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NBA Trade Deadline discussion (deadline is 3pm EST)


Sources: Nets, Mavericks talk Harris
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Marc Stein

The Mavericks registered their interest in bringing Devin Harris back to Dallas in January.

They told the New Jersey Nets at the time that they'd ready to lodge a bid if Harris was still a Net after Carmelo Anthony got traded.

So the teams, as promised, have been in talks about a Harris-to-Dallas deal since it became clear that the Nets wouldn't be getting Melo. But they've yet to reach a consensus on workable trade terms.

Sources briefed on the teams' discussions told ESPN.com that the Nets want the expiring contract of out-for-the-season swingman Caron Butler, Mavs rookie Dominique Jones and a first-round pick.

Hornets active before trade deadline
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Chad Ford

As we've reported earlier, the New Orleans Hornets have been one of the most active teams in the league right now when it comes to trades.

They've dangled the expiring contracts of Marcus Banks, David Andersen and Willie Green as bait, along with second-year 2-guard Marcus Thornton. I won't waste space listing all the teams they've contacted -- they're talking to everyone.

Zach Randolph to Orlando?
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Chad Ford

The Grizzlies are talking to a number of teams, with several players on their roster potentially in the mix. The three Griz names we're hearing the most are O.J. Mayo, Hasheem Thabeet and, to a lesser extent, Zach Randolph. But with Memphis poised to overtake the now-depleted Nuggets (and possibly the Jazz) as the seventh or eighth seed in the West, it may now be hesitant to make a deal.

One interesting tidbit from a source in Memphis: Last week Sam Smith of Bulls.com floated a potential Randolph-to-Magic deal. While it's unclear if it was actually proposed, I was told that, internally, the Grizzlies have discussed sending Randolph to Orlando for Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson. The thinking in Memphis is that the deal would keep the Grizzlies competitive this season while also giving them a young power forward for the future. Randolph is an unrestricted free agent this summer and it isn't clear if the Grizzlies can afford to keep him, while Bass is due $4 million next season and has a $4 million player option in 2012-13.

If the Grizzlies or Magic make the offer -- still a big if at this point -- would the Magic bite? Smith's report cited Magic interest, but from what I can gather, Orlando has never made an offer. Randolph would give the Magic a great low-post scorer, but losing Richardson would be a big blow. With the Nets likely to waive Troy Murphy, perhaps Murphy is a cheaper and less risky long-term option for Orlando.

Clippers shopping for a small forward
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Chad Ford

The Clippers were shot down by the Nuggets in their pursuit of Danilo Gallinari, but they aren't done trying to find a sharp-shooting small forward to add to the roster.

Sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey was been canvasing the league looking for a starting 3 to round out L.A.'s roster. The Clippers have multiple first-round picks to offer, as well as young players like Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu and veterans like Chris Kaman.

Sources: Knicks, Celts talked Brewer trade
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Chad Ford

Despite acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks apparently aren't resting on their laurels. One of the reasons the call to complete the Anthony deal has been held up all afternoon is New York continues to look at more trade possibilities.

Sources say that the Knicks were looking to bring a fourth team into the deal in order to unload Corey Brewer. Several teams were interested, including the Celtics, but New York couldn't work things out.

One source said that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was actually trying to recruit a fifth team to take Nate Robinson and a Boston first-round pick to complete the deal for Brewer. However, by the end of the afternoon, the Knicks decided to pull the trigger on the deal with Brewer going to New York.

Bulls still eying Mayo?
February, 22, 2011
FEB 22

By Marc Stein

With the cap space created by dealing James Johnson to Toronto, Chicago could now absorb the $2.9 million contract of Cleveland’s Anthony Parker -- one of their top trade targets for weeks – without having to part with any players. It’s believed that the Cavaliers would expect at least one future first-round pick in such a swap, but the Bulls are armed with an extra first-rounder thanks to the Johnson deal.

Houston’s Courtney Lee, who’s making a mere $1.4 million, is another longstanding Bulls target.

But sources briefed on Chicago’s thinking told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein on Tuesday night that the Bulls have not yet abandoned hope of striking a deal for Memphis’ O.J. Mayo, even though Mayo’s $4.5 million salary would not fit into that cap space.

The Bulls appear to be trying to stockpile a*sets, such as the first-rounder acquired from the Raptors, for at least one more deal before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline. Yet ESPN.com reported earlier this month that the Grizzlies are reluctant to trade Mayo now in the midst of his troubled season, knowing that Mayo’s recent 10-game drug suspension and a f*ght on the team plane with teammate Tony Allen would make it hard for them to get good value for the No. 3 overall pick from the 2008 draft.

February 22, 2011 ∑ 9:46PM

9:45 pm.
The Atlanta Hawks are interested in Washington Wizards veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich, according to league sources, but the Hawks are not willing to give Washington both a young player and a first-round pick for Hinrich, the Wizards’ current asking price.
Atlanta is trying to convince Washington take back veteran Mike Bibby for Hinrich, pointing out the potential cap savings for the Wizards. Hinrich is scheduled to make $8 million next season, while Bibby only will make $6.2 million. Both would be entering the final year of their respective contracts next season. The Wizards, though, want to continue their youth movement–though Washington isn’t interested in taking on the two years and $15.7 million that will be left on swingman Marvin Williams‘s contract after this season.
The Hawks are reluctant to put a first-round pick in the deal, especially considering the Wizards already got a first from Chicago last year when the Bulls traded Hinrich to Washington to clear salary cap space. The Wizards used that pick to select French big man Kevin Seraphin, who has played sporadically this season for Flip Saunders.

–David Aldridge

Hawks, Cavs Discuss Trade Centered Around Sessions For Teague
Feb 22, 2011 20:31 PM EST

The Hawks and Cavaliers are discussing a trade that would send Ramon Sessions and Manny Harris to Atlanta, according to a source.

Jeff Teague and Maurice Evans would be sent to Cleveland in return.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Thunder, Nuggets Interested In Thabeet
Feb 22, 2011 16:25 PM EST

The Thunder are considering a trade for Hasheem Thabeet, according to league executives.

Thabeet was the number two overall pick in 2009, but has been shopped aggressively by the Grizzlies.

Oklahoma City would only acquire Thabeet if Memphis has a modest asking price.

Marc J. Spears is reporting that the Nuggets are also interested in Thabeet.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Nuggets Hope To Trade Harrington
Feb 22, 2011 15:42 PM EST

The Nuggets are expected to try and trade Al Harrington now that they have sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

Denver signed Harrington to a five-year, $33 million contract this past summer.

The size of the forward's deal may prohibit the Nuggets from making a deal.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Nets Trying To Trade For Aaron Brooks
Feb 22, 2011 15:37 PM EST

After losing out on Carmelo Anthony, the Nets have set their sights on other targets.

In addition to new Denver forward Danilo Gallinari, New Jersey would also like to acquire Aaron Brooks from Houston.

Brooks left the bench after being taken out of a game earlier this month by Rockets coach Rick Adelman.

Via New York Daily News



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