Here’s a look at the latest trade rumors to emerge from the world of NBA basketball in the past few days.
Paul George: Los Angeles Lakers are his next destination?
New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings recently posted a tweet saying ‘Paul George to L.A next watch’. Almost immediately after he posted the tweet, Jennings deleted it. The question is - Does Jennings know something we don’t.
It’s no surprise that the L.A Lakers have been on the hunt for a Superstar player to lead their franchise and bring the Lakers back to their previous glory days. We’ve heard talks of Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins joining the Lakers. Westbrook signed a new deal with the Thunder at the start of the season which will see him staying with the Thunder for the next four years. As for Cousins, reports emerged that the two teams were close to a deal but the Lakers would not give up rookie small forward Brandon Ingram in the trade.
The latest rumor is that Paul George will be traded to the Lakers before the trade deadline on Thursday the 23rd of February. Some people may think this isn’t going to happen but it’s not such an unlikely prospect. Here’s why:
The Pacers seem to want George gone in exchange for some young talent. Indiana have young Myles Turner as their starting center. Turner is only 20 years old and seems like a great young talent with lots of potentials who could be the Pacers next franchise player.
George is averaging 22.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.3 apg so far this season on a 45% field goal percentage. PG has helped the Pacers to a 29W-28L record but he hasn’t played as well as people had expected him to this season.
The Lakers have plenty of young talent that could interest the Pacers in pursuing a deal. Indiana would like a young point guard and if they were to trade with the Lakers they have their pick of players to choose from with D’Angelo Russell being a big possibility. The Lakers could also offer up players like Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle or Ivica Zubac in a trade. L.A also have many draft picks for the future NBA Drafts which could interest Indiana.
Blake Griffin to the Boston Celtics?
Reports suggest that 5-time All-Star Blake Griffin could be on his way to join the Boston Celtics before the trade deadline.
Boston are reportedly very interested in acquiring the 6’10” power forwards skills from the L.A Clippers.
Griffin hasn’t had the best of seasons so far as he has only played 36 of the Clippers 56 games due to injury. In the games he has played though, Blake has been good averaging 21.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 5 apg.
Griffin has shown the NBA world he is a good player but maybe a change of scenery could impact his career in a positive way, making him an even better player.
Boston are on the verge of being a Championship contending team but they do need to sign someone before the trade deadline on Thursday.
Blake Griffin could just be the man that the Celtics need to help them contend for a title.
At the moment, Boston are 2nd in the East with a 37W-20L record but if Griffin was to be traded to the Celtics we could really see Boston pushing for that top seed in the East.
The Cavaliers are the top force in the East at the moment (there’s no doubt about that) but if Blake made a move to the Celtics, they could really compete with Cleveland and give them major problems.
We should see this deal completed in the next day or so if it goes ahead. In order to gain Blake Griffin, the Celtics would have to trade away players like Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder in order to complete a deal with the Clippers. The Celtics also have a first round draft pick from the Brooklyn Nets that could interest Los Angeles.
Derrick Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves?
It’s a well-known fact that the Knicks franchise is a bit of a mess at the moment and there are major chemistry issues within the team. Every day there is a new trade rumor coming out but most of these rumors usually involve Carmelo Anthony.
The latest reports to emerge from New York suggest that the young Minnesota Timberwolves would be interested in acquiring the skills of veteran point guard Derrick Rose.
The Timberwolves would reportedly offer up the 26-year-old Spanish point guard - Ricky Rubio in exchange for Derrick Rose. Some may see this as a surprise but the Timberwolves see Kris Dunn as their future point guard so they would, therefore, be interested in acquiring Derrick Rose in exchange for Rubio and keeping him for the short-term as Kris Dunn adapts to the NBA.
Rose is averaging 17.7 ppg and 4.5 apg so far this season but the Knicks want to trade away either Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose before the trade deadline so we can expect to see the Knicks jump at the chance to trade away the injury-prone point guard in exchange for Ricky Rubio who can be a solid playmaker.
This deal should be wrapped up as soon as possible as the Knicks will want to get ready to go into the last part of the regular season, ready to make a solid playoff push as they currently lie 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics are reportedly interested in acquiring Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz. Hayward made his first appearance in the All-Star game last weekend and is a great player who always gives it his all on the court.
Hayward has averaged 22.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg so far this season. He currently has a 47% field goal percentage and is shooting great from behind the arc averaging 39% for the Jazz.
Hayward is one of the top small forwards in the NBA at the moment and would be a great addition to the Boston Celtics who are hoping to make a run deep into the Playoffs this year.
In order to get Hayward, the Celtics would most likely have to give up both Amir Johnson and Marcus Smart. This wouldn’t matter to the Celtics though as they would finally have a ‘Big 3’ of Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward.
This is a trade that Celtics should try hard to make happen as it would be exciting to see the trio play on the court together! It would also put Boston right into title contention and have them on the verge of making the NBA Finals if the team stayed healthy.
The NBA’s trade deadline is on Thursday the 23rd of February at 3 p.m. Eastern time so expect to see some of these deals done by then. It’ll be interesting to see which deals do actually go ahead and which teams add new pieces to their roster.