Indiana continues to reject any calls about George, per several league sources. They are banking on the new CBA to help retain George; if he makes the All-NBA team this season, they could offer him the new designated mega-extension before he even hits free agency -- a super-rich contract no rival could approach.
Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
The Orlando Magic remain active in trade discussions, and Magic general manager Rob Hennigan loves Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson, who played in Oklahoma City when Hennigan was an assistant GM for the Thunder.
More than the Pistons trying to trade Jackson, the Magic are pushing to get him. But the price is not cheap. Who is Orlando willing to send to Detroit? Guard Elfrid Payton? With a high price set for Jackson, don't be surprised if the Magic are unwilling to pay it
Source: Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports
The Clippers are still kicking the tires on everything, including their pipedream of snaring Carmelo Anthony from the Kazoos without giving up any of their core four guys. They've called about almost every available small forward type, but no one is in a rush to take Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, and a distant first-round pick. That won't get them Wilson Chandler, and the Wiz threw their phones on the floor when the Clippers inquired about Otto Porter, per league sources.
Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN
In an attempt to secure help for All-Star forward Paul George, the Indiana Pacers have made their 2017 first-round pick available in a trade, league sources said.
In what is considered to be a deep draft, the Pacers are hoping that such an asset would translate to the addition of either an established wing or established frontline player, according to sources.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
The Detroit Pistons have discussed a trade with the Orlando Magic that would send point guard Reggie Jackson to the Magic in exchange for a package headlined by D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, according to league sources.
While it's not yet clear whether these talks will progress past the discussion phase, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have continued to gauge the market for Jackson in advance of Thursday's trade deadline.
Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
The Chicago Bulls are exploring the trade market in search of a first-round draft pick in exchange for either center Robin Lopez or forward Doug McDermott, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
Chicago has its own 2017 first-round pick and is also owed Sacramento’s 2017 first-round pick. However, Sacramento’s pick is top-10 protected. Chicago is currently tied for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings with the Detroit Pistons with a 26-29 record.
Lopez, 28, was acquired by the Bulls in the offseason along with Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick going to the New York Knicks.
Lopez is averaging 9.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 28.1 minutes per game for the Bulls. Lopez is owed $28.2 million over the next two seasons.
McDermott, 25, was selected 11th overall by Chicago in 2014. McDermott has proven to be a capable bench scorer averaging 9.9 points per game this season while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in his career.
McDermott is owed $3.3 million next season and then has a $4.5 million qualifying offer for the following season when he can become a restricted free agent.
Chicago remains interested in acquiring Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor. It’s unclear at this time if exploring the trade market for a first-round pick in exchange for either Lopez or McDermott is related to the Okafor trade talks.
The NBA Trade deadline is February 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST.
The New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets have discussed a trade of Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier and a 2018 protected first-round pick for Brook Lopez, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
The Pelicans are searching for a center to pair with Anthony Davis in the frontcourt.
The Nets are in rebuilding mode and Lopez, a former All-Star center in the prime of his career, is the organization’s most valuable trade chip.
Lopez, 28, is signed through next season. Lopez will earn $22.6 million next season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018. The former All-Star ranks fifth in the league among centers in 3-point percentage (.336) while averaging 20.5 points and 1.7 blocks per game.
Evans, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Evans averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game through his first six seasons. However, the former 2009 fourth overall pick has struggled with injuries dating back to last season. Evans played in only 25 games last season. This season, Evans has averaged a career-low 17.6 minutes per game off the bench this season.
Galloway, 25, has a $5.4 million player option after the season. Galloway, born in Baton Rouge, signed with New Orleans this summer and is shooting 37 percent from 3-point range while averaging 8.6 points per game off the bench.
Frazier, 26, is signed through next season for $2 million. Frazier began the season as a starter during the absence of Jrue Holiday, who missed the start of the season to care for his pregnant wife Lauren, who needed brain surgery to remove a tumor at the time. Frazier averaged 11.2 points and 7.7 assists per game as a starter.
New Orleans also remains in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire center Jahlil Okafor. USA Today was first to report those trade talks, which included a swap of Okafor for Alexis Ajinca and a 2018 protected first-round pick, league sources told Basketball Insiders.