February 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Magic, Warriors In Trade Talks Centered On Ellis

Feb 29, 2012 9:01 PM

The Magic and Warriors are in trade talks involving Monta Ellis, sources confirmed to RealGM.

No trade is imminent, but talks are ongoing say sources.

The willingness of the Warriors to deal Ellis has increased over the past few weeks. While Ellis does not have as much trade value as teammate Stephen Curry, he does represent the franchise’s best opportunity to change the status quo.

Orlando has been active in their pursuit of a scoring guard to pair with Dwight Howard in an effort to retain him.

Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

Tags: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nets Uninterested In Lopez For Ellis Swap

Feb 29, 2012 6:55 PM

The Nets are uninterested in trading Brook Lopez in a deal involving Monta Ellis, according to a source.

A report out of the Bay Area on Wednesday suggested the Warriors would want more from the Nets than just Lopez in exchange for Ellis.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Brook Lopez, Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Wouldn't Trade Griffin For Howard

Feb 29, 2012 6:52 PM

While Dwight Howard would be interested in playing with Chris Paul on the Clippers, the two teams have not engaged in trade talks recently.

A deal for Howard centered around Blake Griffin would surely be something the Magic covet. But sources say the Clippers won't even deal Griffin for Howard.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

Feb 29, 2012 6:48 PM

The Bulls question their ability to beat the Heat in a seven-game series without making a move, according to a source.

Chicago has expressed interest in Pau Gasol and would quickly deal Carlos Boozer to the Lakers in a deal.

But the Lakers would likely want Luol Deng included, which would be a non-starter for Chicago.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Luol Deng, Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics, Warriors Discussed Rondo For Curry Trade In December

Feb 29, 2012 6:33 PM

The Warriors and Celtics had trade talks involving Rajon Rondo for Stephen Curry in December, but it was Golden State that decided not to do the deal.

Boston has looked for several trades involving Rondo since the end of the lockout and continue to shop him aggressively, according to sources.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Stephen Curry, Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Interested In Trade For Nash

Feb 29, 2012 6:27 PM

The Blazers continue to be interested in making a trade for Steve Nash, according to sources.

But most sources don't expect a trade involving Nash.

"Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven't been as star-laden as you'd think," said one source.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax

Feb 29, 2012 6:25 PM

The Timerwolves offered Michael Beasley to the Lakers, according to a source.

The asking price was the better first round pick owned by the Lakers in 2012.

But the Lakers reportedly don't want to pay the increase in lottery tax that acquiring Beasley would mean.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Michael Beasley, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Would Want More For Ellis Than Lopez

Feb 29, 2012 9:46 AM

According to sources with the Warriors, there is little to the trade rumors involving Monta Ellis going to the Nets for Brook Lopez.

Sources that spoke with Marcus Thompson said the Warriors would want more than Lopez in exchange for Ellis.

Golden State still believes they have a shot to acquire Dwight Howard.

Howard has made it clear that he is not interested in playing for the Warriors long-term.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Source: Suns Won't Trade Nash Unless He Submits Request

Feb 28, 2012 5:21 PM

While the Magic and other teams are interested in trading for Steve Nash, the Suns still won't deal him unless he requests it, according to a source.

Nash is set to become a free agent this summer, but has given no indication of any interest in being traded to a contender for the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Steve Nash, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Howard Preferred Nets Before Conversation With Kobe

Feb 28, 2012 9:50 AM

Dwight Howard's list of preferred destinations remains the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks with the Nets as the clear leader, according to a source.

One source said Howard wants to "be Kobe Bryant, not be with Kobe Bryant."

Sam Amick also cites close friends of Howard who say Bryant informed him that he would be the second or third option on the Lakers. 

RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph first reported details of the conversation in which Bryant compared Howard's potential impact to Tyson Chandler.

But one source says Howard preferred the Nets even before the Bryant conversation.

Sam Amick/SI.com

Tags: Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic To 'Aggressively' Pursue Trade For Nash
Otis Smith intends to "aggressively" pursue a trade for Steve Nash.

Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

Magic Deny Rumors Of Imminent Howard To Lakers Trade
The Magic are denying a rumor that they have reached a deal with the Lakers and Raptors involving Dwight Howard.

Orlando Sentinel

Source: Bucks Willing To Listen To Offers For Bogut
The Bucks are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Andrew Bogut.

Peter Vecsey/New York Post

Source: Magic Not Interested In Howard For Bynum Trade
The Lakers reportedly offered Andrew Bynum to the Magic for Dwight Howard.

Peter Vecsey/New York Post

Source: Knicks Have Likely Inquired About Howard
Dwight Howard has asked the Magic for a trade, and that trade request still stands.

Peter Vecsey/New York Post

Pacers Willing To Take On More Salary Before Trade Deadline
The Pacers are willing to take on more salary through trade or free agency.

NBA.com

Mavericks Not Looking To Trade, But Will Listen To Offers
Mark Cuban said the Mavericks are more than willing to listen to trade offers.

ESPNDallas.com

Report: Nets Working On Multi-Team Trade Scenarios To Acquire Howard
The Nets are reportedly working on multi-team trade options to acquire Dwight Howard before the March 15 trade deadline.

SI.com

Raptors Fielding Calls On Calderon
The Raptors have received calls from teams interested in trading for Jose Calderon.

Toronto Globe and Mail

Rose Refutes Request Of Gasol Trade
Derrick Rose has denied lobbying the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Warriors Hope To Make Trade Before Deadline
The Warriors are pursuing a trade prior to the March 15th deadline, according to general manager Larry Riley.

NBA.com

Lakers' Front Office On Less Than Solid Footing
Jim Buss is taking a bigger role in Lakers' personnel decisions and Mitch Kupchak battles to keep his staff.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Lakers Likely To Turn To Arenas If Trade For Sessions Isn't Made
The pursuit of Gilbert Arenas by the Lakers appears to also be tied to a possible trade for Ramon Sessions.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Marvin Williams Would Like Trade From Hawks
Marvin Williams would like to find a situation where his usage increases.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Mavericks Willing To Trade Beaubois
The Mavericks have reduced their optimism surrounding Rodrigue Beuabois.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Interested In Michael Beasley
The Lakers held talks with the Wolves on Michael Beasley when they were also looking to trade for Chris Paul.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Kupchak Responds To Comments From Kobe, Gasol
Kobe Bryant publicly said he would prefer the Lakers not to drag out Pau Gasol trade rumors.

RealGM Staff Report

Source: Rose Endorses Bulls Trading For Gasol
Derrick Rose has let the management of the Bulls know that he would like to play with Pau Gasol if a trade can be consummated.

Chris Sheridan/SheridanHoops.com

Kobe Seeks Resolution To Gasol Situation
Kobe Bryant has reached a point of frustration with Pau Gasol trade rumors.

Los Angeles Times

Kupchak: Lakers Probably Done Dealing
Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate making any additional roster moves before the in-season trade deadline.

SI.com

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