December 2015 Basketball Wiretap

Knicks Interested In Trading For Brandon Jennings

Dec 30, 2015 2:07 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in trading for several point guards including Brandon Jennings.

Jennings recently returned to the lineup after rupturing his left Achilles tendon nearly 11 months ago.

Jennings has an expiring contract.

The Detroit Pistons traded for Reggie Jackson and re-signed him to a five-year, $80 million deal after Jennings was injured.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Decide Against Trading For Caron Butler

Dec 29, 2015 12:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to trade for Caron Butler.

Butler has been promised a new team by the Sacramento Kings.

Butler was previously with the Bucks and is a native of Wisconsin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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76ers Acquire Ish Smith From Pelicans For Two 2nd Rounders

Dec 24, 2015 4:43 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to acquire Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans for two future second round picks.

Smith was previously with the 76ers and he will help the team at the point guard position.

The 76ers will release Tony Wroten to make room for Smith.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ish Smith, Tony Wroten, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Markieff Morris Suspended Two Games For Throwing Towel At Hornacek

Dec 24, 2015 4:40 PM

The Phoenix Suns have suspended Markieff Morris for two games for throwing a towel at Jeff Hornacek.

The incident occurred during Wednesday's loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Morris said he didn't intend to hit Hornacek and was unaware it had connected.

Morris has sought a trade from the Suns since they traded his brother, Marcus Morris, to the Detroit Pistons.

Morris initially had trade value but waiting has cost the Suns any leverage they once had.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Suspension

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Rockets Finding Minimal Ty Lawson Trade Options

Dec 23, 2015 6:35 PM

The Houston Rockets have attempted to accommodate Ty Lawson with a trade but the market for him as been minimal so far.

The Rockets traded for Lawson in the offseason after several legal issues.

As part of the trade with the Denver Nuggets, Lawson agreed to make his $13.2 million salary for 16-17 fully non-guaranteed.

"The only team that makes sense already has [Rajon] Rondo," an Eastern Conference executive said in reference to the Sacramento Kings. "There's no market."

Lawson previously played for George Karl with the Nuggets.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bulls Open To Trading Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson For Wing

Dec 23, 2015 2:13 PM

The Chicago Bulls are reportedly willing to trade Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson for a wing.

The Bulls have been without Mike Dunleavy Jr. all season, while Jimmy Butler has struggled somewhat under Fred Hoiberg.

"Executives around the league, and people have told me, that the Bulls are very determined to add a talented wing player," said Wojnarowski during his podcast. "And I’ve been told that the Bulls are open to…whether it’s Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson…maybe not both of them, but either of them if there’s a deal out there that they can bring in the best possible wing player available, they’re open to it… They need more shooting."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Pro Basketball Talk)

Tags: Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Make David Lee Available In Trade Talks

Dec 21, 2015 3:53 PM

The Boston Celtics have made David Lee available in trade talks.

Lee has an expiring contract and the Celtics have tremendous depth making playing time for him sparse.

The Celtics acquired Lee from the Golden State Warriors in the offseason.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

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Pistons Won't Make Lateral Trade

Dec 21, 2015 12:30 PM

The Detroit Pistons are unlikely to make a significant trade before the deadline unless there is a "clear step up in terms of talent."

Brandon Jennings is nearing a full return and Jodie Meeks is expected back in February.

"Because we like our group," Stan Van Gundy said. "I like the chemistry and character of our group. We won't make lateral moves or marginal moves because continuity is important."

Van Gundy says there's less chatter than in previous seasons.

Aaron McMann/MLive

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Corey Brewer One Of 26 Players Who Can't Be Traded Until Jan. 15th

Dec 18, 2015 4:33 PM

The Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns have seriously discussed a trade of Corey Brewer and Terrence Jones for Markieff Morris.

Morris has been seeking a trade from the Suns since the offseason.

But Brewer cannot be traded until January 15th because teams over the cap can't trade players that were signed in the offseason until that date. Players who were acquired or re-signed in the offseason on teams not over the cap can be traded beginning on December 15th.

The complete array of Jan. 15ers follows:

Boston: Jae Crowder

Brooklyn: Brook Lopez

Chicago: Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy

Cleveland: Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert

Detroit: Reggie Jackson

Golden State: Draymond Green

Houston: Patrick Beverley and Brewer

Indiana: Lavoy Allen

Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan and Austin Rivers

Memphis: Marc Gasol

Miami: Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade

Milwaukee: Khris Middleton

New Orleans: Alexis Ajinca and Norris Cole

Oklahoma City: Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler

Orlando: Tobias Harris

Phoenix: Brandon Knight

San Antonio: Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard

Washington: Drew Gooden

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Tags: Corey Brewer, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Have Interest In Trade For Backcourt Piece

Dec 18, 2015 1:10 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in trading for a young scoring guard or a shooter to improve their backcourt.

But the Knicks don't want to make that type of move while impacting their cap flexibility.

The Knicks are projected to have close to $20 million to spend in free agency this offseason.

According to reports, Jamal Crawford, Kevin Martin and Brandon Jennings, among others, might be available via trade.

Ian Begley/ESPN

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Trade Talks 'Surprisingly Quiet' With Teams Bunched Together
Players who were signed as free agents in the offseason could not be traded until December 15th, which unofficially opens the trading season for the NBA.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans Continue To Listen To Offers For Ryan Anderson
The Pelicans believe they may not be able to re-sign Ryan Anderson in free agency.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Heat Deny Reports Of Making Hassan Whiteside Available In Trades
Hassan Whiteside is making just $981.348 this season.

Ethan J. Skolnick/Miami Herald

Wolves Make Kevin Martin Available In Trade Talks
The Wolves would like to give Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins even more minutes at shooting guard.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

Kings Agree To Find Trade Of Caron Butler
The Bucks are the most likely destination for Caron Butler, who could use his veteran leadership.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Hassan Whiteside Won't Be Impacted By Trade Rumors
Hassan Whiteside said he has greater concerns at the moment than his name appearing in rumors.

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pelicans Listening To Trade Pitches, Not Shopping Ryan Anderson
The Pelicans are exploring trade options and engaging with other teams but have merely listened to pitches on Ryan Anderson so far.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dwight Howard Denies Report Of Being Unhappy With Rockets
Dwight Howard strongly dismissed reports that he is unhappy with his situation with the Rockets.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Pistons Deny Having Any Trade Talks Involving Brandon Jennings
Brandon Jennings is in the final year of a three-year, $24 million contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Aaron McMann/MLive

Dwight Howard Reportedly Unhappy With Rockets' Situation
Chris Sheridan predicts Dwight Howard will be traded to the Heat by this year's deadline.

Chris Sheridan/Sheridan Hoops

Bucks Make Miles Plumlee Available In Trade Talks
Miles Plumlee is averaging just 6.3 minutes in 15 games this season for the Bucks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rivers Calls Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith Rumors 'Silly Talk'
Doc Rivers has denied a report that the Clippers are gauging trade interest in Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Wolves Drawing Trade Calls On Shabazz Muhammad
Rival executives claim the Wolves have so far been unwilling to include Shabaz Muhammad in trade scenarios.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans Engage With Suns On Markieff Morris Trade Talks
The Pelicans are willing to part with Ryan Anderson in a deal for Markieff Morris.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Clippers Testing Trade Market With Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith
The Clippers haven't viewed Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith as good fits on their team so far.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Pelicans Interested In Solomon Hill
Quincy Pondexter remains sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery and Solomon Hill would give the Pelicans depth at small forward.

John Reid/Times Picayune

Pacers Make Solomon Hill Available In Trade Talks
Solomon Hill was a first round pick in 2013 but has fallen out of favor despite averaging 29.0 minutes per game last season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets Tell Ty Lawson He's Not Being Shopped In Trades
Ty Lawson has played well over the past two games as he's played with the second unit.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Nets Gauging Trade Interest In Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 8.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game this season for the Nets.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Knicks Have 'Never' Considered Trading Away Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks figure to move forward building around Kristaps Porzingis, who is just 19 while Carmelo Anthony is already 31.

Zach Lowe/ESPN