NBA News: NBA Trade Rumors 2/16/16
NBA Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
February 16, 2016
With the NBA trade deadline coming up in just a couple of days, the trade rumors are ramping up to a fever pitch. Let’s check out some of the hot topics and players in the headlines to see which deals might be happening this week.
Yesterday, we got word that the Heat and Rockets were in talks about a deal involving Dwight Howard and Hassan Whiteside. Those two players have been involved in lots of rumors over the past few weeks, and really that deal would make sense for both teams. That said, it’s not an absolute inevitability that this will happen, especially once the Rockets dig into Whiteside’s numbers and see that the team is actually better on defense without him on the court.
Speaking of the Heat, they’re reportedly interested in acquiring Pelicans PF Ryan Anderson. That sounds to us like Whiteside is on his way out if the team can work out any kind of deal with anyone.
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And here’s our requisite Blake Griffin news: the Clippers reportedly offered the injured forward to the Nuggets (along with Lance Stephenson) for Nikola Jokic, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Will Barton.
Faried and teammate J.J. Hickson were just recently made available by the Nuggets, so this was a quick development.
The Celtics are reportedly trying to move David Lee, but not getting much interest. Sources close to the team say he has virtually no trade value.
Ricky Rubio has generated some intriguing trade rumors over the past day or two. He’s reportedly “readily available” for a deal, as the team seems like they’re ready to turn to their young guard Zach LaVine.
The Knicks are reportedly interested in a Rubio deal (or just about any competent point guard), but probably don’t have the assets to make that trade happen.
Statistically, Rubio isn’t really spreading the floor like you might think this season. He’s shooting under 30 percent from 3-point range and 36 percent from the field overall, so he’s not drawing a lot of defenders away from the basket. Still, the T-Wolves could get a nice deal on name recognition alone here.
Al Horford has been at the center of many trade rumors recently, so let’s check in on his status.
Thus far, the asking price for a Horford trade has been sky-high, according to most reports. The Celtics were poking around for an asking price on Horford and Jeff Teague, and were met with a pretty ridiculous counter.
The Hawks may simply be testing the market here, as Horford seems happy in Atlanta, even though he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. If the Hawks are able to keep him, it’ll cost $144.5 million for five years, which is quite a bit of money to tie up in a nearly 30-year-old player.
Even though it seems pretty unlikely now, we could see some more movement and interest on a potential Horford deal in the next couple of days.
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