NBA News and Rumors: Is Tristan Thompson headed to Rip City?
NBA News and Rumors
Those planning on sleeping through the 2019 NBA trade deadline: It's time to wake up! Things are getting interesting as Feb 7 quickly approaches.
The Houston Rockets have reportedly traded Carmelo Anthony back East, where he'll join the Chicago Bulls, while Tristan Thompson trade rumors are gaining traction in the West. Meanwhile, this year's MVP and ROTY candidates James Harden and Luka Doncic are putting the league on notice.
Let's get you caught up with the latest news and rumors around the NBA.
- Are the Trail Blazers in the mix to acquire Tristan Thompson?
- Rockets send Melo to Chi-town
- Luka Doncic makes history
- James Harden named Western Conference POTW
Are the Blazers in the mix to acquire Tristan Thompson?
Could Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson soon join the Portland Trail Blazers?
According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, one suitor who could be interested in Thompson is the Trail Blazers.
Thompson could be an intriguing fit in Portland alongside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. But with Jusuf Nurkic already a lock as the team’s center, it’s unclear where Thompson would best be fit. Would it be with Evan Turner and the second unit?
Thompson is averaging 11.5 points on 52.6 percent shooting with 11.1 rebounds through 35 appearances.
Rockets send Melo to Chi-town
Carmelo Anthony is heading back to the Eastern Conference, at least temporarily.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Monday that Anthony, who hasn’t played a game for the Houston Rockets since Nov. 8, has been traded to the Chicago Bulls. Details of the deal have not yet been revealed.
Wojarnowski says Anthony won’t play a single game for the Bulls, and he will likely be released and become a free agent, if he clears waivers.
The Rockets initially signed Anthony to a $2.4 million contract after he was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks, as apart of a three-team trade. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 32.8 percent from three.
Luka Doncic makes history
At just 19 years old, Luka Doncic recorded his first-career triple-double on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Doncic became the second-youngest player to accomplish the feat, recording 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while shooting 6-for-17 from the field.
The Mavericks small forward is already a frontrunner for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is averaging 20 points and 6.8 rebounds per game through 32 minutes.
James Harden named Western Conference Player of the Week
Surprise, surprise…James Harden has been named Western Conference Player of the Week again.
This is the All-Star guard’s third Player of the Week award this season, and his 21st overall.
Harden averaged 54.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.33 steals while the Rockets went 2-1 for the week.
His 163 points from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 are the third-highest three game total in the past 50 seasons, according to ESPN.