It’s been a wild week in the NBA. Perhaps, the wildest week on NBA history. But now that things have settled a little bit following Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, the league has taken its course back.
Thus, that means there are a lot of deals in the making right now. And with the trade deadline just one week away, we’re positive a lot of things are about to happen pretty soon. So, let’s get right to this week’s most important rumors:
Kings Rejected Offer Of Kyle Kuzma For Bogdan Bogdanovic
Luke Walton is eager to have Kyle Kuzma under his wing again, so the Sacramento Kings offered Nemanja Bjelica and a pick for the Lakers’ young forward, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.
The Lakers, however, asked for Bogdan Bogdanovic instead of Bjelica, but the Kings declined. Given their desire to have Kuzma on their roster, perhaps they’ll keep talking.
Lakers Could Land Derrick Rose
The Los Angeles Lakers allegedly said no to an offer that would’ve sent Alex Caruso and pick to the Detroit Pistons in return for Derrick Rose a week or so ago.
Nonetheless, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley revealed that the teams could still engage in a transaction for Rose, but the Lakers would most likely have to part ways with Kyle Kuzma to pull it off.
Clippers Could Land Chris Paul In Package Centered Around Patrick Beverley
Chris Paul orchestrated the Los Angeles Clippers offense for years. He made them a contender. However, his time at the Staples Center came to an end three years ago when he left to join the Rockets.
Still, Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report thinks both parties could be interested in a reunion if the Thunder fall out of the playoff picture, but it’ll take a package centered around Patrick Beverley to get it done.
Timberwolves Could Trade For Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon has allegedly been in the trade block for a couple of years now. He’s a strange fit next to Jonathan Isaac and the Magic seem reluctant to play him at the four, where he’s clearly better.
Fortunately for him,Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer claims the Minnesota Timberwolves could trade him for Robert Covington. This move would help the Magic’s playoff push and pair Karl-Anthony Towns with another young stud.
Los Angeles Clippers Can Create A Big 4
The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the strongest contenders in the Western Conference. However, they lack a rim-running big man that can also establish his presence as a rim protector and contain bigger centers.
Also, they need another playmaker that could take some pressure off of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and get them the ball in their favorite spots.
That’s why we proposed a blockbuster deal that would send Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Jerome Robinson, and Moe Harkless to the Detroit Pistons in return for Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond.
That way, the Pistons would land an intriguing prospect like Robinson, a free-agent-to-be star in Harrell, one of the toughest defenders in the league in Beverley, and clear some cap space with Harkless.
Pistons Still Trying To Trade Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond is one of the best big men in the league. However, the Pistons aren’t making the playoffs this season and he’s bound to enter free agency, so keeping him makes no sense right now. The Knicks were reportedly interested, but those conversations have cooled off.
Drummond has openly stated that he’s looking forward to playing for the Pistons until retirement, but that seems unlikely right now. However, Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News claims their asking price for Drummond is just too high, as they’re looking for prospects, draft assets, and/or expiring deals in return.
Lakers Could Land Robert Covington In Three-Team Trade With Knicks And Timberwolves
Robert Covington is one of the most coveted players right now, as three-and-D wings are tougher to find nowadays and his ability to shoot lights out and guard some of the best players in the world intrigue every contender.
And according to Sean Deveney of Heavy, Covington could end in the purple and gold in a three-team trade that would send Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier, Taj Gibson, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Quinn Cook to Minnesota, while the Knicks would end up with Avery Bradley, Gorgui Dieng, and a future first-round pick.