NBA Trade Deadline 2016: End Time, Latest Rumors and Predictions

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

Kevin Love could end up in a deal that sends him to Boston.
Kevin Love could end up in a deal that sends him to Boston.Tony Dejak/Associated Press

The pot seems to be boiling in the final hours before the NBA trade deadline.

Will that pot boil over and result in several significant deals, or will the heat get turned down and the potential trades evaporate into thin air?

That's what we will find out by 3 p.m. ET Thursday when the trade deadline becomes final. 

One of the more interesting potential trades as of Wednesday night was a three-way deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics.

If this trade works out, the Celtics would get Kevin Love, the forward they have long coveted, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. It appears that Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans would go to Cleveland and take Love's place, while the rest of the trade is still to be determined.

Sports Illustrated also picked up on the potential trade.

Latest NBA rumors: Kevin Love could be going to Celtics in 3-team deal with Pelicans, Cavs https://t.co/UjqjPRdS9W pic.twitter.com/HdI0SBBIu0

— SI NBA (@si_nba) February 18, 2016

Presumably, the Celtics would send New Orleans a player, a draft pick or both.

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Love would be a major addition to the Boston frontcourt, as he is averaging 15.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per night. Anderson could give the Cavs the scoring they would need if they move Love. Anderson is averaging 16.7 points per game, but he collects just 5.9 rebounds per night. 

Look for Love to end up with the Celtics. Anderson may or may not be involved, but the Celtics will get their man and improve their frontcourt.

Michael Carter-Williams may end up staying in Milwaukee.
Michael Carter-Williams may end up staying in Milwaukee.Brandon Dill/Associated Press

The Milwaukee Bucks are interested in trading guard Michael Carter-Williams, and they could work a deal with either the Houston Rockets for Ty Lawson or the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

The Bucks had high hopes for Carter-Williams when they acquired him from the Philadelphia 76ers last February, but he has been in and out of the starting lineup and has not been consistent enough. Holiday is clearly talented, but he has been injury-prone. Lawson's production is down this year, as he is averaging 6.2 points per game, but he scored 15.2 points per game last year.

ESPN's Marc Stein says the Bucks have told Carter-Williams that he is not going anywhere.

Word is that Bucks, meanwhile, continue to tell PG Michael Carter-Williams to ignore trade speculation because they insist he's staying put

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 17, 2016

We believe the Bucks will likely follow Stein's latest tweet. They want to trade Carter-Williams, but they simply can't make the right deal, so they will pull back.

Jeff Teague may be leaving Atlanta in a deadline-day trade.
Jeff Teague may be leaving Atlanta in a deadline-day trade.Gary Dineen/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague has been involved in several trade rumors in recent days, and he continues to see his name bandied about.

There's a possibility that Teague and teammate Al Horford could be traded to the Miami Heat in a three-team deal that involves Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and the Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, as reported by Adam Spolane of Houston's SportsRadio 610 (h/t Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald).

Jackson also reports that a third team would have to be involved to sweeten any deal for Teague and Horford to make it come to fruition.

Whiteside has also been mentioned in a potential deal for Howard.

Dwight Howard could be moved by Thursday's trade deadline. Miami is talking with Houston about a deal that would include Hassan Whiteside.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) February 15, 2016

Howard has been having another disappointing season, as he is averaging 14.6 points per game, his lowest average since his rookie season of 2004-05.

Whiteside is averaging 12.2 points per game and 11.0 rebounds, but Jeff Caplan of Fox Sports reported his painful mistakes at the worst possible moments have frustrated his teammates.

The Hawks will move Teague prior to the trade deadline. There are a number of suitors, and Atlanta will likely make a deal that involves the Heat and a third team.

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