NBA trade deadline buzz: Weekend of Feb. 1

The NBA trade deadline is less than a week away. Already this season, a handful of deals have taken place (which you can keep track of here). As we close in on the official trade deadline (Feb. 7, 3 p.m. ET), talks of other deals will continue.

Keep up with the latest rumblings around the NBA — and the latest deals that have been agreed to — as deadline day approaches.

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Blazers reportedly add Hood

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Forward Rodney Hood will head to Portland, while guards Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two future second-round picks will go to Cleveland.

The Blazers (32-20) are currently the fourth seed in the West. According to Wojnarowski, Hood was one of the “most pursued rotation wings” available on the trade market.

— 2:58 p.m., Feb. 3


Bucks engaged with ‘several teams’ regarding Maker

After a recent trade request by third-year big Thon Maker, the Milwaukee Bucks have been working the lines to find a move that makes sense, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Apparently, they’ve engaged with ‘several teams’ as they continue to roll in their league-leading campaign.

– 9:40 p.m., Feb. 2

Pelicans reportedly not interested in dealing Holiday

With New Orleans entertaining offers for Anthony Davis, many teams are inquiring about their second-best player, Jrue Holiday. But the Pelicans are telling callers they are not interested in moving Holiday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowki.

– 6:10 p.m., Feb. 2

Pelicans underwhelmed by Lakers’ offer

Details have emerged on the Lakers’ initial trade offer for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. The package included Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo and a first-round pick, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Meanwhile, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the Lakers offered the Pelicans their choice of two young players and either Lance Stephenson or Rajon Rondo.

Charania also said that a source used the word “lowball” when describing the offers presented, which is typical in the early stages of negotiations.

— 12:43 a.m., Feb. 2

Houston trying to trade Knight

The Rockets are trying to shed Brandon Knight’s lucrative contract.

Houston has offered a first-round pick to Memphis for the 27-year-old guard, per The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

Knight is on the fourth year of the five-year, $70 million deal he signed with the Suns in 2015. The former lottery pick is due $15.6 million next season, per spotrac. He’s appeared in just 12 games for the Rockets during the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 3.0 points per game.

11:58 p.m., Feb. 1

Davis Sr. doesn’t want son in Boston

The father of Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis says he never hopes to see his son play a game for the Boston Celtics, a franchise he labels as disloyal.

“I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas,” Anthony Davis Sr. said, per ESPN. “No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him.”

Davis Sr. is referencing how Boston dealt Thomas — a two-time All-Star who played through both injuries and tragedies for the Celtics — to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving.

“This is just my opinion, not Anthony’s,” he added. “I’ve just seen things over the years with Boston, and there’s no loyalty.”

Earlier in the day, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the Celtics are not a preferred destination for Davis the player either.

— 11:40 p.m., Feb. 1

Davis: Haven’t told Pelicans my top destination

Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis let the world know earlier this week that he wants a trade from New Orleans. On Friday, Davis made it clear that — despite reports to the contrary — he has not let the team know where his preferred trade destination is.

Earlier Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted that Davis viewed a trade to the Boston Celtics as destination he would not prefer. Additionally, Charania tweeted that Davis still eyes the Los Angeles Lakers as the top destination, with the New York Knicks also in the mix.

In regards to all of the trade destination talk, Davis told reporters: “I nor my representation have given the Pelicans an ultimatum on a destination.

— 2:27 p.m., Feb. 1

Bulls trade for Luwawu-Cabarrot

Chicago finds itself in the midst of another rebuilding season with its 12-40 record that puts it decidedly outside the playoff picture. That said, the Bulls have found a way to be a player in a trade as the Feb. 7 deadline nears.

The Bulls acquired swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a protected 2020 second-round Draft pick.

In addition to that deal, the team also waived veteran Carmelo Anthony. Chicago acquired Anthony on Jan. 22, but he never played a game for the Bulls.

— 1:11 p.m., Feb. 1

Report: Lakers are No. 1 destination for Davis

Whether or not the New Orleans Pelicans end up trading Anthony Davis before the Feb. 7 deadline is anyone’s guess. What is becoming more clear are the teams Davis would apparently prefer to go to.

Shams Charania reports the Los Angeles Lakers are the top preferred landing spot for Davis. In addition, the Knicks are high on the superstar big man’s list as well. Per Charania, the Knicks made a push to land Davis with a trade offer centered on Kristaps Porzingis.

Ultimately, though, the Knicks ended up dealing Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade yesterday.

— 12:24 p.m., Feb. 1

Report: Boston not Davis’ preferred destination

February 1 has not been a great day in terms of potential player movement news for the Boston Celtics. First, star guard Kyrie Irving seemed to backtrack on his long-held plans to re-sign there this summer. Then, one of the top targets on Boston’s trade radar — New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis — delivered another blow.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Celtics are not a preferred destination long-term for Davis. In fact, in Davis’ mind, the Celtics are seen as a “rental” option — meaning he would likely not re-sign there come the summer of 2020.

As of Thursday, executives from the Lakers and Pelicans had talked on the phone to discuss potential deals for Davis. However, New Orleans is under no rush to trade the All-Star big man — and has said as much itself — before the Feb. 7 deadline.

— 11:50 a.m., Feb. 1

Report: Jazz, Grizzlies talk Conley

The Utah Jazz have big hopes for this season after a run to the Western Conference semifinals in 2017-18. They are 29-23 as the calendar turns to February, but have picked up their play of late and are looking more and more like a serious contender in the West.

Per Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Jazz have had exploratory discussions with the Memphis Grizzlies about veteran point guard Mike Conley. The deal, Stein reports, would be headlined by Conley and Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio switching spots.

However, for the Jazz to pull off this trade, they would have to deal off other pieces because of the steep price (two years, $66 million) left on Conley’s contract. By comparison, Rubio’s deal is much less ($15 million expiring deal). As Stein notes, though, the Jazz have “undeniable” interest in Conley though per league sources.

— 10:47 a.m., Feb. 1

Trade chatter, via The Starters

No real news here, folks. But if you’re looking for a detailed breakdown of everything from the Kristaps Porzingis trade to Kyrie Irving’s comments Friday and more, this is your spot …