There is just under a month left before February 1st. 9 nba The trade deadline is over, and as team executives intensify talks, the big names in this year’s market begin to emerge. atlanta‘s john collins Y phoenix‘s jae crowder they are still in the trading bloc, and discussions around both are expected to continue to escalate in the coming days.
Yet one organization emerges each deadline as a key hub for the entire nba. This season, it could be San Antonio. Spurs hub Jakob Poeltl has gained significant commercial interest from equipment such as the toronto raptors Y boston celticsaccording to league sources who, like all other sources on this story, were granted anonymity so they could speak freely.
Poeltl is believed to have great respect for the Spurs organization, head coach Gregg Popovich and his teammates, but his desire to compete at the highest levels is a factor other organizations consider important to the free agent without restrictions pending. The Spurs have wanted the 27-year-old Poeltl as part of their long-term future, but are weighing the risk of price him and potentially losing him for nothing in the summer.
The Spurs have had a standing offer to Poeltl for his maximum four-year, $58 million extension since before the season, but that has been turned down, league sources say. San Antonio will be able to offer Poeltl more in the offseason and is slated to have more than $50 million in cap space. Rival executives believe Poeltl will approach the $20 million-per-year range in a new deal during the offseason. There is no question that the Spurs will maintain a high price threshold for any deal involving Poeltl.
Richardson, who will be a free agent in July, has averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 assists and 36.1 percent from 3-point range this season and is valued as a two-way player. McDermott, under contract through 2024 for $13.75 million per year, is averaging 10.5 points on 42.1 percent shooting from 3-point range this season.
Along with the Spurs, the charlotte hornets they’re an organization many around the league are eyeing as a potential seller as the trade deadline approaches. Guard Terry Rozierhub mason plumlee and forward Jalen McDaniels Y Kelly Oubre Jr. They are among the players expected to receive interest in potential deals.
The Hornets are expected to hear from Rozier’s suitors before the deadline, though he has three years left on the four-year, $97 million extension he signed in 2021.
The Hornets (11-34) are the worst team in the Eastern Conference this season and trail the houston rockets (10-34) for the worst record in the league. Charlotte’s season has been derailed by extended absences from key rotation players like LaMelo Ball, gordon hayward, Dennis Smith Jr., cody martin and Miles Bridges. He has the fourth worst defense in the NBA.
For now, San Antonio and Charlotte are seen as two of the NBA’s sure sellers on the market. The Houston Rockets also have a shooting guard eric gordon as a business candidate But they’ve priced in a good young player or first-round pick for Gordon, league sources say.
When talking to NBA team officials, the Toronto Raptors are the most fascinating franchise to watch before the deadline. At 20-24 and 11th in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have disappointed at times and have several talented players: Paschal SiakamOG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet Y Gary Trent Jr. — who the teams are monitoring. If the Raptors decide to rebuild and prepare to target the draft lottery sooner moving a couple of its key cornerstonesthere will be a long list of suitors.
Without a doubt, the Raptors have all the attention of everyone in the NBA.
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Tea utah jazz they’ve been the team most recently committed to a potential Collins trade, league sources say. Tea washington wizards they have also been among the teams that expressed interest in Collins. Jazz has two pieces in Malik Beasley Y jarred vanderbilt that could interest the Hawks.
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the raptors, los angeles lakers, new orleans pelicans, milwaukee dollars, cleveland cavaliers Y dallas mavericks are among the teams registering interest in detroit‘s bojan bogdanovicsay league sources. The Pistons have maintained that they prefer Bogdanović to move forward, but ace the athletic‘s James Edwards III reportedthe franchise is open to talks, with an unprotected first-round pick believed to be able to snap Bogdanović out of Detroit.
Los Angeles Clippers
Tea Pair of scissors They are looking for depth in the forward area and have discussed guarding john wall in potential deals, league sources say. Behind Ivica Zubacthe Clippers have relied heavily on the two-way big man brown bassinet but I have also searched for a more successful center.
los angeles lakers
lakers stars antonio davis is with the aim of returning to the lineup in early February, within a handful of games before the All-Star break, league sources say. Davis has been out of action since Dec. 16 due to a stress reaction and a bone spur injury in his right foot. Davis had played like an MVP candidate before the injury, posting season averages of 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 blocks and a career-high 59.4 percent shooting from the field.
The Timberwolves have an important decision to make with D’Angelo Russell, who has an expiring $31.3 million contract with no sign of an extension. The team would lose his salary cap if he left as a free agent, so Minnesota has been exploring Russell’s trade possibilities while prioritizing another point guard, sources said.
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The Hawks are in serious talks to hire Spurs executive and former Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant as a senior adviser in Landry Fields’ front office, sources said. A highly respected executive, Grant spent nine years in the Hawks organization (1996-2005) before serving as the Cavaliers’ assistant general manager and general manager from 2005-2014.
the suns and Magic have emerged as potential free agent suitors for All-Star guard VanVleet, league sources say. VanVleet, the 2019 NBA champion and one of the biggest undrafted success stories in the league, recently spoke about his pending free agency status in the offseason and how he remains focused on the Raptors: “I’m completely focused on his team. My loyalty is to this team and this franchise and trying to get us back to the level we’re used to around here.”
The Timberwolves and Clippers are expressing interest in Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr., league sources say. A well-respected veteran in Utah and throughout the league, Conley has averaged 10.3 points, 7.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds this season. The Jazz are 5-7 without Conley this season and 18-17 with him in the lineup.
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