December 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Raptors Remain Likely To Trade Bargnani

Dec 29, 2012 11:32 AM

The Toronto Raptors are expected to trade Andrea Bargnani before the end of the 2012-13 season.

One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani is "a lock to be moved."

Bargnani has two years and $22 million left on his contract.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sources: Celtics, Pistons Extremely Interested In Cousins

Dec 29, 2012 2:31 AM

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are two teams that have made it clear they are highly interested in DeMarcus Cousins if and when he becomes available, according to front office sources.

Still, Cousins assuredly has plenty more teams interested in acquiring him from the Sacramento Kings.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Sources: Kings' Owners Reluctant To Deal Cousins

Dec 29, 2012 2:27 AM

Despite DeMarcus Cousins' recent suspension handed out by the Sacramento Kings, co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof are still reluctant to trade the young big man, according to sources.

Among potential suitors, there is a growing belief that GM Geoff Petrie would be willing to part ways with Cousins in exchange for a quality veteran player or two who could bring instant improvement.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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Evans Unconcerned About Becoming Trade Candidate

Dec 22, 2012 12:03 PM

Tyreke Evans feels he has to prove his worth in the NBA all over again after an inconsistent second and third season. Evans' role has changed frequently during his tenure with the Sacramento Kings.

Evans could be a trade candidate if the Kings feel re-signing him in the offseason as a restricted free agent is unlikely.

"I'm just here to play basketball," said Evans. "If I get traded, that's what happens."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Could Eventually Waive Robinson, Trade Hamilton With Tax In Mind

Dec 19, 2012 11:06 AM

The Chicago Bulls may waive Nate Robinson and his non-guaranteed contract by Jan. 10 if Marquis Teague continues to play well in his extended minutes.

The development of Teague, presence of Kirk Hinrich and possible return of Derrick Rose could make Robinson expendable.

Sources said that Richard Hamilton has already been shopping in trade talks, which are expected to intensify before the February deadline.

The Bulls' current payroll of $73,548,450 stands $3,241,450 above the luxury tax threshold.

The Bulls have never paid the luxury tax despite being a high revenue team.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic In No Hurry To Move Redick

Dec 18, 2012 10:03 AM

J.J. Redick has been a player already mentioned frequently in trade rumors, but a source says the Orlando Magic have no urgency in moving him.

The likeliest trade partners for the Magic are the Bulls, Grizzlies, Wolves, Bucks and Jazz.

Ric Bucher/Comcast

Tags: J.J. Redick, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers Inquire About Acquiring Starting Center

Dec 15, 2012 10:56 AM

With Andrew Bynum's return date remaining an entire mystery, a rival NBA general manager said the Philadelphia 76ers have made trade inquiries about acquiring a starting caliber center.

Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and is likely to receive a max contract offer even if he doesn't play a single game this season.

"They got to be a little panicked now," one GM said. "They could get a really interesting deal for him. I could see them doing that."

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bobcats Interested In Trading Henderson

Dec 15, 2012 10:49 AM

The Charlotte Bobcats are interested in trading Gerald Henderson, according to a source.

The Bobcats have Henderson coming off the bench with rookie Jeff Taylor starting.

Henderson will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Gerald Henderson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Would Want Athletic Forward, Bench Depth For Gasol

Dec 14, 2012 11:11 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers want to give Pau Gasol an opportunity to work within Mike D'Antoni's system when he returns from knee tendinitis.

But multiple sources say the Lakers are prepared to trade Gasol for a younger and more athletic forward and bench depth should he struggle.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers Considering Addition Of Point Guard

Dec 11, 2012 10:57 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are considering adding a point guard, according to a source.

Steve Nash and Steve Blake remain out, leaving Chris Duhon and Darius Morris to handle point guard duties.

Nash's return date remains uncertain.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Wizards Rejected Trade For Harden
Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis was unwilling to commit to an $80 million max contract offer over five seasons to James Harden, according to sources.

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Bargnani Understands Nature Of Trade Rumors
Andrea Bargnani hears the trade rumors about him, and he even understand them.

Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

76ers In Market For Bench Scorer
Doug Collins would like to add a scorer off the bench.

Tom Moore/PhillyBurbs

Source: Derrick Williams' Agent Inquires About Trade Possibility
Derrick Williams' agent has inquired about the possibility of being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Darren Wolfson/ESPN 1500

Jackson Wonders If Kings Should Use Trade To Fix PG Surplus
Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette are splitting time at point guard.

Blake Ellington/Bleed Black and Purple

Gasol's Trade Value Falling
Pau Gasol's trade value is dropping.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (Twitter)

Lakers Receive Gasol Inquiries From Raptors, Wolves
The Lakers are telling teams that they will assess the roster upon the return of Steve Nash and not explore Pau Gasol trades until then.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rival Execs: Raptors Most Likely To Acquire Pau Gasol If Lakers Make Trade
The Raptors would likely build a trade for Pau Gasol centered around Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Nash Was Promised Lakers Wouldn't Trade Gasol
A condition of Steve Nash signing with the Lakers was that they wouldn't trade Pau Gasol.

Ric Bucher/Comcast

Source: Kupchak Talks To Gasol's Camp About Possible Trade
Mitch Kupchak recently spoke with Pau Gasol's representatives that the Lakers would explore trade possibilities if he cannot adjust to Mike D'Antoni's system.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN