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NBA trade deadline: What Andre Drummond trade talks could mean for Sixers

NBA trade deadline: What Andre Drummond trade talks could mean for Sixers

With the report that the Pistons are having discussions on big man Andre Drummond, it appears that Detroit may be open for business.

The Sixers need some bench help and GM Elton Brand said at his media availability on Christmas that he’ll “always look at opportunities to improve the team.”

With that in mind, we take a look at a few Pistons that could realistically interest the Sixers.

Luke Kennard 

Kennard could be one of the players Detroit would like to hold on to, but it’s certainly worth a phone call. The 2017 lottery pick can offer the one thing the Sixers desperately need: Shooting. The 23-year-old is hitting just a tick under 40 percent on 6.5 attempts from three a game this season. He also offers a little bit off the bounce and isn’t a bad passer (4.1 assists a game). If he can play passable defense, he’d be a great get and an obvious upgrade. He's in just the third year of his rookie deal so it could be tough to pry him away.

Langston Galloway

Galloway is taking 5.1 catch-and-shoot threes per game, and he’s making 40.7 percent of them. The St. Joe’s product, who’s in the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal with Detroit, would boost the Sixers’ shooting and scoring off the bench. He has much more of an NBA track record than Furkan Korkmaz and Shake Milton. 

Derrick Rose 

In 2016, Rose and two friends were found not guilty of sexual battery, battery and trespassing in a civil trial. The allegations, what Rose had to say in his deposition, and the fact that smiling jurors posed with Rose after the trial are all worth noting. 

As far as basketball is concerned, the 31-year-old Rose is a player the Sixers might consider because of his shot creation abilities. Rose, the MVP for the 2010-11 season, is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 assists.

Markieff Morris 

A Philadelphia native, Morris is having a career-best season from three-point range (41.1 percent on 4.2 attempts per game). The 6-foot-8 forward has a $3.2 million salary this season and a $3.36 million player option for 2020-21. Morris was a teammate of Mike Scott with the Wizards and would bring a similar skill set and no-nonsense disposition. He'd be an upgrade over Scott. 

Allen Crabbe 

No, Crabbe does not currently play for the Pistons, but his contract could be used by the Hawks in a deal to match Drummond’s money. If that does happen, Crabbe would be a decent buyout candidate. The 27-year-old has had his struggles over the past couple seasons but was a standout for Portland when he first broke into the league. He’s a 38.9 percent career shooter from three. On a minimum deal for the rest of the season, he could be worth a flyer.

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NBA Notes: Trail Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets for Andrew Nicholson

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NBA Notes: Trail Blazers trade Allen Crabbe to Nets for Andrew Nicholson

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson.

The deal, first reported by ESPN, comes a year after the Nets offered Crabbe a four-year, $75 million deal as a restricted free agent. The Trail Blazers matched that offer.

A 6-foot-6 wing, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season in Portland. He hit 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers.

"Allen has been a model teammate on the court and ambassador for the organization off the court," Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey said in a statement. "He will be missed by all of us who shared the last four seasons with him" (see full story).

Warriors: Curry’s 5-year, $201 million deal finalized
OAKLAND, California -- Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he's being paid for all he has done -- and certainly will do.

Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.

Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.

The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league's biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.

"Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could," Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month (see full story).

Pelicans: Davis tired of losing, ready for results
NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are "tired of losing" and have the roster to do something about it.

That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions.

"We can't wait for the season to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West," Davis said Tuesday afternoon while promoting a youth camp he'll host in early August.

"We're doing everything, whether it's signing players, trading players ... whatever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a winning organization," he added. "We have the tools right now to be successful. ... Right now, I think we look good on paper. So we've just got to figure it out" (see full story).

Magic: Afflalo returning to team on 1-year deal
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Orlando Magic have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran guard Arron Afflalo.

The Magic and Afflalo came to agreement on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.

Afflalo averaged 8.4 points and shot 41 percent on 3-pointers last season for Sacramento. The 12-year veteran was a standout performer for the Magic for two seasons earlier in his career, from 2012-13 through 2013-14.

For his career, Afflalo has averaged 11.3 points and 3.0 rebounds for six different teams.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

Breaking down a hypothetical Nerlens Noel trade with the Trail Blazers

Breaking down a hypothetical Nerlens Noel trade with the Trail Blazers

Nerlens Noel's return to the Sixers' lineup on Sunday made an already crowded front-court situation tighter than a telephone booth. 

When at full health, the Sixers have three young centers who warrant starter-like minutes and a fourth, in Richaun Holmes, who has certainly done enough to earn consistent minutes off the bench. Add in Ersan Ilysova and Dario Saric, and things get even more complicated for Brett Brown and his distribution of minutes in the front court.

A trade involving either Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor has seemed imminent since Embiid returned to full basketball activities over the summer, but here we are in mid-December with both centers still on the roster.

Of the two, Noel has long been seen as the center likely to be shipped out of town. He has voiced his displeasure with the Sixers' current logjam at center and is set to be a restricted free agent this summer. In contrast, Okafor has put his head down and is under team control on his rookie deal for the next two seasons. 

With a trade out there to be made, Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp floated around a hypothetical Noel deal involving the Portland Trail Blazers in which the Sixers would receive Allen Crabbe and a protected first-round pick.

"If the Blazers send Allen Crabbe and a protected first-round pick to the Sixers, this can work," Sharp wrote. "Philly needs Crabbe's shooting around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and they don't have to worry about the cap space Crabbe would occupy. Crabbe would likely sign off an opportunity to play 35 minutes per game on the east coast. 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo could declare victory after he finally lands a first-round pick for one of his big men. The Blazers would get short-term help up front, and potentially a long-term answer who can grow with Lillard and McCollum over the next several years. Who says no?"

On the heels of a surprisingly successful 44-38 season in 2015-16, the Blazers have stumbled through the first third of the season at 12-14. While their offense led by dynmaic guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum has been scorching hot, averaging 107.7 points per/100 possessions, opposing teams have been even hotter against them on the other end of the court. Portland currently carries the league's worst defense, which is allowing a 109.9 points per/100 possessions. 

That's where Noel comes into play. 

Noel averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.8 steals in over 30 minutes of action through his first two seaons in the league. During his rookie season, Noel anchored a Sixers defense that finished 13th, in terms of points per/100 possessions, despite the team only winning 18 games. 

"As a defensive counter to their offense, Nerlens could be deadly next to McCollum and Lillard," Sharp wrote. "He can play uptempo, he can rebound and protect the rim. Blazers games can be fun again. The environment with Lillard and Terry Stotts would be the inverse of everything he dealt with in Philadelphia, and the Blazers would have three months months to gauge the fit on and off the court."

The fit is definitely there, but the question for the Blazers is whether they are willing to commit big money to Noel beyond this season and, if they are, would it best suit them to simply wait to do so in the offseason rather than surrendering multiple valuable assets for him now. It's also important to note that Portland spent over $56 millon combined last offseason on centers Meyers Leonard and Festus Ezili, who has yet to play this season because of a knee injury. In addition, current starting center Mason Plumlee is also set be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

But, trading Crabbe would give the Blazers cap flexibility to be able to offer, or match, a contract to Noel this summer. Crabbe signed a four-year, $75 million offer sheet with the Nets this summer, which was later matched by the Blazers. Since he signed a new deal Crabbe can't be traded until Jan. 15 and he has the right to veto any trade this season because Portland matched his offer sheet with Brooklyn.

The fourth-year guard is currently averaging 9.7 points, while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc. Crabbe's most attractive skill is his outside shooting, as he's already proven to be an above-average three-point shooter with a career clip of 39 percent. 

Given his age (24), shooting prowess and ability to play multiple positions on the wing, Crabbe would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia. His price may come off as steep for a role player, but, much like Robert Covington, his combination of shooting and defensive potential makes him a prototypical wing to play alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.  

Considering the lack of leverage Bryan Colangelo and Sixers currently have, Crabbe and a protected first-round pick would be a heck of a return for Noel.  

It's just questionable whether the Blazers would give up that kind of haul for a player they can attempt to sign this summer.