Six days remain until the NBA trade deadline, and we are seemingly closer to finding out which trades have some substance to them and which are purely smoke and mirrors.
The New York Knicks looked to be buyers at the deadline, with reports circulating the team was trying to send Iman Shumpert to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Kenneth Faried. But, according to the latest NBA trade rumors, the team may look to shed some players as well.
The New York Post reported Beno Udrih could be on his way back to San Antonio. The Spurs tried to re-sign the point guard over the summer but Udrih instead chose the Knicks. Udrih has fallen out of favor under coach Mike Woodson and has since requested a ticket out of the Big Apple.
The Post also names the Washington Wizards, who were believed to covet Nuggets veteran Andre Miller, as a potential trading partner for Udrih. The Wiz could offer a second-round pick or rookie Glen Rice Jr., believed to have been a target of New York during last year’s draft.
The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly been shopping former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner, and a new team has apparently entered the mix. The Dallas Morning News speculated the Dallas Mavericks are a logical destination for Turner and Spencer Hawes, who is also on the block. Dallas is sitting sixth in the Western Conference and could use a more capable scoring threat at the center position. The Sixers are reportedly seeking draft picks, something the Mavs already owe the Oklahoma City Thunder, but have the expiring contract of Shawn Marion to dangle.
The potential Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns blockbuster including Pau Gasol is all but dead, according to multiple reports. The Suns broke off trade talks for the big man because the Lakers’ asking price was too high, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Lakers are quite a long-shot to make the playoffs this season, but Gasol stated his preference was to stay in Hollywood. “I think there’s something potential,” he said in reference to the Suns possibly trading for him, “but right now the offer would have to chance a little to make it considerable.”