The time for rumors and talk is coming to a close. On Thursday, the NBA trade deadline will be here and the truth will be known about who's really on the move.
Both Los Angeles teams have been heavily involved in some of the more entertaining rumors. As the hours slip away before Thursday, that still hasn't changed. Here's a closer look at three developing situations as it relates to the NBA trade deadline.
The Clippers Seeking a Big Man
Per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers want to add depth in the middle for the stretch and postseason run:
Clippers GM/coach Doc Rivers on the search for a big man to bolster his bench, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014
There are several options amongst players who have been rumored to be available in recent weeks, but salaries have to match up, and it's unlikely the Clippers would be willing to trade with another Western Conference team headed to the playoffs.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of the New Jersey Star-Ledger talked about Philadelphia 76ers big man Spencer Hawes being a potential fit, but that was speculation.
We'll see if Doc Rivers can pull the trigger on a deal that gives DeAndre Jordan a solid backup.
The Toronto Raptors Would Love to Deal for Rajon Rondo
It's hard to tell if Rondo is or isn't available. It seems every week there are conflicting reports. Per ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Raptors are very interested if he is:
Toronto would love to make a deal for Rajon Rondo, but I'm told Rondo would not re-sign a long-term contract in Toronto after next season...— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2014
As Broussard mentions, Rondo is unlikely to sign a long-term deal to remain north of the border. One thought to ponder is whether the Raptors would be willing to roll the dice on wooing Rondo into re-signing.
If they were unsuccessful, the backup plan could be a move to a team that would be more desirable for Rondo, but could in turn bring the Raptors assets to continue their rebuilding efforts.
Pau Gasol to Phoenix Deal Not Dead
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports that a rival general manager expects the Phoenix Suns and Lakers to reopen talks about a Pau Gasol deal:
Rival executives believe the Lakers and Suns will resume trade talks, with Pau Gasol ultimately being traded to Phoenix.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2014
At this point, Gasol has to be thinking "do it, or leave me alone." You can hear a hint of that tone in his words quoted by ESPN's Dan McMenamin. When questioned by reporters about a potential move, Gasol said:
It fills up a lot of pages and f------ airtime. It's something that's there and there's potential that it might happen. Who knows? We might be saying that it's been great to see you guys [in the media] and we'll see you around. But hopefully that won't be the case because it's always hard and I think if it ever happened, it would be tough.
Kennedy says Emeka Okafor is the best player the Lakers can hope to obtain in a deal. But the Lakers apparently want more:
The executives believe Pau Gasol is the best player Phoenix can realistically get for Emeka Okafor's insured, expiring contract.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2014
As Kennedy says in the tweet below, the Lakers could be faced with losing Gasol for nothing at season's end:
They believe L.A. will deal Gasol rather than lose him in summer. Gasol has been looking into FA destinations and is expected to leave L.A.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2014
The time could finally be here where the Lakers have to pull the trigger on a Gasol deal.
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