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Five guys most likely to be moved at trade deadline (but don’t be shocked if few are)


I think only two things feel certain at the trade deadline:

1) Somebody we didn’t expect will get moved (not likely a big name, but a solid player). It happens every year.

2) It’s going to be a bit of a slow deadline, and not all the guys on the list below will get moved. It’s possible none of them get moved. It is far more likely that none of them get moved than a majority of them.

But with less than 24 hours to go before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline (the cutoff time is 3 ET), here are the five guys most being talked about around the league.

1) Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns. Last weekend the feeling around the league was that Phoenix would keep Dragic and trade Isaiah Thomas in an effort to balance their roster. Then Dragic’s agents went in told the Suns’ management that the free agent to be will not re-sign with them. That changed the game, the Suns need to move him or risk getting nothing in return — but it also set up another game altogether. Dragic wants to go to a big market where he will have freedom to create in the system — his agents gave the Suns a list that included the Lakers, Knicks, and Heat. However, if they are going to trade him all the Suns care about is getting as much back as possible, they have no concerns for where Dragic wants to go. The Lakers and Knicks don’t have assets anyone wants (no Lakers’ fans, nobody wants Jordan Hill and Steve Nash) while Miami’s offers have not wowed the Suns. Instead, Phoenix is talking in depth with the Celtics, Rockets, and Kings. Those three teams are willing to gamble that if they get Dragic in for half a season they can sell him on their cities and teams, then offer him a five-year contract (other teams will only be able to offer four) and that will be enough to retain him. The Suns could decide they don’t like any trade offers and just keep him and dare him to walk away from the extra contract year (we’re talking more than $20 million guaranteed). But more likely they trade him somewhere he didn’t want to be, which sets up another showdown.

2) Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets. No team may be more active at the deadline than the Nuggets, and no player is drawing more interest than Wilson Chandler. Teams that could use wing help have their eye on him, as he brings 14 points and 6 rebounds a game, plus quality defense. Portland may have the most attractive package: Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, and a future first round pick. The Clippers want to get in the dance and are toying with trading Jamal Crawford for a future first round pick, which would be flipped for Chandler (along with other players). That has not been near enough to move the needle on a deal so far for Denver, will they take the best offer at the deadline or just hold on to him?

3) Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder. He has wanted to run his own team for a while, and when OKC went out and got Dion Waiters to steal some of Jackson’s minutes the drive to get out of town grew stronger. Jackson’s agent has requested the player be traded. The Thunder likely want to make a deal, if they can shed a couple million they can get below the luxury tax line (and they should try to do so since they are close). The problem for OKC is everybody knows Jackson wants out, and they know he’ll be a restricted free agent this summer, so why offer much of anything to get him now? The Thunder likely have to take far less than equal value to get a deal done, but they may well live with that.

4) Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets. With the Nuggets asking a lot to get in the Chandler sweepstakes, this may be the more likely solid wing player on the move. The Kings are the team most interested and aggressive right now, offering Nik Stauskas as the centerpiece, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

5) Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz. With Utah more and more seeing the Rudy Gobert/Derrick Favors combo as the front line of the future, Kanter is the odd big out — and he wants out, having his agent request a trade. Kanter will be a restricted free agent this summer, but that is not motivating the Jazz, who have requested a lot back in return for a deal (a quality young player and a pick). That said, there are several teams interested including the Bucks.

Report: Clippers exploring trading Jamal Crawford for first rounder to flip for Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo, Jamal Crawford

The Clippers have discussed trading for Arron Afflalo, and another Nugget on the block – Wilson Chandler – would also help in Los Angeles.

But obviously, neither Denver wing has been dealt.

So what now for the Clippers?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

the Clippers have probed the market with Jamal Crawford to see if there’s a way to acquire a first-round pick that could help them make a competitive offer to Denver for Wilson Chandler or Arron Afflalo, league sources said. The Clippers have also had a continuing interest with Phoenix’s Gerald Green, sources said.

The Clippers need a wing player so badly, they even took a hard look at Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson in recent weeks, sending a scout to observe him for two games, league sources said. The Clippers moved on, without pursuing serious discussions.

The Clippers are trying to be like the man who traded a paper clip for a house (with a series of smaller trade-ups between). But it rarely works that way in the NBA, especially not a day before the trade deadline.

The Nuggets don’t want Crawford for Chandler or Afflalo – not because Crawford doesn’t fit in Denver (though he doesn’t), but because Crawford is not as valuable as those two. Other teams know Crawford’s value too, and they’re not going to trade a first rounder for him.

Green might be more attainable, but if the Suns trade Goran Dragic, that could open more playing time for Green.

The Clippers just don’t have the means to pursue players of this caliber. Los Angeles is up against a hard cap and has already traded their 2015 first rounder to the Celtics and another future first rounder to the Bucks.

There’s nothing wrong with swinging for the fences with a trade, but far more likely than not, the Clippers will have to settle for scouring the buyout market for wing help.

Blake Griffin’s injury throws Clippers’ playoff plans into question

Mason Plumlee, Blake Griffin

In the Western Conference, everybody is one injury away. The bottom of the playoff seeding was already a bloodbath, with the Phoenix Suns fending off the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth spot. Now, Sunday’s news that Blake Griffin could miss four to six weeks with a staph infection in his right elbow adds another team to the list of those who will be fighting for their lives: the Clippers.

Currently, the Clips sit at sixth in the West with a 33-18 record. They have six games of wiggle room over the ninth-place Pelicans, and seven and a half over the 10th-place Thunder.

Assuming a best-case scenario where Griffin misses four weeks, here’s what the Clippers have on deck without him:

  • Today (Sunday, Feb. 8) at Oklahoma City
  • Monday at Dallas
  • Wednesday vs. Houston
  • February 19 vs. San Antonio
  • February 21 vs. Sacramento
  • February 23 vs. Memphis
  • February 27 at Houston
  • March 1 at Chicago
  • March 2 at Minnesota
  • March 4 vs. Portland
  • March 8 at Golden State

That’s the starting point for games Griffin is expected to miss. If his timeline extends towards the six-week end of the spectrum, you add:

  • March 9 vs. Minnesota
  • March 11 at Oklahoma City
  • March 13 at Dallas
  • March 15 vs. Houston
  • March 17 vs. Charlotte
  • March 18 at Sacramento
  • March 20 vs. Washington
  • March 22 vs. New Orleans

That’s 19 games total. Of those, nine are against teams currently slated to make the playoffs in the West. That’s not counting three additional games against Oklahoma City and New Orleans, two teams who will be fighting for the final spot in the playoffs. Add two more games against Washington and Chicago, Eastern Conference playoff contenders, and things start to look ugly for the Clippers.

The truth of the matter is, the Clippers don’t have the depth to withstand a long-term injury to Griffin. J.J. Redick is out, too, which decimates their roster. Outside of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan, the roster is not pretty. Spencer Hawes will start in Griffin’s place, and he’s been a disaster so far. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will see their minutes increase. Redick’s absence means more minutes for Austin Rivers.

The Clippers’ best hope is to hit the buyout market. Reports have surfaced in recent days that Amar’e Stoudemire could ask the Knicks for a buyout, and he’d be a good short-term replacement for Griffin. But he can’t play the extended minutes Griffin does at his age and with his knees being what they are.

Hopefully, Griffin’s recovery is quick and his time missed is on the shorter end of the spectrum. If that happens, the Clippers should be able to salvage the end of the season and secure a playoff spot. But with how competitive the conference is, and how tough their upcoming schedule is, there’s really no margin for error now.

Clippers J.J. Redick out with back spasms, will not return “until he’s right”

Los Angeles Clippers v New Orleans Pelicans

The Los Angeles Clippers run six deep — when any combination of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are on the floor, the Clippers play like contenders. Their starting five is +16.1 per 100 possessions, swap in Crawford for Redick and it jumps to +21.3 per 100. However, get beyond that six and things go south fast.

Which is why losing Redick for a while could be trouble for Los Angeles.

Redick came out of the Clippers road loss to the Nets Monday with back spasms and he’s going to miss some time, reports Arash Markazi of ESPN.

Redick hurt his back on the final play of last Monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets and missed Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz with back spasms. He returned and started the Clippers’ previous two games against the New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs before being pulled early against Brooklyn.

“It’s just spasms,” (Clippers coach Doc) Rivers said. “I think it’s from that hit [against Denver]. He probably shouldn’t have played, who knows, but we’re just going to rest him until he’s right.”

If Redick misses several weeks he could be out of the All-Star Saturday Three-Point Contest, which would be too bad because that is a stacked field and probably the most intriguing event all that weekend.

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Redick’s three-point shooting — he is hitting 43.2 percent from deep and scoring 14.4 a night — is a key to the Clippers spacing, creating lanes for CP3 or space inside for Griffin. Plus Rivers loves to run Redick off multiple screens to free him (think how he used Ray Allen in Boston at times). The Clippers’ offense is 9.2 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the floor compared to off it (the defense doesn’t change much). They will miss him when he’s out.

His absence will simply lead to more inconsistency from what is already the most inconsistent good team in the league. The Clippers are out on their Grammy road trip and have lived up to their roller coaster reputation, beating the Spurs on Saturday then losing to the Nets on Monday (a Brooklyn team they beat by 39 just a few games ago).

Jarrett Jack nails game-winning jumper, lifts Nets over Clippers (VIDEO)

Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson
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For Nets fans, their favorite part of the above video is Jarrett Jack recognizing the mismatch, crossing over DeAndre Jordan enough to create space and nailing the elbow jumper. That shot lifted the Nets to an upset win over the Clippers, 102-100.

My favorite part? That Jack has to do four jump-and-bumps with teammates after making this shot. I was waiting for Lionel Hollins to come out and do one.

The Nets played solid defense taking away the easy dunks and baskets from the Clippers for the most part, and the Clippers guards Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford could not take advantage, going a combined 15-of-40 shooting. Jordan had 22 points and 20 boards for the Clippers, but if he was not 2-of-12 from the free throw line this game would have ended differently.

Brook Lopez had 24 and Joe Johnson had 22 for the Nets on the night. Deron Williams played 29 minutes in his return and had 15 points on eight shots.