NBA trade deadline 2020: Feb. 4 roundup
The latest rumblings and reported deals as the Feb. 6 deadline nears
From NBA Twitter and media reports
The NBA trade deadline is just two days away (Feb. 6, 3 p.m. ET). Keep up with the latest trade rumblings around the NBA as deadline day approaches. If you missed anything from Monday, catch up on it here. For all deals that are official, visit the NBA.com Trade Tracker.
Latest Trade Deadline Headlines
• Report: Wolves targeting Russell … for Wiggins?
• Knicks, Lakers reportedly talking Kuzma
• Report: Heat interested in Iguodala
• Brooks says he ‘can’t wait’ for Iguodala trade
• Love thinks he’ll be staying with Cavs
• Covington not sweating trade talk
• Report: Pistons, Suns discussing Kennard deal
• Morris in no hurry to leave Knicks
• Ainge: Won’t ‘make a deal just to make’ one
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The Minnesota Timberwolves had interest in getting D’Angelo Russell in their mix over the summer and that desire apparently hasn’t waned since. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Minnesota has been engaged in trade talks for weeks with Golden State about Russell for weeks and is looking to construct a multi-team deal that would bring the former All-Star guard to the Wolves. The Rockets and Hawks are currently part of the discussions, but the trade could possibly become a four-team deal. Wojnarowski is quick to point out, though, that there would be a lot of work involved in pulling off such a deal.
Update (9:19 ET): Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that Andrew Wiggins would go from the Timberwolves to the Warriors in any version of the trade that involves Russell. Without the lead guard on the move, O’Connor reports the deal would involve Robert Covington (MIN > HOU), Clint Capela (HOU > ATL), and “draft assets” (ATL > MIN).
Update (10:37 ET): Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Golden State is “moving on” from discussions with the Timberwolves. Wojnarowski updated his reporting to indicate that the three-team possibility (Minnesota/Atlanta/Houston) remains, and the Warriors are looking to “shed salary and lower [their] tax bill — as well as bring back some draft value.”
Update (11:05 ET): A followup from Charania lists Minnesota, Atlanta and Houston in “serious discussions” regarding the three-team deal outlined earlier. He notes that Evan Turner would accompany any draft compensation from Atlanta.
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The New York Knicks reportedly have had “exploratory conversations” with the Los Angeles Lakers about acquiring forward Kyle Kuzma, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Lakers may have interest in adding Knicks veteran forward Marcus Morris, who reportedly has received interest from “several contenders”, according to Charania. Kuzma, who is in his third season with the Lakers, is averaging 13.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over 39 games this season for the West-leading Lakers.
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Andre Iguodala remains one of the more sought-after names on the trade market. The Miami Heat, as one of the East’s elite teams, are reportedly in the mix of teams seeking Iguodala, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Grizzlies are seeking a favorable trade for Iguodala and it is also believed he would rather end up with the Lakers or LA Clippers this season, per Charania.
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With 32 games to go in 2019-20, the Memphis Grizzlies have astounded many by staying in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. They’ve done this behind the play of rookie Ja Morant and youngsters such as Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks and others. After the Grizzlies won in Detroit last night, Brooks made it known that he can’t wait for the team to part ways with veteran forward Andre Iguodala.
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Kevin Love delivered a classic performance in an overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Monday night, finishing with a season-high 33 points to go with his 13 rebounds in a 139-134 loss. As the Feb. 6 trade deadline approaches, Love’s name has been mentioned at times but he told reporters after last night’s game he expects to stay with the Cavs going forward.
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Last season, Timberwolves forward Robert Covington was a player involved in the early-season, Jimmy Butler-to-Philadelphia blockbuster swap. Covington again is being mentioned in trade talks — most notably by comments ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski made in a recent podcast — but Covington told Chris Hine of the Star Tribune he is doing what he can to tune all that out. “It’s coming from somewhere,” Covington told the newspaper. “Somebody said something or somebody is trying to create a buzz. You never really know the truth until something actually happens. A lot of stuff is just speculation a majority of the time.”
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In an effort to shore up its backcourt rotation, Phoenix could be looking to acquire Detroit guard Luke Kennard. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Suns’ first-round pick, Elie Okobo and Jevon Carter are in play, though what protections might be placed on that pick are unknown. The 12th overall pick of the 2017 Draft, Kennard is averaging career highs in points (15.8), rebounds (3.5) and assists (4.1) but has not played since Dec. 21 due to bilateral knee tendinitis.
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New York forward Marcus Morris has heard his name mentioned in trade talks over the last few days. He was the catalyst in the Knicks’ 139-134 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, scoring 26 points in the victory. Morris is on a one-year, $15 million contract but said after last night’s game he wants to stay in New York, per Steve Popper of Newsday: “I’ve said it since the day I stepped here, I want to be with the Knicks. It’s not my call. We’re getting to the deadline. Me personally, I love being here and I want to continue to be here.”
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Before the Celtics took on the Atlanta Hawks (and eventually won) last night, Boston’s president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, made some comments about the state of his team as the trade deadline nears on the team’s pregame show. Per Boston.com’s Nicole Yang, Ainge said he’s most concerned about the Celtics’ roster being fully healthy and may explore trades to strengthen the end of the bench. But, he also said: “We do have probably too many really young guys. We certainly don’t want to make a deal just to make a deal.”