NBA trade rumor roundup
With the NBA trading deadline upon us, here’s what is making news across the league:
1. Oklahoma City guard Reggie Jackson has requested a trade through his agent, according to FOX Sports 1 insider and Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojarnowski. Jackson, 24, is averaging 12.4 points off the Thunder bench. But his role has lessened since the team traded for Dion Waiters.
2. Indiana, Boston, Denver and Houston seem to have the most interest in Jackson. It is unclear what Thunder general manager Sam Presti is seeking in return.
3. As FOX Sports Ohio reported last month, the Nuggets are open to trading speedy point guard Ty Lawson. The Los Angeles Lakers are said to be especially interested. Also, don’t be surprised if Sacramento makes a push, as Lawson played for new Kings coach George Karl in Denver. Karl is a Lawson fan.
4. The Kings, Lakers, Rockets and Celtics are among the suitors for Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic, who has reportedly demanded a trade. While most executives around the league are puzzled by Dragic’s sudden desire to leave the Suns, they are also intrigued. Perhaps even more interesting: Dragic has given the Suns a list of destinations, according to Wojarnowski’s sources. That list supposedly includes the Lakers, New York and Miami. Of those three, only the Heat aren’t having a horrible season.
5. One GM on Dragic: "He’s a nice player, but let’s be honest, no one is mortgaging the farm for Goran Dragic. The Knicks are still regretting the Carmelo Anthony trade — and he was at least a superstar when that deal happened (with the Nuggets in 2011). Dragic shouldn’t be demanding anything but flowers for the Suns. They gave him a chance."
6. Despite internet rumors, Ray Allen had not informed any team of a decision as of early Thursday morning. Allen, 39, is a free agent and has been contemplating a return. Cleveland, Atlanta and San Antonio are said to be among his potential options.
7. Minnesota is ready to offer forward Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn for longtime Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett, according to an ESPN report. Garnett, 38, is in his 20th season — the first 12 of which were spent with the T-Wolves. Coach Flip Saunders reportedly would like Garnett to help develop the team’s younger players. Saunders coached Garnett in Minnesota and they remain close. Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract, but this may be the one situation that convinces him to waive it.
8. Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo is also among those who could be moved before Thursday’s deadline (3 p.m. ET), according to Yahoo Sports. The Portland Trail Blazers are "strongly in the mix," a source told Wojarnowski.
9. Everyone on the Heat outside of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and suddenly impactful center Hassan Whiteside is available, Yahoo reported. Sources told FOX Sports Ohio the Heat have been trying to move point guard Norris Cole for weeks.
10. The Pacers are open to trading center Roy Hibbert "for the right package," according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. As Kennedy noted, Hibbert can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become an unrestricted free agent.
11. Kennedy also reported Atlanta is looking to deal little-used shooting guard John Jenkins for a draft pick.
12. Washington is willing to trade a first-round pick for immediate help, sources told CSN Washington. According to the report, the Wizards aren’t likely to trade for a player whose contract extends beyond next season. They want the salary-cap flexibility in 2016.
13. Multiple reports suggest Timberwolves guard Gary Neal could be on his way to the Hawks. Neal was traded to the T-Wolves from Charlotte (for Mo Williams) last week. The T-Wolves reportedly are looking for a second-round pick in return. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is quite familiar with Neal, as both were part of San Antonio’s run to the Finals in 2013. Budenholzer was an assistant under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs.
14. Rival executives said Milwaukee forward John Henson is available, but only if it bring the Bucks a top-notch point guard in return. As mentioned by Kennedy, Ty Lawson and Reggie Jackson could be names worth watching.