Tag:2011 NBA Trade Deadline
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Report: Nets in advanced talks for Melo... again.

Conflicting reports surface regarding possible revived Nets-Nuggets talks for Carmelo Anthony.
Posted by Matt Moore

I could have swore we were just here. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the New Jersey Nets are in "advanced talks" in a huge nine-player, four-pick deal that would shake out as the following: 

New Jersey Nets receive: 

Carmelo Anthony
Chauncey Billups
Renaldo Balkman
Melvin Ely
Shelden Williams.

Denver Nuggets receive:

Derrick Favors
Devin Harris
Troy Murphy
Ben Uzoh
And... four first-round picks.

That is an absurd lump of assets for one player, and if true, shows just how desperate the Nets are to contend immediately. They're giving up Derrick Favors and Harris, along with the expiring contract of Troy Murphy, basically to get Melo and Billups. And that's before you factor in giving up 4 first-rounders. Those picks are likely spread out over the 2011 through 2014 draft (the Nets own the Warriors 2011 pick, lottery protected, as well as their 2012, and the Rockets' 2012 picks), but that's a massive amount of first-rounders to surrender, even for an All-Star, before we look at the value of Harris and Favors. 

However, a spokesperson for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov Thursday reasserted to the AP that the owner "has not changed his mind" since cutting off talks with the Nuggets over the last deal when the Nets were asking for three first-rounders.  ESPN reported Thursday that the Nets had entered into talks again, and that it was Prokhorov's insistence that the Nets be the ones to open the dialogue again. 

So either Prokhorov's spokesperson is lying or not up to speed, and Prokhorov decided it was fine to deal with Denver if they opened talks, even if it meant talking about an even higher price tag than the last one Prokhorov walked away from, or the Nuggets are trying to apply pressure on New York by fabricating talks with the New Jersey Nets. 

So this is fun. 

Expect things to continue on this track through the weekend and possibly all the way to the deadline. The Melo story has just hit a whole other gear of crazy. 
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:33 am
 

Trade Deadline: Devin Harris to Blazers?

Report indicates Nets and Blazers discussing swap involving Andre Miller and Devin Harris among other pieces. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Devin Harris has been talked about in trade rumors which would ship him to Portland for months. He was part of one of the first Nets-Melo deals back in September. He was discussed in the second deal as well, with the idea being Denver would then ship him to Portland for Nicolas Batum. So the Blazers obviously have some level of interest in him, and the word's been out for a while that they would like to move Andre Miller. Which means that the latest report out of the Bergen Record has some immediate weight, as it suggests there have been talks already between Portland and New Jersey recently for just such a swap. From the Record:

The Nets and Blazers have exchanged trade proposals and still are discussing a deal. Harris and veteran point guard Andre Miller are the main pieces, but more players are involved, multiple NBA sources said. 
It’s doubtful the Nets will trade Harris, who turns 28 in two weeks, straight up for Miller, who turns 35 next month. 
The Nets want to expand the trade and are trying to include disappointing free-agent signing Travis Outlaw, who began his career in Portland. The Blazers are interested in shooting guard Anthony Morrow.
via Nets, Blazers talking about Devin Harris deal - NorthJersey.com.

The report goes on to suggest that the Nets have also brought up Rudy Fernandez and Joel Przybilla in the talks. Harris has struggled since his first season with New Jersey, which showed a lot of promise. Harris is still considered a "young" point guard despite turning 28 this month and has more athleticism than Miller (because he has any athleticism at all at this point).  Harris is the biggest value chip that the Nets have, and the Blazers have multiple assets they could be looking to move, so this one makes a lot of sense. The Nets could easily move Harris and pull in Przybilla to finish out his expring season, and then swap out Troy Murphy or buy him out to create even more space. 

And yet. 

Miller has been a huge part of LaMarcus Aldridge's explosion into stardom this season, lobbing to him several times a game. Miller's also been vital for their overall success and is a key component to their playoff run. Harris is likely the better player, but the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" axiom is in play here. If the Blazers want that playoff money, keeping Miller is a safe bet. Similarly, Rudy Fernandez after complaining for months about wanting to leave the country all together, has played fairly brilliantly for the Blazers. Will the situation be the same if he goes to a losing squad? 

Adding Morrow would be a great get for the Blazers, as he would provide balance with Aldridge and perimeter scoring by the handful. This is the kind of move for the Blazers that could upgrade their talent and clear their books, without having to take a step backwards towards rebuilding, which the franchise is hesitant to do, still. 

But where does Morrow fit in with Wesley Matthews and Brandon Roy? And for the Nets, why take on Miller knowing you'll just be left trying to find another point guard next year (assuming they drop Miller's last year which is non-guaranteed)? There are questions in this deal to be sure. But it's clear that Portland's interested in Harris, and the Nets want to deal.  There may be some fire to this smoke. 

Or, you know, it's yet another trade rumor. It's that time of the year, really.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:50 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Nets, Nuggets have re-opened Carmelo talks

The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened Carmelo Anthony trade talks. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

This was bound to happen eventually despite the hardcore bluffing. The Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets have reportedly re-opened trade talks for Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony although there are conflicting reports about which side initiated conversations.

The Bergen Record reports: "According to sources, the Nets and Nuggets have talked recently about Carmelo Anthony. Not sure who initiated the conversations, but they have spoken recently."

Yahoo! Sports reports the same.
Less than a month after the New Jersey Nets pulled out of trade talks, the Denver Nuggets have re-engaged the Nets in discussions on a blockbuster deal for Carmelo Anthony, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
One source described talks as “progressing” and said they have been ongoing between Denver and New Jersey officials over a week. While the precise package being discussed was unclear, sources said talks have centered on a scaled-down package that still includes rookie forward Derrick Favors and draft picks.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports: "Person familiar with Nuggets-Nets talks describes them as "exploratory" on Denver's part. On scale of 1-5, source says, 'Back to level 1.'"

ESPN.com reports: "Sources say Denver and NJ began Melo trade talks again about a week ago. Source says NJ 1st to reach out. No meeting between Melo & NJ set yet."

Back on Jan. 19, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov dramatically pulled his franchise out of the Anthony sweepstakes, stating that he was unhappy how the negotiations had been handled. As recently as Monday, the two sides had reportedly not yet re-engaged.

The Nets, of course, had reportedly put the best offer on the table for Anthony, a deal that included multiple draft picks, cap relief and a promising young big man in Derrick Favors. The offer fulfilled all of the requirements for a best case scenario for Denver: get good value, get assets, get younger and save money. 

The biggest issue, as always, is whether Anthony will agree to sign an extension with the Nets. If not, the Nets' desire for him and their offer will diminish considerably. As the deadline has gotten closer, however, Anthony has had to confront the possibility of entering the summer without a lucractive contract extension. Perhaps that pressure will make him take a second look at the Nets?
Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Trade Deadline: J.R. Smith drawing interest

J.R. Smith has been mentioned in recent trade rumors with the Hornets and Bulls
Posted by Matt Moore

We've really come full-circle on J.R. Smith. In August we told you Smith was on the block in Denver. You remember August. Those halcyon days when the Heat were still elite and Yao Ming was going to help the Rockets back into contention. Then he choked a guy in practice. Then the guys who were going to trade him got fired. Then he went on to have a solid season, if prone to his usual hijinx. Now? Back on the block. Yahoo! Sports reports: 


The Chicago Bulls are still making calls on J.R. Smith to solve their shooting guard issues, but red flags on Smith’s character have made the Bulls cautious. “They just don’t want to mess that locker room up,” one source with knowledge of the talks said.
via Anthony distances himself from Nuggets - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The report also indicates that the Hornets have expressed interest in Smith as well. That's two playoff teams, considering bringing in one of the jump-shotiest, nasty-jammiest, unnecessarily flagrantiest, most unstable players in the league in to fill their two-guard spot. This is with O.J. Mayo on the market, who is probably the preferred option for many. Think about that. The guy who has been benched, got into a fight on the team plane with Tony Allen, and then busted for PEDs is considered the more attractive option at his position. But there Smith is, getting offers from playoff teams because when he's hot? He's nova. 
But Smith can't be relied on in the locker room or on the floor. George Karl pretty much has to set aside a separate string of philosophies when it comes to dealing with Smith, be it his defense or his superhuman desire to always shoot the ball, often in the most contested way possible. The fact that Smith is as good as he is despite his basketball IQ is stunning, but there it is. Too talented not to garner interest, too insane to draw too much.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 3:07 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Jamison drawing interest, Cavs hold exception

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be active trade deadline players. Posted by Ben Golliver. antawn-jamison

In his trade deadline roundup this morning, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be an active player, with forward Antawn Jamison drawing interest from the New Orleans Hornets.
Hornets GM Dell Demps is said to be seeking a big man who can give New Orleans a little more post presence on the offensive end, and executives are openly wondering if Demps will be so bold as to chase Cleveland's Antawn Jamison. Despite financial struggles that have resulted in the team being taken over by NBA ownership, the Hornets have cornered the market in the area of taking on future money for short-term improvements (i.e. Trevor Ariza and Jarrett Jack). Execs expect them to make another such move, but getting Jamison from Cleveland -- either via a trade or an unlikely buyout -- likely would yield a flood of complaints from many of the 29 teams that essentially own the Hornets. Jamison is owed $15.1 million next season, an obligation that would seem to be pushing whatever boundaries are inherent in the league's cooperative stewardship of the franchise.
The Cavs would have to be incentivized to part with Jamison, who isn't said to be pushing an exit strategy and whose leadership will be needed to guide the Cavs through the rest of this trying season. The Hornets have the ability to seek more modest improvements, given their multiple trade exceptions and the $4.6 million they have to spend up to the luxury-tax threshold.
Yahoo! Sports also notes New Orleans' interest in Jamison. 
New Orleans has a strong interest in Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison, but no team seems willing to trade for the two years, and $28 million left on his contract. Cleveland has shown no desire to negotiate a buyout on Jamison’s contract, and sources said Jamison isn’t going to pressure the issue.
It's more than reasonable for Cleveland to want to be rid of Jamison. He was last year's band-aid, a deadline move to push the Cavaliers over the top in the arms race for Eastern Conference supremacy. In the past year, Cleveland's roster and outlook have flipped 180 degrees, as forward LeBron James skipped town, the team has suffered through an NBA-record losing streak and now must understake a full-scale rebuild.

Getting off of Jamison's contract - $13.4 million this year, $15.1 million next year - would be ideal for Cleveland, but it's not their only potential option. As Berger notes, they have an excellent trade deadline chip in the form of the trade exception created by James' move to Miami.
The Cavs are aggressively testing the waters to see what kind of assets they can expect to accumulate by volunteering to use their $14.6 million trade exception from LeBron's departure as a parking lot for other teams' unwanted contracts. Cleveland is seeking to use that cap space to acquire draft picks and young players -- a sound strategy, especially considering that the Cavs can use all the room without putting themselves in luxury-tax jeopardy.
One possible scenario for using the trade exception would be to accept salary from a team that's currently a luxury tax payer but is close enough to the tax line to get under. Two teams in that situation are the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. The great thing about using an exception at the deadline is that the Cavs would only have to pay the remaining money on any contract they trade for while the team trading the contract gets to enjoy having the player's full cap number come off their books. Often, teams trading a player in such a scenario are able to cover the remaining salary owed to that player in the form of a cash payment, leaving the team holding the trade exception free of financial commitment. Clearly, using exceptions at the deadline is by far the best time to use them from a financial standpoint.

Even if the Cavs are unable to hit a home run and escape Jamison's contract, they can still hit a solid double to the wall if they are able turn that trade exception into a first round pick or even multiple second round picks. Any additional asset is helpful during a rebuild. Unfortunately for Cleveland, both Portland and Houston are run by new-school GMs that value their draft picks and will likely try to drive a hard bargain. In this case, though, the potential financial benefits should be fairly powerful, and it's fair to say that the Cavs would be letting a golden opportunity pass by if they can't find a way to use their exception.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Trade Deadline: Atlanta shopping for Sessions?

Hawks looking for guard help, could look to Cavs' Sessions at deadline.
Posted by Matt Moore

Some people will tell you the San Antonio Spurs are flying under the radar this season. If that's true, then the Atlanta Hawks are flying in invisible, Heat resistant stealth bombers this season. Did you know the Hawks are just 3.5 games out of the No.3 seed in the East? 

On the flip side, did you know they're just 12th in the league in point differential, that they're 14th in offensive efficiency, 13th in defensive efficiency, and 12th in efficiency differential? So they're better than you'd think. But their record also shows a better team than has been on the floor. 

Which is why they may be looking for an upgrade, particularly at guard. From Ken Berger's Post-Ups Wednesday:
The Hawks are looking for guard help, and sources say they may be interested in the Cavs' Ramon Sessions. The feeling among rival execs is that the Hawks may be willing to spend up to or perhaps even a bit beyond the luxury-tax threshold if there's a deal that would significantly improve their chances in a playoff series with Boston, Orlando or Miami.
via Trade buzz: Swap not only way Melo ends up with Knicks - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

Jeff Teague has underwhelmed after a strong start, and Mike Bibby is, well, Mike Bibbly. Old, reliable, and old. Also can be old. Sessions would fit seamlessly with Atlanta and is the kind of athletic force on the break that could really mesh with Josh Smith and Al Horford. Sessions may have been part of the worst losing streak in NBA history, but he's also shooting 46% from the field this year and averaging 5 assists per game. On a team with actual players, who know what he could accomplish. 

A point guard advantage could help Atlanta push a second round playoff series to seven games.  And there, anything can happen, even if the Hawks are the most unlikely of contenders. It probably won't push them over, but it would be a solid upgrade regardless. 

Still lingering for the Hawks? The issue of Jamal Crawford, without an extension, and wanting one badly.  If that relationship has been soured beyond repair, the Hawks could get good value from him on the open market. 
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:10 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 1:15 am
 

Report: Mavs could stand between Melo and Knicks?

The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly an "amenable" destination to Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

On Monday, we noted that Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony could be traded in a "rental" scenario, should Denver be unable to convince him to sign an extension or agree to an extend-and-trade. We noted that Anthony didn't seem particularly keen on the Houston Rockets but that the Dallas Mavericks often get mentioned as potential rental suitors as well.

Newsday reports on Tuesday that there may be mutual interest between Anthony and the Mavericks.
"A source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks.   Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.     
"The only way Melo doesn't come to New York is if [Mark] Cuban makes a play," that source said. The main issue, however, is that Dallas has even less to offer the Nuggets than the Knicks. The Mavs are searching for a third team to help them, with Roddy Beaubois, who has just returned from injury, as bait. But a source with knowledge of the Mavericks' thinking said he'd "be shocked if [Carmelo] came" to Dallas, but did say Cuban is unpredictable. But Beaubois, the source said, has been deemed untouchable. 
Back in December, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger noted that the Mavericks were considering a push for Anthony. 

Obtaining Anthony would be a dream scenario for the Mavericks, as he would plug their biggest hole to complete what would become the best frontline in the Western Conference. But how often do dream scenarios ever come true in the NBA?

Newsday also notes that talks between Denver and New York will continue over the All-Star weekend and that the two sides have "set parameters" on a potential deal.

In other recent Anthony news, the Knicks reportedly turned down one Nuggets trade proposal and a rival GM said Tuesday night that the Anthony talks have impacted other ongoing trade discussions by dragging on for so long.
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 12:16 am
 

Warriors GM: lots of trade chatter, no substance

Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley says this year's trade chatter lacks substance. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-riley-warriors

Earlier Tuesday, we noted statements made by Portland Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who said that he feels trade talks are being held up by the uncertainty surrounding Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony and that things likely wouldn't pick up until next week.

Also on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley sang the same tune, telling the Mercury News that this year's trading season has been a lot of hot air so far.
"There’s a lot of chatter, but not a lot of substance to the chatter ... And it seems that a lot of teams actually positioned themselves last summer to get ready for what’s going on right now. So then there’s some reluctance to move away from the plans they put into place at that time. ... Now, things will Heat up. As people get closer to the deadline, deadlines tend to draw people out."
Also of note, Riley said that interest in expiring contracts this year appears to have wained.
"If you look at what has been done—Toronto acquires Peja Stojakovic and then apparently saw no value in having him as an expiring contract. And that philosophy looks to be in place with a lot of teams."
Aside from some foolish, back-tracked hypoethetical chatter regarding Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis from their new owner, the Warriors haven't found themselves in many trade rumors this year. 

With a 24-29 record as of Tuesday night, Golden State's chance of making a playoff push in the jam-packed Western Conference are remote. Taking on additional salary heading into a potential lockout would seem to be a risky proposition for any team, and the Warriors have already locked themselves into long-term deals for Ellis, David Lee and Andris Biederins, so any flexibility they can create will be at a premium. 

Given that the Warriors are currently over the cap and have two sizeable contracts coming off their books this summer -Vladimir Radmanovic and Dan Gadzuric - they might be best served to simply wait things out prior to the deadline, opting to enjoy that salary cap relief themselves and test their luck in the NBA Draft Lottery.
 
 
 
 
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