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2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

Just beyond midway through the NBA season, the NBA trade deadline has come into view. Several teams will get the opportunity to go all-in on this season while others will have the opportunity to sell-off assets and re-tool for the future. 

With this NBA season as open as ever, this could be the lone chance for a team to attempt to make a push. 

The Miami Heat are all of a sudden contenders and maybe one or two pieces away from playing late into the playoffs. While they have a decent group of young players, their immediate future could be in question. They're not the only ones as the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets are competing for the top spots in the Western Conference as well. 

On the flip side, there are teams with big contracts not going anywhere. Kevin Love, paired with his discontent in Cleveland, is likely on the market. Andre Drummond is one of the most dominant post players in the game, but he is making $27 million on a team that is not making the playoffs and are aging quickly. And there is Andre Iguodala sitting in Memphis, doing nothing. 

Every year the NBA Trade Deadline never fails to disappoint. More often than not, it doesn't push a team over the edge to a championship, but it sure is fun for the rest of us. 

This year, the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

NBA Deadline Tracker: 

Feb. 6 - TRADE - The Timberwolves have traded Gorgui Dieng to the Grizzlies for James Johnson, per Jon Krawczynski.

Feb. 6 - TRADE - The Wizards have traded Jordan McRae to the Nuggets for Shabazz Napier, per Candace Buckner.

Feb. 6 - TRADE - The Pistons have sent Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers in exchange for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a second-round pick, according to Kevin O'Connor.

Feb 6. - TRADE - The Knicks trade Marcus Morris to the Clippers for Maurice Harkless, according to Shams Charania.

Feb. 6 - The Wizards' reported asking price for Davis Bertans is two first-round picks, according to Kevin O'Connor

Feb. 6 - TRADE - Days after acquiring him from Minnesota, the Rockets trade Jordan Bell to the Grizzlies for Bruno Caboclo, according to Woj.

Feb. 6 - TRADE - The Warriors traded D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski

Feb. 6 - The Heat and Thunder are still working on a potential three-team deal that would result in forward Danilo Gallinari heading to Miami, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Feb. 5 - TRADE - Atlanta was not done after being involved in the blockbuster from the night before. The Hawks sent Jabari Parker and Alex Len to the Kings in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon, per Adrian Wojnarowski

Feb. 5 - TRADE - The Miami Heat has acquired Andre Iguodala from Memphis in a trade according to Adrian Wojnarowski. In return, Justise Winslow is heading to Memphis. Iguodala did not play at all for Memphis throughout the season. 

Feb. 5 - Finally there is a team showing interest in Memphis' Andre Iguodala. The Miami Heat are in "advanced discussions" to acquire the former NBA Finals MVP, according to Shams Charania

Feb. 5 - A pair of former Wizards, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris, are generating significant interest from teams as the trade deadline nears, per multiple reports

Feb. 5 - New York appears to be committed to make a move. They appear to want to move on from Marcus Morris and are 'still in' on Golden State's DeAngelo Russell, per Newsday's Steve Popper.

Feb. 5 - TRADE - In a massive four-team, 12-player trade, the Houston Rockets have traded Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks for Minnesota's Robert Covington. The Nuggets were also used to execute the trade. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the trade.Here is a quick summary:

Atlanta receives: Capela (HOU), Nene Hilario (HOU)
Denver receives: Keita Bates-Diop (MIN), Gerald Green (MIN), Shabazz Napier (MIN), Noah Vonleh (MIN), Rockets' 2020 first-round pick
Houston receives: Jordan Bell (MIN), Robert Covington (MIN), Warriors' 2024 second-round pick (via ATL)
Minnesota receives: Malik Beasley (DEN), Juan Hernangomez (DEN), Evan Turner (ATL), Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN), Hawks' 2020 first-round pick

Feb. 4 - The Timberwolves are orchestrating multiteam trade talks with Houston and Atlanta in hopes of landing Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell in a four-way deal, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Feb. 4 - The Suns and Pistons are discussing a deal centered around Detroit shooting guard Luke Kennard, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Kennard has missed 22 consecutive games with bilateral knee tendinitis.

Feb. 3 - Small forward Andre Iguodala is threatening to sit out the rest of the season for the Memphis Grizzlies if they don't move him to one of his preferred teams, per David Aldridge.

Feb. 3 - A report says that the Wizards are 'quietly trying to buy' at the trade deadline, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. There are several reports that are linking the Wizards to Tristan Thompson of the Cavaliers. 

Feb 3. -- The Boston Celtics have emerged as another potential landing spot for Rockets center Clint Capela, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Feb. 3 - Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been made available for trade, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. The Cavs are in "asset accumulation mode."

Feb. 3 - Now the Knicks are entering the conversation for Golden State's De'Angelo Russell, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Previously the Timberwolves were, and still are interested in the PG after trading away Jeff Teague. 

Feb. 2 - The Rockets are in conversations with "a host of Eastern Conference teams" about three-way trade scenarios involving center Clint Capela, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Houston would use Capela to acquire draft assets necessary to trade for an impact wing player.

Jan. 28 - With just over a week to go before the deadline, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the trade market it "very sluggish" and that few front-line players are being made available.

Jan. 24 - TRADE - After Dwight Powell's injury, the Mavericks have executed a trade to get C Willie Cauley-Stein from Golden State, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Dallas gave up a second-round pick for the center.

Jan. 24 - Houston is officially in the buying market and willing to deal future draft picks to add another player. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets are most interested in acquiring a wing player. There is some concern with the team as the results have not been there with two former MVPs, another 3-point threat could open the floor. 

Jan. 24 - Several Davis Bertans trade inquiries have gone nowhere, Chris Mannix reports. In those conversations, the Wizards would not even discuss a trade. 

Jan. 23 - Losing big-man Dwight Powell has the Mavericks exploring their options at the deadline. Marc Stein reports that another frontcourt player and a wing upgrade are of their biggest concerns. 

Jan. 23 - The Clippers are looking to add a piece with dependable size or another wing to bolster their depth, according to Marc Stein.

Jan. 21 - After initially be open to several trade options, the Pelicans have "pulled back in their trade talks among all of their players." New Orleans is waiting to see how Zion Williamson bolsters their team that is still in the playoff picture, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

Jan. 20 - The Lakers and 76ers have expressed interest in trading for current Detroit Piston and former league MVP Derrick Rose, Chris Haynes reports.

Jan. 18 - TRADE - The Portland Trail Blazers trade Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round draft picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jan. 16 - Moving Jeff Teague may have been the first domino for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is now trying to acquire D'Angelo Russell from the Warriors to fill in his space, according to The Athletic.

Jan. 16 - TRADE - Jeff Teague is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He and Treveon Graham head to Atlanta as Allen Crabbe goes to Minnesota, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

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Gilbert Arenas set to return to D.C. in June as part of the BIG3

Gilbert Arenas set to return to D.C. in June as part of the BIG3

Any Wizards fans looking to watch professional basketball over the summer should circle July 11 on their calendar.

Former Wizards star Gilbert Arenas returns to Capital One Arena on that Saturday, as part of the Enemies of the BIG3.

The BIG3 announced their schedule for the 2020 schedule on Wednesday, and all 12 teams will play in Washington, D.C. during the third week of the season.

Arenas, who joined the league last year as a member of the Enemies squad, did not play in the nation's capital last season. The Enemies did not make playoffs in their first season of the BIG3.

Other former Wizards players in the BIG3 include Rashard Lewis, Drew Gooden, DeShawn Stevenson, and Mike Bibby among others.

The fourth season of the BIG3 kicks off June 20 in Memphis, Tenn.

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GM Tommy Sheppard so far proving he is good at exactly what Wizards need

GM Tommy Sheppard so far proving he is good at exactly what Wizards need

There is an argument, and I've made it before, that John Wall's contract and injury situation combine for one of the biggest roster-building obstacles in NBA history. Never before has a player making as much money as he is suffered an injury as serious as his ruptured left Achilles. He takes up 35% of the salary cap, is not playing this season and has no guarantees of returning to his All-Star form once he comes back.

Even if Wall does return to his prime form, and there's reason to be hopeful he can, his contract includes a lot of money for the Wizards to work around. And that has created a scenario where making small moves count matter even more than they otherwise would.

The Wizards have to maximize all of their other resources, much like the Brooklyn Nets did when they ultimately overcame the disastrous 2014 trade with the Boston Celtics that left them paying a debt of high first-round picks for years. Brooklyn worked around their draft pick blackhole by hitting on late-round selections plus minor signings and trades. And they built a foundation along the way that made them surprising heavyweights in free agency. 

The Wizards have plenty of work to do, but first-year general manager Tommy Sheppard is already proving his worth in peripheral transactions, the types that turned the Nets around. They may be less-heralded acquisitions, but they can also become major separators between GMs.

Sheppard has been running the Wizards front office for less than a calendar year, yet he already has an impressive list of marginal moves. Just recently he turned Isaiah Thomas, who was a glaring detriment on the defensive end, into Jerome Robinson, the 13th overall pick just 20 months ago.

Last offseason, his first as GM, he flipped Aaron White, a former second-round pick who was stashed in Europe, for Davis Bertans, who has become one of the best shooters in the NBA. He also turned cap space into Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga, two guys with intriguing potential. Wagner, in particular, has emerged as a building block.

There are other minor moves Sheppard has made that stand out as good ones. He may have found something in Garrison Mathews, a rookie on a two-way deal who can light it up from three. Anzejs Pasecniks and Gary Payton II have been nice surprises as end-of-the-roster guys. And signing Ish Smith for less money instead of retaining Tomas Satoransky has proven to be a smart decision.

Sheppard continues to nail the smaller moves but he has also hit on some of the bigger ones. He drafted Rui Hachimura ninth overall in June and he has exceeded expectations thus far. Sheppard also re-signed Bradley Beal to a contract extension in October, a move few saw coming.

What will ultimately write the story of Sheppard's tenure as GM are decisions even bigger than those. There will also be some level of luck between the draft lottery, injuries and other factors.

But the best signs for what the Wizards should hope they get from Sheppard are already there. They need someone who can maximize all roster-building opportunities and work within the tight space of their remaining salary cap.

So far, Sheppard has done just that.