The NBA season goes on and several teams are reportedly going to be quite active as we approach the trade deadline. However, most stories we come across on the internet end up being nothing but fake news.
Hence, it's never easy to tell a real story from a fake one, but gladly for you, we're working overtime the same ways general managers are to keep you posted. So, without further introduction, let's talk about this week's top trade rumors:
Celtics Could Trade Gordon Hayward To Nuggets
Gordon Hayward has spent some time in the sidelines with yet another injury, but he didn't show any signs of rust when he came back this week. He's playing at a high level right now, but it's clear that the Celtics just don't need him anymore with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in town.
Hence, Bleacher Report‘s Andy Bailey claimed the Celtics could look to trade him to the Denver Nuggets in return for Mason Plumlee, Gary Harris, and a first-round pick. Both teams would benefit from this move, as it would help them fill the voids they have on their squad.
Cavs Could Trade Everyone Except Darius Garland
The Cleveland Cavaliers are a bit of a mess right now. They haven't done well in the Draft either, so they'd be smart to try and move some of their pieces and go back to the drawing board, as they won't be in the mix for a playoff spot in some time.
Thus, as we reported before, the 2016 NBA Champions could be looking to trade almost everybody on their roster except for their priced rookie Daris Garland. Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, Matthew Dellavedova, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Knight should definitely draw some interest.
Top 5 Best Destinations For Kevin Love
Kevin Love doesn't want to spend the last years of his career on a rebuilding team and he would prefer to be traded to a contending team. Also, he reportedly wants to be dealt to his hometown Portland Trail Blazers, who could definitely use him.
Also, he would be a nice fit for the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, or Boston Celtics, as per our previous report. However, moving him will be tricky, as the Cavaliers are asking for a 1st-round pick, but teams actually want to get a 1st-rounder in return to absorb the last 3-and-a-half years of his contract.
D'Angelo Russell Declined $100m 4-Year Deal With The Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers were very active in the summer. Rob Pelinka put together a strong, contending team, but it could've been even better, as they could add D'Angelo Russell to a roster that already had LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Lakers offered Russell a 4-year, 100 million dollar contract while they were waiting for Kawhi Leonard's decision. Needless, to say, he took a better offer by signing a 116 million deal with the Warriors. Also, The Athletic reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves are still keen to land Russell via trade after missing out on him in the summer.
The Heat Aren’t Expected To Make A Run At Chris Paul
A couple of weeks ago, several rumors and reports claimed the Miami Heat were interested in trading for Chris Paul as they looked to bolster their roster. However, that possibility may be shut down given the way they're playing right now.
According to NBC's Tom Haberstroh, the Heat aren't looking to shake up their locker room chemistry with Paul's addition. Also, his massive contract would be a huge problem for them as they look to clear cap space ahead of the 2021 free-agent class.
Knicks Could Target Multiple Stars Before 2020 Trade Deadline
The New York Knicks are struggling again and this is getting old by now. Still, it looks like this time they actually want to do something to fix their problems, and they could reportedly look to trade for multiple stars before the deadline.
According to Ian Begley of SNY.TV, the Knicks could look to trade for DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Love, and Dennis Schroder. Also, they're reportedly preparing to offer Brandon Ingram a max contract at the end of this season to make him their new franchise player, as per Bleacher Report's Greg Schwartz.