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Trade season within the NBA by no means stops.
While one large shoe dropped Tuesday when the Phoenix Suns agreed to ship Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks, one of many precept items from that deal could quickly be on the transfer once more.
As rumors proceed to flow into, we’re right here to interrupt down the newest commerce buzz from throughout the Association.
Let’s dive in.
Greg Monroe Back on the Block?
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Greg Monroe was moved to Phoenix on Tuesday together with a protected 2018 first-round choose and future second-round choice.
Just do not rush out to purchase his jersey if you happen to’re a Suns fan.
According to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Monroe “would not match into the Suns’ long-term rebuilding plans, and he possible would favor to hitch a contending crew as a free agent to extend his worth on his manner into the summer season market.”
Citing sources, Wojnarowski added the Suns “favor to discover the commerce market” over a possible buyout since Monroe is within the last yr of his contract and will fetch them extra long-term belongings as a worthwhile commerce chip.
Potential suitors have but to emerge contemplating Monroe was dealt 24 hours in the past, nevertheless it’s not laborious to check a market creating for his companies.
Although he is within the midst of averaging a career-low 6.eight factors and 5.zero rebounds per recreation, Monroe flashed a capability to come back off the bench and put up large numbers in small spurts final yr.
In his first full season as a bonafide sixth man, Monroe averaged 11.7 factors, 6.6 boards and 1.1 steals per recreation. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Monroe is the one participant who has hit these benchmarks in below 23 minutes an evening over the course of a single season this decade.
As far as short-term leases go, contending groups trying to bolster their frontcourts might do an entire lot worse.
Potential Suitors Emerge for Jahlil Okafor
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Jahlil Okafor needs out of Philadelphia. And by all indications, the Sixers wish to shed him from their cap sheet.
The solely difficulty is, the crew is not keen to appease Okafor and conform to a buyout.
Rather, Wojnarowski reported, normal supervisor Bryan Colangelo continues to be holding out hope that he can discover a taker for the 2015 No. three general choose:
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Sources: 76ers aren’t budging on Jahlil Okafor’s bid for contract buyout talks. Team plans to proceed commerce discussions. Interest exists.
So far, a crew hasn’t provided the compensation Colangelo is looking for.
But based on NBA.com’s David Aldridge, a pair of rebuilding golf equipment have emerged as potential suitors for Okafor’s companies.
Citing league sources, Aldridge reported “the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks are the more than likely locations for Okafor,” with the Sixers eyeing “at least a draft pick” in return. Wojnarowski additionally reported the Suns have expressed curiosity in Okafor.
The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Keith Pompey additionally famous the Boston Celtics had beforehand “expressed probably the most curiosity in Okafor.” However, the Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn adopted up Sunday and reported the Celtics are “not willing to part with a first-round pick.”
Truth be instructed, it is tough to think about any crew parting with a first-round choose to accumulate Okafor at this level.
For starters, the Sixers don’t have any leverage. They’ve tanked Okafor’s inventory by benching him in favor of Amir Johnson and Richaun Holmes, they usually made it clear to the remainder of the league that he wasn’t of their future plans once they declined his 2018-19 crew choice.
That transfer additionally made this the ultimate yr on Okafor’s deal, that means the large man could also be nothing greater than a half-season rental since he’ll hit the open market in July.
The Sixers could should swallow their delight and settle for a second-round choose in return in the event that they need to keep away from a painful stalemate that lasts into 2018.