NBA AM: The 2013 NBA Trade Deadline Is Here
The Deadline Is Here: The 2013 NBA Trade Deadline is today at 3pm EST, and while there are still a number of names floating around, the odds that anything significant is going to drop seems to be decreasing. Here are some of the things we have heard over the last 24 hours.
Mixed Message From The Suns: The Phoenix Suns scooped up Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets last night in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick. The Suns roster now stands at 16 players, meaning Phoenix will have to either dump off a player before their trade is finalized or agree to buy one out.
There are two names being mentioned the most and that’s veteran big man Jermaine O’Neal and veteran guard Sebastian Telfair, one could be moved today for almost nothing in return.
The Suns have been linked to Atlanta’s Josh Smith, however, there continues to be debate on how serious the Suns are in chasing Smith, who will be a free agent in July and is looking for a maximum payday.
The Suns were believed to be dangling disgruntled center Marcin Gortat, veteran forward Jared Dudley and shooting guard PJ Tucker in exchange for Smith.
If that package is genuinely on the table, that is a fairly decent return for the Hawks. However, the Suns started telling insiders last night that the Morris deal was basically their transaction for the deadline and that nothing major was coming.
However, as soon as that transaction hit the internet, league sources chimed in that it was a precursor to a Smith deal and that Phoenix had pushed Houston to move early so they could open serious talks with Atlanta in advance of the deadline today.
It remains unclear exactly which direction Phoenix is going to go, but with the arrival of Morris yesterday, veterans forward Jared Dudley could be on the move regardless of Josh Smith and the Memphis Grizzlies are a team to watch on that front. The Grizz have several Traded Player Exceptions and a second round pick from their Toronto deal with Rudy Gay to shop a deal with; they could solve the roster problem for Phoenix too.
No Ben Gordon Deal For Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Nets have been swinging for the fences, trying to pry loose a significant player before the 3pm EST deadline, however with failed attempt after failed attempt it seemed Brooklyn might have to settle for their fall back option which was Charlotte guard Ben Gordon, however Howard Beck of The New York Times is reporting that a Gordon trade is completely off the table.
The Nets are still very much involved in the on-going Josh Smith discussions with Atlanta after being rebuffed by the Celtics regarding Paul Pierce and Milwaukee regarding Ersan Ilyasova.
Brooklyn wants to make a deal today, so you can expect them to be involved in something. The question remains are they the front runners for Smith or are they patiently waiting for something to fall apart and things break their way?
Magic Don’t Have A Deal For J.J. Redick: David Pingalore from Orlando TV Local 6 reported last night that he’d been told that the Orlando Magic on directive from owner Rich DeVos would not be trading guard JJ Redick.
However, virtually every team that has contacted Orlando about J.J. Redick has gotten an offer discussed and the parameters of a deal laid out. The Magic want a high level first-round draft pick or some combination of second round picks and with a promising young player.
Redick , who has been outspoken about the Magic keeping him informed and that he would not be traded, did not sound nearly as sure last night in Dallas, reinforcing the belief that the Magic are indeed shopping him and that a deal could be coming today.
“There’s just too many variables to say that,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins on whether he’ll be in Orlando past the deadline.
“There’s just too many variables. The shortest way to answer that is I wouldn’t be disappointed if I end up going to a team that is playing for a championship if that were to happen. Look, if any player is in this situation and they’re on a team that’s one of the five or six teams in the league that have one of the worst records and they go to a contender, it’s not a bad thing.
“If I were to stay here, though, it’d be great.”
There continues to be an ever-increasing list of teams willing to trade for Redick, what remains unclear is which of the suitors will deliver on the Magic’s asking price.
Several teams openly question the virtues of trading a high level draft pick for what amounts to a 30-game rental of Redick, as most teams believe even with Redick’s Bird Rights, he is likely to shop for the biggest free agent deal possible, especially one where he can start and ultimately contend.
The Magic did not have a deal for Redick as of last night’s game, however they are expected to work the deadline aggressively today which could change things for Redick and the Magic at 3pm EST.
Lakers Holding The Line: Laker fans may not want to hear it, but the Lakers are not players during the deadline.
Dialed in Lakers sources say if anything is done at all it will be more about the luxury tax and shedding a few dollars than trying to make a major change within the team.
The Lakers have been talking, but sources say there just is no desire on the Lakers part to make a major change and that barring something earth shattering, the Lakers are going to hold the line.
The same can be side of cross-arena rivals the LA Clippers, despite rumors of a willingness to deal, the Clippers are expected to hold the line as well.
Shaping up to be a quiet deadline in LA.
Does Anyone Want Ronnie Brewer?: There had been talk that the New York Knicks were exploring deals involving second-year guard Iman Shumpert. However, Knicks sources say Carmelo Anthony chimed in with ownership urging them to look at other options. Enter Ronnie Brewer.
The Knicks have been shopping both Brewer and sharp shooter Steve Novak hoping to add one more piece to the roster for a stretch run in the postseason.
As you can imagine there isn’t much of a market for either player, so the odds the Knicks can pull something off that matters is looking pretty slim.
The Knicks would like to make a deal, especially for a veteran point guard, however it just does not seems like they have the chips to play this close to the deadline.
Still No Deal For DeJuan Blair: Everyone in DeJuan Blair’s life is ready for him to be traded today, however it seems that even with Blair’s track record in the NBA, a deal still isn’t there for him.
Sources close to the situation peg Atlanta as a possible landing spot especially after the Hawks move Josh Smith, so while no deal is there today; the Spurs are talking with a number of teams and Blair is a player they’d like to move especially if it return a decent bundle of 2nd round picks or a low-level first.
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