We are so close to the trade deadline and some absolutely WILD trades have already happened. Lets take a look at some of the rumors floating around about the ones that haven’t happened…yet.
Almost half of the NBA’s teams have made enquiries about wing Matisse Thybulle at various points in the season, these include the Hawks and Kings, per Marc Stein, and Warriors, according to Keith Pompey. Other teams who’ve called include the Pacers, Blazers, Bucks, Mavericks, Hornets, Raptors, and Suns, according to HoopsHype.
Thybulle has earned NBA All-Defense teams the last two seasons but is only averaging 12.1 minutes compared to last season’s 25.5 due to the 76ers adding P.J. Tucker and De’Anthony Melton.
“Philly is already into next year’s tax thanks to Joel Embiid’s extension kicking in and may need a bigger bag for James Harden if he opts out of his $35.6 million as expected,” The Athletic’s John Hollinger wrote. “Paying Thybulle in that environment seems unlikely, but he could probably return two second-round picks, a small trade exception, and a sidestepped tax bill this week.”
The Bucks are interested in trading for Knicks guard, Derrick Rose, according to Mark Stein.
34-year-old Rose has been in New York for almost three seasons and is currently averaging 5.8 points per game in the 26 games he’s played.
The Knicks are reportedly interested in trading the veteran and a team who gets him will likely send him into the buyout market.
John Wall’s time with the Clippers is nearing an end, Marc Stein reports.
League sources say the Clippers are still trying to trade Wall before Thursday’s buzzer but if a deal doesn’t take place, expect the Clippers to buy out the former All-Star.
“Should Russell Westbrook secure a buyout from the Utah Jazz after the three-team trade is complete, the Los Angeles Clippers are said to have interest in the star guard,” Chris Haynes wrote. Another indication they are moving on from Wall.
32-year-old Wall signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles after sitting out the entirety of last season with Houston. This contract with the Rockets was bought out at the end of the season as well.
Pistons center Nerlens Noel is drawing interest from the 76ers and Heat and although other names like Bojan Bogdanovic and wing Alec Burks and in the mix, Noel is the Detroit player most likely to be traded, Marc Stein reports.
“And there appears to be little no doubt that the Sixers are looking for frontcourt help. Interestingly, Noel’s career began with Philadelphia back in 2013,” Stein wrote.
A league source told Hoops Wire he believes the team would “trade just about anyone” for picks and skilled young talent, “despite the message being put out there.”