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2018 NBA Trade Deadline Diary



  • Sources: Knicks Interested in Elfrid Payton

    The Magic are open for business, and it’s no surprise Knicks general manager and former Orlando executive Scott Perry has checked in on his former lottery pick, point guard Elfrid Payton, The Post has learned.

    According to an NBA source who has spoken to Knicks brass, Perry has interest in reuniting with the 23-year-old Payton at the trade deadline, feeling he can get him at a discount and keep his rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina out of the deal.

    Of course, it’s unclear how the Knicks will approach the deadline after Tuesday night’s devastating injury to Kristaps Porzingis less than 48 hours before the deadline.

    The Magic’s new GM, John Hammond, is looking to move on from Payton, who will become a restricted free agent this summer because his rookie contract expires after the season.

    Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post

  • Sources: Lakers Shifting Future Free-Agent Focus to 2019

    As the Los Angeles Lakers become more realistic about the franchise's chances of snaring superstars in the free-agent class of 2018, the front office is increasingly looking through a longer lens in its team building process, league sources told ESPN.

    The Lakers aren't abandoning a summer pursuit of stars, but rather they are recalibrating their focus on a 2019 class that could include San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Golden State's Klay Thompson and Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, league sources told ESPN.

    The belief has been that the Lakers were cutting an unapologetic path to salary-cap freedom for two maximum contract slots this July, clearing the way toward a pursuit of superstars like Cleveland's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Paul Georgeand New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins. Now, Cousins has a torn Achilles tendon, George has suggested to ESPN's Rachel Nichols that the Thunder have an advantage in re-signing him, and James is believed to have a reluctance toward signing with the Lakers without an established star immediately joining him.

    Pushing back a year on big-game hunting in free agency could serve two purposes: It could alleviate the urgency to unload contracts at Thursday's trade deadline and around the June NBA draft that could require the Lakers to attach future draft assets as incentives, and it could allow the Lakers' talented young core -- including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart -- to further develop and become more attractive for veteran stars to join.

    Source: Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: NBA Grants Pistons $5.24 Million Disabled Player Exception

    Sources: The NBA has granted the Detroit Pistons a $5.24M disabled player exception, which expires on March 12.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: LeBron James Will Not Waive No-Trade Clause

    Sources: As NBA teams do due diligence on his no-trade clause and potential of him dropping it, LeBron James is determined to see year through in Cleveland, focused on season and will not waive the clause.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: Hernangomez Seeking Bigger Role with Knicks or Trade

    With the NBA trade deadline three days away, New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez is looking for a bigger role -- whether it's in New York or with another team, league sources familiar with the matter said.

    For several weeks, Hernangomez's representatives have expressed frustration to the Knicks over Hernangomez's reduced role and his lack of development this season, sources said.

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

  • Sources: Nets Trading Tyler Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, Future 2nd

    The Milwaukee Bucks are acquiring Tyler Zeller from the Nets in exchange for a future second-round pick as well as Rashad Vaughn, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Clippers, Trail Blazers Discussed Trade Involving DeAndre Jordan

    The Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers have discussed a trade involving L.A. center DeAndre Jordan but a formal offer was never made, according to NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

    The Clippers have been seeking a first-round draft pick, financial flexibility and young players in return for Jordan, according to the executives.

    That would be somewhat similar to what they got when trading Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic as well as first- and second-round draft pick. The Clippers also sent the Pistons Willie Reed and Brice Johnson in the deal.

    Any team that trades for Jordan will want to first know if he's willing to pick up his player option for next season (which would pay him $24.1 million) and also sign an extension.

    Source: Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times

  • Sources: Shabazz Muhammad Requested to be Traded or Waived by Timberwolves

    Out of the rotation and clearly out of Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau's plans, guard Shabazz Muhammad has requested to the franchise that it move or waive him before Thursday's NBA trade deadline, league sources told ESPN.

    Muhammad's representatives recently made the request to the Timberwolves front office, league sources said.

    Players and agents are forbidden under rules in the collective bargaining agreement to publicly state a wish for a trade without incurring a financial fine, but they are allowed to make those requests privately to the team.

    Muhammad re-signed with the Timberwolves last offseason with hopes of a substantial bench role, only to find Thibodeau reverting to the longstanding practices of shorter bench rotations and heavy starter minutes that became a staple of his five years as Chicago Bulls coach.

    Muhammad, 25, has been benched with DNP's in 23 of the team's past 32 games, averaging 9.7 minutes per game.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Greg Monroe to Sign With Boston Celtics

    Greg Monroe will sign with the Boston Celtics, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The center recently completed a buyout with the Phoenix Suns.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Bulls, Pelicans Finalizing Deal for Mirotic

    The New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls have reached an agreement in principle to send forward Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans in exchange for Omer Asik and a future first round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The first round pick will be for 2018 and will be protected 1-5, per David Aldridge of, and will contain gradually easing protections in subsequent years.

    According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Tony Allen will also be included in the deal. The deal had previously been help up by New Orleans' unwillingness to guarantee Mirotic's $12.5 million salary for next season, but the Pelicans have agreed to do so, sources say. Some additional details:

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Greg Monroe, Phoenix Suns Agree to Contract Buyout

    Center Greg Monroe has agreed to a contract buyout with the Phoenix Suns, clearing the way for him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN.

    The Celtics will be one of several contending teams with an interest in signing Monroe, league sources said. Boston can use part of its $8.4 million disabled player exception gained after the Gordon Hayward injury to sign Monroe.

    Monroe, 27, was making $17.8 million in the final year of his contract. He has averaged 11.2 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game with the Suns. He will be placed on waivers Thursday and will remain there for 48 hours before becoming a free agent if unclaimed.

    Phoenix agreed to the buyout after exhausting trade possibilities for Monroe, who arrived with the Suns as part of the Eric Bledsoe deal in November.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Grizzlies Plan to Sit Tyreke Evans Until He is Traded

    As trade discussions involving Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans intensify, the organization plans to sit him out until a deal is completed, league sources tell ESPN.

    The Grizzlies are shopping Evans to try to bring back a first-round draft pick, league sources said, and discussions with several playoff-contending teams have intensified in the past 24 hours.

    Teams chasing the playoffs in the East (Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Boston) and the West (Denver and New Orleans) are among those expressing interest in acquiring Evans, league sources said.

    Evans will start sitting Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. He traveled to Indiana with the Grizzlies but returned to the team hotel earlier in the evening. Holding out Evans protects the Grizzlies in the event a potential injury dissuades prospective suitors.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Report: Bulls Shutting Down Nikola Mirotic Until Trade Deadline

    The Chicago Bulls have decided to shut down Nikola Mirotic until the trade deadline passes, as they continue working to find a deal that makes sense for both sides.

    Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the front office's decision Wednesday night, saying Mirotic was with the team for its game in Portland but was sent back to the hotel prior to tipoff.

    "I got a call today, and the decision was made to not play Niko tonight," Hoiberg said. "That's all I know at this point. We will reassess tomorrow."

    The Bulls thought they had a deal done Tuesday that would have sent Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans, but Mirotic and his representatives nixed the arrangement, according to a source, because the $12.5 million team option for the 2018-19 season would not be guaranteed.

    Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

  • Sources: Joakim Noah Won’t Return to Knicks Before Trade Deadline

    Exiled New York Knicks center Joakim Noah won't be required to return to the team before the passing of the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, league sources told ESPN.

    The Knicks and Noah's representation discussed his status Wednesday and agreed that Noah would stay away from the team until the front office can exhaust any trade possibilities between now and the deadline, league sources said.

    Assuming the deadline passes without a deal for Noah, it is unclear how the Knicks and Noah will proceed together.

    Finding a deal for Noah and the three years, $54 million left on his contract has already been a futile task for the Knicks, who, league sources say, are unwilling to attach significant future draft assets or young Knicks players to incentivize a team to take on Noah.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Pelicans, Bulls Unable to Finalize Trade for Mirotic

    The New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls are unable to complete a trade for forward Nikola Mirotic because Mirotic is awaiting his $12.5 million team option for the 2018-19 season to be exercised, league sources tell ESPN.

    The Pelicans and Bulls were finalizing a package that included Omer Asik and a future first-round pick going to Chicago. Asik is owed nearly $25 million through the 2019-20 season.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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