Trade Winds: Okafor to Pelicans, Rocket launch set for Ibaka, Knicks woes and more

The NBA trade deadline is less than 3 weeks away and it has brought on a number of different rumours as teams look to make moves not only for the post-season but into the future as well.

Jahlil Okafor

His days as a Sixer appear numbered and will likely be moved on before March 1st. This was inevitable at some point for the team due to their surplus of big men. Currently the Pelicans seem the most likely option for Sixers when dealing Okafor but reports suggest that it will only occur at the right price. Philly will want at a minimum a first round pick for the second year big man, anything less and watch them hold out until the off-season. Further reports suggest that the offer on the table currently is out of favour center Alexis Ajinca with a future first rounder.

Serge Ibaka

If it doesn’t seem long ago that we were talking about Serge Ibaka being traded to the Magic… it’s because it’s not. Just 7 months into his career in Orlando, Ibaka has been placed on the trading block. Leading suitors for the defensive big man are Houston and Miami. Houston seems like the better fit as it would give them a greater presence on defense and a big man who can shoot the ball. Talks are only formative at this stage but expect to see him in a new uniform come March 1st.

Carmelo Anthony

The Knick’s troubles have been well publicised in the past week with Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson at the very centre of it. It is common knowledge that the two don’t like each other and that Jackson would like Melo out of New York. But where though? Boston and Cleveland have declined, which leaves the Clippers as the only destination left where Anthony would be willing to waive his no trade clause. Reports have said that the only way this deal gets done is if Blake Griffin is involved. Griffin is out of contract at the end of this season and the Clippers could lose him for nothing if they don’t deal him before the deadline. Either way the Clippers will be taking a risk but trying to convince Griffin to stay in the off-season seems a safer option right now.

Boston Celtics

They turned down Melo but haven’t stopped their search for a new small forward to boost their roster for a run at the East title this post-season. It seems that they are still pushing hard for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler but would need to part ways with a lot to bring either one of them to Boston. Both teams would demand that the Nets first round pick be part of any package that would send the either of the two All-Stars to Boston. With the upcoming draft having a lot of top end talent guards, the Nets pick could turn out to be a very valuable asset for both the Pacers and the Bulls with both having guard issues currently.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Cavaliers search for a playmaker has made it’s way to Jose Calderon and if Cleveland decide they want the veteran point guard then expect the Lakers to help facilitate. Rumours are also suggesting that the Lakers may be moving on two more of their guards in Nick Young and Lou Williams before the deadline. Any interest in Timofey Mozgov or Luol Deng will be welcomed with open arms due to their deadweight contracts. But teams that would be willing to take the contracts off the Lakers hands would need a promising young player such as Larry Nance Jr or Ivica Zubac attached to the deal.


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