With just two days left until the NBA trade deadline, there will be rumors throughout the league, but how many deals will actually be completed?
The Nets kicked off the trade season in January by acquiring James Harden from the Rockets as part of a huge four-team deal. This Thursday’s 3pm ET deadline is more likely to bring moves that involve role-playing players rather than the blockbusters that basketball fans have grown used to seeing.
However, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of more “Woj Bombs”. It only takes one call from a general manager to get the commercial train going.
Sporting News will help you track down all the business mayhem below. Here are the latest deals and speculation reported before Thursday’s deadline.
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9 am – Let’s start with the biggest trade from last week. The Bucks officially acquired PJ Tucker from the Rockets on Friday, giving them a solid shooter and defender for the final stretch of the regular season and the playoffs.
“PJ Tucker checks all the boxes”, Bucks general manager Jon Horst said. “He’s a great teammate who brings a veteran presence with experience in the playoffs. PJ is a versatile defender with a high IQ, and on the offensive side he plays with discipline, is selfless and opens the court with his ability to take down. the three. .
Who are the main targets at the NBA trade deadline?
Bradley Beal, Wizards: The NBA’s leading scorer only appears here so we can put an end to the rumors. Washington has consistently rejected the idea of trading Beal, and Beal has never indicated that he wants to be traded. according to Shams Charania and Fred Katz of The Athletic. Feel free to jump on the trading machine and create hypothetical deals, but Beal won’t be leaving Washington unless there is a major change in his relationship with the franchise.
Kyle Lowry, Raptors: Wait, going from best player in franchise history? Yes, the Raptors can consider that option. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that if the Raptors and Lowry decide it is best to separate, Lowry would prefer to join the 76ers. (That’s a big “yes” with Toronto still in the playoffs picture.)
Nikola Vucevic, Magic: Several teams have expressed interest in the All-Star center, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, including the Celtics, Heat, Hornets and Spurs. However, the asking price will be high because Vucevic is in the middle of a career year and has a contract for two more seasons.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs: Anonymous sources are not required. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich just came out and said Aldridge won’t be with the team moving forward while San Antonio works on trade scenarios.
“We have mutually agreed to work some opportunities for him, and that will be elsewhere. So he won’t be with the team in the future. “
– Gregg Popovich on the Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge mutually agreed to part ways. pic.twitter.com/CCXk0w9x04
– FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) March 11, 2021
Andre Drummond, Cavaliers: The 27-year-old is still out of play as the Cavs look for the best possible trade package. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that Cleveland is “playing tough” and just won’t give Drummond away.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.