NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/7/14
NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
February 7, 2014
Last night featured just two NBA games, so this morning is a good time to catch up on some of the prevalent trade rumors out there in the league. We’ve got just a couple more weeks until the deadline, so we can expect to see some increased action as teams decide if they’re going to unload players or try and make a run at the postseason. Here’s a look at some of the recent storylines and potential deals that could take shape.
Evan Turner, SF, Philadelphia 76ers: The trade rumors surrounding Turner have been present for quite some time now, and they’ve only intensified as of late. Ever since news broke that Philly wouldn’t be extending his $8.71 million qualifying offer before the deadline (June 30), it’s been pretty much a foregone conclusion that he’d be on the move sooner rather than later.
The Sixers are thinking long-term, as they’ve stockpiled picks and young, relatively inexpensive talent on their squad. The free-agent-to-be Turner is one of the odd men out, along with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. As a matter of fact, all three of these guys could be off the Philadelphia roster before the trade deadline.
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Steve Blake, PG, Los Angeles Lakers: Just a short while ago, some people speculated that Blake would become a salary-cap casualty in the off-season as the Lakers shed money and try to build around Kobe for one last run at a title. It seems the consensus has changed on that front, however, as L.A. reportedly is interested in Blake remaining with the team. Given his recent performance in their last game (11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in his second game back from an elbow injury), it’s easy to see why the interest is there.
If the Lakers end up getting rid of Pau Gasol (which seems to be a foregone conclusion), and they’re sticking with Blake past this season, Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill enter the conversation as potential salary dumps or trade assets. Most of the moves hinge on what becomes of Gasol (and his health), so we’ll have to see what happens there.
Possible Knicks Scenarios: In our opinion, the Knicks are one of the more interesting teams out there when it comes to potential trade actions before the deadline. They mistakenly adopted a win-now attitude prior to this year, mortgaging some of their already-thin draft assets for a situation that hasn’t exactly worked out. Tanking the rest of the season serves no purpose, as the team has no first-round pick in the draft--not to mention the fact that they need to show Carmelo Anthony (who will test free agency this off-season) that they’re “almost there” and that he should totally come back to the team in 2014-15.
Some kind of move is certainly in the cards before the impending trade deadline. Whether it will be a salary-dump deal or an attempt to bring in the talent to crack the playoffs (which, unbelievably, they’re not too far away from doing) remains to be seen, however. Will they get rid of Iman Shumpert or Raymond Felton? Will they make a strong run at Rajon Rondo or a big man to help bolster their weak presence in the paint? Just about anything could happen in the Big Apple, so it’ll be an interesting couple of weeks for the Knicks.
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