The NBA’s always moving. This league never sleeps and neither do I, as we know that everything can change in the blink of an eye and we just don’t want to miss anything at all.
So, as we’re approaching December 15th and the February trade deadline is also almost upon us, trade rumors just keep coming from all directions, even if most of them are just wishful thinking.
Either way, we’re just going to skip all the talk and go straight to the point, letting you know about this week’s hottest trade rumors.
Frank Ntilikina Could Be Traded
According to Mike Vorkunov, the Minnesota Timberwolves have also expressed their interest in Frank Ntilikina after the Magic stated that they would be interested in trading for him should he become available.
Coach Fizdale seems to really like Emmanuel Mudiay while Trey Burke has been quite a stud, so it would be interesting to see if the Knicks are open to moving their former 1st round pick, and at what cost.
Markelle Fultz Will Be Traded
Even though Brett Brown has constantly stated that the team has no intention whatsoever to deal away Markelle Fultz once he’s cleared to play again, nobody’s buying into that narrative anymore.
Fultz isn’t happy at Philadelphia and he has already stated that he would like to start fresh somewhere else. Good news is, he definitely has some takers. The Cavaliers and Rockets are just two teams to have already shown their interest in the sophomore guard.
The Rockets Want a Wing
Through 23 games, the Houston Rockets are 11 and 12, compared to the 18-5 they were last season. Needless to say, their offseason moves have really taken a toll on the team’s shot at the Championship.
Houston is primarily focused on acquiring wing talent, sources said. Their trade market intensity last week, in the midst of their winning streak, was described by one source as “not in emergency mode, but not sitting back either.” In regards to Washington, Markieff Morris, Jeff Green, and Kelly Oubre Jr. would fit the bill here. Morris and Green put on a rather impressive audition for Daryl Morey, who attended the game in D.C. The salaries are doable from a trade standpoint, around $9 million for Morris and $2.3 million for Green.
Letting Ariza and Mbah a Moute walk away was a huge mistake by the Rockets, let alone the fact that they’re vastly overpaying a washed out Chris Paul. Hence, the team is desperately looking to add depth at the wings, and according to The Athletic, Daryl Morey would be interested in Kelly Oubre, Jeff Green, and Markieff Morris.
Trevor Ariza Could Demand A Trade
According to Marc Stein, Trevor Ariza is already drawing interest from most contending teams, as there’s the belief that he’s likely to demand a trade away from the Phoenix Suns as soon as he’s eligible on December 15th.
Also, it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers could be really aggressive in their pursuit for the veteran two-way forward, who’s likely to be bought out if the Suns don’t trade him before the deadline.
Everybody Wants Bradley Beal
When the Wizards stated that all of their players were available via trade, most contending sides got on the phone to try and get one of their All-Stars. Unsurprisingly, it's been John Wall, not Bradley Beal, whose deal is more attractive for General Managers.
“Minnesota and San Antonio are two teams that one of the rival execs said would be interested in discussing a trade for Beal. For the Timberwolves, he would serve as a replacement for Jimmy Butler. For the Spurs, he would provide more scoring punch and a three-point-shooting threat—though such a move would necessitate moving DeMar DeRozan to the 3 or playing them in the backcourt together at times without a true point guard.”
Also, Beal is a plug guy that could fit everywhere right away, and it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs are looking to lure him, according to Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger.
Kevin Love Could Still Be Traded
Even though Kevin Love was handed a huge contract extension this offseason, it seems like the smartest thing to do would be moving him right away, as they have no business trying to win games this season.
“Love, who is 30 and has missed at least 20 games due to injury in the last three seasons, wants to play. Like the rest of the team’s veterans, he was upset by the turn in direction of the franchise and spent some extended time away for the first few weeks following surgery, but wants to stay in Cleveland and has not asked for a trade. However, he sees a scenario in which he could be traded, if the Cavs wanted and were able to acquire a package of picks, younger players and tradable contracts.”
“Cavs officials, speaking on background, said there has been no discussion of trading Love and they want him to be on the court with rookie Collin Sexton. Rival league executives point to Love’s contract — he’s making $24.2 million this season — and his injuries as roadblocks to him being moved.”
So, if the right offer comes, it seems like the All-Star power forward could be on the move. Moreover, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has already stated that there’s growing interest in the league on his services once he’s cleared back to play.
The Knicks Want To Trade For John Wall
John Wall has been labeled as expendable by the Washington Wizards, and the Knicks have been linked with pretty much every single top-tier point guard in the league. So, according to The New York Post’ s Mark Bergman, they’re working on a deal to bring Wall to Madison Square Garden.
"Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available," writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. The Wizards (9-14) were said to be ready to break it up after their disastrous start. It would have to be a three-team deal with the Knicks throwing in Ntilikina, Dotson, Courtney Lee (for cap purposes), a 2020 first-round and second-round pick."
In order to get him, they’d trade away as much as a 1st and 2nd round pick, Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, and Frank Ntilikina, and are trying to put together a 3-team deal that could help them absorb Wall’s massive 170 million dollar contract.
Lakers Hottest Rumors
Lonzo Ball Could End Up In Orlando Or New Orleans
Even though the Los Angeles Lakers have really trusted Lonzo Ball to become their playmaker for the future, it seems like they’d be more than willing to trade the former 2nd overall pick on a perfect scenario.
On Thursday, an NBA league source shared with me that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in bringing in Anthony Davis via trade as soon as December 15 and Ball and other key Lakers players Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram could be part of the move.
A potential three-team deal could involve the Lakers, Pelicans and the Orlando Magic.
“If it’s a straight-up trade with the Pelicans, Lonzo will be in the deal,” a league source with Lakers knowledge told me on Thursday.
So, with the Magic desperate to get a starting point guard and the Lakers keen on landing Anthony Davis, an NBA source told Brandon Robinson that the Lakers could trade Lonzo, Ingram and/or Caldwell-Pope on a massive three-team deal involving Orlando and New Orleans.
Anthony Davis Trade To The Lakers Has “Been In The Works For Years”
Everybody wants a piece of Anthony Davis, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a team has been interested in acquiring his services ever since he made his professional debut, especially considering the Pelicans’ inability to surround him with top-tier talents.
Furthermore, according to Chris Sheridan, The Lakers have been trying to get the two-way star for years, and that trade talks have always been “in the works”, even though the Boston Celtics are in a better position to get him via trade.
The Lakers Offered Brandon Ingram for Jimmy Butler
The Jimmy Butler saga has finally come to an end - for now - as the two-way stud was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Even so, it seems like the Lakers were also quite desperate to lure him to the Staples Center several weeks ago.
So, according to Tim MacMahon; it seems like their “untradeable” young star wasn’t that untradeable after all, as Magic Johnson reportedly offered him as a trade chip in order to get Jimmy Buckets.
5 Players The Lakers Should Avoid
The Lakers have been quite aggressive in trying to surround LeBron James with another All-Star, but even still, they should definitely avoid landing one of James’ closest friends, Carmelo Anthony.
Also, they should definitely avoid getting Kemba Walker, as they could just lure him for free next summer. Moreover, trading for Kevin Love wouldn’t be ideal either, as he’s aging and injury prone. Also, Marc Gasol’s name popped up, but he’s likely going to demand a lot of money and he’s not getting any younger. Last but not least, they should definitely avoid John Wall, who’s going to earn 38.1 million dollars next season.