “fairer end of the stick” with the Lakers.
The Knicks have a fire sale
The Knicks have made Derrick Rose, Evan Fournier, Cam Reddish and Immanuel Quickley available in trade talks, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. The Lakers were mentioned as a team that has been in discussions for both Fournier and Reddish. Reddish is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also represents the Lakers superstars lebron james i Anthony Davis.
Pistons fly first for Bojan
As a highly productive veteran on a very bad Pistons team, Bojan Bogdanović is naturally a target for teams at the trade deadline. However, if a team wants him, they’ll have to give up a first-round pick just to start the conversation, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.
Sixers hanging Tobias Harris
In what seems like an annual tradition at the NBA trade deadline at this point, the Philadelphia 76ers have discussed Tobias Harris with rival teams, according to a report from The Athletic. Harris, who signed a five-year, $180 million contract to remain in Philadelphia in 2019, is averaging 17 points on a respectable 48.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from the field. behind the arch He is owed $36.7 million this season.
What about Crowder?
Jae Crowder remains sitting as the Suns work to find him a new home. The Milwaukee Bucks almost acquired the 32-year-old forward, according to a report from Bleacher Report, but the deal never crossed the finish line. The Warriors, Heat, Hawks and Lakers are also said to be interested.
Rockets buying young and veteran parts
According to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, Houston continues to do its due diligence on veteran guard Eric Gordon, seeking a pick in exchange for the longtime backup pitcher.
The Rockets are also willing to hear offers for 21-year-old forward KJ Martin, who would like to play a bigger role in Houston or elsewhere, according to Pincus sources.
Teams want the Raptors to blow it
According to Pincus, “Rival teams are hoping the Raptors fall and are focusing on building a new core around second-year forward Scottie Barnes. The number of teams interested in his players is too long to list “.
This list includes Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr.
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