This year’s trade deadline is almost upon us, which means teams are likely going to start being quite aggressive in trade talks and pursuit for reinforcements or dump as much salary as they can.
With several players likely to be on the move for these upcoming weeks, which one are the ones that could actually make the bigger impact wherever they go? Let’s take a look at today’s hottest trade rumors.
Memphis Grizzlies Could Trade Conley & Gasol
As per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies will finally listen to trade offers for Mike Conley, with their season already going down the drain and them struggling so mightily to win games following a strong start of the season.
So, even though moving Conley’s contract is not going to be an easy task, teams like the Suns, Magic, Pistons, and Mavericks may be interested in his services, with the Pacers surging as the biggest frontrunner now that they’ve lost Victor Oladipo for the season.
Moving Marc Gasol may be way easier for the Memphis Grizzlies, although finding fair value in return for a 33-year-old who’s deal is expiring may be a tough task for them, especially if he doesn’t commit to signing a contract extension.
Also, according to Bleacher Report, the Clippers could be intrigued by the possibility of upgrading their frontcourt with Gasol, while the Miami Heat could be another possible suitor on a Whiteside - Gasol swap.
On a side note, a blockbuster move may fix both the Grizzlies and Mavericks’ problems, as they could just send away Conley and Gasol to Texas in return of Dennis Smith Jr, Harrison Barnes, and DeAndre Jordan. Both teams would be in a position to contend right away, while the Grizzlies could have a younger core for the future.
Anthony Davis Will Not Ask For A Trade
Anthony Davis has been reluctant to discuss a contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, as his agent Rich Paul reports, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to force a move out of the team right away.
According to Shams Charania, the Unibrow isn’t going to ask for a trade as of now, but he’ll wait until the summer to decide his future amid the reported interest from the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers Want Dennis Smith Jr
Once again, Shams Charania reports the Los Angeles Lakers may be interested in making a huge move before the trade deadline, especially now that Lonzo Ball is set to miss 4 to 6 weeks with an ankle injury.
So, with Dennis Smith Jr reportedly being shopped by the Mavericks, Los Angeles would be intrigued with the possibility of landing the former 9th overall pick, with Jeremy Lin being a close second option.
Cleveland Cavaliers Could Trade Kevin Love
Even despite the fact that he’s only made a couple of appearances this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be interested in moving Kevin Love and his 120 million dollar deal, as he’s now eligible to be traded after signing a contract extension.
There’s a huge chance Love won’t be able to suit up before the deadline, and Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor reports the Cavaliers are in no rush to move him but may compel if the price is fair enough.
Teams Showing Interest In Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram is yet to step up this season, even with LeBron James nursing a groin injury and extended play time. Either way, the Lakers have reportedly gotten several calls inquiring about Ingram’s availability.
Teams still view Ingram as a valuable prospect and know the Lakers’ patience may come to an end rather sooner than later, so they could try and make some offers for the forward according to Shams Charania.
Rockets And Warriors Interested In JR Smith
JR Smith has tried to work a trade out with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but there’s just no way a team is going to absorb his contract, so he’s one of the ultimate buyout candidates the day after the trade deadline.
Should he clear waivers, both the Warriors and the Rockets could be in the mix for Smith’s 3 and D expertise, at least, according to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops. He’d be a perfect fit for both teams, though.