NBA rumors: Clips shop Stephenson, Smith; Pelicans like Suns’ Morris
With a quarter of the 2015-16 NBA season in the books, teams are solidifying their rotations and figuring out where they have holes in the roster. And that can only mean one thing — it’s time for NBA trade rumors to start heating up.
The first trade of the season is already in the books, of course, as the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat back in November. According to several reports, though, another move might not be too far off.
Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have "gauged trade interest" in offseason acquisitions Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith, although recent injuries have forced the Clippers to reassess their roster. Another problem? The market for both players is pretty weak:
On Tuesday, Yahoo! also reported that the New Orleans Pelicans are interested in trading for disgruntled Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris to pair him with franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis:
“There is not much of a market for them,” one NBA executive said. “They are buyout candidates. Maybe Lance goes back to Indiana, you never know. You won't get back much for them.”
Morris demanded a trade this offseason after the Suns traded his twin brother Marcus to the Detroit Pistons as part of the team’s pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency. Morris was recently benched for an entire game against the Memphis Grizzlies despite being healthy.
The Suns and Pelicans have had preliminary contact about a potential trade, but Morris’ pending felony aggravated assault charges remain a possible obstacle for virtually every team interested in making a deal, sources told Yahoo.