NBA trade rumors: Sacramento Kings ready to make moves after shake up

NBA trade rumors: Sacramento Kings ready to make moves after shake up

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Sacramento Kings fire Luke Walton, leading to NBA trade rumors

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It’s no surprise that the Kings opted to fire Walton after an ugly 6-11 start to his third season in California’s capital city. The question now becomes whether general manager Monte McNair will use this as one of the reasons to make some moves ahead of February’s NBA trade deadline.

We’ve ready rumors about the likes of Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III potentially being moved. Perhaps, Harrison Barnes will join the on the trade block. Sacramento has been relying on its young backcourt of Tyrese Haliburton, De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell. The goal now has to be to build around the three. If getting assets for Barnes, Hield and/or Bagley III is in the cards, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings pulled off a trade or two.

Karl-Anthony Towns on the block?

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Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported recently that some around the league are watching the Towns’ situation in Minnesota pretty closely leading up to the February NBA trade deadline.

The Wolves currently find themselves at 4-9 on the campaign and have lost eight of nine. There’s something to the idea that a new front office might want to move Towns and build around stud young guard Anthony Edwards. Even more than D’Angelo Russell, the big man seems to have some solid trade value.

Right now, it’s all about what Minnesota might be able to land for the two-time All-Star. In reality, it would have to be a 1B player. That is to say, someone who can average north of 20 points per game while playing better defense than the 26-year-old Towns. It’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

Minnesota Timberwolves keeping tabs on Myles Turner

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Darren Wolfson of KSTP reports the Minnesota Timberwolves front office likes the idea of adding rim protector Myles Turner from the Indiana Pacers. Wolfson goes on to cast doubt on their ability to swing a deal with the Pacers, citing a disconnect between what the Wolves would be willing to offer and what the Pacers want. He also said the Wolves still “badly want” Ben Simmons, but nods to similar hurdles.

Philadelphia 76ers have list of 30 players in mind for Ben Simmons trade

The Athletic reported the Philadelphia 76ers have a list of 30 players they’d be willing to accept in any Ben Simmons trade. Clearly in no rush to make a deal, Daryl Morey has hinted in the past that this process could take up to four years.

Recently the Philadelphia Inquirer indicated the 76ers have discussed a trade with the Detroit Pistons centered around Jerami Grant, but they are still hoping for a player with a higher profile than Grant. They went on to link James Harden back to Morey, but swinging such a deal seems farfetched considering the Brooklyn Nets are direct competitors with the 76ers in the Eastern Conference.

Marvin Bagley III trade nearing?

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This former No. 2 pick has not been a regular part of the Kings’ rotation all season. In fact, Bagley has played just two games. This comes on the heels of his agent expressing confusion over Sacramento’s handling of the still-young 22-year-old forward.

Now comes this note from Jason Jones of The Athletic indicating that Bagley could be dealt here soon. Reportedly, the Detroit Pistons are interested in the athletic forward. Over the course of his first three NBA seasons, Bagley averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. The talent certainly is there.

Danny Ainge could return with the Portland Trail Blazers

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Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated made some waves recently by indicating that Ainge could be a candidate to replace Blazers general manager Neil Olshey should he be fired due to allegations of workplace misconduct.

“If Neil Olshey winds up getting forced out, do not be surprised to hear Danny Ainge, his name connected to that job. I don’t know if Danny would take it,” Beck reported. “But I would expect Danny Ainge to be in the mix for a vacancy in Portland.”

Ainge, 62, resigned as the Celtics president following the 2020-21 season. He spent a whopping 19 years in the Celtics’ front office. What this might might mean for a struggling Blazers squad remains to be seen. There was talk that Damian Lillard might request a trade this past summer. Nothing came to fruition on that end. If (and it’s a big if) Ainge is hired, we can expect him to shake up the roster big time behind Dame. That’d likely include trading C.J. McCollum.

No timeline for Ben Simmons return

Simmons still has not suited up for a game with the Philadelphia 76ers this season after some major summer drama between the three-time All-Star and his organization. Right now, he remains away from the team due to a personal mental health issue.

A recent report indicates that Philadelphia is frustrated with Simmons not being willing to deal with said issues with team doctors. There’s now no timeline for his return. Remember, Simmons was fined $1.4 million for not reporting to camp in time and missing the preseason. These fines are also starting again with him refusing to communicate with doctors. All of this comes on the heels of reports suggesting that the Boston Celtics had reached out to Philadelphia about a potential deal. Jaylen Brown was the ask, which is why these talks went nowhere.

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Los Angeles Lakers in on Kevin Love?

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Should the Cavaliers and their All-Star big man reach a buyout agreement this season, reports indicate that the Lakers could have interest in reuniting him with LeBron James.

Love and James played for the Cavaliers from 2014-18, earning four NBA Finals appearances in a row. For his part, Love averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds during that span. The expensive veteran has seen his production decline since due to injuries and is currently sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

At 8-7 on the season, Los Angeles could use some more juice. Then again, it might just need Russell Westbrook to play better. Interestingly enough, Russ and Love played together at UCLA for one season back in 2008.

NBA trade rumors: Still no interest in Kyrie Irving

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As he continues to push back against getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Irving still has not played a game this season. That won’t change until the NBA champion changes his tune or pandemic mandates in New York City change themselves (they won’t under a new mayor).

The backdrop here is rumors suggesting that Brooklyn has been taking trade calls from interested teams. Ever since the season started, said rumors have died down. Right now, there’s no telling when/if Irving will suit up this season after a dominant 2020-21 campaign that saw him average 26.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 40% from three-point range.

Marc Gasol not looking to retire

Despite his advanced age of 36 and the fact that he’s coming off a disastrous season with the Los Angeles Lakers, three-time All-Star Marc Gasol is not yet looking to retire. Gasol was traded from the Lakers to Memphis back in September and promptly waived. He’s since been linked to both the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors.

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Chicago Bulls looking to move Coby White

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Chicago is off to a tremendous start to the season and might be looking to move a player the franchise’s previous powers that be viewed as a franchise cornerstone. Multiple media reports indicate that this 2019 top-seven pick could be traded once he returns from injury in mid-November.

For Chicago, the idea would be to acquire a piece or two at other positions to help with depth. A combo guard from North Carolina, White is coming off a solid sophomore season that saw him average 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 36% from three-point range.

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