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2023 NBA trade deadline buzz: Feb. 8 edition

The latest rumblings and reported deals as the Feb. 9 trade deadline draws closer.

The Nets reportedly agreed to trade Kevin Durant to Suns in a blockbuster deal that could reshape the power structure in the NBA.

As we close in on the official trade deadline (Feb. 9, 3 p.m. ET), keep up with the latest rumblings around the NBA — and the latest deals that have been agreed to — as deadline day approaches. Trade BuzzFeb. 6 | Feb. 7 | Feb. 8 | Feb. 9 | Official Trade Tracker

Report: Suns on verge of acquiring Durant

The Phoenix Suns are on the verge of finalizing a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that would send 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant to Phoenix, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reports the Suns are sending Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and a 2028 pick swap for Durant and T.J. Warren.

Durant wanted to move and new Suns owner Mat Ishbia pushed to get the deal done on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

Suns receive:

  • Kevin Durant
  • T.J. Warren

Nets receive:

  • Mikal Bridges
  • Cam Johnson
  • Jae Crowder
  • 4 1st-round picks
  • 2028 pick swap

TNT’s Chris Haynes adds that the trade was a collaborative effort from Durant and the Nets, and the two sides part ways on good terms.

There is optimism that Durant can return from his MCL injury following the All-Star break.

— 1:11 a.m.

Raptors acquire Poeltl from Spurs

Nearly five years after he was dealt to San Antonio in the Kawhi Leonard trade, Jakob Poeltl is heading back to Toronto.

The Spurs will receive Khem Birch, a protected 2024 first-round draft pick and two future second-round picks in return. Drafted by Toronto in 2016, Poeltl is averaging 12.1 points and 9.1 rebounds this season and owns a 62.7% career shooting percentage.

— 12:55 a.m.

Report: Blazers trade Hart to Knicks for Reddish

The New York Knicks have reached an agreement to acquire Josh Hart from the Portland Trail Blazers, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Portland will receive Cam Reddish and a protected future first-round pick in return.

Hart, who won national title at Villanova alongside current Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson, is shooting a career-best 50.4 percent from the field and grabbing a career-high 8.2 rebounds.

Reddish, selected by Atlanta in the 2019 NBA Draft, averaged 8.4 points in 20 games with the Knicks this season.

— 10:07 p.m.

Reports: Lakers deal Westbrook, acquire Russell in 3-team deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal that would send guard Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz and acquire guard D’Angelo Russell from Minnesota in a three-team, eight-player deal that also includes Utah sending guard Mike Conley to the Timberwolves, ESPN and The Athletic reported Wednesday night.

The Lakers would also get Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt from Utah in the eight-player swap.

Los Angeles receives:

  • D’Angelo Russell
  • Malik Beasley
  • Jarred Vanderbilt

Minnesota receives:

  • Mike Conley
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  • 2024 2nd-round pick swap (via WAS-MEM)
  • 2025 2nd-round pick (via UTA)
  • 2026 2nd round pick (via UTA)

Utah receives:

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson
  • Damian Jones
  • 2027 1st-round pick (via LAL)

All players involved have been notified about the trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Jazz are expected to buy out Westbrook once the trade is completed, per TNT’s Chris Haynes, who adds that the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers could be interested in signing the nine-time All-Star.

— 8:34 p.m.

Several teams show interest in Gordon

As the most experienced player on the Houston Rockets, Eric Gordon has filled a vital role for that young squad. As the trade deadline approaches, Gordon is also garnering some interest from the Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers, per Kelly Iko of The Athletic. If he’s not dealt by Thursday’s deadline, Gordon may be a buyout candidate.

— 12:20 p.m.

Vucevic hoping Bulls core stays intact

The Chicago Bulls have flirted with being in (and out) of the Play-In Tournament picture all season. After Tuesday’s 104-89 road loss to Memphis, Chicago fell to 27-28 as its disappointing season rolls on. Following the game, Bulls center Nikola Vucevic told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that he wants the team’s core of himself, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan to stay put. “There are a lot of ways we do fit together. Just about us building that chemistry. Plus, all three of us — Zach [LaVine], DeMar [DeRozan] and myself — are at a point in our career where we do want to win, get there. When you put all that together, it makes a lot of sense to give us the shot and continue to work on it. When the three of us take that lead and play the way we need to play, we could be a good team.”

— 8:26 a.m.

Report: Sixers targeting several big men

The Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz may be circling each other in a potential deal, writes Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers are reportedly targeting Jazz big man Jarred Vanderbilt in a swap that would deal defensive-minded swingman Matisse Thybulle to Utah, Pompey reports. Aside from Vanderbilt, the Sixers are also showing interest in Detroit Pistons center Nerlens Noel and former 76ers center Andre Drummond (who is now on the Chicago Bulls).

— 8:06 a.m.