NBA Draft 2017: Latest trade rumors, news and buzz (6/22/17)
Latest news, rumors ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft
DETROIT – NBA Draft Week is upon us, and the rumor mill is in full overdrive ahead of Thursday night in Brooklyn.
It's been a crazy week in the NBA with not only draft picks moving, but some big names already being traded, front office changes and rumors swirling about some of its biggest stars.
Here's some of the latest news and rumors from around the NBA:
Knicks open to trading Porzingis?
From Woj: Sources: As teams become aware Phil Jackson isn't ruling out possibility of trading Kristaps Porzingis, frenzy of interest is growing today. Celtics are reportedly interested.
From Gary Washburn: NBA source with knowledge of talks says 1) Phil's asking price is very high for Porzingis and 2) doesn't think anything happens w #Celtics
Latest from Woj: Several teams engaging with NY on Kristaps Porzingis - including Boston - are unwilling to meet Knicks demands for deal. So far.
From 1580 The Fan: Source tells me #Knicks have told #Porzingis a #Suns deal is close, Porzingis brother told my source the deal is "likely"
David Aldridge: Hearing from several sources that nothing close to imminent between Knicks, Suns on potential Porzingis deal. Things can obviously change.
From Mark Murphy: NBA source confirms NYDN report that NY wants both Nets picks, Brown and Crowder for Porzingis. "(Phil Jackson) is just messing with things"
Knicks source on Phil right now: "he's dug in. If he doesn't get exactly what he wants, there will be no (Porzingis) trade." - ESPN's Ramona Shelburne
Porzingis averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks last year with the Knicks.
Paul George to Spurs or Blazers?
The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly become the latest teams to make a serious push for Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George via trade. - Steve Kyler
From Jason Quick: Source says what Blazers have offered for Paul George "doesn't move the needle" for Pacers.
Portland eyes deal for Aldridge?
Multiple league sources have informed the Express-News the Spurs are exploring the trade market, hoping to find a deal to unload Aldridge, who will turn 32 next month.
Minnesota considering run at Butler/George?
Opposing executives believe Minnesota is considering using its No. 7 pick as part of a package to try to re-engage the Chicago Bulls on a trade for Jimmy Butler, ESPN has learned.
From Woj: Minnesota continues to show interest in landing Paul George or Jimmy Butler, league sources tell @TheVertical
Cavaliers Trade For Paul George, Jimmy Butler ‘Not Happening’
Windy on George/Butler: "Nope. Not happening. The Cavs were not generating enough trade interest in Kevin Love." - ESPN
Spurs shopping LaMarcus Aldridge?
The Spurs have spoken to a handful of teams attempting to find a trade partner in a deal involving the five-time All-Star, league sources say. - SA Express
Clippers may have offered trade of DeAndre Jordan for Andre Drummond
On Wednesday ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told The Jump that the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken to the Detroit Pistons about trading for Andre Drummond.
Matt Dery reports the Kings are also interested in Drummond. "From what I was told on this, talks involve 10th pick and Afflalo. Again, just discussions."
Kings passed on swapping first-round draft picks with Lakers
The Lakers made a move on Tuesday, but they almost made it with the Kings, per reports. David Aldridge of Turner Sports backed that up with a report that the two sides had engaged in talks that would have sent the second overall pick of the draft to Sacramento in exchange for the Kings' two first-round picks. The Kings were hoping to flip the deal for Paul George.
Clippers exploring market for DeAndre Jordan?
ESPN's Chris Haynes reports the LA Clippers have gauged the market on potentially trading All-Star defensive stalwart center DeAndre Jordan. One of the teams contacted was the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN.
Jimmy Butler shoots down possible trade to Cavaliers
From David Aldridge: Per source, Jimmy Butler has informed Cavs that he wants to stay in Chicago rather than be traded to Cleveland.
Reports also say Cavs players have told Butler to stay away from the "suddenly volatile" situation in Cleveland.
Greg Monroe opting into contract with Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe plans to opt-in on his 2017-18 deal for $17.88 million, league sources tell @TheVertical.
Dwyane Wade tells Bulls he's picking up $24M option
Dwyane Wade has informed the Bulls that he will pick up his $23.8 million player option for next season, ESPN reports.
Kyrie out if LeBron leaves?
Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving could try to force a trade if LeBron James leaves the organization as a free agent after next season.
On Tuesday, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported Irving has let some of his former Team USA teammates "know that he might be willing to push for a trade, especially if he feels the Cavs' run could end quickly with James able to opt out after next season."
Billups and Cavs continue talking
Conversations between Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Chauncey Billups expected to continue today, source told ESPN.
Jazz getting calls on Derrick Favors
The Jazz are receiving "a lot of interest" in Derrick Favors, according to sources.
Check back for updates.
What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive
Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy.
The NBA offseason is already in overdrive.
A dizzying series of moves came on Tuesday. Howard got traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets, who acquired the eight-time All-Star center for a package that included Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli.
And Lopez - another center - is leaving Brooklyn and headed to the Lakers, part of a deal that has D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov going to the Nets.
That leaves the Lakers with a clear need at point guard, a problem they will likely rectify on Thursday when they presumably will take Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. It was a big move for the Lakers in another way; Mozgov is still owed $48 million over the next three seasons, while Lopez's contract will expire after next season.
Howard will be playing for his third team in three seasons following a disappointing homecoming in Atlanta. He signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta and then sat out the fourth quarter in two of six playoff games in the Hawks' first-round loss to Washington.
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