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NBA trade rumors: Updating potential summer blockbusters

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Miami Heat expected to pull off Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade

Shortly after free agency opens, the Heat are expected to pull off a sign-and-trade that would finally net them Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors. In exchange, it’s being reported that Goran Dragic and 2020 first-round pick Precious Achiuwa would head to Canada. As for Dragic, there’s a good chance that he’ll then be flipped to the Dallas Mavericks for other assets.

Chicago Bulls interested in DeMar DeRozan trade

In addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks showing interest in the All-Star wing, it appears that the Chicago Bulls have gotten involved. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Chicago is interested in pulling off a sign-and-trade that would end up sending Lauri Markkanen out of town. It would have to come in the form of two separate sign-and-trades, something that could become commonplace this summer.
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Spencer Dinwiddie race down to three teams

Despite missing all but a handful of games to a partially torn ACL last season, this point guard is receiving a ton of interest on the free-agent market. According to Jordan Schultz of The Athletic, it now appears to be a three-team race between the New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. Schultz point to the Pelicans potentially being in the lead due to the fact that they might be willing to offer a long-term deal.

Three teams to watch for Kelly Oubre Jr.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, there’s now three teams in on Golden State Warriors free-agent forward Kelly Oubre Jr. That includes the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Coming off a ho-hum season with Golden State, Oubre is still looking at between $15-20 million annually. All three teams could have the cap room to add him, though, a sign-and-trade with Golden State remains a real possibility.

Minnesota Timberwolves interested in Lauri Markkanen trade?

The Chicago Bulls extended a qualifying offer to Lauri Markkanen, giving them the ability to match any contract he receives. A sign-and-trade is the likely outcome this summer and HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reports the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder all have the 2017 first-round pick on their radar.

Los Angeles Lakers still want Buddy Hield?

With the Russell Westbrook trade not official until Aug. 6 due to NBA rules, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that a Buddy Hield trade to Los Angeles is still a possibility for Los Angeles. However, it would require a Dennis Schroder sign-and-trade, which requires a fourth team since neither the Sacramento Kings nor Washington Wizards want him. Also Read:
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NBA trade rumors: More moves coming from the Indiana Pacers?

It’s not a surprise that Indiana pulled off a trade in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft. However, it is a bit of a shock that the team didn’t trade down from 13. Rather, the Pacers selected Oregon sharpshooter Chris Duarte. Then, they moved to the 22nd pick to acquire big man Isaiah Jackson — yielding Aaron Holiday in the process. This seems to suggest that another trade could be in the cards given Jackson plays the same position as Myles Turner, who has been on the block . It’s something to pay attention to with free agency slated to start soon.

Trading New York Knicks seem to be up to something

Selecting 19th and 21st in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, the Knicks spent the evening making trade after trade. They moved off both selections, ultimately settling on Houston guard Quentin Grimes with the 25th pick. New York then moved the 32nd pick for the 34th an 36th selection. While everything needs to be sorted out, it stands to reason that Knicks president Leon Rose was attempting to create as much wriggle room as possible under the cap to become a big time player in free agency. Ahead of the annual event, New York had roughly $55 million to spend.

NBA trade rumors: Bradley Beal staying put with the Washington Wizards

After a couple weeks of trade rumors following their first-round exit in the NBA Playoffs, it appears that Washington is going to retain Beal for at least one more season . While this is bad news for teams like the Golden State Warriors, it does set up an interesting summer in D.C. The Wizards ended up acquiring veterans Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and Aaron Holiday in separate trades that sent Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers . General manager Tommy Sheppard has some decisions to make.

What’s next for Los Angeles Lakers following Russell Westbrook trade?
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Los Angeles moved off Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and a first-round pick for the former NBA MVP . It’s an obvious win-now move from Los Angeles perspective, but it also created a lack of flexibility moving forward. General manager Rob Pelinka will now pursue veteran shooters with a lack of that currently on the Lakers’ roster. He also has a potential Dennis Schroder sign-and-trade at his disposal . Also Read:
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Golden State Warriors draft leaves more questions than answers

Golden State was unable to move off the seventh or 14th pick in the draft for a proven star player as the market fizzled out. Instead, the Warriors picked up a raw Jonathan Kuminga with the seventh selection before adding guard Moses Moody with their second first-round pick. Specifically, the high-upside Kuminga seems to be an odd fit for the win-now Warriors. Could this be an indication that Golden State will look to flip him later in the summer depending on how the trade market plays out? Remember, it just recently turned down a lopsided trade offer from the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons (see below). Also Read:
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Philadelphia 76ers demanding James Harden-type return for Ben Simmons
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There’s now a very good chance that Simmons will be moved much later in the summer. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski , Philadelphia is seeking out trade partners with Simmons’ camp now believing that a move is in his best interests. Unfortunately, the 76ers’ asking price is seemingly too high for other teams to consider. Also Read:
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Woj dropped a bomb, indicating that Philadelphia is seeking a James Harden-type of return for Simmons. That means multiple first-round picks, other pick swaps and young players. Given Simmons’ struggled in the playoffs, it remains to be seen if any team will be willing to offer up that type of return.

Atlanta Hawks open to trading Cam Reddish

Just a couple years after selecting Reddish with the 10th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft , the Hawks are looking to move off the young wing. According to multiple media reports, Atlanta is open to trading Reddish for what would likely be a non-lottery selection in a future draft.

Reddish, 21, still offers a tremendous amount of upside for interested teams despite missing all but 26 games this past season to injury. The Duke product is averaging 10.7 points and 3.8 rebounds on 38% shooting from the field during his two-year career.

Eric Bledsoe likely on the move after blockbuster trade
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In exchange for moving up from No. 17 to No. 10 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to take on Eric Bledsoe’s contract. It’s a smart move for the organization and they don’t even seem to have plans for Bledsoe.

According to Chris Haynes, Bledsoe’s stay in Memphis will likely be a short one. While there isn’t much interest in the veteran guard after his play dropped off this past season, the Grizzlies are expected to move him before the 2021-’22 season. Also Read:
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NBA trade rumors: Pascal Siakam could be on the move

Recent reports suggest that the Toronto Raptors are willing to move this star forward after a down season for both Siakam and the organization. It’s really all about whether Toronto’s brass wants to tear this thing up and start anew with a rebuild after drafting another forward in Scottie Barnes fourth overall . Siakam, 27, averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 46% shooting from the field in 2020-21. Among other teams, he’s been linked to the Golden State Warriors in trade talks.

Chris Paul’s contract option

Fresh off his Phoenix Suns dropping the NBA Finals, the 36-year-old Paul has a decision to make. Is he going to opt out of his $44-plus million salary for next season and become a free agent? Despite his advanced age, this seems to be a likely scenario. While returning to Phoenix seems to make the most sense, the future Hall of Famer has also been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

Damian Lillard denies he requested a trade

Reports surfaced late last week that Lillard was on the verge of requesting a trade . Talking from the site of the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, the future Hall of Famer guard denied said report.

“It’s not true I haven’t made any firm decision on what my future will be,” Lillard told reporters .

In no way is this a sign that Dame has committed to Portland. He wants a sense of urgency from the embattled organization and just recently met with the power that be, new head coach Chauncey Billups included. There’s a chance that Lillard will in fact request a trade should things not turn out to his liking. The report Lillard responded to listed the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers as his preferred destinations.

Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton opts out

There’s going to be another free-agent wing on the market this summer after Denver Nuggets veteran Will Barton opted out of his contract. The 30-year-old was slated to make $14.7 million next season. Instead, he’ll hit a week NBA free agent class.

A second-round pick out of Memphis back in 2012, Barton is averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists on 35% shooting from distance throughout his career. Over the course of the past four seasons, Barton is averaging a split of 14.1/5.0/3.6 on 37% from beyond the arc. The two sides are said to be hopeful a long-term deal can be reached.

NBA trade rumors: New Orleans Pelicans unlikely to match offer for Lonzo Ball

There’s now a good chance that pending restricted free agent Lonzo Ball will be done in New Orleans after two seasons . Coming off a career season, the 23-year-old Ball is going to be in-demand this summer. That could include an annual average salary of $20 million with the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls being linked to him.

If Ball were to move to another team, there’s a good chance a sign-and-trade would be worked out. The Clippers could offer up guard Terance Mann while someone like Coby White would be of interest for the Pelicans.

Toronto Raptors expected to re-sign Gary Trent Jr.

Acquired as part of the Normal Powell trade deadline deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, young wing Gary Trent Jr. is slated to hit free agency this summer. He’s also going to have a pretty strong market after averaging 15.3 points on 39% shooting from distance during the 2020-21 season.

According to John Hollinger of The Athletic, the expectation is that Trent Jr. will ultimately re-sign with Toronto this summer. Trent Jr., 22, boasts a mere $2.2 million cap hold. This means Toronto can be active with the room it has under the cap before re-signing Trent Jr. He seems to be a part of their long-term plans with Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam ( assuming he’s not traded ).

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