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2014 NBA Draft Diary


  • Source: Lakers’ Nick Young Safe from Trade

    With the Lakers in obvious rebuild mode this season there aren’t many untouchables occupying a roster spot in Los Angeles.

    However sources close to the situation have informed Basketball Insiders that shooting guard Nick Young is in all likelihood safe from trade talk as we approach the deadline. Young, the team’s second leading scorer this season, figures to be part of the team’s long term plans according to the source.

    via Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders

  • Knicks Still Pushing for Darren Collison?

    The New York Knicks are still trying to complete a trade for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources close to the talks.

    But sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that the talks had been tabled until Thursday, which is Deadline Day in the NBA. The league's annual trade buzzer sounds at 3 p.m.

    via Marc Stein of ESPN New York

  • Saunders Denies Kevin Love Wants Trade

    Rumors of (Kevin) Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/ him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was.

    via Flip Saunders on Twitter

  • Bobcats Pressing on Neal-for-Sessions?

    Hearing Bobcats continue to press for Bucks G Gary Neal and trying before deadline in 7+ hours to sell MILW on Ramon Sessions-for-Neal deal

    via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter

  • Sixers’ Brown Expects No Moves by Deadline

    Veterans Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, plus some draft picks, are the main bartering commodities general Sam Hinkie has to offer, but nothing seemed to be popping as of yesterday.

    But will it move on with a shuffled roster?

    "I'm expecting nothing," (coach Brett) Brown said. "Every one of my years, this stuff has surfaced, and it's to a greater level here, but stuff surfaced in all my years in San Antonio, and we we're very clandestine, we flew under the radar better than most. Inevitably through the media, it surfaces. It's part of this time of the year, part of pro sports, and I just get up and coach and expect to see the team I had the previous day."

    via Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News

  • Source: Rajon Rondo Trade Not Likely

    Rajon Rondo remains unlikely to be traded, will draw "significantly more" suitors this summer, league sources tell http://CSNNE.com .

    via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com on Twitter

  • Knicks Talking Udrih Trade for Hamilton?

    In a separate deal, sources said, New York is in talks to trade little-used point guard Beno Udrih -- who has been hoping for a change of scenery -- to Denver for swingman Jordan Hamilton. That move would be an offshoot of the Knicks' long-running but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to acquire Kenneth Faried from the Nuggets; New York has been offering the combination of Shumpert and Udrih for Faried and Hamilton for months.

    via Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN New York

  • Nuggets May Fail in Dealing Andre Miller

    The veteran point guard (Andre Miller)  has not been around the team since, while the Nuggets have tried to move him. But as of Wednesday, they weren't close to a deal.

    It gets trickier if the Nuggets can't deal him by the deadline. Neither Miller nor the Nuggets want him to stay. Instead, the Nuggets would be forced to waive him. If he clears waivers, he would be free to negotiate with any team.

  • Phoenix Suns Not Close to Any Moves?

    From the Phoenix front, I'm told Suns not close to anything right now. Standing pat is more likely possibility, but they're still exploring.

    via Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports on Twitter

  • Bucks Keeping Quiet at Trade Deadline?

    The Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the worst record in the league, were widely expected to be among the most active sellers at the deadline. However, despite plenty of reports detailing interest in their players around the league, the team has yet to pull the trigger on a deal.

    Sources close to the situation in Milwaukee have informed Basketball Insiders that despite the widespread reports circulating, actual trade talks have been slow and the general feeling in the locker room among players is that there won’t be a rash of moves at the deadline.

    via Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders

  • Lakers’ Nick Young Safe From Trading Block?

    Leading up to the February 20 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers have been a very active participant in talks around the league. The team has been mentioned in a plethora of trade scenarios involving forwards Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol and the franchise acquired guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from Golden State in exchange for veteran Steve Blake on Wednesday.

    With the Lakers in obvious rebuild mode this season there aren’t many untouchables occupying a roster spot in Los Angeles.

    However sources close to the situation have informed Basketball Insiders that shooting guard Nick Young is in all likelihood safe from trade talk as we approach the deadline. Young, the team’s second leading scorer this season, figures to be part of the team’s long term plans according to the source.

    Young, a Los Angeles native, has told Basketball Insiders on numerous occasions about his desire to remain a Laker long term. The seventh year guard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he chooses to opt out (player option) of his current deal worth $1.2 million in 2014-15.

    Young could be in for a significant pay raise this summer with a scoring average of 16.9 points per game in less than 30 minutes of action per night and Los Angeles will have cap space available.

    The Lakers currently have $34 million in guaranteed salaries on the books for the 2014-15 campaign, which gives the franchise the necessary cap room to be active in free agency this summer.

    via Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders

  • Trade Talks Moving Slow In Milwaukee

    With the February 20 trade deadline rapidly approaching talks around the league continue to heat up.

    The Milwaukee Bucks, owners of the worst record in the league, were widely expected to be among the most active sellers at the deadline. However, despite plenty of reports detailing interest in their players around the league, the team has yet to pull the trigger on a deal.

    Sources close to the situation in Milwaukee have informed Basketball Insiders that despite the widespread reports circulating, actual trade talks have been slow and the general feeling in the locker room among players is that there won’t be a rash of moves at the deadline.

    The source maintains the situation remains fluid, but the team is likely to hold on to assets such as Ersan Ilyasova, Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour if they cannot secure the desired package in return.

    While the team has failed to live up to expectations this season, the franchise isn’t in fire sale mode and wants more than pennies on the dollar for their assets.

    via Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders

  • Wizards Continue Search for Reserve PG

    Last summer, the Wizards were determined to sign a reserve point guard and had expressed interest in Eric Maynor, Mo Williams and Beno Udrih. Washington offered all three veterans the same contract – a two-year deal with a player option in the second year that could pay as much as $4.2 million – and ultimately inked Maynor to the deal. The 26-year-old was expected to bolster Washington’s bench, as he had previously developed a reputation as one of the best backup point guards in the league.


    However, Maynor has had the worst season of his five-year NBA career and the Wizards are back to square one in their search for a reliable reserve floor general. Washington has talked with a number of teams and their options include Denver’s Andre Miller, New York’s Beno Udrih, Milwaukee’s Luke Ridnour and Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack among others. Since Washington targeted Udrih over the offseason and he’s easily attainable after falling out of New York’s rotation, he may be the most realistic option.


  • Evan Turner’s Price Tag Drops

    Unable to secure a 1st-round pick in a deal for Evan Turner, Sixers may now take a 2nd as part of package for '10 No. 2 pick, sources say.
    Philly has plnety of room to take back salary for Turner and is averse to signing him to $9M qualifying offer this summer.

    via Ken Berger of CBS Sports on Twitter

  • Kevin Love Forcing Trade?

    Wolves fans' nightmare has come true, earlier than scheduled. We knew Love'd split ASA eligible '14-15. But now he's forcing premature exit.

    Prior 2 AS break, KL alerted Flip he'll exercise summer '15 out & sign elsewhere. Expect him 2B moved B4 deadline or off season.

    Naturally, had Taylor done right thing (owner's call, not DKahn) & given KL 5 years vs 4 w/3-yr out, Wolves would've had him through '16-17

    Smart money supports educated speculation circulating KL wants 2 play 4 Lakes. He's comfortable in LA. Played 4 UCLA. Girlfriend's there.

    Still LA has no assets 2 swap & Jbuss is turnoff...

    KL will only commit 2 team w winning culture. Meaning Celtics r in his sights, as are Bulls. Both have lots to exchange...

    James Dolan's reputation precedes him on fast break, essentially disqualifying NYK. Playing w Melo also is great unappealing, I'm informed.

    via Peter Vecsey on Twitter

    IN RELATED: Flip Saunders tweeted shortly after: Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was.

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