The NBA’s G-League Showcase, not Christmas, is the big event that sparks a lot of trade rumors. This year’s gathering, which took place in Orlando, brings together team officials from all around the league. It’s a great place to spark trade conversations or watch them fizzle out. Take a look at some of the most recent trade rumors, many of which originate from Marc Stein, who was present at the Orlando event.
Kelly Olynyk: A Target for the Celtics
The Boston Celtics, who currently have one of the finest teams in the NBA, want to get even better. The player Kelly Olynyk, who is currently with the Utah Jazz after formerly playing for them, piques their interest. It is possible to deal Olynyk for players like Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton.
Olynyk’s skill and experience as a shooter, particularly from a distance, make him an excellent fit for the Celtics. This season, he has primarily been a substitute for the Jazz, averaging roughly 8 points and 5 rebounds per game.
A deal including Olynyk is unlikely, though. His $12.2 million compensation is the primary problem. The Celtics may need to sell a valuable player to Utah, such as Al Horford, to afford him, but it would not be advantageous to either team. It appears that none of the potential trade offers are viable. Since Mitchell Robinson, one of their players, would miss the remainder of the season, there has also been chatter that Olynyk might be of interest to the New York Knicks.
Dejounte Murray Trade: Hawks Considering Options
With just 12 wins and 17 defeats so far this season, the Atlanta Hawks are not having a good season. Although they have a potent attack, their defense is awful. In Atlanta, there’s talk about reform. Dejounte Murray is one player that could be traded despite his strong play, which has included over 20 points and more than five assists per game.
Murray is attracting interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise that also needs to strengthen. However, executing a transaction is not easy. Although Atlanta wants another player, Austin Reaves, and a first-round draft selection in exchange for him, the Lakers would like to trade D’Angelo Russell for him. Although it will cost them money to get Murray, the Lakers may instead give Max Christie and Gabe Vincent.
Murray is a player that the New York Knicks are considering. They believe he would be a fantastic addition to their team. However, there must be an agreement between Murray’s agency and the president of the Knicks before a trade can take place. The Knicks may have to part with some draft selections and possibly a player similar to Evan Fournier to acquire Murray due to his large deal. Though it’s unclear if Murray will truly make this deal or if he wants to play for the Knicks, it’s something to watch.
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P.J. Tucker on Heat, Bucks’ Radar
Tucker was a crucial player for competitive basketball teams a long back due to his defensive prowess and ability to make 3-pointers from the corner. However, under coach Tyronn Lue, he hasn’t been playing as well or earning much game time with the Clippers the past several seasons.
The Bucks and Heat clubs reportedly still think highly of Tucker. Tucker is making $11 million this year and $11.5 million the next, which is a lot of money for an older player, so a trade is unlikely. In the case of his transaction, it may be a component of a larger arrangement, mostly to meet the pay criteria.
Are the 76ers Interested in Zach LaVine?
In Stein’s opinion, most likely not. The Philadelphia 76ers have a ton of trade options after acquiring James Harden, but they may still want a shooter to match up against teams like the Celtics and Bucks in an extended series.
However, LaVine is primarily a fantastic scorer, and the 76ers are looking for someone who can play both defense and offense. LaVine is frequently associated with the Los Angeles Lakers; but, sources inform NBC Sports that a trade there is unlikely to occur.