HoopsHype Trade rumors

December 21, 2014 Updates

With a roster full of players coveted across the league, the Nuggets are within a maximum three-week window to take a big step forward and join the playoff hunt in earnest or start retooling the roster. "The next couple of weeks is a pivotal point in our season to see which direction we're going to go," said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly. It's been a roller-coaster ride for the Nuggets, who began the season 1-6, then went 8-2 and then slid again. Denver Post

The Nuggets have made and fielded calls about trades from across the league. With a roster full of players with tradeable contracts — outside of JaVale McGee's two years at $24 million (including this season) left — it's not difficult to find trade partners. Pretty much every player on the roster has been inquired about multiple times, except McGee, who is now injured. Denver Post

While the Hornets are looking to make changes after a poor start for a team expected to make the playoffs, there is no certainty they will move recently signed Lance Stephenson, whose time in Charlotte has been disappointing at best. According to league sources, Stephenson has clashed with teammates, and coach Steve Clifford has placed the onus of Stephenson’s adjustment on the team’s veteran players, hoping they could police themselves and convince Stephenson to become more of a team player. Stephenson may become a more attractive piece near the Feb. 19 trade deadline, but the Hornets would want value in return Boston Globe

A hiccup in the trade is Sacramento coveting Mason Plumlee, who is not part of the deal as currently proposed. Plumlee would upgrade the Kings at the power forward spot forming an imposing frontcourt along with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. All three were teammates on Team USA that captured the FIBA World Cup in Spain this offseason. CSNBayArea.com

With a 5-22 record, with challenging the franchise record with a 13-game losing streak and in the midst of a 12-game losing streak at the Palace at Auburn Hills, the current mix isn't working. And with NBA front offices circling like buzzards waiting to pick the Pistons' dead carcass, there is a sense major change is coming. USA Today Sports

Brewer received a lot of interest, but the Timberwolves received Troy Daniels and two second-rounders. Sobering stuff for Pistons fans. "You've got to evaluate all of them, and let's face it, most of the things you talk about you're not going to do," Van Gundy said of trade talks. "Ninety-five percent, probably more than that, of the trade rumors you see aren't going to happen. And even if they were things truly talked about, they're not going to happen." USA Today Sports

The comfort Fournier has gained in Orlando doesn’t mean he was eager to leave Denver. “I was so mad [after the trade], I was upset,” he said. “But I think it’s human, when you’re traded I don’t think you realize what’s going on. It’s just, ‘Oh, they don’t want me anymore.’ After two or three hours I talked to my agent and I realized it was a great trade for me against a guy [Afflalo] that averaged 18 points a game, so it means I have some value. So I was very excited.” Boston Globe

When the Celtics agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas, they knew they were giving up the best player in the deal. Still, among the particulars haggled over between the two franchise, was whether rookie Dwight Powell would be included in the deal. Powell, acquired by Boston this past summer from Cleveland, was coveted by Dallas. The Mavericks insisted he be part of this deal. "One guy we know is going to help us right away in Rajon Rondo and one guy Dwight Powell who we had in draft workouts last year and a guy that they didn't want to give up," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. CSNNE.com

December 20, 2014 Updates

Alex Raskin: Regarding the @Adrian Wojnarowski report about the #Nets, #Kings and Deron Williams: Sacto made the call and talks are not ongoing. Twitter @alexraskinNYC

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