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2017 NBA Trade Deadline Diary

  • Suns’ P.J. Tucker Drawing Trade Interest

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    Phoenix Suns swingman P.J. Tucker is drawing trade interest from the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves also offered Shabazz Muhammad for Tucker earlier this season, as Basketball Insiders previously reported.

    Tucker is on the books for $5.3 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    While Tucker’s name has surfaced in trade talks with playoff contenders, he’s not opposed to remaining with the Suns long-term.

    “Phoenix has been great to me,” Tucker told Basketball Insiders in a video interview a month ago. “I’ve been here five years. It’s been a great five years, somewhere I would love to be for a long time.”

    Tucker has remained one of the league’s best on-the-ball defenders. Veteran teammate Jared Dudley has publicly praised Tucker’s defense and vouched for him to make the NBA’s All-Defensive Team.

    Coach Earl Watson has also praised Tucker’s defense.

    “The thing about defense is there’s no perfect technique,” Watson said before facing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden a month ago. “It’s all on intensity, passion, toughness and a lot of heart. He plays with that every time he touches the court. He’s one of our best players. To me, he’s the most underrated defender in our league, especially on isolations. I think our isolation defense kind of speaks for itself because of him.”

    While he may not be one of the “sexy” names on the trade market, Tucker’s hounding defense and versatility are what teams desire, and why he’ll remain in the headlines with the NBA’s trade deadline looming on February 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

  • REPORT: Multiple Teams Interested in Bogdanovic

    Teams pursuing Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic suggest they’re ramping up on offers, process moving closer to Nets choosing best available deal.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical

  • Lakers Receiving Most Calls for Lou Williams

    [Magic] Johnson says most calls have been [for] Lou Williams, but "I’m not gonna be a guy who’s going to tell the press the moves that we’ll be making."

    Source: David Aldridge of TNT

  • Pistons Open to Trading Drummond?

    Hearing more and more teams say today they believe Detroit will NOT discourage trade inquiries for center Andre Drummond this week.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN

  • Report: Nets Lower Price on Brook Lopez

    The price on Brook Lopez has dropped, league sources say. Instead of two first-rounders, word is Brooklyn would accept a first and a second.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN

  • Suns Trying to Unload Knight’s Contract?

    Right behind Minnesota and Rubio is Phoenix shopping Brandon Knight’s contract. Amidst an extremely disappointing season, Knight has three more years left on his deal following this season, with an average salary of $14 million per year.

    The Suns should be able to find a trade partner willing to take a risk on Knight.

    Source: Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated

  • Indiana Pacers Looking to Acquire Jahlil Okafor?

    Indiana seems to be one of the more active teams right now as they try to get Paul George some help. One name Jeff Goodman, Chris Haynes and I have all heard they're pursuing: Jahlil Okafor.

    Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

  • Boston Celtics Interested in P.J. Tucker?

    The Celtics have identified a small group of role players they could have interest in acquiring, and Suns forward P.J. Tucker is among them.

    But Boston will not go overboard or hinder its flexibility chasing these deals, and it has no plans to relinquish a future first-round pick for a player like Tucker, who would simply offer some assistance off the bench, a source said.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe

  • Dallas Mavericks Looking for Draft Picks

    Mark Cuban tells ESPN that Dallas is willing to take on contracts in advance of Thursday's trade deadline if draft compensation is attached.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN

  • Chicago Bulls Not Shopping Jimmy Butler?

    Takes 1 blockbuster offer to change, but Bulls are rebuffing Butler inquiries/have told teams they have no plans to trade him, per source.

    Source: K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune

  • Wolves, Knicks Discuss Options on Derrick Rose Trade?

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the Knicks recently to discuss potential trades for New York point guard Derrick Rose, sources told ESPN.

    Rose, a free agent this summer, played for seven seasons under current Timberwolves and ex-Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

  • Source: Utah Testing Market on Derrick Favors

    Utah is all-in to keep Gordon Hayward, but they also need to shed some salary before their army of young players ink pricey new deals. They've tested the market for Derrick Favors over the last few weeks, according to several league sources; Favors hasn't been quite the same since coming back from injury, and Utah plays Favors and Rudy Gobert together for only 10 or 12 minutes per game.

    Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

  • Divac Says Kings Had Better Deal For Cousins Days Ago

    On Monday afternoon, Vlade Divac spoke to the media about why the Kings elected to trade DeMarcus Cousins.

    When asked why he didn't wait closer to the deadline (Thursday at 12pm PT) to agree on a deal, Divac revealed something quite surprising.

    "We most likely would get less because I had a better deal two days ago," Divac declared.

    Source: CSN Bay Area

  • Could Center Andrew Bogut Land With Celtics?

    The Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics can be expected to talk before the Thursday trade deadline about a deal that would send center Andrew Bogut to Boston in exchange for one of the Celtics’ trio of No. 1 picks, an NBA source tells us — but only dependent on what bigger move Boston can make.

    Source: Mike Fisher of Scout

  • Source: Knicks Have No Strong Leads on Melo Trade

    The Knicks currently have nothing strong on the trade front for Anthony, a source told The Undefeated. One NBA general manager told The Undefeated that the Knicks told him they don’t believe Anthony would waive his trade kicker.

    Source: Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated

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