03:18pm EST | Feb 20
Well said, Mr. Wallace...well said.
02:40pm EST | Feb 20
Do you think the NBA GMs are watching this hockey game from Sochi?
Maybe they are waiting for the game to end before pulling the trigger on some more deals.
02:01pm EST | Feb 20
Shumpert could now be back in play for the Clippers. There was also some discussion earlier about OKC. We'll see how that plays out over the next hour.
01:48pm EST | Feb 20
Aaron Brooks is the player going the other way in this deal.
01:43pm EST | Feb 20
75 minutes left until the deadline.
There could be a few deals that filter in after 3pm EST, but I certainly expect this final hour to be busy.
01:31pm EST | Feb 20
Sources: Bobcats land Neal in 4-player deal
The Charlotte Bobcats have acquired two guards from the Milwaukee Bucks to fortify their playoff drive.
ESPN has learned that the Bobcats have agreed to take on point guard Luke Ridnour in addition to top trade target Gary Neal. They also convinced the Bucks to absorb the salary of Ramon Sessions.
The final form of the deal, sources said, will send Neal and Ridnour to Charlotte for Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
12:31pm EST | Feb 20
Pistons shopping Josh Smith, demanding more than expirings
Zach Lowe of ESPN's Grantland is confirming that the Detroit Pistons are indeed shopping Josh Smith, but in a surprising/depressing/inevitable/senseless move are asking teams for more than just expiring contracts.
Perhaps the team can fire Joe Dumars at lunchtime and cobble something together by today's 3 p.m. deadline? I joke but only so I don't cry.
Honestly, I can see Josh Smith having value to several NBA teams as a power forward who isn't asked to bear much of the scoring load (Charlotte, Houston, Cleveland, etc.), but at this point the best path forward for the Detroit Pistons is anything that gets them a do-over of its disastrous decision to sign Smith to play small forward alongside young bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
10:38am EST | Feb 20
Flip Saunders denies report Kevin Love has told Wolves he will opt out
The flurry of rumors that are synonymous with the NBA trade deadline had already started to build around the Minnesota Timberwolves before Wednesday.
All-Star forward Kevin Love's name has come up repeatedly, but there have been strong indications that the Wolves are not looking to deal Love before Thursday's 2 p.m. deadline.
However, longtime NBA columnist Peter Vecsey made waves late Wednesday night when he sent out a series of tweets claiming Love, who is under contract until 2015, is "forcing a premature exit" and should be expected to be traded before the deadline or during the upcoming offseason.
10:36am EST | Feb 20
Sources: 76ers trade big man Spencer Hawes to Cavs
The Philadelphia 76ers have traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round draft picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Hawes has averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Sixers this season. He gives the Cavaliers an inside-outside scoring weapon.
09:21am EST | Feb 20
Tom Thibodeau would be shocked if Bulls made trade at deadline
Prior to Wednesday night’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked directly if he would be surprised to see a move happen, given what he has been told.
“Yeah, I would,” Thibodeau said. [There] doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot of movement. I feel real good about the guys that we do have.”
During a week of trade rumours and discussions where anything can happen at the drop of a hat, Thibodeau said the key is to stay focused on what they team is trying to accomplish and not worry about the deadline.
08:19am EST | Feb 20
Knicks’ Stoudemire not expecting a trade
If the Knicks make a move by Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, it likely will be dealing out-of-the-rotation point guard Beno Udrih.
Iman Shumpert was a top candidate to be traded until he sprained his left knee during Wednesday’s 98-91 win over the Pelicans. Udrih, who didn’t play versus New Orleans, has been in coach Mike Woodson’s doghouse for a few weeks and has not played in 13 of the last 14 games.
Udrih told The Post the Wizards tried signing him this summer and have made a pitch to the Knicks. ESPN.com has reported the Nuggets have offered the Knicks small forward Jordan Hamilton, a former first-round pick.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who likely will be the focus of trade talk at next year’s deadline, if not this summer when he officially has a monstrous expiring contract, said he doesn’t expect any trades.
10:45pm EST | Feb 19
Lakers trade Steve Blake to the Warriors
The Lakers have taken a step towards joining the 2014 tank-off.
According to multiple reports and confirmed by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, the Lakers are trading point guard Steve Blake to the Warriors in exchange for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
The Warriors have been in desperate search for added bench help behind Stephen Curry, and Blake is a quietly terrific backup point guard. They added Jordan Crawford earlier in the season, but he's not quite a true point guard complement, while Blake is quality shooter and good showrunner.
The Lakers add two players who are both young, though not guaranteed to be part of their future.
10:36pm EST | Feb 19
Clippers-Knicks talks collapse in Shumpert deal
After several rounds of negotiations, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks have abandoned discussions on a proposed trade centered on guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks had interest in bringing back Clippers point guard Darren Collison and rookie Reggie Bullock as part of a package, but wanted Los Angeles to accept Raymond Felton in the deal, sources said.
The Clippers resisted the Felton element of the deal, and were reluctant to part with Bullock or any draft picks in talks, sources said.
Clippers general manager and coach Doc Rivers has been determined to upgrade athleticism on the wings and see Shumpert as a player who can complement JJ Redick and Jared Dudley. Redick is expected to miss a month with a back injury.
07:22pm EST | Feb 19
Wolves Receiving Trade Interest In Shabazz Muhammad
The Minnesota Timberwolves have received trade calls from multiple teams inquiring about the availability of Shabazz Muhammad, a league source tells RealGM.
Muhammad was the 14th overall pick in last June's draft, but has played sparingly for the Wolves during his rookie season.
Muhammad averaged 24.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting in his four-game D-League stint during the month of January.
06:34pm EST | Feb 19
Bobcats targeting Arron Afflalo, Anthony Morrow
The Bobcats are known to be buyers at the trade deadline and two interesting names have popped up.
From the Sporting News:
One target that has emerged, league sources told Sporting News, is shooting guard Anthony Morrow, a player who interested the Bobcats before he signed in New Orleans last summer. Morrow leads the league in 3-point shooting, at 48.0 percent, which would boost a Charlotte roster short on shooters. The Bobcats are 17th in the NBA in 3-point percentage and 28th in 3-point attempts.
Morrow has a player option next summer and is expected to opt out.
The Bobcats have also expressed interest in Orlando guard Arron Afflalo going back almost two months now, and the possibility of absorbing his contract before Thursday's deadline is a consideration, too.
06:32pm EST | Feb 19
Luol Deng unwilling to commit to extension anywhere, trade from Cavs unlikely
Forward Luol Deng's reluctance to commit to a long-term extension with any team before July free agency makes it unlikely that the Cleveland Cavaliers can find a willing trade partner before Thursday's NBA deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Cavaliers have had conversations with several teams, including Dallas, Detroit and Indiana about Deng, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, there's no traction on a deal and no team seems inclined to give up valuable assets for a player who could walk away in free agency.
Deng is determined to investigate free agency in July before making a decision to stay with Cleveland, sources said.
06:28pm EST | Feb 19
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov OKs deal for Jordan Hill
The Nets completed the first trade of deadline week, landing guard Marcus Thornton, and could be close to making another move, bringing in Lakers big man Jordan Hill.
Yahoo! Sports first reported the Nets’ interest in Hill, but sources told Sporting News that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov gave the green light on Wednesday afternoon to a trade that would bring Hill—who was drafted by the Knicks—back to New York City.
The Nets would acquire Hill by using the $5.25 million disabled player exception they got when center Brook Lopez was injured. The Lakers would get salary relief, and possibly future considerations. L.A. is over the luxury tax threshold by a little more than $7 million, and dumping Hill’s $3.5 million contract significantly reduces their tax liability.
04:14pm EST | Feb 19
Nets get Marcus Thornton in trade for Terry, Evans
The Nets have agreed to acquire Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, league sources confirmed.
Brooklyn will be hoping Thornton, a 26-year-old shooting guard, is able to rediscover his shooting stroke. He is a career 36 percent 3-point shooter who is under 32 percent this season.
Terry and Evans are both veterans who were either barely in or out of the rotation most nights.
The trade will add a little more than $700,000 in salary for the Nets, which means an additional couple million or so in luxury-tax payments.
03:57pm EST | Feb 19
Spurs continue to pursue wing help
There are roughly 24 hours remaining until Thursday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline, and rumors are beginning to swirl. While the Spurs haven’t been connected with anything concrete, Sports Illustrated reported earlier today that they continue to explore their options on the perimeter.
From Chris Mannix’s vast deadline primer:
The Spurs have been aggressively pursuing wing help, with rival executives identifying Philadelphia’s (Evan) Turner as a top target, as USA Today reported. Kawhi Leoanrd’s recent injury spotlighted San Antonio’s lack of depth — Green, who has also been injured, has seen his numbers slip from last season — and league sources said the Spurs have ramped up the effort to acquire depth before the deadline.
It’s unclear who San Antonio is willing to part with; the core, which includes Leonard, is off the table, and the Spurs recognize the value of Tiago Splitter alongside Tim Duncan. There are plenty of wing players available –Turner, (Ersan) Ilyasova, even (Brandon) Bass, just to name a few — so expect the Spurs’ phone lines to be busy right up until the deadline.
03:13pm EST | Feb 19
Knicks angling to land point guard
The Knicks and Clippers have been discussing a deal centered around sending Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton to Los Angeles in exchange for Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock, sources confirm.
In order to make the deal work financially, other players may have to be involved. One name that has been discussed is Clippers small forward Jared Dudley.
Talks at this point are not in advanced stages, with one source describing the deal as "a possibility." The teams have been talking since Friday.
02:42pm EST | Feb 19
Bobcats interested in Evan Turner and Brandon Bass
The Charlotte Bobcats are looking to making it to the playoffs this season. Finally, after years of struggle and after being considered as one of the worst teams of the league, stuck in to the bottom positions of the Eastern Conference, the Cats saw the light, the light of the playoffs. At the moment, Charlotte lies at the eighth spot of the conference with a 23-30 record, but the team needs to make some correcting moves in order to solidify its ticket to the postseason. As recently reported, the Cats are eying Evan Turner and Brandon Bass.
Charlotte will need to find a solid contributor to add up to Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker’s contributions. Of course, the arrival of Big Al has changed the course of the franchise. After all the changes the Bobcats performed during the offseason they seem as powerful as they have ever been in the last years.
02:39pm EST | Feb 19
Sources: Raptors Have Discussed Three-Team Deal Acquiring Jeff Teague
The New York Knicks are attempting to resume trade talks with the Toronto Raptors on Kyle Lowry, according to sources.
The Knicks are offering packages including Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih, sources say.
New York is reluctant to include Tim Hardaway Jr. or a future first round pick.
The Raptors almost certainly will require one of those two assets to trade Lowry directly to the Knicks.
02:36pm EST | Feb 19
Source: Celtics interested in Utah's Hayward
The Celtics have expressed some interest in acquiring Utah's Gordon Hayward, a league source tells CSNNE.com.
Hayward, who starred for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens while at Butler, will become a restricted free agent this summer after he and the Jazz could not come to terms on an extension this past fall.
The biggest challenge appears to be finding assets currently on the Celtics' roster that are appealing to the Jazz.
01:53pm EST | Feb 19
Wizards interested in Luke Ridnour?
The Wahsington Wizards are sating for veteran guard before the trade deadline passes, and they are starting to run out of time to find a deal they like. While they’ve been rumored with names like Jarrett Jack and others, it appears the Luke Ridnour may be a guy that they could end up with after the deadline.
According to Bucks writer Gery Woelfel, the Bucks guard may be what the Wizards are looking for, although it’s still unclear if that deal is in the works.
01:50pm EST | Feb 19
Sixers eye Rockets' Asik
Once again, there's talk that the 76ers could be the next destination for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.
CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the Sixers could be a landing spot for the disgruntled player. Reports in December said that Asik might be traded for Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young.
The Sixers are $11 million under the salary cap and have an open roster spot. CBSSports.com points out that the team could acquire Asik's $8.4 million contract without having to send a player to Houston in return.
01:48pm EST | Feb 19
Lakers mulling what to do with Pau Gasol
The Los Angeles Lakers have been weighing the benefits of holding on to the perpetually dangling Pau Gasol for the rest of the season to maintain his Bird rights this summer, against trading him before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
The Lakers have been one of the more active teams in advance of Thursday's deadline as they gauge the market for Gasol and veterans such as Jordan Hill, Chris Kaman and Steve Blake. With their record at 18-35 heading into Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets, it makes little sense to pay luxury taxes and be in line to pay the more punitive repeater taxes in the future.
However, sources said the Lakers have remained resolute in every trade discussion not to trade Gasol without acquiring an asset in return, and that there is a growing sentiment within the organization that it could be more valuable to hold on to Gasol and his Bird rights as he becomes a free agent and the organization has substantial room under the salary cap for the first time in years.
01:45pm EST | Feb 19
Knicks interesting in acquiring Jeremy Lin, according to report
The New York Knicks are desperate to make an upgrade at point guard, and they apparently have interest in bringing back Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, according to ESPN's Chad Ford on Grantland's Bill Simmons' podcast.
The Rockets are actively shopping Lin, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears, as the point guard is owed about $15 million next season due to the back-loaded contract he signed two offseasons ago. The cap hit for Lin is only about $8.37 million, but that $15 million actual payment is tough to swallow.
With the Knicks desperately wanting a point-guard upgrade over Raymond Felton, perhaps they'd be willing to stomach that balloon payment, despite the fact that it was they who allowed Lin to go to the Rockets after the Linsanity craze in 2011-12. The difference, however, is that if New York had matched Houston's offer, the cap hit for next season would have been that $15 million that Lin is owed in actual salary.
01:41pm EST | Feb 19
Mark Cuban squashes crazy Kevin Love speculation
Mark Cuban has heard so many preposterous trade rumors that he laughs at a lot of them.
The Kevin Love-to-Dallas speculation fell into that category.
“I know what we’re talking about and not talking about,” Cuban said. “We take pride in the fact that you never read about our deals before they happen. So if you read about them, you know what that means. I don’t know if we got the Beach Boys [who Love’s uncle Mike is a member of] booked.”
01:38pm EST | Feb 19
Sources: Clippers are talking deal for Knicks' Iman Shumpert
The Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are discussing a deal centered around guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In proposed deals, the Clippers would send the Knicks a package that includes point guard Darren Collison for Shumpert and point guard Raymond Felton, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks are shopping Shumpert hard, and the Clippers have been receptive to listening on a potential deal, league sources said.
01:23pm EST | Feb 19
Trying to sell high, Kings make Isaiah Thomas available in trades
Kings fans love Isaiah Thomas and with good reason. We can all relate to the undersized guy picked dead last (60th) in the draft who has sliced his way to an impressive NBA season — 20.2 points and 6.3 assists a night, with a true shooting percentage of 56.8. He’s great at taking angles off the pick-and-roll, finishes very well inside despite being 5’9”, and he is shooting 36.7 percent from three.
So the Kings are trying to sell high.
One of the more aggressive deadline teams this year, the Kings are making Thomas available in trades.
01:20pm EST | Feb 19
Celtics want first-round picks for Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green
The Boston Celtics are looking to possibly make a move at the deadline, and that has a lot of people discussing the recent price tag put on Rajon Rondo. Before this week, all the trade talks about Rondo were rumors but after placing a price tag on the guard, things have heated up.
According to Ric Bucher, the Celtics are looking to sell high on more than just Rondo if someone comes calling. He states that Boston is looking for first-round picks on not only Rondo but also Jeff Green, and that’s where all trade discussions for the two players will start.