With just two days of the NBA trade deadline, rumors will be circulating throughout the league, but how many deals will actually be closed?
The Nets kicked off the commercial season in January by acquire James Harden from the Rockets as part of a massive four-team deal. Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline is more likely to bring in moves involving actors rather than the blockbusters that basketball fans have become accustomed to seeing.
We shouldn’t rule out the possibility of more “Woj Bombs”, however. It only takes one call from a general manager to set the trade train in motion.
Sporting News will help you keep up with all of the business chaos below. Here are the latest transactions and speculations reported ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
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1:45 p.m. – So . . . Victor Oladipo should probably start packing.
ESPN sources: Heat and Knicks – with a summer cap space – are reluctant to offer premium packages for Victor Oladipo, but the market has developed capped teams bidding with young player / first-round pick combos. One thing has become clear: Houston is likely to move Oladipo before the deadline.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 23, 2021
1:10 p.m. – Several teams claim that the Pacers “listen to the pitches” on Malcolm Brogdon, according to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, who also reported that teams were monitoring the Domantas Sabonis situation in Indiana.
11:40 am – Several teams have expressed interest in Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, according to Athletic’s Shams Charania, and Chicago is at least listening to the offers. The 23-year-old is set to hit a restricted free agency this offseason.
11am – A note on asking prices for Harrison Barnes, Aaron Gordon and Victor Oladipo:
The trade deadline could get interesting in the final hours on Thursday. Active teams expect – or at least hope – that the asking price for the big guys (Oladipo, Gordon, Barnes) will drop as the deadline draws near. Right now, the price of all three is described as quite high.
– Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) March 23, 2021
10:15 a.m. – The Celtics are considered the “pioneers” to acquire Magic forward Aaron Gordon, according to Matt Moore of The Action Network. Boston would have put two first-round picks on the table, although those picks could come with heavy protections.
9:00 a.m. – Let’s start with the biggest trade from last week. The Bucks officially acquired PJ Tucker from the Rockets on Friday, giving them a strong shooter and defenseman for the regular season final stretch and the playoffs.
“PJ Tucker ticks all the boxes,” Bucks chief executive Jon Horst said. “He’s a great teammate who brings a veteran presence with playoff experience. PJ’s is a versatile, high IQ defenseman and on the offensive side he plays with discipline, is selfless and spaces the pitch with his ability to knock down. the three. .
What are the main targets at the NBA trade deadline?
Bradley Beal, magicians: The NBA’s top scorer is only listed here so we can put the rumors to rest. Washington has consistently pushed back the idea of trading Beal, and Beal has never indicated he wants to be traded, according to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of Athletic. Feel free to jump on the business machine and create some hypothetical deals, but Beal won’t be leaving Washington unless there is a major change in his relationship with the franchise.
Kyle Lowry, raptors: Wait, passing from the best player in franchise history? Yes, the Raptors can consider that option. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that, if the Raptors and Lowry decide it’s best to go their separate ways, Lowry would rather join the 76ers. (That’s a big “if” with Toronto still in the playoff picture.)
Nikola Vucevic, Magic: Several teams have expressed interest in the All-Star center, after Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, including the Celtics, Heat, Hornets and Spurs. The asking price will be high, however, as Vucevic is in the middle of a career year and under contract for two more seasons.
LaMarcus Aldridge, spurs: No need for anonymous sources. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has just come out and said Aldridge will not be with the squad to move forward as San Antonio works on business scenarios.
“We mutually agreed to work on some opportunities for him, and it will be elsewhere. So he won’t be with the team to move forward.
– Gregg Popovich on Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge mutually agreeing to separate. pic.twitter.com/CCXk0w9x04
– FOX Sports South West (@FOXSportsSW) March 11, 2021
André Drummond, Cavaliers: The 27-year-old tall man continues to be absent from games as the Cavs search for the best possible commercial package. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst Reports that Cleveland “play hardball” and not just give up on Drummond.