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Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis Considered Untouchable Ahead Of Deadline

Feb 8, 2016 8:48 PM

Phil Jackson said both Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are off the table ahead of the trade deadline.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

"I think it's a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade," Jackson said. "We like Kris. I think everybody like's Kris. There's not too many people that would ever say 'I would trade him.' "

The Knicks lost nine of 10 games before the firing Derek Fisher.

"Like any team that's looking to improve themselves, we're open to discussion," Jackson said. "We have to be. That's just the nature of the game. Do we sit in a real favorable spot? Probably not. We don't have a tremendous amount of favorable trade items that are on our roster. Players that are good, some of them are undervalued, so you've can't get value back for what they're playing at now."

Justin Tasch/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade

Feb 6, 2016 9:50 PM

Nikola Vucevic hopes the Orlando Magic don't make a trade at the deadline.

"That's no reason to think we need to change anything. We have to find a way within each other to get back to what we were doing early in the year," Vucevic said. "We just got to find a way to get out of this [slump].

"Trades or whatever … I don't think about that — that's not my job — and I never will."

Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Have Received Blake Griffin Trade Offers From Multiple Teams

Feb 5, 2016 4:52 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have received trade proposals on Blake Griffin from multiple teams.

But the Clippers remain reluctant to trade Griffin, who has been having the best season of his career at the age of 26 before he was injured.

Griffin is under contract through the 16-17 season.

Griffin is out for two months after injuring his hand punching the Clippers' equipment manager.

"Blake's ours and he's going to stay ours," Doc Rivers said before the Clippers played the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Interested In Trading Michael Carter-Williams, Greg Monroe

Feb 4, 2016 1:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are 18 games under .500 since trading away Brandon Knight in a deal that brought in Michael Carter-Williams.

The Bucks are interested in making another major trade ahead of this year's deadline in an attempt to fix their issues.

Michael Carter-Williams has been mentioned in trade talks, as has Greg Monroe.

Monroe has been productive on offense but he's been a liability on defense, which made the Bucks such a dangerous team last season.

“From what I’m hearing is they (the Bucks) are willing to trade anybody not named Parker, Antetokounmpo or Middleton,’’ an NBA executive said. “I even heard they'd listen (to offers) for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer.

"They want to do something; they know they have to do something. That group they have isn’t working.’’

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

Tags: Greg Monroe, Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Not Interested In Trading Away Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 6:20 PM

The Houston Rockets have no interest in trading away Dwight Howard ahead of the deadline.

Howard can become a free agent this offseason and has been linked to the Boston Celtics.

“We’re just focused on this season," said Daryl Morey. "So is Dwight. If we as a team and he as a player play(s) like we know he’s capable and has been this year and was last year, all that stuff takes care of itself. There’s no way we make the conference finals last year without Dwight and there’s no way are making the solid playoff push this year without Dwight.”

According to ESPN sources, the Rockets are approaching the deadline intent to keep Howard.

 

Brian T. Smith/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets 'Building Around' Danilo Gallinari, 'Not Trading Him'

Feb 3, 2016 5:03 PM

The Denver Nuggets are not expected to trade Danilo Gallinari at the deadline.

One league source from that region said of the Nuggets, "They're not trading him. They're building around him."

Gallinari is signed for $15.050 million next season and has a player option worth $16.1 million for 17-18.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris

Feb 3, 2016 2:06 PM

The Toronto Raptors are interested in P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns.

Tucker will be a free agent in 2017.

The Suns are likely to see a quality draft pick for Tucker.

Morris has been looking for a trade from the Suns all season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: P.J. Tucker, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Lee To Be Traded Or Bought Out By Celtics

Feb 3, 2016 11:55 AM

The Boston Celtics will buy out David Lee if they are unable to move him by the deadline.

Lee is in the final season of his current contract.

Lee is out of the Celtics' rotation and would like to have a role somewhere else.

During his final season with the Golden State Warriors, Lee was out of the rotation but he ended up playing critical minutes in the playoffs.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Tags: David Lee, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Interested In Trading For Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 11:43 AM

The Boston Celtics have engaged the Houston Rockets on a trade centered around Dwight Howard.

Howard can opt out of his deal this offseason.

With declining health, trading for Howard and subsequently giving him a new max contract would be a significant risk for the Celtics.

The Celtics have a deep collection of future first round picks incoming from the Brooklyn Nets and multiple other teams.

Howard was asked about the report on Wednesday.

"There's always going into be rumors and speculation," Howard said. "I don't want to pay attention to it. I didn't say it. What can I do? There's nothing I can say. Teams are going to say what they have to say. It doesn't matter what I say. I'm here now. I'm a Rocket. That's the only thing that matters.

"People are always going to have rumors and say certain things. It doesn't matter. It's just a distraction. Nobody thinks about that stuff. I know my mind is on trying to get better every day. I feel like I was in a good stretch and got hurt. I'm going to try to get back. That's my mindset. We don't sit around and talk about what's going to happen next year because that means you're really not in it. You don't want to have those thoughts."

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Dwight Howard, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Willing To Deal Blake Griffin For Durant In Sign-And-Trade

Feb 2, 2016 1:51 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are determined to play out the season with Blake Griffin despite receiving trade calls on his availability.

The Clippers are expected to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency and wouldn't hesitate to trade away Griffin for him.

The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal involving Durant until they're sure he would leave anyway.

Griffin is an Oklahoma native and he would give the Thunder the opportunity to acquire another perennial All-Star.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Interested In Upgrading Wing Position At Deadline
Oklahoma City isn't yet sure who will play down the stretch amongst Andre Roberson, Dion Waiters, Cameron Payne, Kyle Singler and Anthony Morrow.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Hawks Willing To Engage With Teams On Al Horford Trade
Al Horford has enjoyed playing for the Hawks but he's expected to explore free agency.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tyson Chandler 'Not Jumping Ship' From Suns
Tyson Chandler pledged his commitment to the Suns just hours before they fired Jeff Hornacek.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Celtics Have Inquired On Al Horford, Jeff Teague
The Celtics have a considerable number of trade assets to facilitate a trade.

Chris Mannix/Comcast

Kings Receiving Trade Interest On Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Kings in July.

James Ham/Comcast

Grizzlies Gauging Trade Interest In Jeff Green, Courtney Lee
Jeff Green and Courtney Lee are both set to become free agents this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Pistons Prefer Pursuing Ryan Anderson In Free Agency
The Pistons would like to acquire Ryan Anderson, who they see as a great fit in their system.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Doc Rivers Would Prefer To Trade Away Blake Griffin If Clippers Break Up Core
Blake Griffin would give the Clippers the strongest return.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Knicks Discuss Jeff Teague Trade With Hawks
The Knicks have a limited number of tradeable assets to offer.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Bulls More Interested In Re-Signing Pau Gasol Than Trading Him
Pau Gasol is in the final season of a two-year deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Hawks Asking For Trade Offers For Either Jeff Teague, Dennis Schroder
The Hawks have more recently been focusing upon Jeff Teague as the deadline nears.

Chris Mannix/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans Reluctant To Trade Jrue Holiday
Some teams who might be interested in Jrue Holiday are also scared of his leg issues.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Cavaliers Not Taking Trade Offers For Kevin Love
Kevin Love signed a five-year, $112 million deal the past summer and became eligible to be traded on Jan. 15.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Some Cavs Speculated Team Meeting Was To Inform Them Of Kevin Love Trade
When a team meeting was called to inform the players David Blatt had been fired as head coach of the Cavaliers, the news came as a complete shock.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Rockets Expect To Keep Ty Lawson Through Deadline
Ty Lawson's contract for the 16-17 season is non-guaranteed.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Josh Smith Traded By Clippers Back To Rockets
Josh Smith was signed by the Clippers in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nuggets Trying To Trade J.J. Hickson Before Deadline
J.J. Hickson will be a free agent this offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Have Been Offered Eric Gordon, Alonzo Gee For Rudy Gay
The Kings reportedly are unwilling to move forward on a package for Rudy Gay that would net the team Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs Focused On Trading For Backup To Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert has been a productive player for the Cavaliers but he has also been injury-prone.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs' Players Would Support Trade For Markieff Morris
The organization fears Markieff Morris could disrupt the team's chemistry.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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