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NBA trade rumors: James Harden contract impacts deadline, Jerami Grant could be moved

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Bookmark. Save. Do your thing. We will be providing constant updates on this page as it relates to the biggest NBA trade rumors leading up to the in-season trade deadline.

Myles Turner injury complicates things

We already know that the under-performing Indiana Pacers are looking to move off Turner ahead of the February 10 NBA trade deadline. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be likely. Turner is currently sidelined with a stress fracture in the foot . He’s expected to be out beyond the trade deadline. Perhaps, Indiana now turns its attention to moving All-Star big man Domantas Sabonis.

Jerami Grant rumors picking up steam

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With a few weeks to go before the deadline, it looks more and more like the Pistons are going to move off the talented three-and-D wing. With Grant sidelined, Saddiq Bey has played at a high level. And in realtiy, Detroit is still a cellar dwellar. Getting assets for Grant makes the most sense. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves are among those with reported interest in Grant. The asking price here is said to be two first-round picks and a young player .

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NBA trade rumors: James Harden contract could impact deadline moves

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Harden has a player option on his current contract and will likely hit free agency next summer. For the former NBA MVP, it would represent the first time he’s been able to openly negotiate with teams of his choosing. In no way does this mean the championship-contending Nets are looking to move Harden before the trade deadline. That’s not happening.

But his contract situation could have wide-ranging ramifications. Specifically, what the Philadelphia 76ers plan to do with Ben Simmons. According to NBA insider Marc Stein , there’s a scenario in play that suggests the Nets and 76ers could pull off a summer-time blockbuster with Harden joining Daryl Morey in Philly and Simmons heading to Brooklyn. At the very least, this Harden situation might force the Sixers into holding off on moving Simmons until after the season.

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Philadelphia 76ers expand Ben Simmons trade talks

With now less than a month to go before the NBA trade deadline, 76ers front office head Daryl Morey has expanded the scope of trade talks surrounding this enigmatic three-time All-Star. Following an off-season filled with trade requests and a rift between the two sides, it seems something might get done here at some point within the next few weeks.

However, a recent proposal from the Detroit Pistons surrounding Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant acting as the centerpieces heading back to Philadelphia has been turned down by the 76ers’ brass. That tells us what we need to know about Morey’s asking price.

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Los Angeles Lakers interested in Gary Trent Jr.

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Looking to improve their team, the Los Angeles Lakers have been making calls around the league. One of the players they’ve expressed interest in is Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. While they only appear to be rumors at this point, many are skeptical about their ability to swing a trade thanks to their limited assets on hand.

Sacramento Kings expected to move Harrison Barnes

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This has pretty much been the case over the past couple years. Rumors persisting that the underrated wing could be traded. Now that general manager Monte McNair is expected to retool the Kings under-performing roster, that might be the case.

According to Matt Moore of the Action Network, Sacramento is expected to listen to offers for the 29-year-old Barnes. If so, there’s going to be a solid market for his services . Barnes is averaging 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds on 42% shooting from distance this season.

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De’Aaron Fox reportedly available for trade

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Leading into the season, it was believed Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox was completely off the table in any potential trade circumstances. Not anymore. Tim Bontemps of ESPN was speaking on the Brian Windhorst & the Hoop Collective sports podcast when he mentioned some recent chatter suggesting Fox may be available for the right price.

Brooklyn Nets open to trading Joe Harris

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Sharpshooting Nets wing Joe Harris has been sidelined since the middle of November after suffering an ankle injury. There’s no telling when Harris will return to the floor. However, there’s now a report surfacing that Brooklyn could look to move him ahead of the February NBA trade deadline.

According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report , teams believe that the Nets have a willingness to move Harris for the right price. The is a surprising development given that Harris inked a four-year, $75 million extension with Brooklyn a year ago last month. The 30-year-old 3-and-D wing is a career 44% three-point shooter.

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