As we approach today’s official trade deadline (3 pm ET), kKeep up with the latest buzz around the NBA, and the latest deals that have been agreed, as the final hours of the NBA trade deadline roll on.
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Report: Sixers, Heat lead Lowry chase
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is perhaps the highest potential prize in the commercial market heading into today’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, meaning Wednesday’s win against the Denver Nuggets could have been the last one in the Toronto Raptors uniform.
It is unknown where he ends up, but the list of suitors for him seems to be growing. The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, by various reports, appear to be leading the group of teams chasing him, with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers also in that mix.
– 8:07 am
Report: Celtics’ willing to go after Gordon
The Boston Celtics have been linked to Aaron Gordon in trade talks for a few days now and that doesn’t seem to be abating. According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, a league source says the Celtics are “all in” when it comes to going after Gordon. The Celtics have reportedly offered the Orlando Magic a first-round pick and a young player in the deal, but that player is not Marcus Smart.
Murphy reports that Orlando may be looking for a second first-round pick in the trade, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is trying to avoid sending two of those picks in a deal. The Celtics are also interested in Gordon’s teammate, point guard Evan Fournier, but they would likely need to acquire him in a separate trade if they did.
According to the source: Celtics talk to Orlando about: Aaron Gordon “is still alive, but everyone does everything at the last minute.” The Celtics offer a first-round pick and a young player, not Marcus Smart, and are trying not to include a second pick in the deal.
– Mark Murphy (@ Murf56) March 24, 2021
– 7:22 am
Drummond’s fate is still up in the air as the deadline approaches
Andre Drummond hasn’t played in a game for the Cleveland Cavaliers since February 21, the date the team decided it wouldn’t let him pass this season. Since then, his name has been featured in trading rumors regularly and that is only increasing as the 3pm ET cutoff date approaches today.
Last night, the New York Knicks emerged as a potential destination for Andre Drummond, according to Kevin O’Connor of The ringer. But acquiring Drummond through trade may not be the only way you move forward.
– 7:21 am
Will the Spurs part ways with Aldridge or buy him?
It has been almost a month since LaMarcus Aldridge played a game, as a result of him and the San Antonio Spurs mutually agreeing to work to find him a new home. The trade deadline is here and Aldridge is still technically a Spur, but his hefty remaining contract ($ 24 million) may make him more of a trade deadline purchase candidate than a traded player, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. If the Spurs can trade Aldridge, McDonald reports that any return they get for him would be a relief. It’s also worth noting: The Spurs haven’t made a trade deadline deal since 2014.
“I am very happy with the squad we have. … I’m happy to go fight these guys. “
No matter what happens on Thursday’s trade deadline, LaMarcus Aldridge will be gone and the Spurs roster will look a lot like Wednesday. https://t.co/g9n0Z4gyZa via @mysa
– Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) March 25, 2021
– 7 a. M.
Wolves are reluctant to part ways with McDaniels
From the absence of Karl-Anthony Towns due to COVID-19 to a variety of injuries and other issues, the 2020-21 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves has been forgettable. Rookie Jaden McDaniels has been a bright spot from his stats (5.5 dpi, 3.4 rpg at 20.1 mpg) to his overall talent level. Chris Hine from Tribune of the stars reports Minnesota has kicked the tires in trades for Aaron Gordon and John Collins. However, Minnesota is unwilling to part with McDaniels in potential trades, which could be hurting its ability to reach an agreement.
– 6:45 am
Report: Mavs may not be Gordon candidates
Yesterday, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he doubted Dallas would make a substantial move and on Wednesday, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson added to that. “I think that in order for us to alter where we are right now, the question must be asked, ‘Is this an exaggerated move?'” Nelson said, according to Brad Townsend. Dallas morning news. “If so, you always have those conversations.”
According to the newspaper, Dallas appears to be out of the running for Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon. The Mavs are also tied to Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins, but are not at the front of the line for those conversations, the newspaper reports.
– 6:40 am
Fournier reflects on his trip as the deadline approaches
In the summer of 2014, the Orlando Magic sent veteran Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for young Evan Fournier. Fast-forward seven seasons and Fournier has many memories of playing for the Magic when he hears his name mentioned in trade rumors. Fournier connected with the game winner in last night’s 112-111 win over the Phoenix Suns and, after the game, looked back on his journey.
“I left my home (in France) where I lived with my parents when I was 13 years old and since then I have never stayed in one place for more than two years, so the fact that I have been here for seven years says a lot,” he said. Fournier, who made four triples against Phoenix. “I had a son here, I got married and it means more than a lot. … If it’s the end, it’s the end, but obviously I love the franchise. “
It’s important to remember that the NBA’s trade deadline imposes an emotional price on the people involved. Evan Fournier was asked by @AthleticNBA what the city of Orlando and the Magic have meant to him over the past seven years, and his responses were introspective and emotional. pic.twitter.com/ztZbgikPM0
– Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 25, 2021
– 6:32 am