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Trade Rumor Roundup: As deadline nears, lots of questions remain

Feb 21, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

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It is now just a little less than 13 hours until the NBA trade deadline and we have had all of one whopping trade. Which means it’s going to be a very busy Thursday… probably. There are going to be deals, guys we expect to get dealt will get dealt, but there may be fewer surprises as teams are still very reticent to take on more tax money.

Here is where things stand as of this late Wednesday night/Thursday morning post as we head into the final hours.

We have had one trade — last draft’s No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson, along with Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt plus a second round pick were sent to the Rockets from the Kings. In return, the Kings get Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas from the Rockets. In a related move Houston sent Marcus Morris to Phoenix (where he will now team up with his brother Markieff) for a second round pick.

For the Rockets, they get a serviceable rookie who should at least grow into a solid role player in Robinson, and they get most of his rookie deal. The Kings save a lot of money, which is what the Maloof family is into even if they are selling the Kings.

• Once and for all, the Lakers are not trading Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol. The Celtics are not trading Kevin Garnett and there isn’t a great market for Paul Pierce.

• Reports are the Josh Smith sweepstakes is down to the Suns, Bucks and Nets.

The Nets have been offering the same package — Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a pick — to everyone for everything. So far the Hawks didn’t bite. The Celtics didn’t bite for Paul Pierce, the Bucks didn’t bite for Ersan Ilyasova, and it’s hard to see anyone really biting on that package.

The Bucks are offering deals mostly based around Monta Ellis and interestingly Smith said he wouldn’t rule out re-signing there this off-season. The Suns are offering Marcin Gortat, likely P.J. Tucker and some picks. It feels like the Hawks are going to make a move but are waiting to see if any of these deals gets sweetened before they make a move.

J.J. Redick also is likely going to be moved before the deadline, the only question is where. Memphis, Indiana, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minnesota all have reportedly shown interest. And word has now come that the San Antonio Spurs are in the mix, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He ads that the Magic are not opposed to keeping Redick the rest of the season but that seems unlikely.

• The Bobcats are still shopping Ben Gordon around, trying to unload the guard and his $13 million salary for next year. However, Howard Beck of the New York Times reports the Nets are not interested. At all.

• The Jazz are still expected to move either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap. One interesting possibility is a Millsap for Derrick Williams trade with Minnesota — that deal has been discussed.

• The Hornets are testing the waters for guard Eric Gordon. They had conversations with the Warriors about a swap for Klay Thompson, but I’m not sure how serious that really was. Plus, a lot of pieces would be needed to be added with Thompson to make the salaries work.

• The Timberwolves are willing to trade J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour as well as Williams, reports Ken Berger of CBS.

• Dallas has put Rodrigue Beaubois, Brandan Wright and Dominique Jones out there for potential trades, but they only want picks, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. What the Mavs do not want to do is take on more salary and mess with their cap space.

• The Knicks have shopped Ronnie Brewer around, reports ESPNNewYork.com.

• At Hoopsworld, the Pacers GM has shot down rumors that Danny Granger is available.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    1. If the Warriors have the option of a Gordon for Thompson swap (obviously with salaries mixed in) they should do it. Gordon can be a 20+ PPG scorer in this league and could really mesh well with Curry.
    2. Pacers should definitely trade Danny Granger for a really good scorer at the 2 to help with their offensive woes (Tyreke, Eric Gordon). They’re 3rd without him and Paul G is better at the 3.
    3. The Jazz should trade both their bigs for a point guard and picks galore. With Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter all in the wings, they have a lot of young potential

    • pantsfreezone - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Imagine Curry, Bogut and Gordon on the same team. The medical staff would need an extra wing added to their facility. How many games in a season do you think all three would play together? 6? 10 max?

      • saint1997 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        yeh true that but can you imagine if they did stay healthy? Thats a team that has serious championship potential

  2. moseskkim - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Klay has a more certain/bright future than Gordon. U would never do that trade if ur the warriors. If Gordon somehow stays healthy, ur still paying max money for him. Klay is almost as good as Gordon, can get much better, is healthy, is paid far less, is a fan favorite.. And I’m not even a fan of his/gsw. Now granger for Gordon maybe. But klay no way.

    • bougin89 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Totally agree. It’s funny how some posters on this site totally undervalue players that are still on rookie contracts. If you have a quality player on a rookie contract, his value is so much higher than a player of equal ability on a max contract. In Gordon’s case he is the better player when healthy, but his health has been a huge issue obviously. No way would Golden State make that trade.

  3. jeffharwell3 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I say the Dubs trade biedrins Barnes and a 1st rounder to the Hawks for josh Smith. Get Rush back next year re-sign Smith and that team would be scary with Lee Bogut Smith Klay and Curry starting 5

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