NBA rumors: Latest news, updates, reported deals from 2019 trade deadline


NBA rumors: Latest news, updates, reported deals from 2019 trade deadline

Keep your eyes glued to Twitter if you're an NBA fan right now. 

The 2019 NBA trade deadline has teams gunning for the Warriors, and stocking assets for an Anthony Davis trade or situating themselves for big names like Kevin Durant in free agency.

Here in the Bay Area, will the Warriors make a move to fill their final roster spot? Will the Kings continue to bolster their roster in hopes of making a playoff push?

Tune in here throughout the trade deadline for the latest news, rumors and updates before it comes to an end on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.


12:22 p.m. PT: So much for Wesley Matthews going to the Warriors. The shooting guard will sign with the Pacers, Shams Charania reports. 

12:20 p.m. PT: The Bulls and Robin Lopez are working a possible buyout options, Woj reports. Could the Warriors come calling? 

12:16 p.m. PT: The buyout market is heating up after the trade deadline, and Woj reports the Pistons will try to sign Wayne Ellington. 

12:05 p.m. PT: After 10 days of non-stop rumors, Anthony Davis is staying put in New Orleans.

11:45 a.m. PT: The Markelle Fultz era has come to an end in Philadelphia. The former No. 1 pick is headed to the Magic, reports Woj and Shams Charania. 

11:34 a.m. PT: In a bit of a smaller move, Woj reports the Grizzlies are sending Shelvin Mack to the Hawks. 

11:30 a.m. PT: The Kings are continuing to stay busy, send Skal Labissiere to the Blazers, Woj reports. 

11:28 a.m. PT: The Lakers and Clippers are making a Los Angeles swap, per Woj. 

Does this mean Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers? 

11:25 a.m. PT: The Clippers waived center Marcin Gortat, per Shams Charania of The Athletic

Yahoo's Chris Haynes notes Gortat could have interest in the Warriors, but the team will wait until the dust settles to potentially make a move.


10:53 a.m. PT: The Raptors are going all in to take down the Warriors in a possible NBA Finals matchup. Marc Gasol is heading from Memphis to Toronto, Woj reports. 

10:51 a.m. PT: Former Kings guard Garrett Temple is on the move, Woj reports. 

10:15 a.m. PT: Nik Stauskas is on the move again, this time to the Indiana Pacers, per ESPN's Woj.

Warriors reporter Anthony Slater of The Athletic notes that this a play for the Rockets to add pieces in the buyout market, where the Warriors are also planning to be aggressive.

10:05 a.m. PT: We got action! The Bucks will reportedly acquire sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans for Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, and multiple second-round picks, per ESPN's Woj and NY Times' Marc Stein.

9:20 a.m. PT: It appears the Houston Rockets have made another trade. They have agreed to trade wing James Ennis to the Philadelphia 76ers, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

8:50 a.m. PT: All is still quiet between the Pelicans and Lakers regarding Anthony Davis. Is this all just a smokescreen?

7:15 a.m. PT: The Marc Gasol-to-Charlotte conversations are still ongoing but nothing is imminent yet, per ESPN's Woj.

12:49 a.m. PT: Just under 12 hours to go until the deadline, and we're already in the "Players Penning Heartfelt Good-Byes" phase. Sacramento clearly made an impression on now-former Kings wing Iman Shumpert, and Dallas did the same to new Kings forward Harrison Barnes.


9:05 p.m. PT: The Wizards reportedly moved Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans in order to get under the luxury tax.

It's what it looks like, according to The Athletic's David Aldridge: The Wizards are having a fire ... sale.

That doesn't mean rumored Lakers target Trevor Ariza wants out, at least according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

8:10 p.m. PT: The Knicks are on "equal footing" with the Lakers on Anthony Davis' list of preferred destinations.

With the assets attained through the respective Kristaps Porzingis and Tobias Harris trades, both the Knicks and the Clippers have considerably improved their chances at acquiring the Pelicans' star.

7:31 p.m. PT: The Kings reportedly weren't done. 

Barnes returns to Northern California, after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Warriors.

5:05 p.m. PT: The Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a three-team trade that will send Iman Shumpert to Houston, Alec Burks and a second-round pick to Sacramento, and Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and a protected first-round pick to Cleveland.

This represents the first of possibly several moves the Kings make in what should be a busy trade deadline.

4:46 p.m. PT: Otto Porter, Jr. reportedly is leaving one franchise dwelling in the Eastern Conference cellar ... and headed to another. The Chicago Bulls reportedly acquired the Georgetown product in a deal with the Washington Wizards, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.


The Kings had been linked to Porter, but they'll have to turn elsewhere by tomorrow's deadline.

4:19 p.m. PT: The Lakers reportedly have a back-up plan if they don't ultimately land Anthony Davis, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

That would be the same Klay Thompson, who Wojnarowski's colleague Zach Lowe reported has no interest in taking a discount. In the words of their colleague Stephen A. Smith: Good luck!

3:18 p.m. PT: Marc Gasol's 11-year run with the Grizzlies could be coming to an end and it looks like they're making sure he stays healthy, as The Athletic's Shams Charania reports. 

1:55 p.m. PT: Warriors Outsider Grant Liffmann agrees -- Ellington seems like a great fit for the Dubs.

1:50 p.m. PT: Ellington's time in Phoenix appears to be short-lived. Woj reports Ellington's agent is working on a buyout for his client.

Ellington could be a potential fit for the Warriors on the buyout market, where GM Bob Myers said the team is expected to be aggressive

1:30 p.m. PT: As part of the Suns-Heat trade, Miami guard Wayne Ellington will be going to Phoenix, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

1:10 p.m. PT: Woj reports the deal between the Heat and Suns for Tyler Johnson is done. The Heat get Ryan Anderson in return, who still has over $20 million left on his contract for next season.

12:48 p.m. PT: Bay Area native Tyler Johnson appears close to being traded to the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

11:30 a.m. PT: Players are starting to weigh in on the madness. Dejounte Murray of the Spurs has an NSFW take about his name being involved in this proposed trade.

10:45 a.m. PT: According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Anthony Davis talks between the Pelicans and Lakers remain at a standstill.

Who blinks first?

10:20 a.m. PT: The Grizzlies are looking into trading veterans Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Grizzlies sit near the bottom of the West, so they're looking to rebuild their aging roster and stockpile young players and draft picks.

10:01 a.m. PT: It's official -- Tobias Harris is on the 76ers.

He joins a starting five with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, and J.J. Redick. Is that group good enough to challenge the Warriors?

8:28 a.m. PT: The Pistons and Bucks are swapping Stanley Johnson for Thon Maker, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.


11:57 p.m. PT: Less than two days before the trade deadline, the first big move has been made. The Clippers are sending Tobias Harris to the Clippers, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, in a blockbuster that makes Philadelphia one of the best teams in the NBA on paper. 

NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors back on top, Kings keep sliding


NBA Power Rankings 2019: Warriors back on top, Kings keep sliding

Three weeks, people. That’s all that remains of this regular season. The real battles in the Western Conference are for seeding, while in the Eastern Conference, several rats are pushing and shoving for the right to be devoured in the first round.

And way down below are dozens of players planning vacations and nine or 10 franchises tryin’ for Zion in the May 14 draft lottery.

Here are the Power Rankings through games of March 21:


How Warriors will use center rotation; March Madness tournament picks

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How Warriors will use center rotation; March Madness tournament picks

Editor’s note: Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors reporter, will take you inside the two-time defending NBA champions as only she can each Friday with the Ask Kerith Mailbag. Send her a question on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #askkerith


This weekend, with 11 games left in the regular season, the Warriors will have a chance to pick up their 50th win. This season, they’re heading into the postseason healthy (yes, I knocked on wood when I typed this). 

Last season, they ended things by losing 10 out of 17 games before the playoffs. But Shaun Livingston explained, “Last year was trying to put the pieces together without all the pieces. This year I feel like we have more control over our destiny. We have a legitimate shot at the one-seed, playing the right way. I feel good about it.”

Game on!

@BenNugentt When Boogie gets back in a few days, do you think Andrew Bogut will play Kevon Looney’s minutes or what’s going to happen there?

@amar_srinivas1 What's andrew bogut's rotation/minutes going to look like when demarcus is back? #askKerith

@GSDOUBLEU Do you foresee Bogut getting starts over Cousins depending on the matchup of the particular game?

Lots of Boogie-Bogut-Looney questions coming in this week. Understandable considering Bogut is a new (old!) piece that shakes things up.

To recap, DeMarcus Cousins missed two games on the road with a sore right ankle/foot. There are no long-term concerns. 

Bogut started the games Cousins missed and played 19 minutes and 13 minutes, respectively. Bogut’s minutes will depend on matchups. Cousins is the starter. Looney is the next big to rotate in. Bogut is the insurance policy. His minutes will fluctuate. Some nights, Bogut won’t play at all. 

Depending on matchups in the rest of the regular season, Bogut or Looney could start for Cousins on rest nights, such as the second games of back-to-backs. In the playoffs, I think it would take a special situation for one of them to start in place of Cousins. The Warriors would need a major shake-up in that event, but don’t rule it out. 

Via IG: @jenniferespinolaa Why doesn’t Jerebko get more playing time? #askKerith

Jennifer asked this before Jerebko had 18 points in 18 minutes against Minnesota. But this question has come up frequently, as fans are noticing his playing time is down, including several DNPs. 

I actually asked Steve Kerr about Jerebko before the Minnesota game, because Bogut’s presence adds a new wrinkle.

Here’s what Kerr said:

“It’s been tough for Jonas. He played a very important role for us the first half of the season and then when DeMarcus came back, the ripple effect hurt Jonas the most because DeMarcus is going to give us 30 minutes a night at the five which means the minutes that we have at the four are more limited. Jonas has been the odd man out, but he’s a pro. He stays ready, gets his work in and he’s been through this before. We’ve talked, and he’s frustrated, but he understands. He’s just got to stay ready. In this league, you just never know.”

@ACook05 Do the Warriors have any plans to make roster additions prior to the playoffs?

Bogut is player No. 15 on the roster, the final spot. It’s possible the Warriors could sign Damion Lee for the playoffs. To find a spot for Lee, the Warriors would have to waive Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook, or Jerebko. They have until the end of the regular season to decide. 

@CthulhusProdigy How do they continue to stay hungry in year 5 of this dynasty???

That’s the big question. Making the Finals for a fifth consecutive season would deepen the dynasty. And accomplishing a three-peat would be a rare mark in NBA history, alongside only the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls. 

Every team is hungry for a championship. There’s built-in motivation, but the Warriors have the talent to do it. This roster, this moment in time, is only here for so long. There’s an urgency to seize the moment. A three-peat has been the singular goal all season. It’s their rock and nothing else matters. 

@dubsandstuff Do players watch a lot of other games or are they basketball-ed out during the season?

Steve Kerr says he watches League Pass frequently. At team dinners, games around the league are on TV, but how invested guys are in watching the games varies. 

NBA players know plenty of guys on other teams. They want to see how their friends are doing. They also keep an eye on the competition. If you’re in the league, you’re obviously a fan of the game. It can be hard to turn games off when you’ve devoted so much of your time to it.

Other guys say they want a separation between what they’re doing and what other teams are doing. They want tunnel vision on their team only. So the answer to your question depends on who you ask and what mood they’re in. 

@CrushonIvy Are you into March madness? Who is your pick to win it all and why? #askKerith

I used to be into the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments much more when I was covering college basketball. March Madness is a fun time of year but I’m barely aware of who is good this year beyond Duke and Carolina on the men’s side.

In my bracket, I’m playing it safe. Few upsets. On the strength of Zion Williamson alone, I’m picking Duke to win. That should make Quinn Cook happy. 

Speaking of Cook, check out the latest Road Trippin' podcast where I talk with him and former Duke teammate Austin Rivers about Coach K, the Steph Curry effect, and the best road cities in the NBA.

@eastbaykillas #AskKerith who selects what jerseys teams wear? Is there a jersey schedule available? Just curious as Dubs haven’t worn white at home since November. Thanks! 

Here’s the uniform schedule for the league.

The home team decides what uniform they want to wear, in part with the team’s marketing department. 

@LookItAmy Who holds the title as best golfer on the Warriors? #askKerith

This question made me smile, and I consulted a Warriors staff member who is in the know. 

He ordered team golfers like so: Steph Curry, Jonnie West, Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, Willie Green, Klay Thompson, and Jarron Collins. 

Steph is really good….like if he devoted himself to golf instead of basketball, he could probably get his tour card. And Jonnie is good too. I was at an event where he caddied for Steph. He trusts Jonnie’s advice.

This reminds me .... Congratulations to Jonnie for his engagement to LPGA Tour champion Michelle Wie! 

High Five

This week’s high five goes to Kevin “Pizza Delivery Man” Durant. How cool was it for him to talk to a dad in an elevator, and then go up to the dad’s room with pizza for his sons? That’s the ultimate surprise from a player who goes out of his way to do nice things for kids.