The NBA trade deadline is coming up on Feb. 20, but teams are not panicking. They know there is still time to work out the details to complete a move that will help them now or in the future.
At this point, the biggest question with most potential deals is whether the organizations are willing to give up valuable assets. The problem is that it is difficult to make a trade without giving up much on the return.
While the market has been relatively quiet to this point, there is a lot of buzz suggesting a major move or two will occur before time runs out. Here is the latest info on teams looking to make a deal before the deadline on Thursday.
After a terrible start to the year, the Brooklyn Nets are now in position for a playoff spot and are moving up in the standings. However, they still must add some more depth before making a deep run in the postseason.
One area of need is an experienced backup point guard, and the team might have found a match with Jarrett Jack, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN:
Jack has seen his role reduced with the Cleveland Cavaliers this past season, but he is coming off two big years before that. He proved to be a legitimate scoring option as a starter with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011-12 and then last year showed he can be a solid option off the bench with the Golden State Warriors.
Considering the point guard averaged 17.2 points in 12 playoff games last season, it is clear he could be a big help for the Nets. If the cost is only Jason Terry, this could be a worthwhile move.
Additionally, Brooklyn is also looking for ways to upgrade in the frontcourt, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:
The Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions on a deal to send forward Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hill, 26, has never been a favorite of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni and struggled to find minutes in his system. It is doubtful that Hill would re-sign with the Lakers as a free-agent this summer with D'Antoni still the coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Although this would add to an already huge team salary, Hill has proven to be a quality rebounder, ranking seventh in the NBA with 17.2 per 48 minutes. Adding him to a Nets squad that ranks 29th in the league in rebounds would be a perfect fit.
Few experts predicted the Toronto Raptors to be in third place in the Eastern Conference following the All-Star break, but that is exactly where they sit. Still, it seems like the front office wants a long-term replacement for Kyle Lowry.
Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun discusses the Raptors' interest in Rajon Rondo:
It’s no secret Boston has dangled four-time all-star Rajon Rondo league-wide and while the asking price is steep, he has piqued the interest of Toronto’s front office, according to multiple sources. Toronto is eager to up its “star” quotient and is also enamoured with Rondo’s resume, particularly his four all-defensive team selections (two all-NBA first team). He has many backers in the organization.
Despite the rumors of availability, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe, "What’s real is, he’s going nowhere. That’s what’s real."
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! also reported a potential deal sending Rondo to the Sacramento Kings, but it seems like nothing will come during the year.
The good news is that Rondo is not the only option for Toronto. Ian Begley of ESPN reports that the New York Knicks are still interested in acquiring Lowry, which could bring about an interesting trade:
League sources say a scenario in which Teague ends up in Toronto, Shumpert goes to Atlanta and Lowry winds up in New York has been discussed. Another scenario could have Teague ending up in New York. The conversations are believed to be preliminary.
Atlanta could also send a draft pick to the Raptors in that deal. This could be more appealing than the Knicks' package of Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih.
Still, it is important to note that Lowry is in the midst of the best season of his career at 27 years old. He is averaging 16.7 points, 7.6 assists with a 38.8 percent mark from three-point range, all of which are career highs.
If the Raptors are looking for a high-level point guard to lead them in the playoffs, they might not have to make any moves at all.
In order to make a run at a playoff spot, the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to add some veteran talent to the roster, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:
The Memphis Grizzlies are discussing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered on forward Chase Budinger and guard J.J. Barea, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Memphis wants to include forward Tayshaun Prince into the package and the deal could be expanded to include guard Tony Allen, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Components of a proposed deal are still fluid.
This deal would add some much-needed perimeter defense to a unit that ranks 21st in the NBA in points allowed. Allen specifically has been known to handle an opposing team's best player and limit production in big games.
If this transaction goes through, Minnesota has its eyes on another deal to help replace J.J. Barea, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
Andre Miller is having the worst season of his career while struggling to get onto the court for the Denver Nuggets. However, the veteran point guard is a steady force running offenses throughout his 15 years in the league.
This two trades could be exactly what the Timberwolves need to boost the defense yet gain depth in the backcourt.
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