Are general managers, Twitter and ‘sources’ playing with our emotions?
Yesterday, we witnessed two trades go down. However, there wasn’t any big names involved.
As we fast forward to the now, there are several brand name guys being shopped around, but nothing has actually went down yet.
The most intriguing team to follow right now has to be Cleveland.
We’ve been hearing rumblings of a potential Kevin Love trade for a while now, but it actually feels real now.
Cleveland remains very active. Cavs in talks with Pelicans about Ryan Anderson. A 3-team deal that includes Kevin Love still in play.
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) February 17, 2016
Danny Ainge has had a man-crush on Love for quite some time now, so it’ll only be fitting for him to land the three-time all-star.
Cleveland has also been linked to other rumors. Orlando’s stretch four Channing Frye is on LeBron’s radar, but general manager Rob Hennigan isn’t budging.
I'm told the Magic don't plan on accepting the Anderson Varejao-for-Channing Frye offer from Cleveland that @ESPNSteinLine reported.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 18, 2016
What about Iman Shumpert?
Trade chatter: Iman Shumpert is available if Kings want him. Divac might be reluctant to part with 1 of his faves: Koufos or Belinelli
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 17, 2016
Houston, we have multiple problems.
First of all, reports came out today stating James Harden and Dwight Howard were trying to get one another traded after Damian Lillard sent them home two years ago.
Now, the Rockets are actively shopping Howard.
Houston remains ultra-aggressive trying to find a new home for Dwight Howard and, ESPN sources say, hasn't stopped trying to move Ty Lawson
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 17, 2016
It still remains unclear where Howard will end up, but he’s been linked to Miami, Charlotte and Boston.
On the other hand, Houston and Utah reportedly have a proposal on the table.
The Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets are discussing a deal that would send Trey Burke out for Ty Lawson, league sources tell The Tribune
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) February 17, 2016
When Houston traded for Lawson, many thought he would’ve been the third piece to a ‘big 3’ in H-Town. Unfortunately, it’s been anything but that.
Lawson is averaging a career-low 6.3 points per game in 23.4 points per game.
Meanwhile, Burke is averaging 11.8 points per game in 23.6 minutes a night.
Sure, the Pistons won yesterday after stealing Tobias Harris from Orlando.
But, general manger Jeff Bower isn’t done just yet.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) February 17, 2016
Earlier in the day, it was rumored that a Mike Conley for Reggie Jackson deal was on the table, but it’s been shot down.
@hoopscritic lol keep trying bro you'll get one of these by blind luck eventually.
— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) February 17, 2016
At one point, Chicago was the two seed in the east, which feels like centuries ago now.
Now, rookie head coach Fred Hoiberg sees his team all the way down at the seventh seed. With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, there’s tons of rumors coming out of Chicago.
Bulls have taken some calls on Pau Gasol but aren't actively shopping him, sources told ESPN
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 17, 2016
Taj Gibson said he talks to management often and doesn't have feeling he'll be dealt. But also understands things change, it's a business.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 17, 2016
Of course, I couldn’t do an article about trades and not mention the Sacramento Kings.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, both Darren Collison and Rudy Gay want out.
Nothing the Sixers do should surprise anyone at this point, but trading Jahlil Okafor within the next 12 hours would break the internet.
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) February 18, 2016
Tom Moore of Calkins Media broke the news first.
“Unless it’s a deal that is a no-brainer and makes absolute sense, they’ll wait and see how (injured center Joel) Embiid comes along and what happens in the draft,” a source said, per Moore.
We’ll be paying very close attention to this situation.