Tag: NBA trade rumors

Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

Report: Nuggets talking Chandler for Warriors No. 7 pick


And as the draft nears, the rumors are flying fast and furious.

On that passes the smell test is this from Chris Broussard of ESPN on twitter:

Lots of teams calling Denver to trade for Nuggets’ young players. 1 of several moves being discussed: Wilson Chandler to G State for 7th pick

Wilson Chandler could fit with Golden State playing the three — if he is fully back from the hip surgery he had that ended his last season. He’s a quality small forward who can hit the three and defend. If this went through, Golden State’s starting lineup would be Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Chandler, David Lee and Andrew Bogut. If that lineup stays healthy (there are questions) and if the guys who have been injured can return to near former form, that’s a pretty good starting five.

As for Denver, they can get another quality young player at 7 — Dion Waiters, roll the dice on Andre Drummond, maybe Jeremy Lamb — who George Karl can coach up.

It may not be this move, but don’t be shocked if Denver makes a move and if Golden State jumps out of the No. 7 spot.

Report: Celtics, 76ers, Timberwolves pursuing Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

With its core getting up there in years (save Rajon Rondo), the Boston Celtics need to add some more scoring firepower. You could see it in the playoffs against Philly (and through the regular season).

Jamal Crawford is walking, talking firepower. Or at least he was a couple years ago. The former Sixth Man of the Year has a history of just coming in and lighting it up.

Which is why the Celtics are interested in him and have reached out to Portland talking about a draft-day trade, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. But the Celtics are not alone.

The Portland Trail Blazers are fielding trade offers for guard Jamal Crawford and the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics are among the teams actively pursuing the scoring specialist intensely, a league source tells CSNNW.com.

Other teams who have shown diminutive interest are the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns according to a person familiar with the situation.

Boston has picks 21 and 22, which might appeal to Portland (which already has No. 6 and No. 11 in this draft).

There is a good chance Crawford is traded on draft night. Crawford is in the middle of a two-year contract but with an opt-out after this season that has to be used by Friday. He can be traded on draft night and then either opt-in with his new team or, more likely, opt-out of his deal and re-sign with his new team using Bird rights.

If he’s not traded draft night he will opt out and become a free agent.

Crawford can score, but the past couple years he’s taken a step back to average. Last season in Portland he averaged 14 points a game and shot just 38.4 percent (and 30 percent from three). His PER has been right around the league average of 15 the past two years, well off the 18.4 of his Sixth Man of the Year season in Atlanta. He will turn 32 next season.

Which is to say, how much Crawford thinks he is worth and teams might pay are different things. But smart teams have this discussion with Crawford’s agent (through back channels if need be) before making a trade.

Report: Rockets talking with Raptors, Kings about draft trade

Daryl Morey

This really shouldn’t really be a surprise — ever since Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets they have been one of the more active teams on draft day.

Right now they pick No. 14 but they want to move up, according to ESPN.

Sources say that Houston has discussed deals with several teams in the top 10 about moving up in the draft. And the Rockets might have found two willing partners.

Although sources stressed that no deal is imminent, Sacramento (No. 5) and Toronto (No. 8) have let Houston know that their top-10 selections are available. Sources say that the Rockets, in turn, have made both of their first-round picks available (No. 14 and No. 16), but the key to any trade going through could be point guard Kyle Lowry.

The Kings have been rumored to be shopping their pick around.

If the Rockets can re-sign Goran Dragic they can afford to move Lowry, although Lowry was a borderline All-Star player until he was injured last year.

What’s interesting is ESPN reports the Rockets are after big man Andre Drummond, one of the biggest gambles in this draft. He’s a guy who could turn out to be a Serge Ibaka or maybe even poor-man’s Andrew Bynum in the paint, he has that level of skill, but he’s had serious questions about his drive and passion. He has not impressed in many workouts, according to reports. But if Morey takes him and gets a hit, he may have the second best player in this draft. But it is a big risk.