NBA Trade Rumors Live Blog 2.16.16: Clippers pursuing Lance trade

Our NBA trade rumors live blog will keep track of all the whispers, indications, and reported talks between teams from now until the deadline. Here's the latest on Tuesday, February 16, with two days to go until the trade deadline. 

Tobias Harris is heading to the Pistons. (USATSI)
Tobias Harris is heading to the Pistons. (USATSI)
  Los Angeles Clippers close to acquiring Channing Frye, maybe moving Lance Stephenson elsewhere though

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting the Los Angeles Clippers are close to acquiring Channing Frye, but it might not be in exchange for Lance Stephenson.

Frye is a stretch-5 who could really spread the floor for the Clippers. While he can't really play power forward, he gives them a veteran big man presence off the bench. The potential deal on the table is Stephenson, C.J. Wilcox, and maybe a future second-round pick in exchange for Frye.

However, the Clippers may have a deal elsewhere to send Stephenson, which would then probably negate a possible deal with Orlando. The Clippers will likely decide on the move Wednesday. Frye could also be targeted by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  Orlando Magic unlikely to trade Victor Oladipo

Orlando has been extremely active two days prior to the trade deadline. They've already sent Tobias Harris to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. They may have the reported deal for Frye to the Clippers mentioned above.

But even if it seems like they're clearing the books a bit for flexibility this summer, don't expect them to overreact and move Victor Oladipo. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel says he would be shocked if Oladipo ended up being shipped away from the Magic.

  Pistons still looking for another guard in the trade market

After already making a move for Tobias Harris, the Detroit Pistons are still probing the market for a guard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The bench of the Pistons has been fairly thin, especially in the backcourt this season. Trading away Brandon Jennings means the Pistons are now missing a guard who was becoming an important factor as a reserve for them. If they're not able to make a deal, Steve Blake may be the best they can offer up in the second unit.

  Bucks tell Michael Carter-Williams he won't be traded at deadline
  Marc Spears of Yahoo says that Michael Carter-Williams has been told by the Bucks that he won't be traded prior to the deadline. The funny thing about that is MCW was told the same thing by the Philadelphia 76ers last year before he was moved at the deadline, essentially in exchange for the Lakers' top 3 protected first-round pick.

Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe have been the rumors of a possible shake-up by Milwaukee but it hasn't been much more than just rumors.

  Minnesota Timberwolves aren't discussing Ricky Rubio trades... for now

There were reports over the weekend that the Wolves were in discussions about moving point guard Ricky Rubio by the deadline. Even though there aren't a lot of options out there for playoff teams needing Rubio, some people within the organization aren't huge believers that the Spanish point guard is definitely part of the core moving forward.

But any potential discussions that were being had aren't going anywhere by Thursday's deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Things may change this summer when the Wolves hire a new executive and a new coach to replace the late Flip Saunders, but as of right now, there doesn't look like a deal for Rubio will be made.

  Rockets' Dwight Howard pursued by active Hornets, but Charlotte unwilling to give up big assets for him.

With the trade acquiring Courtney Lee completed, the Hornets have reportedly turned their attention to a much bigger acquisition. Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting the Hornets have contacted the Houston Rockets about bringing Dwight Howard to Charlotte.

The Hornets have a bevy of young bigs including Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky , along with some decent wing depth after the Lee move. But there hasn't been a workable trade found. That's a sign that Charlotte is looking to make a big push toward the playoffs and potentially become quite dangerous if they're guaranteed a spot in the East.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical says the Hornets aren't interested in giving up big assets just to get Dwight.

  Charlotte Hornets acquire Courtney Lee in three-team deal

A three-team trade has been reported involving the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and Miami Heat. CBS Sports' Ken Berger confirmed the trade.

In the deal, Courtney Lee gets sent from Memphis to Charlotte, Brian Roberts goes from Charlotte to Miami, Chris Andersen goes from Miami to Memphis, and P.J. Hairston is moved from the Hornets to the Grizzlies.

The move also includes four second-round picks (two from Miami and two from Charlotte) headed to the Grizzlies. One of them is expected to be heavily protected from Miami, but that's the extent of the haul for Lee.

This move also helps the Heat with their cap situation regarding the luxury tax.

  Atlanta Hawks more likely to make significant changes to roster in the summer

Trying to poach Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline has been a move teams are looking at more and more as we get closer to Thursday. With doubts about Horford re-signing when he's an unrestricted free agent this summer, making sure you don't lose him for nothing should be something the Hawks' front office is kicking around.

According to Chris Vivlamore of the AJC, the Hawks aren't afraid to make a bold move at the deadline to improve the team, but they're much more likely to re-shape the roster this summer than in the next couple days.

The Hawks are not afraid to make a bold move. However, it would have to be one that significantly improves the team in order to give up players of the caliber of Horford or Teague. Breaking up a core of players that played for the Eastern Conference title just a year ago is a risky move.

If the Hawks are to make major changes to the roster, they will likely come this summer. Decisions will have to be made on Horford and Kent Bazemore, another unrestricted free agent. They could lose two-fifths of the starting lineup. Should Bazemore leave, the Hawks will have a serious hole at small forward with only Thabo Sefolosha, with a year remaining on his contract, on the depth chart. It may well be in the summer when the organization decides that Schroder is ready to take over at point guard or if Teague is needed for another season. Decisions will be based on how the young players on the roster – Tim Hardaway Jr., Mike Scott, Mike Muscala, Edy Tavares, Schroder, Holiday and Patterson – fit into future plans.

This makes a lot of sense considering the Hawks are still one of the better teams in the East, they haven't given up on re-signing Horford by any means, and the new ownership doesn't want to just gut a successful team it recently purchased. But you have to be aware of not having a Goran Dragic- Phoenix Suns situation that ends up extending past the deadline instead of getting out in front of it.

  Detroit Pistons trade Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova for Tobias Harris

The Detroit Pistons need more firepower under Stan Van Gundy than they currently have and that means actively finding the right stretch-4 to put alongside Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond .

Confirmed by CBS Sports' Ken Berger and later announced by both teams, the Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. This was the first domino to fall this week.

Chris Broussard of ESPN first reported the trade.

    Blake Griffin is "no longer untouchable"

The Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets reportedly talked about a potential deal involving Blake Griffin in early February but this was nothing more than a talk. However, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Clippers are actually listening to potential trades involving Griffin.

Lowe reports that the Clippers may end up keeping Griffin for the rest of the season and try to move him in the summer. Or if they think they have a shot at signing Kevin Durant in the summer, the Clippers may try to trade Griffin before Thursday's deadline.

From Lowe:

Conflicting noise is spouting from Clipperville, but the smart money is on L.A. waiting until the summer to really get busy on the Griffin front. Doc Rivers wants to give this core one last postseason shot, and the Clips need Griffin just in case Kevin Durant picks them, triggering a Griffin-for-Durant sign-and-trade.

But the Griffin noise is real. He's no longer untouchable. The Clips are listening, even right now, and they've rarely listened before. If they get wind over the next four days that they're out of the Durant sweepstakes, they could accelerate the Griffin trade timetable.

Griffin is a core member of the Clippers but it seems like if their opportunity is there, Doc Rivers is willing to make a deal.

  The Markieff Morris saga drags on

Markieff Morris has played better since Earl Watson took over as interim head coach but he is still on the trade block and it may be because the Phoenix Suns are asking for a lot. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Suns are telling teams interested in Morris that they want a first-round pick and a young player in return:

Multiple teams who have made pitches for Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris suggest a first-round pick hasn't been enough to engage the Suns in trade talks.

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has been pursuing a package that includes a younger player and a first-round pick, league executives said. The Suns are motivated to honor Morris' desire for a trade - and have no intention of bringing him back next season - but teams are starting to think the Suns could hold onto Morris past the Thursday trade deadline without a deal that brings back a player of value with a first-round pick.

Wojnarowski also reports that Phoenix may end up keeping Morris for the rest of the season and then try and trade him in the summer. Morris has wanted out of Phoenix since the beginning of the season but it looks like he may end up being a Sun for the rest of the year.

  David Lee 's time with the Boston Celtics could be coming to an end

David Lee has been stuck on Boston's bench for the majority of the season and according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, if the Celtics can't trade the veteran forward by Thursday's deadline, they will buy him out. If this happens, Lee will then be able to sign with another team. 

At 32 years old, Lee is a solid reserve forward who could help a playoff team in limited minutes. All Lee wants is an opportunity to play and he could find it if the Celtics buy him out after Thursday's deadline.

  J.J. Hickson likely to be bought out

Like Lee,  The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that if the Nuggets can't find a willing trade partner, they will buy out J.J. Hickson. If that happens, don't be surprised if Hickson is either out of the NBA or signs with a team like the Philadelphia 76ers as a filler player for the rest of the season.

  Andrea Bargnani will be bought out

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Andrea Bargnani is the third player who will likely be bought out if the Brooklyn Nets can't trade him by Thursday's deadline. A disappointing player after a couple solid seasons in Toronto, it wouldn't be surprising to see Bargnani head overseas and continue his playing career in Europe.

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