David Aldridge provides the latest reports on the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis.
As we close in on the 2017 Draft tonight
(7 ET, ESPN
), the trade talks that have swirled all week -- as well as some new chatter -- are bubbling up. Here's the latest on what's being talked about around the NBA:
Report: Suns, Nuggets discussing deal
Denver and Phoenix could swap point guards before tonight's Draft, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN ...
Report: Celtics in pursuit of Porzingis
Perhaps the biggest name on the Draft day trade radar is Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks. Team president Phil Jackson confirmed last night that the team is listening to trade offers
for Porzingis and as of today, the chatter surrounding the talented second-year forward continues ...
Reports: Number of teams pursuing Jackson
Top prospect Josh Jackson out of Kansas is reportedly receiving a lot of interest from around the league ...
Report: Celtics interested in No. 7 pick
Just days after trading down in the 2017 Draft with the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round selection, the Boston Celtics may be looking to get the No. 7 pick tonight ...
Report: Wolves have eyes for Butler, George
Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler has had his name bandied about in trade talks
since last season and saw it crop back up in trade rumors leading into the Draft. A number of teams in the lottery remain interested in him (and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in pursuit as well), but whether or not he moves may depend on what happens with Kristaps Porzingis ...
Report: Rubio on trade market
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to climb up a few more rungs in the Western Conference hierarchy. The Wolves also have a glut of young guards and may be looking to move perhaps their most veteran playmaker, Ricky Rubio, tonight ...
Reports: Jazz looking to add point guard
The Utah Jazz are coming off a 50-win season and their first trip to the Western Conference semifinals since 2010. The Jazz have a number of key free agents to either re-sign or part with this summer including point guard George Hill. While they wait to see how that pans out, they remain interested in trading for a veteran point guard and are also receiving trade calls about Derrick Favors ...
Reports: Spurs shopping Aldridge
The San Antonio Spurs have made some surprising moves in offseasons past and tonight may be no different for them. According to both ESPN.com and the San Antonio Express-News
, big man LaMarcus Aldridge may be on the market as the Spurs try to land a top-10 pick
Multiple league sources have informed the Express-News the Spurs are exploring the trade market, hoping to find a deal to unload Aldridge, who will turn 32 next month.
“They feel it’s time to move on,” a source told the Express-News.
Considered the best free agent signing of 2015, Aldridge signed a four-year, $84 million deal with the Spurs. He’s scheduled to make roughly $21 million next season.
Various reports suggest the Spurs are trying to obtain a top-five pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, using Aldridge for either Phoenix’s No. 4 pick or the No. 5 spot held by Sacramento. But the Kings apparently have no interest in trading the fifth pick.
A league source told the Express-News that Portland Trail Blazers would execute a trade for Aldridge to reunite him with star Damian Lillard. Aldridge, who played nine seasons in Portland, but left the Blazers in 2015 to sign with the Spurs. The Blazers haven’t closed the door completely on a possible return. The team would be willing to complete a trade for Aldridge for matching salary only, according to a league source.
The Blazers do have three first-round picks in the draft, starting with the No. 15 selection, as well as No. 20 and 26.