NBA News and Rumors: Trade me or play me
NBA Trade Deadline
We are just 13 days away from the 2019 NBA trade deadline (12 PM (PT) on Thursday, Feb. 7). Some teams are in scramble-mode needing to make a big move while others can just sit back, kick their feet up, and watch the chaos unfold.
Scroll though to find the latest NBA trade rumors with under two weeks to go…
- Enes Kanter wants out of New York
- Best destinations for Marc Gasol
- Where will Carmelo Anthony end up?
- Dennis Smith Jr. on the hot seat?
Enes Kanter’s ultimatum to the Knicks
The dramatic season of Enes Kanter continues as it has been reported that Kanter, along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee will be made available for the trade deadline.
In the last 10 games, Kanter has been averaging around 22 minutes per game, which is the reason for voicing his frustrations during this “rebuild time” in New York: “If you're going to play me here, play me," Kanter said. "If not, then just get me out of here."
Read the story here.
Destinations for the vet Marc Gasol
According to rumors around the Griz, the 33-year-old franchise star in Memphis may not be in a Grizzlies uniform for much longer, which is so weird to think about. Regardless, here are five potential destinations where the veteran could land:
Milwaukee Bucks (imagine Gasol alongside the Greek Freak?)
“The Bucks are one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference but still lack the veteran leadership a tough defender like Gasol can provide…”
But Eric Gordon, Brandon Knight, and some future draft picks may be the cost.
Paired with Joel Embiid would be quite the duo, but the 76ers may have to give up Markelle Fultz and some draft picks.
“…adding a player of Gasol’s caliber may help them turn things around once and for all.”
San Antonio Spurs
The Gasol brothers are back on the same team!
Where will Carmelo Anthony land?
On Monday, Jan. 21, Anthony and cash considerations were traded to the Chicago Bulls from the Houston Rockets. The veteran, who has approved in just 11 games since November 2018, averaged 13.4 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game this season so far.
The 15-year veteran started his career with the Denver Nuggets back in 2003 and now finds himself being used as a trade pawn. According to ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, “Anthony will not play a game in a Bulls uniform, but it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline…”
Where does Melo go from here? Well, Tracy McGrady believes he would be a good fit with the Portland Trail Blazers…
Watch the video here.
Dennis Smith Jr. on the hot seat?
With all the hype surrounding the Dallas Mavericks this season, mostly due to rookie Luka Doncic and his heroics, hair, swagger, and moves, Dennis Smith Jr. seems to be uneasy. The former 2017 first-round (9th overall) pick to Dallas is reported to be uneasy in his current situation with the Dallas franchise.
“The Mavs have shopped Smith, 21, throughout the season but haven't received any offers that have tempted them to pull the trigger on trading a player whom the Dallas front office still believes has potential to develop into a star, sources said.”
Read the article here.