With the NBA trade deadline set for 3PM on Thursday, teams are looking to take advantage of notable and impact players being made available by their respective teams.
Goran Dragic, veteran point guard of the Phoenix Suns, has reportedly told team officials that he has no plans to re-sign with Phoenix this summer, according to USA Today Sports. Dragic has reportedly given the Suns a list of seven teams with whom he is willing to sign a long-term contract with this summer.
His numbers are slightly down this year in a reduced role sharing minutes with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, but there is no question that Dragic can produce. Dragic was selected to the All-NBA Third Team last season after averaging 20.3 points per game, 5.9 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Teams interested in Dragic will likely ask for his commitment to resign in the summer, with teams like the Knicks, Lakers, Celtics and Rockets all reportedly showing interest. Phoenix will likely deal him prior to the trade deadline to ensure they receive some sort of value or assets before he signs elsewhere this summer.
Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets is in trade rumors again this season, with the Detroit Pistons showing interest in the swingman, as reported by ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk and Mike Mazzeo. Johnson, 33, is set to make $24.9 million next season. The deal would involve Brandon Jennings, who is out for the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon, as well as other filler pieces to make the salaries match.
Enes Kanter of the Utah Jazz has reportedly requested a trade after becoming increasingly frustrated in his lack of playing time this season, sharing minutes with Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. The Bucks have shown interest in the big man.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers Chicago Bulls have all been in talks with the Denver Nuggets regarding the availability of Arron Afflalo. Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN tweeted “No serious talks yet for Arron Afflalo, but word is OKC, Kings, Bulls, Clippers have discussed. Would be an interesting add for a contender.”
Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets is still available for trade, though the Nets have listened and denied several offers. The Nets allegedly rejected an offer of JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson and a first-round pick for the Nets big man.
The Nets also had discussions with the Hornets regarding a 3-team deal that would send Lance Stephenson to the Nets and Lopez to the Hornets, though the Nets pulled out of those trade talks due to concerns about Stephenson. The Thunder were also linked to a trade for Lopez which the Nets turned down.
Alex Kenendy of Basketball Insiders tweeted “Tonight, an executive told me Thunder and Nets are most aggressive teams in trade talks. They want to deal, and may trade with each other.” It seems that the Thunder are committed to making a trade before the deadline as the Thunder are on the outside looking in on the playoff picture. Sam Presti, general manager of the Thunder, is not shy and will pull the trigger on a trade if he feels it will get the team into playoff contention. The Nets have made it clear that they will not trade any of their core players unless it makes sense for them to do so.
With the trade deadline looming, team executives and general managers will continue to try and make a final move for a player they feel can be the difference in making a late-season playoff push or even contend for a NBA championship. Expect more news, rumors and transactions to accelerate as we move closer to the Thursday deadline.