NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/3/16
NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
February 3, 2016
We’ve got a mammoth NBA schedule coming up tonight, so this morning makes a great time for another installment of NBA trade rumors. There are plenty of notable names floating around out there who we’ve been hearing a lot about, so let’s visit a few players and see where they could be ending up by this month’s deadline.
Let’s start in Cleveland today and check out what’s going on with the Cavs as they try to improve their team to the highest echelon of NBA talent.
One name that’s come up frequently on the Cavaliers’ roster is Timofey Mozgov. Cleveland and the Pelicans have reportedly been kicking around a potential deal--one rejected idea involved Omer Asik--but have yet to work anything out.
Kevin Love was originally being mentioned as a possible trade chip, but he’s playing better lately after the coaching change and seems to be staying put. Mozgov, however, isn’t getting nearly the minutes he did last year and is likely the most probable Cav to move at this time.
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Here’s a fun one. An interesting rumor floating around for the past few days is the possibility of the Clippers trading away Blake Griffin, who will be out another two months or so due to his broken hand (sustained when he punched a team equipment manager during an altercation).
Potential destinations being thrown out there include the Spurs and Pelicans out West, and also the Cavaliers, Knicks, Heat or Bulls out East.
Any trade involving Griffin is going to have superstar power attached to it. Names like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love and Pau Gasol have been tossed out there as possible deal-makers.
If this does happen, regardless of where Griffin goes, it’ll be one of the most explosive trades in recent memory.
Now let’s check out the Hawks’ Al Horford. Atlanta would reportedly very much like to keep him, but with his expiring contract this summer, they don’t want to see him book for greener pastures and leave them with nothing.
So, it makes sense for the Hawks to at least listen to trade offers for Horford, and we could see something materialize in the next couple of weeks.
The Lakers are one definite possibility for Horford as they try to rebuild their team in the post-Kobe era. They’ve got plenty of money to send a max contract his way, and jettisoning some salary liabilities like Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, Nick Young and Brandon Bass will open things up even more.
The one kicker here is that the Lakers would likely have to bring in a third team to get Atlanta the value they’re looking for on Horford. That’ll be the difficult part in any potential deal.
Let’s close things out today with Markieff Morris, who has been no stranger to this space this year. With head coach Jeff Hornacek getting the boot this week, we could see ownership continuing to clean house and start fresh. That means Morris could be on the move.
Morris’ value isn’t where the Suns want it to be, mostly because of his history. That said, as the deadline gets closer they may have to settle for stunted value just to wash their hands of this dismal season.
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