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Sources: James Johnson, Dion Waiters Available for Trade

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The Heat has expressed interest in trading for Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith’s unique contract in a move that could create more spending flexibility for Miami this offseason, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

As we reported last week, NBA officials who spoke to the Heat say Miami remains intent on trying to trade one of a few contracts with multiple years remaining, with James Johnson and Dion Waiters considered available on the trade market.

Whether Miami would have interest in trading Johnson or Waiters for essentially nothing but cap relief is unclear. It’s also unclear if Cleveland would have interest in assuming the final two years and $31 million of Johnson’s deal or the final two years and $25 million of the contract for Waiters, who previously played for Cleveland.

Source: Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald

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Sources: Spurs ‘listening to inquiries’ on LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles, Patty Mills

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The [San Antonio] Spurs are receiving calls on their veteran players who are pending free agents — LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Trey Lyles and Patty Mills — and are listening to inquiries, sources said. San Antonio is the sixth seed in the Western Conference at 18-13, blending its veterans and talented young core of Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: Celtics, Hornets Interested in Nikola Vucevic

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The [Boston] Celtics and [Charlotte] Hornets are among teams interested in [Orlando] Magic two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic, sources said. Rival teams expect that any haul for Vucevic would have to be massive. The 7-foot big man is having his best NBA season, averaging 24.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Vucevic has spent nine of his 10 NBA seasons in Orlando.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: Timberwolves Interested in John Collins, Aaron Gordon

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Minnesota [Timberwolves] has shown interest in power forwards around the league, including Atlanta’s John Collins and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, sources said. Both players have significant asking prices in the marketplace. The Timberwolves had substantive conversations with the Magic on Gordon prior to his severe ankle sprain last month, sources said, and those talks are expected to resume as he nears his return to the floor.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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