2015 NBA Trade Deadline News: Thursday Rumor Tracker
Rather than filling your face up with loads of NBA trade rumor articles, we’re just gathering every key piece of NBA news together leading up to Thursday afternoon’s official deadline. Teams can’t make deals past 3:00 pm Eastern, so we have several hours to go.
Goran Dragic’s name is the biggest expected to be on the move, while Enes Kanter, Arron Afflalo and many others could also be changing cities. We’ll catch you up on all of the latest rumors and actual moves as the deadline rapidly approaches:
Last Updated: 2/19/2015 at 3:10 pm ET
The mother of all the trades went down at the buzzer, when the Bucks, 76ers and Suns came together for a massive deal. Brandon Knight was sent to the Suns, Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis went to Milwaukee and Isaiah Thomas went to Philly in the second major three-team blockbuster deal of the afternoon. Miles Plumlee was also added to the mix and will head to Milwaukee.
Goran Dragic has officially been traded to the Miami Heat for two first round draft picks. Dragic had the Heat down as a team he’d like to go to and he got his wish. This solidifies the Heat as a legit playoff contender this year and they’ll have a real shot at signing him to a long-term deal this summer. Eric Bledsoe is all by himself at the point in Phoenix.
The Thunder, Jazz and Pistons have worked out a three-team deal that will ship Enes Kanter to the Thunder, Kendrick Perkins to the Jazz and Reggie Jackson to the Pistons. Kyle Singler also makes his way to OKC via this trade.
Kevin Garnet has reportedly agreed to waive his no trade clause, which will allow him to be traded back to the Timberwolves, with the Nets landing big man, Thaddeus Young.
Portland Trail Blazers land shooting guard Arron Afflalo in trade with Denver Nuggets. The Blazers also net Alonzo Gee in return for a 1st and 2nd round pick, Will Barton, Victor Claver and Thomas Robinson. Denver is blowing things up and collecting assets, while Afflalo gives a rather thin Blazers bench a nice scorer to help them in their push to make a deep playoff run.
Denver will also reportedly be sending big man JaVale McGee and a first round pick (via the Thunder) to the 76ers. Philly is basically getting a draft pick to eat McGee’s salary. McGee could stick and be the starting center in Philly, but it’s just as likely he gets bought out.
The Kings have unloaded point guard Ramon Sessions to Washington. Andre Miller will go over to the Kings. It’s a modest upgrade for the Wizards as they try to get stronger for a deep playoff run.
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The trade deadline is almost here and the Thunder have pulled a fast one, reportedly backing away from the Brook Lopez deal to pursue Enes Kanter. The situation is still evolving, but Kanter would be a higher upside add and would offer just as much offensive ability down low.
The Thunder could make a move for Heat point guard Norris Cole should they land Brook Lopez in the Reggie Jackson deal. They’d be in immediate need of a backup point guard and Cole would fill their need.
The Thunder want backup point guard Jarrett Jack included in the Brook Lopez/Reggie Jackson deal, per reports. It makes sense, as Jackson is the top backup to Russell Westbrook, while the Nets will want to clear room for Reggie Jackson at the point guard position, anyways. If this trade goes down, expect the dominos to fall in Brooklyn.
The Boston Herald reports there is “nothing of substance” in regards to rumors of the Celtics wanting to make a play for Goran Dragic. Dragic already has made it known he wouldn’t sign long-term in Boston or anywhere not on his “wish list” anyways, so we can probably rule the Celtics out in the Dragic race.
The first real good trade offer for Dragic has come in, as reports state the Miami Heat have offered two future first round draft picks to land the coveted point guard. Miami is a preferred destination for Dragic, so he could even re-sign with them next year if they pulled the trade off. In the interim, Miami would be locked into a solid playoff run with Dragic running the show this year.
A deal between the Nets and Thunder involving Brook Lopez and Reggie Jackson could be in the works. Per reports, the Nets want to make sure they can get Jackson to agree to a long-term deal. A move like this would almost certainly open the floodgates for trades in Brooklyn.
The Knicks reportedly offered Jose Calderon and Tim Hardaway Jr. for Goran Dragic. This is a joke of a deal and won’t happen. It shows the Knicks are interested, but they’ll have to sweeten the pot greatly to nab The Dragon.
The Kings have reportedly cooled on their pursuit of Goran Dragic. He already didn’t want to go there and wasn’t going to sign with them, so this is a good idea by them to pull back.
Per the ever knowledgeable Adrian Wojnarowski, most of the elite teams in the league “have nothing going” as today’s deadline approaches. Specifically, it might be safe to rule out any big splashes out of the Clippers, Raptors, Spurs, Hawks and Grizzlies.
The Denver Nuggets reportedly desire two first round draft picks for small forward Wilson Chandler. They’re basically willing to move anyone at this point, with Arron Afflalo also available for a first and second. Afflalo seems much likelier to move at this point, while the Portland Trail Blazers have been the loudest team involved in rumors to this point.
Suns owner Rob Sarver is apparently calling off any Goran Dragic move, as he’s reportedly “angered” over Dragic’s public complaints and demands. Dragic is said to want out and has listed the Knicks, Lakers and Heat as his favorite destinations. Sarver and the Suns will still probably end up trading Dragic, but this is absolutely an interesting development.
Kevin Garnett could return to Minnesota, but the return wouldn’t last very long. There have been talks about him being traded to the Timberwolves so the Nets can acquire Thaddeus Young, who they seem to be “in love” with. KG would then likely be granted a buyout, which would allow him to go to a team like the Clippers.
Nets guard Joe Johnson has also been in the news and even recently admitted all of the rumors surrounding him had some validity to them. There were whispers about the Pistons having serious interest in him, but those rumors died down.
All of the latest news/rumors will be filed in above the old news and rumors, so hit the top of this article for the latest buzz. Any deals that are announced, even if unofficial, will be listed under the “Official Trades” section. This NBA Trade Rumor Tracker will be updated all day until the deadline is over.
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