It’s Valentine’s Day and you know what that means… Only one week to go until the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 21. Here are just a few of the rumors floating around the Association today:
According to Bleacher Report, The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets have both inquired about the availability of Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova. The fifth-year player signed a big contract in the offseason and has been somewhat of a disappointment so far this year so a move does seem possible.
Despite having three point guards on their roster already, the New York Knicks are reportedly interested in Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Luke Ridnour. The Timberwolves are flush with guards which makes Ridnour somewhat expendable in Minnesota. He would be a nice fit on a Knicks team that could use his veteran experience during the playoffs.
Atlanta Hawks big man Josh Smith has been linked to just about every team in the league at one point or another including the San Antonio Spurs and the aforementioned Nets, but concerns about the volatile forward’s attitude and financial demands may keep him stuck in the ATL.
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap will be a free agent after this season is up and would likely leave Utah. The Jazz also have a logjam in their frontcourt with Al Jefferson and youngster Derrick Favors both needing playing time, so Millsap is a logical candidate to get dealt. The same could probably be said for Jefferson. The Nets seems to be in just about every trade rumor out there and Brooklyn could be a destination for one of Utah’s forwards.
Last night during a game telecast, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge wouldn’t say what he had planned for the deadline but did mention that he would be looking at “big things.” Whether that was just an idle comment remains to be seen, but Ainge has done big deals at the deadline in the past. It would be a surprise to see Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce leave Boston, but stranger things have happened.
Source: (Bleacher Report)