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2018 NBA Trade Deadline Diary



  • Report: Pistons Looking To Land Dante Cunningham

    Pistons also in discussions to acquire Dante Cunningham from the Pelicans for Brice Johnson and a 2nd round pick.

    Source: Vincent Goodwill, Comcast Chicago

  • Report: Pistons Sending Reed to Bulls For Nelson

    Sources: Detroit is sending center Willie Reed to the Bulls for Jameer Nelson, who shores up Pistons' PG rotation.

    As part of Jameer Nelson deal, Bulls and Pistons are swapping their second-round picks in 2022.

    Source: Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports

  • There Are Some NBA Teams To Watch

    The Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, and LA Lakers all seem open to taking on contract money that flows into next season in exchange for first-round draft picks.

    The Mavericks have several ending contracts and seem to be willing to move all of them if it yields a decent first-round draft asset.

    The Pacers have been dangling Al Jefferson’s contract in a similar fashion, hoping to cash in his $9.76 million deal into a pick. Jefferson’s contract next season is only partially guaranteed for $4 million making him disposable for a team looking to shed dollars.

    The Pacers look to be among the leaders in projected cap space next season and seem open to renting some of that space to get more options in the draft.

    The LA Lakers seemed poised all season to dump cap money this week, but have changed course pretty dramatically. Word yesterday was the Lakers were dangling the ending deals of both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brook Lopez. They were also looking for draft picks or players on rookie scale deals and seemed open to taking on contracts that expire in 2019.

    In the hours leading up to the deadline, the price to move money may come down, making one of these situations more likely than not to trigger a deal.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • The Pelicans Are Still Very Active

    One league source said yesterday the Pelicans seem open to almost anything that would cement a playoff berth that didn’t include Anthony Davis.

    The Pelicans consummated one deal already this cycle sending an Omer Asik package to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forward Nikola Mirotic. The Pelicans seem increasingly open to more change ahead of the deadline as they try and rebound from losing DeMarcus Cousins to injury.

    The Pelicans are very top heavy in the salary department, and with a new deal for Cousins expected this summer, the Pelicans may have to shed some contract money to right size the payroll. Sources peg the Pelicans as the dark horse to make a bold trade at the deadline.

    The challenge for all teams looking to move money is that there seems to be limited appetite around the league in taking on cap cash unless it includes significant draft inducements.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders


  • The Cavaliers Trying To Find A Deal

    The prevailing thought in NBA circles is the Cavaliers have the long-rumored George Hill deal with Sacramento to fall back on, but would rather make a splashier move with the Clippers around center DeAndre Jordan.

    The Cavs have been trying to poach Jordan for most of the season and seem to be pushing harder today to consummate a deal.

    Its believed a Cavs offer is built around Tristan Thompson and guard Iman Shumpert and the Cavaliers first-round pick.

    With the Clippers reaching a deal yesterday to extend Lou Williams, the pressure to liquidate seems to have come down a little, and according to sources, the Clippers posture on moving Jordan is 100 percent about the best-returning package, not an urgency to dump a pending free agent.

    The Clippers have been entertaining offers for a couple of days on Jordan, so they seem to have several things they can do. The prevailing thought in NBA circles is the Cavaliers could win the day by including the unprotected Brooklyn Nets pick, but that seems highly unlikely.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • Spurs One Of Many After Avery Bradley

    The San Antonio Spurs have expressed significant interest in Clippers guard Avery Bradley. The Clippers took on Bradley as part of the Pistons Blake Griffin trade and do not see Bradley as part of the future, especially after reaching an extension yesterday with guard Lou Williams.

    The Spurs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, have been talking about a package built around swingman Danny Green and a Spurs first round pick.

    Bradley is owed some $8.8 million and is an ending contract.

    The Clippers have been weighing options on Bradley and are holding out for the best first-round pick based offer. At this point the Spurs seem more than motivated to make a deal, it will be up to the Clippers to ultimately say Yes or No.

    Source: Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders

  • Lakers Looking To Dump Clarkson?

    Lakers are using Larry Nance as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, league sources say. It's unclear which teams have interest, if any. Clarkson is signed through 2019-20 and teams are reluctant to take on pricey long-term contracts.

    Source: Kevin O'Connor via Twitter

  • Sources: Memphis Wants First-Round Pick for Tyreke Evans

    Sources: Memphis still holding out for a first-round pick to move Tyreke Evans — and Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or a second-rounder. First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly in the league

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Twitter

  • Sources: Grizzlies Refuse to Discuss Trade Offers for Gasol

    Teams reaching out to Memphis on Marc Gasol have been consistently shut down, league sources tell ESPN. Grizzlies refuse to discuss trades on the franchise center.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Twitter

  • Sources: Teams Reluctant to Offer First-Round Pick for Randle

    So far, the Lakers have turned down several teams offering second-round picks for Julius Randle, league sources tell ESPN. No one will offer a first with him headed into restricted free agency.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN on Twitter

  • Report: Jazz Not Trying To Land Marco Belinelli

  • Sources: Lou Williams, Clippers Agree on 3-Year Extension

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams has agreed to a three-year contract extension, league sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

    Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

  • Sources: Knicks Trading Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte

    The New York Knicks are finalizing a trade to send center Willy Hernangomez to Charlotte in exchange for Johnny O'Bryant and two future second-round picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

  • Sources: Multiple Teams Still Engaged in Talks for Tyreke Evans

    Three frontrunners (Boston, Denver and Philadelphia) and a fourth team (Miami) staying engaged on Memphis' Tyreke Evans, league sources tell ESPN.

    Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Sources: Wizards Engaging in Trade Talks on Marcin Gortat

    The Washington Wizards have been engaged in trade talks involving center Marcin Gortat, multiple sources told ESPN.

    Several teams have shown interest, but the Wizards are looking to improve their team now while not taking on additional long-term money, sources said.

    Washington has expressed interest in LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported. Gortat has one year and $13.5 million left on his contract. Jordan can opt to be a free agent this summer.

    Despite losing John Wall to knee surgery for up to two months, the Wizards have won five straight games to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They've gotten good production from their bench during the stretch.

    Gortat, who is in his 11th season, is averaging 8.9 points and eight rebounds per game in 53 starts this season.

    Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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