NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/18/15
NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
February 18, 2015
With the NBA trade deadline looming tomorrow, the rumors mill has been working overtime trying to keep up with all the potential scenarios that could play out across the league over the next several hours. Let’s visit with some of the notable headlines and hot-topic players out there to try and get a feel for what’s in store.
According to the latest reports, the Celtics are looking like they’ll be hanging on to forward Tayshaun Prince. The team seems like they’re not going to trade him after all.
We still could see a buyout in the near future, however.
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There’s been some interest in the Nuggets’ Ty Lawson, though according to the team, they haven’t actively been dangling him out as trade bait. Any offers the team has had thus far have been declined.
That’s not to say Denver wouldn’t trade Lawson if the right deal came along, but apparently they’re not as intent on shipping him out as they once were thought to be.
Lawson is averaging 16.9 PPG and 10.1 APG with a 36.0 shooting percentage from 3-point range.
The Knicks just got Jose Calderon from the Mavericks in the Tyson Chandler trade before the season began, but he could be on his way out of New York already, with less than a year under his belt.
The team has reportedly fielded calls from other teams concerning Calderon, and very well could move him as they blow up the roster in an effort to improve toward the future.
Calderon carries averages of 9.3 PPG, 4.6 APG and 3.1 RPG, his scoring and assists being down from last year.
What’s it going to take for the Jazz to release their grip on Enes Kanter? Quite a bit, apparently. The team is reportedly looking for a young prospect and a first-round draft pick in any potential trade package.
No word yet on how many teams are interested in acquiring Kanter, but at that price we’re betting most executives would think twice about how badly they want him.
Kanter is headed for RFA status in the summer and has been vocal about being unhappy in Utah. He’s got 7.2 PPG and 4.3 RPG, which is pretty good considering he’s only averaging 15.4 minutes per contest so far this year.
Now let’s check out the latest on the Suns’ point guard situation. We could see the team moving multiple guys, as there’s definitely some interest around the league as far as trading goes.
Goran Dragic, who the Suns originally said they’d rather hang onto, reportedly has no plans to re-sign with the team at season’s end. Compound that with the fact that the Kings are very interested in him, according to reports, and we could see an imminent move.
Dragic reportedly wants to sign the Lakers, Heat or Knicks, but could end up getting dealt to Sacramento, where he could get a max deal.
Also, the Celtics reportedly have interest in the Suns’ other point guard of note, Isaiah Thomas. As of now, the Dragic situation seems to be taking priority, but if things fall flat there, a Thomas deal could be in the cards.
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