NBA trade deadline rumors: Knicks sending Kristaps Porzingis to Mavericks; Wizards not dealing their stars

The NBA season has passed the halfway point, and suddenly the trade deadline is just two weeks away. With playoff races starting to take shape, the next stretch will determine whether teams are sellers or buyers heading into Feb. 7. Right now, with parity at an all-time high, and over two-thirds of the league in the playoff hunt, there are a lot more buyers than sellers, but that could all change rather quickly. 

Ahead of the deadline, here's a roundup of all the latest trade rumors spreading across the league.

Knicks trading Porzingis to Mavericks

The New York Knicks spoke with star big man Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday regarding the direction of the franchise. Just minutes after that news broke, the Knicks reportedly agreed to deal Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first-round picks. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that Porzingis hasn't decided on his future with the Mavericks just yet, but is expected to continue rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered last February.

Wizards not dealing away Wall, Beal, Porter

The Wizards own just a 22-29 record throughout the season, however they aren't looking to break up their core of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. In an interview with WTOP, owner Ted Leonsis stated that the Wizards are keeping their trio in D.C.

"We're not trading any of those players," Leonsis said in the interview.

Anthony Davis wants a trade from Pelicans

After months of speculation, Pelicans All-NBA forward Anthony Davis officially wants out of New Orleans, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Agent Rich Paul has notified the Pelicans that Davis, who is eligible to sign a $240 supermax offer over the summer with the team, has no intention of signing a contract extension and that he has requested a trade.

Blake Griffin shoots down trade request rumors

There was a rumor floating around that Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin wanted a trade away from the Pistons, but Griffin categorically denied that report. Griffin told media members that he's never requested a trade, and though he's frustrated with how the season is going, believes the team can turn things around.  

Celtics not high on Davis' list of preferred destinations

Despite likely interest on Boston's part, the Celtics are not high on Anthony Davis' list of preferred destinations in a trade, per Yahoo Sports. Also, the Celtics can't trade for Davis until the offseason, as they already traded for Kyrie Irving as a designated player, and NBA teams can only have one designated player on their roster who they traded for at a time. 

Lakers package for Davis would have to start with Ball, Kuzma 

The Lakers are interested in acquiring Anthony Davis from the Pelicans, but any offer that they make for Davis would have to start with Lonzo BallKyle KuzmaIvica Zubac and a first-round draft pick to even be considered. This is something that the Lakers would be willing to do. 

Lakers open to dealing young core to land superstar

According to The Athletic's Bill Oram, the Lakers are approaching two types of trades: a trade that "shores up the current roster" to get them into the playoffs, or "a blockbuster that lands the Lakers a second superstar." The latter, of course, would presumably be to nab Anthony Davis off the Pelicans, a player who Lakers fans have been eyeing all year,. The Lakers would be reportedly be willing to part with some combination of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma to make it happen.

Grizzlies prepared to move on from Conley, Gasol

After years of trying desperately to hold on to the Grit 'N' Grind era, it seems the Grizzlies are finally ready to move on. According to recent reports, the team is now listening to offers for franchise cornerstones Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. It won't be easy to find suitable trades considering their ages and contracts, but this marks a new step for the team, which had previously been reluctant to make any blockbuster deals. -- Updated on Jan. 23

Wizards holding on to Beal, could move Porter

Despite their poor start to the season, the Wizards are still in the playoff race right now, and that means they haven't turned into sellers. Depending on how the next couple of weeks go, they very well could be inclined to start moving some of their better players, but Bradley Beal won't be among them. The team is reportedly set on keeping Beal, who has been playing fantastic basketball as of late. Otto Porter Jr., however, could be dealt, and the Jazz are apparently on the chase. -- Updated on Jan. 23

Thon Maker wants a trade from Bucks

Third-year forward Thon Maker would like to find a new NBA home. According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Maker's agent has requested a trade away from the Milwaukee Bucks in the hopes of landing an expanded role elsewhere. The Bucks drafted Maker with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 Draft. 

Mavs discussed Smith Jr. with multiple teams

Dennis Smith Jr. was away from the Mavericks for five games amid trade rumors, though the team termed his absence as a sore back and illness. In any case, he was back on the court on Tuesday night, and helped them defeat the Clippers. However, he may not be back for good. Per The Athletic, the Mavericks discussed Smith deals with several teams, including the Lakers and Knicks, but the two sides will evaluate the next few weeks before making a decision. While finding a deal that makes sense will be tricky, one still could happen. -- Updated on Jan. 23

Hornets eager to keep, re-sign Walker

Kemba Walker has dealt with trade rumors for a while, but this year it seems like he can rest easy. According to The Athletic, Hornets owner Michael Jordan has made it clear that Walker is not on the table. Moreover, Jordan is hopeful that he can re-sign Walker and keep the Hornets' all-time leading scorer in town for the long-term future. -- Updated on Jan. 23

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Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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