The NBA trade deadline is just a couple of days away. With one major deal in the books, what other trades are in the works?
Plenty can happen before Thursday at 2 PM. So, we’re here to keep you up to speed on all the rumblings around the NBA trade deadline.
- The Sacramento Kings have traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. The trade sends Cousins, 26, and forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans, while the Kings in return receive guard rookie Buddy Hield, guard/forward Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks. The move pairs Cousins, who is fourth in the NBA in scoring this season, with fellow big man Anthony Davis, who is fifth in the league.
This article pretty much sums up how one-side of a trade it was.
- With the acquisition of Cousins, New Orleans is looking to move forward Terrence Jones. Jones and the team have mutual interest in getting the deal done, now that Jones his expendable.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in acquiring Derrick Rose from the Knicks. This would reunite Rose with Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Rose in Chicago. The Wolves have reportedly been trying to move Ricky Rubio. Adding Rose would also provide some scoring punch now that Zach LaVine has been lost to a torn ACL. This would also signal the Wolves are ready to turn the PG position over to rookie Kris Dunn.
- After all the back-and-forth between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony, it appears the Knicks’ All-Star forward isn’t going anywhere — at least not this season. According to reports, Carmelo hasn’t been willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the offers the Knicks have approached him with. With that, interested teams seem to have now moved on to other targets.
- OKC and the Clippers are reportedly both going hard after Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler. The 6-8 Chandler would be a great help to either team, but the question is whether either can conjure up with a package attractive enough for the Nuggets to pull the trigger.
Wilson could slide right into the small forward spot for the Clippers. Either in the starting lineup or add some scoring to the bench unit. He could also allow the Clippers to play small-ball for stretches of the game, moving Blake Griffin to the center spot and having Chandler step in at the four.
For OKC, particularly with the injury to Enes Kanter, they just need someone besides Russell Westbrook who can put the ball in the basket. Chandler can absolutely do that, and would fit nicely as a scorer and floor-spacer alongside Westbrook and Steven Adams.
- The Indian Pacers have struggled mightily for much of this season. They are looking for help for All-Star Paul George and youngster Myles Turner. None of the off-season acquisitions have blossomed, as Jeff Teague has been wildly inconsistent and Al Jefferson has been invisible. The Pacers are shopping their 2017 first-round draft pick in hopes of landing a talent to place alongside George.
- Somehow, Jahlil Okafor is still in Philly. Okafor told SiriusXM NBA radio that he doesn’t know whether he’ll be traded, despite the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers held him out of a couple of games because they thought they were close to getting a deal done. Okafor rejoined the Sixers for their game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, which must have been pretty weird. It would still be shocking if the big man remained on the roster past the deadline