With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Pass the Pill will be keeping you up to date with the latest NBA trade deadline rumors. This post will be updated regularly, so keep checking back to see the hottest buzz.
Updated: Tuesday February 19, 3:55 PM
Two of the hottest names that have been thrown around in recent weeks, Monta Ellis and Josh Smith, may actually be involved in a deal for each other. Via Chris Broussard:
Im told Monte Ellis’s name is coming up in discussions btwn Milwaukee & ATL in potential Josh Smith deal.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2013
Other rumors have been surrounding Josh Smith, including him ending up in Phoenix. The belief here is that after striking out on Eric Gordon and Rudy Gay, the team is looking hard to make a splash. Via Alex Kennedy:
I wrote it three weeks ago (and took heat for it) and I’ll write it again: Don’t be surprised if the Phoenix Suns trade for Josh Smith.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2013
It looks as if the Celtics/Clippers rumors are dead, seeing as Kevin Garnett has said that he will not waive his no trade clause. Via CBS Sports:
The Clippers are willing to listen to offers for Eric Bledsoe but are by no means determined or even necessarily willing to deal him. Though it’s all but a foregone conclusion that Chris Paul will re-sign with the Clippers this summer, rival execs are skeptical that the Clips would risk trading Bledsoe if there’s even the slightest doubt about CP3′s future — not to mention the slightest possibility of an injury to the All-Star MVP that would derail their push to contend for a title this season. Conversations with the Celtics about Kevin Garnett are dormant for now as both teams evaluate their options.
Backup OKC point guard Eric Maynor could be available. Via Yahoo:
Backup PG Eric Maynor is getting interest with the trade deadline approaching, a source said. After returning from a knee surgery, Maynor has lost his backup PG job to Reggie Jackson.
For whatever reason, Mike D’Antoni may still want to bring Raja Bell to the Lakers. Via Woj:
Mike D’Antoni has remained intrigued with bringing exiled Jazz guard Raja Bell to Lakers, sources say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2013
If the Bucks can find a suitor for Ellis, they may be in the running for shooting guard J.J. Redick. Via SI:
One deal that has been proposed is Mbah a Moute and a first-round pick to Orlando for J.J. Redick, who will be a free agent this summer, multiple league sources say. The belief is that Milwaukee would only do that deal if they moved Ellis first.
The Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries swap is reportedly still out there. With Humphries struggling in Brooklyn and Gordon having issues with the Bobcats, this could be a realistic deal including two bad contracts. Via SB Nation:
Ben Gordon recently got into a spat with Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap, and it’s believed that the Bobcats would like to move the veteran shooting guard. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets have been mulling a Gordon-for-Kris Humphries swap, but are currently looking for better deals elsewhere.
Although it’s already more or less been established that the Los Angeles Lakers will be hanging onto Dwight Howard, the Atlanta Hawks may be one of a few teams to still try to make a run at the big man. Via Ken Berger:
There’s widespread belief that the Lakers won’t trade Dwight Howard. However, several teams believe Atlanta will make a serious run at him.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 19, 2013
Via USA Today, Andrea Bargnani might not be dealt from the Toronto Raptors after all.
While Colangelo could make more moves before the Thursday trade deadline to help his team and improve his case even more, he downplayed the once-widely-held notion that center Andrea Bargnani would be traded before then. He called that situation “fluid” and said “there just may not have been enough runway prior to the deadline to get something” because Bargnani recently came back from injury.
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