According to league sources, the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a deal which sends Harrison Barnes to the Kings in exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. The Kings reportedly plan on making a long-term play to keep Barnes, who has a player option for the 2019-2020 season. Before being traded to the Kings, Barnes averaged 17.8 ppg, 4.3 trb, and 1.3 assists while wearing a Mavericks’ jersey. League sources have also confirmed that the trade doesn’t include picks of any kind. It is a straight player-only trade.
For several days now, the Memphis Grizzlies have made it widely known that franchise cornerstone Mike Conley is on the trade block. Many teams have reportedly contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but every trade has fallen through thus far. So to clear up the hazy rumors around the situation, we have compiled everything you need to know about Mike Conley and where he might land.
According to several reports, the Indiana Pacers have made multiple calls to the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but nothing has been set in stone at this time. If Conley was to land somewhere, Indy looks like the front runner in the battle for the star point guard.
The Utah Jazz have also reportedly contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley and did give them an offer: 1 first-round pick, 1 second-round pick, expiring contracts, and possibly cash in exchange for Conley. The Grizzlies also reportedly asked about acquiring Exum, but were immediately told no. Another report surfaced late Wednesday saying Conley was reluctant to go to Utah.
According to several reports, The Toronto Raptors contacted the Grizzlies about acquiring Conley, but thought the asking price was to high. Early indications also suggest Indy thought the asking price was to high as well, but continued to work towards a deal.
According to Brian Windhorst, Conley made it very clear he wanted no part in being traded to a team in the Western Conference, which would make the Jazz a no-go for him.
Rumors have been flying around NBA circles for several days now, some of which involve the Raptors moving point guard Kyle Lowry in either a straight-up trade or a three-team trade involving someone like the Jazz. As for where Conley will end up before the trade deadline, only time will tell, but one thing is for sure. Conley is being viewed in NBA circles as a hot commodity.
According to multiple reports, the Houston Rockets are working “hard” to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Alec Burks before Thursday’s 3p.m. trade deadline. While it’s not clear as to what would be involved in a potential trade, the two sides will likely reach a deal before the trade deadline.
Late Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers engaged in a blockbuster trade which sent Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, and Boban Marjanovic to Philly in exchange for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2020 first-rounder, an unprotected first-rounder via the Miami Heat, and two second round picks.
The two second round picks acquired by the Clippers are for the 2021 draft and 2023 draft. Harris will be a free-agent this summer, but reports are surfacing saying that the 76ers have a plan to keep Harris, Butler, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons together for the foreseeable future.
According to multiple reports, veteran big man Marc Gasol may be on the move.
The Grizzlies and Hornets have been in reported trade talks since late Tuesday night. The Hornets are attempting to acquire the veteran big man to turn their team into a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.
This is an ongoing story. This page will be updated as information becomes available.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans plan on sitting franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis through Thursday’s trade deadline after a potential trade with the Los Angeles Lakers fell through.
Rumors around the league suggest the Lakers pulled out of trade talks after “outrageous” demands were made by the Pelicans. In recent days, many reports had surfaced saying the Lakers were willing to give up a lot of their young core to acquire Davis, but they ultimately pulled out of trade talks.
It will be interesting to see how the Pelicans go about handling this toxic situation. Davis has let it be known that he no longer wants to be in New Orleans and would be open to signing a long term deal with several teams if he is traded to them. The four teams Davis mentioned are the Knicks, Bucks, Clippers, and Lakers.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, trade talks between the Timberwolves and the Heat involving superstar Jimmy Butler have fallen apart.
Talks between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves were reportedly “heating up” to the point where Butler’s medical information was shared with Miami’s front office. The two teams were reportedly preparing to finalize a trade deal, but after thinking it over, Minnesota’s management pushed to receive more in the trade and Miami backed out of the deal.
According to reports released throughout the past several weeks, teams around the league believe that the asking price Minnesota has told them may be to high. While speculation continues to fly around the league, Minnesota’s owner reportedly has informed his front office that despite this trade falling through, their goal should remain the same: find a trade for Jimmy Butler.
The mystery surrounding San Antonio Spurs’ superstar Kawhi Leonard during the NBA season has seemingly made a perfect entrance into free agency as numerous reports have surrounded the 27 year-old and his failing relationship with his organization.
The young superstar has long been deemed mysterious, but nothing previously said about him would compare to what could be said about him after this season. In a season that was full of chaos, mystery and “betrayal”, Kawhi has kept his focus in the same place: going to LA.
The Lakers might be willing to wait and pursue Kawhi Leonard in free agency next off-season, per @Woj. This could prove to be a foolish move, look what happened with Paul George.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 4, 2018
To better understand the situation, you must first understand what led to the issues. Kawhi suffered a quad injury early in the year and, later on in the year, the Spurs’ medical team deemed him “ready for action.” Kawhi felt as if his injury was not being understood by the team doctors and was being mishandled by them. People in Kawhi’s “circle” convinced him to seek several opinions from different doctors until they found one who agreed with them. Teammates and former players commented on the severity of the situation, some taking different views than others, causing tension between Kawhi and the Spurs.
When free agency finally knocked on the Spurs’ door this summer, Kawhi’s demand was clear: trade me to LA.
So that about brings us to the present, where trade talks between Magic Johnson and the Spurs are rumored to have failed thus far, unfortunately for Kawhi. In recent days though, a report has surfaced saying that San Antonio was willing to trade Kawhi to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first round picks and two draft pick swaps. The most likely reason the Lakers have yet to bite on this offer is because Magic Johnson has said he would like to keep his young core together. He also stated that Kyle Kuzma will not be involved in any trade talks this off-season.
The next report that is leading Lakers’ fans to believe Kawhi may not play in the purple and gold states that he would rather play on teams such as the 76ers or the Clippers, simply because he would rather not play on a LeBron-led team. The most likely reason for his thinking is because he would rather not play along side LeBron as a second-option on offense, being that he has yet to play that role on a team in his career. Another possible reason Kawhi would think this way is that if he believes that the Lakers will not change their minds in trade talks, then he can still join the Clippers, another LA team, and could still be the first option on that squad.
— Complex (@Complex) July 4, 2018
One of the latest reports released about him is possibly the strangest one the NBA world has heard thus far. It came from ESPN’s Michael Wright on his “Back to Back” podcast and it runs like this:
“There was a point during [Kawhi’s] rehab process in New York that some of the Spurs [associates] went out to see him in New York. As soon as those guys arrived at the building, Kawhi’s people grabbed him and sequestered him to another part of the building. And so the Spurs’ people couldn’t even see him”
This report only adds to the mixture of mystery surrounding the dysfunctional relationship between Kawhi and the Spurs organization.
According to @mikecwright who covers the Spurs, believes Kawhi Leonard’s perfered destination is actually the Clippers, not Lakers.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 5, 2018
When reading these reports, you must keep in mind that the Spurs hold a certain amount of leverage in this situation as Kawhi does not become a free agent until next summer, meaning that the Spurs do not have to deal him immediately. Although it does put a bit of pressure on the Spurs to deal him now because if they wait until next season, they run the risk of letting him walk as a free agent.
This situation will likely be the most polarizing story to follow as the NBA’s free agency period continues to roll on.