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Magic, Warriors In Trade Talks Centered On Ellis

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.

Via Jarrod Rudolph/RealGM

Nets Uninterested In Lopez For Ellis Swap

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.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Clippers Wouldn't Trade Griffin For Howard

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Lakers Would Seek Inclusion Of Deng In Gasol Deal

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Celtics, Warriors Discussed Rondo For Curry Trade In December

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Blazers Interested In Trade For Nash

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.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Decline Beasley Trade With Eye On Luxury Tax

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Warriors Would Want More For Ellis Than Lopez

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.

Via Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

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

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.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)

Howard Preferred Nets Before Conversation With Kobe

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.

Via Sam Amick/SI.com

Magic To 'Aggressively' Pursue Trade For Nash

Otis Smith intends to "aggressively" pursue a trade for Steve Nash.

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.

Source: Bucks Willing To Listen To Offers For Bogut

The Bucks are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Andrew Bogut.

Source: Magic Not Interested In Howard For Bynum Trade

The Lakers reportedly offered Andrew Bynum to the Magic for Dwight Howard.

Source: Knicks Have Likely Inquired About Howard

Dwight Howard has asked the Magic for a trade, and that trade request still stands.

Pacers Willing To Take On More Salary Before Trade Deadline

The Pacers are willing to take on more salary through trade or free agency.

Mavericks Not Looking To Trade, But Will Listen To Offers

Mark Cuban said the Mavericks are more than willing to listen to trade offers.

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.

Raptors Fielding Calls On Calderon

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

Rose Refutes Request Of Gasol Trade

Derrick Rose has denied lobbying the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol.

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.

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.

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.

Marvin Williams Would Like Trade From Hawks

Marvin Williams would like to find a situation where his usage increases.

Mavericks Willing To Trade Beaubois

The Mavericks have reduced their optimism surrounding Rodrigue Beuabois.

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.

Kupchak Responds To Comments From Kobe, Gasol

Kobe Bryant publicly said he would prefer the Lakers not to drag out Pau Gasol trade rumors.

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.

Kobe Seeks Resolution To Gasol Situation

Kobe Bryant has reached a point of frustration with Pau Gasol trade rumors.

Kupchak: Lakers Probably Done Dealing

Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate making any additional roster moves before the in-season trade deadline.
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