With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors have been rampant around the league throughout the day.
Can Cleveland find a taker for Luol Deng? How serious is Sacramento about moving MIP candidate Isaiah Thomas? Will the New York Knicks finally trade Iman Shumpert? Those are some of the many burning questions as general managers try to determine what will be the best course of action for their respective franchises. Some minor deals have already gone down on Wednesday, and plenty more juicy conversations are being had as you will find below:
BROOKLYN NETS ACQUIRE THORNTON AND LOOKING FOR MORE:
With the Jason Terry experiment having failed miserably for much of the season, the Brooklyn Nets will package him with Reggie Evans in a deal with the Sacramento Kings. The Nets are also still hoping to acquire Jordan Hill from the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski (Woj) of Yahoo Sports:
The Sacramento Kings have reached agreement on a deal to send guard Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Nets’ deal with Sacramento doesn’t preclude them from also completing a deal for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Hill using the Nets’ Disabled Player Exception, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Brooklyn ownership has expressed a willingness to complete the deal for Hill, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Hill’s $3.5 million contract added to the payroll would require the Nets to pay a staggering $17 million in additional luxury tax.
Thornton’s contract has two years and nearly $17 million remaining through the 2014-15 season. Terry, 36, has $10.7 million left on his deal, including $5.4 million next season.
NEW YORK KNICKS UNSUCCESSFUL IN TRADE TALKS:
The ‘Bockers are looking hard to deal Iman Shumpert, but that will be difficult to do after the guard injured his knee on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The team had an extended discussion with the Los Angeles Clippers, but talks have now broken down, from Woj:
After several rounds of negotiations, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks have abandoned discussions on a proposed trade centered on guard Iman Shumpert, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Knicks had interest in bringing back Clippers point guard Darren Collison and rookie Reggie Bullock as part of a package, but wanted Los Angeles to accept Raymond Felton in the deal, sources said. The Clippers resisted the Felton element of the deal, and were reluctant to part with Bullock or any draft picks in talks, sources said.
They may look for a simpler deal to be rid of Beno Udrih, from Marc Stein of ESPN:
Latest Knicks buzz: Hearing Knicks’ long-running chase of Kenneth Faried now trending toward simpler swap of Beno Udrih for Jordan Hamilton
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
GOLDEN STATE ACQUIRES BLAKE:
The Warriors have been looking for a suitable backup point guard all season long, and they will finally get one in Steve Blake, from Woj:
The Los Angeles Lakers have traded guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Warriors will send the Lakers guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, sources said.
Golden State has been searching for a veteran guard to bolster its backcourt and reached an agreement on Wednesday afternoon. The Warriors recently acquired guard Jordan Crawford from the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers are determined to shed salary and veterans for assets between now and Thursday’s trade deadline. They are discussing several trade possibilities involving forward Jordan Hill too.
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