NBA trade deadline rumors post (updated all day)

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There are more rumors swirling around the NBA today then there were groupies swirling around All-Star Game parties last weekend in Los Angeles. Okay, we exaggerate; there could not possibly be that many. But there are a lot of rumors. So we are putting them here, new ones at the top, and updating this post all day. Bookmark this and come back between now and 3 p.m. Eastern as we give you everything we hear. (Well, except for some of the stuff about the groupies.)

LAST UPDATE 4:30 pm EST (deadline passed, deals still rolling in)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have approached Leon Powe about buying out his contract.
And it’s officially dead — O.J. Mayo was not traded to the Pacers, team owner Michael Heisley told David Aldridge of NBA.com. Of course, Heisley blamed the Pacers.
Rip Hamilton almost became a Cavalier, but that deal fell apart when Rip declined a buyout of his current deal.

Not so fast on our previously reported O.J. Mayo to Indiana trade — the teams may have missed the 3 p.m. (Eastern) trade deadline. We’re all waiting to hear from the league.

Aaron Brooks in the Phoenix Suns up-and-down the ourt offense could be scary. Houston traded Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first round draft pick. Like that for both teams, at first glance.

Look for Mike Bibby to seek a buyout of his contract, he doesn’t want to back up John Wall on a losing team, according to the folks at NBA TV.

The Gerald Wallace to Portland trade ended up being for Joel Przybilla and two first round draft picks. That’s still quite a steal for Portland in terms of talent.

Boston made other moves as well as the big one, such as Boston has trading Semih Erdan and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a second-round pick.

How does a wing pairing of Danny Granger and O.J. Mayo sound? The Grizzlies have traded O.J. Mayo to the Pacers for Josh McRobertsand a first-round pick, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Gerald Wallace has been traded from Charlotte to the Portland Trail Blazers. No word on what is headed back, but apparently the Bobcats relented on their demand for Nicolas Batum. (Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

The Thunder are making a collection of centers, also getting Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte for Mo Pete’s expiring and D.J. White. I love this deal for OKC — they just filled their biggest weakness. They will miss Green some but they still have Westbrook and Durant.

Remember that Kendrick Perkins could be a free agent, there may have been concern from Boston they could lose him and get nothing. But still, he is the rock on the back line of that defense. What if the face Orlando in the playoffs? Is Shaq, Jermaine O’Neal and Krstic enough?

The Seattle Times is tweeting that Nate Robinson is also going to the Thunder. So Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic? There has to be something I’m missing here because that is not a win for Boston. Why break up the core?

The Rockets did make a deal, sending Aaron Brooks to the Phoenix Suns. (ESPN)

The previously discussed here Shane Battier to Memphis for Hasheem Thabeet and a pick trade has become a reality. (Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

WOW! Boston has agreed to send Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a exchange for Jeff Green and Krstic. That is a stunner. (Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

The Bulls really want Courtney Lee and have offered multiple picks, but they refuse to give up the big man Omer Asik the Rockets have demanded. Just 10 minutes left for someone to blink. (Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson)

The Cavaliers are in discussions with the Golden State Warriors for a deal that would send Antawn Jamison to the Bay Area. (ESPN)

The Rockets are making one last big push to get a deal done, going hard at Marcus Camby from Portland. The problem is the deal is complex and could involve Jonny Flynn and the Timberwolves as a third team. Those deals are hard to pull off under pressure. (CBSSports’ Ken Berger)

The smart bet on the guy to be moved right before the deadline — Anthony Parker of the Cavaliers. Boston is interested, Chicago is interested, and now two new teams have entered the mix as dark horses. Something will happen here. (CBSSports Ken Berger)

Friend of this blog A. Sherrod Blakely says that the Celtics are targeting the Cavs Anthony Parker, and if not him they will try to get Rasual Butler. But they don’t think Marquis Daniels is coming back and they want help there.

The Washington Wizards say they are done making deals. They should be, how can you top getting Mike Bibby? (ESPN’s John Hollinger)

The Rockets seem to be eager to make a deal. We told you about maybe Shane Battier to the Grizzlies. There also were rumors he and Arron Brooks and Battier could be headed to Portland for Marcus Camby, but that rumor now seem to be dead according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

There are some rumors out there that the Celtics will trade Ray Allen (to the Bucks). I’m not repeating them here other than to tell you we know those not to be true. Not even close. Ray-Ray s

The Jazz say that nobody on their roster is untouchable. You would think the Deron Williams trade would have made that evident, but they said it again anyway. If they shed $5 million in salary they go under the luxury tax. (Salt Lake Tribune)

One possible reason that nobody is jumping in to trade for Rip Hamilton, teams are hoping that the Pistons will buy him out and they can just snatch him up that way. Don’t bet on that buyout, though. (Fran Isola, New York Daily News)

The Detroit Pistons are still taking calls from teams interested in Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, but a deal for either seems unlikely. (CBSSport’s Ken Berger)

Mo Williams has waived his early termination option, which means he is locked in with this deal ad the Clippers through the summer of 2013. (Well, they could trade him someday.) This is still a great deal for the Clips. (NBA.com’s Scott Howard Cooper)

The Gerald Wallace to Portland deal went from rumor to seeming almost done to dead in one day. Why did it die? Because the Bobcats kept demanding that Nicolas Batum be part of the package headed back to Charlotte. The Blazers are not trading him and have been clear about that with everyone from the start. But the Bobcats would not back off it. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

The Orlando Magic have no plans to make any deadline deals, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Which makes sense, everything is just fine there.

Denver has no interest in sending J.R. Smith to Dallas. (Well, that or they had no interest in what Dallas was sending back. Either way it’s the same result.) (ESPN’s Marc Stein)

There is value in big men who can defend and rebound, so for that reason there were rumors the Kings might try to move Samuel Dalembert. Looks like no. (ESPN’s Chad Ford)

Golden State just got Troy Murphy from New Jersey, but rather than just buy him out they are trying to flip him into another pick, according to Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area.

The Pacers seem unable to find a good trading partner to take on T.J. Ford, so they may just buy him out. Miami is begging them to do that. (Ken Berger, CBSSports)

Those Jonny Flynn rumors (read the next paragraph) apparently involve either Aaron Brooks or Jared Jeffries going to Minny for Flynn. That is a terrible trade for the Rockets, so it really must be about the pressure to get under the luxury tax threshold and save money.

The Rockets are getting a lot of calls about Courtney Lee but are holding out for a big. The pressure is on the Bulls with Omer Asik, who they don’t want to give up. (Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

Minnesota has interest in Raja Bell. The Suns would love someone, anyone, to take on that contract. They’re talking. (CBSSport’s Ken Berger)

Boston is dangling Nate Robinson plus a first round pick to get someone to replace Marquis Daniels. Or they will even trade Daniels. So far, no takers.

Sharpshooter Jason Kapono may get bought out by the Sixers. If so, look for the Lakers, Celtics, Thunder, Hornets and pretty much everyone else to go after him. (Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski)

The Rockets and Timberwolves are talking about a deal for Jonny Flynn. Why? It gets the Rockets under the luxury tax line. But shockingly the Wolves are getting a lot of interest in Flynn. (ESPN’s Marc Stein)

The Bulls are making a last-ditched push to get Courtney Lee or O.J. Mayo to fill in their hole at the two.

The Mavericks would really like to get Tayshaun Prince out of Detroit or J.R. Smith out of Denver. I would like to drive a Maserati. They have about the same chance of happening.

The Blazers have won six in a row so they are starting to pull back from big trades. Do they really think they have something to build toward a title with?

A lot of teams would love to get Jared Dudley out of Phoenix, but the Suns seem to know what they have and are not looking to move him.

No, you can’t have Andre Iguodala, either.

Nor Jeff Foster… although that one makes less sense.

One guy who might be available is Toronto’s Reggie Evans. The man is a beast of a rebounder. But because he provides little offense there seems to be no interest.

As he chases record, LeBron says he has ‘no relationship’ with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Later this season, health permitting, LeBron James will pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

Kareem has said LeBron has earned it, but also has called out LeBron on COVID issues (something Abdul-Jabbar apologized for). Have the two legends started to build a relationship as LeBron marches toward the record? Not so much.

“No thoughts, no relationship.”

This question was asked of LeBron days after Abdul-Jabbar slammed former LeBron teammate Kyrie Irving in a Substack newsletter, calling him a “comical buffoon” and saying he is a poor role model. Abdul-Jabbar has been a vocal proponent of getting the vaccine, Irving remains unvaccinated, and LeBron has posted on social media questioning the severity of the virus and the response. Plus, LeBron and Irving are friends, which could have sparked LeBron’s terse response (as could the fact he was ready to get out of the arena after a dull preseason game).

A week earlier at media day, LeBron had been kinder when discussing Abdul-Jabbar and chasing his record.

“And you know, obviously Kareem has had his differences, with some of my views and some of the things that I do. But listen, at the end of the day, to be able to be right in the same breath as a guy to wear the same [Lakers] uniform, a guy that was a staple of this franchise along with Magic and Big Game [James Worthy] over there for so many years, especially in the 80s, and a guy that does a lot off the floor as well,” LeBron said. “I think it’s just super duper dope for myself to be even in that conversation.”

Abdul-Jabbar has been more of a public persona in recent years, both around the game of basketball and discussing social justice issues through his writings. The NBA named its new social justice award after him. With that has come new relationships around the league.

One of those is not with LeBron. Will Abdul-Jabbar be in the building when LeBron does break the record?

We’ve got months for this relationship to evolve — if it does — before that big day.

 

Watch Zion Williamson score 13 in return to court for Pelicans

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Zion Williamson is back.

He certainly looked in better shape and flashed his insane explosiveness on his way to 13 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes Tuesday night against the Bulls, his first game after missing all of last season following foot surgery.

There was some rust, and the Pelicans are wisely bringing him along slowly and not breaking out the entire playbook for a preseason game, but in the moments we saw Zion looked like he was all the way back.

The questions now are can he sustain it, and how to the Pelicans mesh him with other scoring options in CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram.

And maybe we shouldn’t leave rookie Dyson Daniels off that list, he looked good in his first NBA preseason game.

The Pelicans are one of the most intriguing teams this season, a team that made the playoffs last season with a push after McCollum arrived, and now they add the elite interior scoring and athleticism of Zion to Ingram’s outside shot and slashing, not to mention and a solid core of role players. This team has top six potential if it can get stops. But in a deep West, nothing will be easy.

Wembanyama scores 37, Scoot Henderson 28, as both make case to go No.1

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The NBA league office hates tanking — the action, the word, the mere suggestion of it.

But there is going to be some serious tanking in the NBA this season, and anybody who watched the Victor Wembanyama vs. Scoot Henderson game Tuesday (also known as the G-league Ignite vs.  Metropolitans 92 from France) knows exactly why.

What. A. Show.

Victor Wembanyama, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, showed why he is a true 7’4″ unicorn who can do seemingly anything. He finished the game with 37 points, hitting 7-of-11 from 3, with five blocks, showed off some handles and even brought the ball up court a couple of times.

This play sums him up well: at 7’4″ Wembanyama is the ball handler in a pick-and-roll, looks smooth, and when the defender goes under the pick casually drains a 3.

Scoot Henderson, expected to go No.2 in the next draft, flashed his explosive athleticism to the tune of 28 points, nine assists, and five rebounds.

Ja Morant was impressed.

There was a lot for fans, scouts, and GMs to be impressed with.

For all his shooting an offensive game, Wembanyama was just as impressive on defense. His length and mobility forces players to change their driving angles to the rim. He also showed a fearlessness in going after the big block.

Henderson showed high-level athleticism and an ability to get to the rim at will, but he also set up teammates and an improving shot. Henderson is a dynamic athlete and a season playing against the men of the G League is only going to sharpen his skills.

Henderson made his case Tuesday to be the No.1 pick — scouts say he has the potential to be a franchise cornerstone point guard, a top-10 player in the league, and he looked it in this game. He showed no fear, even going at Wembanyama a few times.

However, Wembanyama will go No.1 because he just breaks the mold, there is nobody like him. Anywhere. He looks like a generational talent, even if there is some work to do to realize it. Wembanyama started to show that Tuesday night.

These two teams face off again on Thursday night in Henderson, Nevada.

Royce O’Neal on Durant, Irving trade rumors: ‘That was the summer’

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The Brooklyn Nets are trying to move on from a turbulent, awkward summer where their two best players tried to get tradedone throwing down a “me or the coach and GM” ultimatum — and they are tired of talking about it.

It sounds like they have moved on from the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving drama in the locker room, at least based on what Royce O’Neal told Michael Scotto of Hoopshype.

“That was the summer. Nobody cares about it now. We’re all here, and we’re going to make it work. We have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to go. That’s what we’re focusing on.”

No doubt that is the mantra in the locker room, and it’s easy to do during the carefree, optimistic days of training camp or even the first preseason games. The players believe they have moved on.

The real question about these Nets is what happens when adversity hits? And it will hit, it does every team. How will Ben Simmons handle the stress? Irving? Can coach Steve Nash keep the Nets all on task, or will the finger-pointing start, and will the locker room get split?

Those questions are why everyone is finding it hard to predict these Nets — they could win a ring, they could have Durant demanding a trade again by Christmas. Most likely they land in the middle somewhere, but every possibility is on the table.

Speaking of teams being broken up, Scotto also asked about O’Neal’s former team, the Utah Jazz, and Danny Ainge’s decision to trade Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell this summer. Ainge said “this team didn’t believe in each other,” but that’s not how O’Neal saw it. He was surprised the team was blown up.

“I was definitely shocked. I had been there for five years. The team we had for a couple of years fell short. I thought we were going to build on it. Things happened, so keep it moving.”

The question is will the Nets keep moving when things get hard?