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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Tracking the latest deadline deals and updates

The 2017 NBA Trade Deadline takes place at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 23 and teams are scrambling to add to their roster to shore up for a postseason run.

The rumors and deals are already beginning to ramp up, with speculation running rampant.

Follow along with our trade tracker as we update with the latest breaking news regarding players being traded to new destinations as teams prepare for the second half of the NBA season.



Feb. 23: The Deadline has come and gone. Here's what happened in and around the buzzer.

RUMOR - Feb.23: The Dallas Mavericks are rumored to offer a buyout to Deron Williams, which means a move back to the Utah Jazz could be on the table. 

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Kentucky contingent with the New Orleans Pelicans is reportedly going to get reduced to just two. The team is expected to waive Terrence Jones.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Sacramento Kings reportedly took offers for a trio of backcourt players, but are expected to keep all three.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: A rumored trade between the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves fell through. Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose are staying put. 

TRADE - Feb. 23; The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors finally agreed to a trade. Toronto recieves P.J. Tucker in exchange for Jared Sullinger. 

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Washington Wizards were looking to receive a second-round pick for backup PG Trey Burke, but as of the 3:00 p.m. trade deadline, Burke is still a member of team.

TRADE - Feb. 23: The Denver Nuggets tried to wheel and deal for Paul George after swapping big men with the Blazers. After unsuccessfully getting the Indiana Pacers' superstar, the traded the Milwaukee Bucks for former Pacers All-Star Roy Hibbert.

TRADE - Feb. 23: The Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a trade. The Bulls will send Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow. 

Feb. 23: After dealing away Bojan Bogdanovic, the Brooklyn Nets are in desperate need of roster overhaul. It was this way before the Bogdanovic trade, and now there are rumors that they could be in the market for Houston Rockets fordward K.J. McDaniel. He's not a future Hall of Famer, but he's a young, do-it-all player that you can get relatively cheap and is an upgrade from most of the Nets' roster.

Feb. 23: The deadline is almost here and the Los Angeles Lakers are acquiring guard Tyler Ennis from the Houston Rockets for guard Marcelo Huertas.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: More Paul George rumors, anyone? It may not happen today, but if the Indiana Pacers’ superstar had his way, he would be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers

RUMOR - Feb. 23: TRUST THE PROCESS. The Philadelphia Sixers were supposed to trade Jahlil Okafor, and then they dealt Nerlens Noel. Now they could be at it again. They want to get injured rookie Ben Simmons some backcourt help.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: Paul George contiunues to be one of the bgigest potential targets at the deadline. The Denver Nuggets reportedly made a massive offer to the Indiana Pacers for George, only to have it turned down. That would have been the type of crazy deal the trade deadline typically produces.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: But, the Bulls could end up dealing Doug McDermott as well as the previously mentioned Taj Gibson, to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bulls reportedly have interest in Thunder guard Cameron Payne.

RUMOR - Feb 23: Back on the Jimmy Butler front, it does not look like the Chicago Bulls will deal the All-Star SG/SF before the deadline.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Washington Wizards propbably won't make another big deal before the deadline, but they are trying to make something happen.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Toronto Raptors are looking to add a boost at the SG/SF position. The team is interested in the Denver Nuggets' Wilson Chandler and the Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker. But both teams want a first-round pick. Should the Raptors give it up?

RUMOR - Feb. 23: Taj Gibson has spent his entire career with the Chicago Bulls, but he could be on the move to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He would be a significant upgrade over Enes Kanter on the defensive end.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Detroit Pistons are going to make a move. Who gets traded is the interesting aspect. Will it be Andre Drummond or Reggie Jackson?

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Minnesota Timberwolves are still trying to deal Ricky Rubio. But they are also intent on dealing SG/SF Shabazz Muhammad.

RUMOR - Feb. 23: The Phoenix Suns set an asking price for PG Brandon Knight. Is it too high? Several teams rebuffed their offer in the past

RUMOR - Feb. 23: What the Boston Celtics will or won't do continues to be very interesting. There was the thought that they would try to acquire Paul George or Jimmy Butler, but insiders beleive the Celtics may stand pat.

TRADE - Feb. 23: The Philadelphia 76ers are marking another trade, but it's not one including Jahlil Okafor. Instead, the Sixers are trading fellow big-man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks. The Sixers are getting Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round pick in return for Noel. 

RUMOR - Feb 22: Trey Burke for a second-round pick? That's what the Washington Wizards are hoping to get for the backup point guard. 

TRADE - Feb. 22: The Philadelphia 76ers are making a trade, but it's not one including Jahlil Okafor, for now. The Sixers are reportedly sending SF/PF Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for C Thiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick (via Miami Heat).

RUMOR - Feb. 22: SF Wilson Chandler is unhappy with his role with the Denver Nuggets and has been seeking a trade. The Oklahoma City Thunder were interested, but it appears as if that is no longer an option.

TRADE - Feb. 22: The Washington Wizards improve their bench scoring by trading Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.

RUMOR - Feb. 22: The New York Knicks are looking for a trade partner who wants to acquire C Kyle O'Quinn.

RUMOR - Feb. 22: Ricky Rubio's time with the Minnesota Timberwolves could be coming to an end, as the team is reportedly interested in trading him to the New York Knicks for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

RUMOR - Feb. 22: The Atlanta Hawks do not appear interested in trading all-star forward Paul Millsap.

RUMOR - Feb. 22: It is becoming more and more likely that the Indiana Pacers will look to trade All-Star SG/SF Paul George, but finding a balanced trade might be interesting. 

TRADE - Feb. 21: Lou Williams, a potential Wizards trade target, was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets for SG/SF Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick.

RUMOR - Feb. 21: The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics are reportedly talking about a deal that would involve sending Jimmy Butler to Boston, but Jae Crowder seems to be a sticking point. 

RUMOR - Feb. 21: The Detroit Pistons are actively shopping talented young big man Andre Drummond. The team made inquiries to the Sacramento Kings about a deal for DeMarcus Cousins, but the offer was reportedly rebuffed.

RUMOR - Feb. 21: The Philadelphia 76ers have been interested in trading big man Jahlil Okafor for awhile now. The Indiana Pacers are reportedly interested in possible acquiring his services. NBA.com's David Aldridge says that the 76ers will absolutely trade Okafor by the deadline. The 76ers reportedly offered to trade Okafor to the Detroit Pistons, but the trade was turned back

TRADE - Feb. 19: Shortly after the ending of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the Sacramento Kings finally pulled the trigger, trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, along with a 2017 first and second round pick.

TRADE - Feb 14.: The Orlando Magic trade C Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors for F/G Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick. 

TRADE - Feb. 12: The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets swap big men. The Nuggets dealt Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick to the Rose City for athletic center Mason Plumlee.

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Wizards' biggest storylines coming out of the preseason

Wizards' biggest storylines coming out of the preseason

The Wizards closed their 2019-20 preseason schedule with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, which means up next is the regular season opener on Wednesday night in Dallas. Now that the exhibition schedule is (finally) over, here are five takeaways from what we saw...

Injuries have added up

The Wizards entered this preseason with a lot of things to sort out in their rotation due to the significant roster overhaul they went through in the summer. But injuries complicated things further for head coach Scott Brooks, who wasn't offered anything close to a full cupboard to work with.

The most notable injuries were to Isaiah Thomas (thumb) and Troy Brown Jr. (calf). Both players will be key members of the rotation when they recover, but are each on track to miss the start of the regular season. The same goes for C.J. Miles, who has a foot injury. There is also Ian Mahinmi, who has an Achilles issue, though he is not likely to play a big role on the team this season.

Hachimura looks the part

The early returns on rookie Rui Hachimura have been good. The 2019 ninth overall pick has not looked timid or out of place on an NBA floor. He has shown he can attack the rim assertively and has even made a few threes. Those two areas will be key to watch for him this season; how he can adapt to NBA interior defenders and shooting threes from a longer distance.

Hachimura is a likely starter for the Wizards this season and should get ample shot opportunities. He is going to have a chance to be a focal point of the Wizards' offense and probably a long enough leash to play through his mistakes. As a young player, you can't ask for much more than that.

Also impressive this preseason were Moe Wagner, who was much better than he showed in the Las Vegas Summer League, and Thomas Bryant, who looks like he is going to take another step from his breakout season last year. Bryant is more confident knocking down threes and has been a force on the glass. Don't be surprised if he averages a double-double this season.

Small forward is a question

The Wizards had Brown penciled in to be their full-time starting small forward, according to a person familiar with their plans, but his injury is expected to keep him out to start the season. He did a post-practice workout the other day and wasn't moving very quickly, either due to discomfort in his calf or to be extra cautious in fear of a setback.

Either way, he is still rehabbing and so is Miles. The Wizards also released Justin Anderson, leaving them with no obvious choice to start at the three. At this point, it looks likely they will have to either put someone there that is probably best suited for another position like Hachimura, Davis Bertans or Jordan McRae, or roll with someone who is very inexperienced like Bonga or Admiral Schofield. The odds seem better they choose the former.

Final roster spot?

The Wizards now have to decide who gets their final roster spot. The safe money at this point is probably for point guard Justin Robinson and wing Jordan McRae to be the 14th and 15th players on the roster and for Chris Chiozza to have his contract converted to a two-way deal.

The Chiozza part has been speculated for weeks and it is the direction the team is leaning, NBC Sports Washington was told. If Chiozza did get the two-way contract, he could remain with the team to start the season and help fill the void at point guard while Thomas recovers from his left thumb surgery. Chiozza would have 45 days allotted at the NBA level, but that clock would not begin until Oct. 28 when G-League training camps open.

Beal's commitment

This season took on an entirely different tone with Thursday's news Bradley Beal would sign a contract extension with the Wizards. This year had the potential to be overshadowed by Beal's uncertain future, but now that has been put to rest. The trade rumors can be set aside as Beal has made it official his commitment to the Wizards' plan.

Now, that could get interesting late in the year if losses are piling up. He ultimately wants to win and it will bear watching how he shows his frustration if the team isn't playing up to his standards.


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Wizards and Mystics join Game Growers to help boost girls participation in sports

Wizards and Mystics join Game Growers to help boost girls participation in sports

The Washington Wizards and Mystics join in on Nike’s NBA and WNBA Game Growers program. The Game Growers program is meant to provide eighth grade girls with the skills and assets they need in order to grow their participation in sports in their communities. 

With this new program, the Wizards and Mystics can contribute to expanding the game of basketball for young DMV girls. Along with that, the Washington Mystics just won the WNBA Championships, this is perfect timing for them to introduce the sport to the next generation.

Today, the Game Growers Program officially was put into action, on a YouTube video stream. The video stream had Las Vegas Aces forward A’Ja Wilson, actress Sky Katz, the Director of Operations for the Women’s National Basketball Players Association Terri Jackson featuring in it. They discussed the advantages of being an athlete beyond going professional and encourage girls to apply.

In order for the future basketball stars to get in on the action, they must apply to GameGrowers.com by submitting their ideas on how to grow the game of basketball in their communities. The application opened today and will close on November 15, 2019. The winners will be made public in December 2019. 

By January 2020 two girls will join alongside the Wizards and Mystics in going to Training Camp at Nike’s World Headquarters in Washington County, Oregon. This event won’t only be run by Nike and professional basketball players, but will also have GENYOUth (a youth empowerment organization) tag along as well. At the Training Camp, the girls will have an opportunity to polish up their ideas with Nike and NBA and WNBA teams. 

If lucky, some Game Growers teams will be chosen to exhibit their ideas at the 2020 WNBA Draft, which will be in New York City this April.