NBA trade deadline: Latest chatter
February, 20, 2014
By Nick Borges | ESPN Insider
The NBA trade deadline is today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. ET. Two trades went down Wednesday, and more should be completed prior to the deadline. Here is the latest scuttlebutt from around the league:
- From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles: "Sense is Brooklyn and New Orleans are leaders for Jordan Hill. Charlotte, Atlanta among others who've expressed interest."
- From ESPN's Marc Stein: "All three teams (Nets, Pelicans and Hawks) possess Disabled Player Exception to take Jordan Hill without sending Lakers a player back."
- Marc Stein also reports that the Lakers are asking for a second-round pick for Hill, which is a sign they are confident one of the teams will match their asking price.
- The Suns believe it makes more sense to do trades for key players in the offseason and therefore will likely pass on Pau Gasol, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The Lakers are asking for a first-round pick from the Suns, which is not too appealing for Phoenix. They could still use their $5.2 million salary cap space to help two other teams facilitate a deadline deal.
- Marc Stein also is reporting that the Cavs are talking about a possible deal that would land them Jarrett Jack from the Kings. Jason Thompson is also being mentioned in the deal. However, the Cavs reportedly don't want Thompson, so they would need to find a third team to take the forward.
- According to the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons have been very quiet regarding trade talks since Maurice Cheeks was fired as the coach, indicating the team might stand pat. It doesn't help that general manager Joe Dumars' contract expires in June, and he might not be offered a deal from owner Tom Gores. "I think it’s dead over there," one league executive tells The Detroit News. "They've been dead silent for a while."
- Anthony Morrow could be headed to the Charlotte Bobcats or another NBA team, according to the latest scuttlebutt, and The Times-Picayune reports that the Pelicans could move one of their guards if they can get a draft pick back in the deal.