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Rajon Rondo 'Open' To Re-Signing With Mavs, Rockets

Rajon Rondo is open to re-signing with either the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets should he be traded to one of those two teams, according to a source.

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team.

Rondo is not actively seeking a trade from the Boston Celtics.

The Rockets will use their $8.4 million trade exception from the Jeremy Lin trade with the Lakers this past summer to acquire a player before Dec. 19 -- the deadline for acquiring players who can be dealt again on Feb. 19 under league rules. 


Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Mavericks, Rockets Engaged With Celtics On Rajon Rondo Trade Talks

The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have engaged with the Boston Celtics on Rajon Rondo trade talks.

The Celtics have engaged on several fronts on Rondo with the Mavericks showing an increased interest. The Mavericks have a clear need at point guard.

Rondo is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Celtics Show Renewed Willingness To Trade Rajon Rondo

The Boston Celtics are showing a renewed willingness to include Rajon Rondo in trades, according to sources.

The Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent.

Boston's asking price for Rondo remains "pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay," according to one league official.

The Celtics have focused talks on Rondo toward Western Conference teams rather than East.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in Wesley Matthews but have been rejected in their quest to land him from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources.

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Portland is 19-6 so far this season.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Herb Simon 'OK' With Pacers Pursuing Deal For Lance Stephenson

Herb Simon said he would personally be fine with the Indiana Pacers pursuing a trade to bring back Lance Stephenson, but left any decisions up to the team's front office.

"I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said.

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry.

"First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that.

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Pelicans Committed To Keeping Tyreke Evans

The New Orleans Pelicans have received trade interest in Tyreke Evans, but a source indicates they're committed to keeping him.

Evans was acquired in a sign-and-trade deal in the 2013 offseason.

The Pelicans have been very happy with the play of Evans this season.

Via Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Pacers, Nets, Clippers Show Interest In Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers have held preliminary trade talks on Lance Stephenson, according to sources. A deal is not imminent at this point.

The Hornets have been unwilling to attach a draft pick to Stephenson, which would have helped talks with the Pacers.

The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have also researched Stephenson's time with the Hornets, but aren't serious at this point.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in the offseason.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler

The Oklahoma City Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler, according to sources.

Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Via Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Carmelo Anthony Denies Report Of Willingness To Waive No-Trade Clause

Carmelo Anthony and his agent have denied a report that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the New York Knicks decided they wanted to trade him.

Anthony has no desire to be traded at the current moment, according to the report, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with the Knicks’ historically bad start to the season.

“He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source said. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’ 

Anthony would have to approve any trade.

"After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak," said Anthony in response to the report.

"Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks," said his agent Leon Rose to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. "There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense."

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Nets Create Two Traded Player Exceptions With Kirilenko Deal

One exception if for $3.4 million while the other is for $916,000.

Lance Stephenson Receiving Trade Interest, But Hopes To Remain Part Of Hornets' Turnaround

Lance Stephenson has garnered fresh trade inquiries into the Hornets’ front office recently and wouldn’t be opposed to a potential move to the Nets.

Nets Trade Andrei Kirilenko, 2020 2nd Rounder To 76ers

The 76ers will acquire Andrei Kirilenko, a 2020 second round pick, along with the right to swap 2018 second rounders and cash from the Nets.

Knicks Most Interested In Trading Away J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has a player option for the 15-16 season.

Wolves Ready To Turn Season Into Rebuild Instead Of Retool

The Wolves could now look to trade some of their veteran players.

Raptors Unlikely To Use Final $4.6M TPE From Rudy Gay Deal

The Raptors used exceptions from the Rudy Gay deal in two other trades.

Nets Make Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson Available

The Nets hope to eventually to construct a deal or two that bring back sufficient talent that enables them to remain a playoff team.

Masai Ujiri: Raptors At Letting-Players-Grow Stage

The Raptors have six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million with only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams being defined as core assets in that group.

Cavs Interested In Kosta Koufos, Willing To Deal Dion Waiters For Difference Maker

The Cavaliers are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back Dion Waiters.

Lakers Unlikely To Be Active In Trade Market

The chief issue for the Lakers when it comes to potential trades is that they lack trade assets.

Lakers, Celtics Briefly Discussed Rajon Rondo Trade In Offseason

The Celtics would likely ask for at least one first round pick from the Lakers in exchange for Rajon Rondo.

Cavs Expected To Use Trade Exception Between Dec. 15-Jan. 10

One trade target for the Cavaliers is Tayshaun Prince of the Grizzlies.

Hornets Aggressive In Trade Talks

The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward.

Family Matter Likely To Delay Resolution To Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets

Andrei Kirilenko's desire to tend to a family matter in New York appears to make a trade from the Nets impractical for the foreseeable future.

Jeff Green Happy With Celtics, Denies Rumors Of Wanting Trade

Jeff Green has said he wanted to be a key part of the Celtics' turnaround.

Andrei Kirilenko Situation With Nets Appears Beyond Repair

Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cavaliers.

Saunders Believes Brewer 'Too Vauable' To Trade

Flip Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Corey Brewer.

Rockets Express Interest In 10-12 Players For Trade Exception

The Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Lakers.

Celtics Telling Teams Rajon Rondo Won't Be Traded

Rajon Rondo's representatives are said to be pursuing a max contract.
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