There’s something always going on in the NBA. There’s always someone on the move, some guy that’s not in the team’s plans going forward, or that would just rather be elsewhere for the remainder of the season.
Moreover, stars and top-tier players aren’t safe from being moved, especially if they’re unwilling to commit to staying put in their current team beyond the season when their contract runs out and they have to sign an extension.
Even though we haven’t seen any blockbuster moves this season, that doesn’t mean we’re not about to see one before the trade deadline. So, why don’t we take a look at today’s hottest trade rumors?
Carmelo Anthony To The Los Angeles Lakers / Philadelphia 76ers
Carmelo Anthony has been closely tied with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers ever since being shut down by the Houston Rockets earlier in the season, with them keen to add more firepower off the bench.
Anthony is one of LeBron James’ closest friends and we all know who’s actually running the team. Last night, LeBron James likes a post of Melo in Lakers jersey. He’s bound to make a decision right before the deadline, and the Lakers would be his preferred destination, but the Sixers could also try and make a move with them shorthanded at both forward spots.
New Orleans Pelicans And New York Knicks Interested In Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker is finally back to the Chicago Bulls rotation, most likely because they’re trying to fool a team into thinking he could actually help them, and so far, it looks like it their plan is working, with both the Pelicans and Knicks intrigued about the possibility of landing the former 2nd overall pick, as Sean Deveney reports.
Parker has been effective offensively but has also been a major defensive liability, but with both teams already planning ahead of next season, they feel as he’d be a low-risk-high-reward kind of pickup, as the second year of his deal is a team option.
Rockets, Mavericks, And Lakers Interested In Wayne Ellington
The Miami Heat has been a major disaster this season and the team is not likely to make the playoffs even in the softer Eastern Conference, so moving their veteran swingman would make a lot of sense for Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra.
He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season and his sharpshooting abilities could really come handy for a contender like the Rockets and Lakers, with Dallas also being interested in his services, according to Miami Heat Beat’s Greg Sylvander.
The Sacramento Kings Need To Make A Move
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the most surprising teams of the season, and they’re already looking like a young dynasty in the making, should their prospects keep developing the way they’ve done so far.
Moreover, they have as much as 11 million dollars in salary cap they need to “burn” before the trade deadline, and with the team still in the mix for a playoff spot, they could try and pursue Otto Porter Jr, Enes Kanter or Tim Hardaway Jr, as per The Ringer.
Suns And Magic Interested In Dennis Smith Jr
Even though some reports stated that the Dallas Mavericks were ready to move on from their standout young point guard, it looks like they’re still high on building around him and Luka Doncic, at least unless he demands to be traded.
Well, the Suns and Magic have been in the market for a point guard ever since the start of the season and landing a prospect of the likes of Smith would be mouth-watering for them and their never-ending rebuilding process, according to Bleacher Report’s Joseph Zucker.
Lakers Desperate To Get Anthony Davis
It looks like Anthony Davis and his agent Rich Paul are yet to discuss the power forward’s future with the New Orleans Pelicans, so naturally, trade rumors have surfaced once again with the Lakers reportedly set to be quite aggressive in their pursuit for the Brow.
That being said, Johnson and Pelinka would be willing to part ways with all player not named LeBron James (obviously) if that’s going to get them, Davis, reports Jason McIntyre of FS1. Also, he says the Lakers would try to hold onto Kyle Kuzma, but if it goes down to it, they’d also move him to land Davis.
Grizzlies, Gasol To Move On From Each Other
The Memphis Grizzlies have finally gone back to their former self following a strong start of the season, and they know there’s no way in hell Marc Gasol is going to resign with them as he heads towards the sunset of his career.
Gasol is reportedly on several team’s agenda, but we all know he’s either going to ask for a lot of money or take a massive pay cut in order to compete. That being said, check the top 5 most likely destinations for the Marc Gasol.