HoopsHype Trade rumors

January 29, 2015 Updates

We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved. Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. HoopsHype

January 28, 2015 Updates

“Obviously I want to be in a winning situation,” Prince said. “Everybody wants to be in a winning situation, make no mistake about it, especially toward the end of your career. But at the end of the day, it’s about doing what’s right and going out there and having fun. If you get to the point where I am in my career after all these years, you just want to go out there and have a chance to win and do the right things.” NBCSports.com

After all the days, months and years of trying to block out what hurt his heart, Pau Gasol was the one bringing up all of the trade rumors now. "I'm re-energized. I'm in positions where I'm comfortable and effective, so I make a lot of plays," Gasol said of his wonderful new life as a Chicago Bull instead of a Los Angeles Laker. "And the fact that my name is not on the trade block like it has been for the past three years, that's a factor that's overlooked. "It's huge. It's huge not to have to think about that and have it in the back of your mind constantly. It's nice to have that type of security and comfort." Bleacher Report

The benching of Ross has led to trade speculation, with Toronto eager to beef up its struggling interior defense and Ross an attractive young chip who can be paired with the first-round pick the Raptors will get from the Knicks (the lesser of the picks between New York and Denver) in 2016. But according to league sources, Ross is going nowhere. “Absolutely not,” one rival executive told Sporting News. “They still have a lot of belief in him and there is not much you could do to get him from them.” Sporting News

Toronto has allowed 43.3 point in the paint per game this year, which is just 22nd in the league. But, according to sources, the Raptors won’t use Ross to make that happen, despite his third-season struggles—which actually date back to last year’s postseason. Casey considered benching Ross then, but did not pull the trigger on the move. Ross averaged just 5.0 points in Toronto’s seven-game, first-round loss to Brooklyn, shooting an abysmal 29.8 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from the 3-point line. Sporting News

Perkins readily admits that he hears the trade chatter involving his name, but refuses to let it become a distraction to how he prepares on a day-to-day basis. “You just go with the flow, man,” Perkins told Basketball Insiders. “It’s a business so you can’t think about trades. If you think about them, you’ll just stress yourself out. Everything is going to happen for a reason, so you just have to let it take its place.” Basketball Insiders

With free agency looming, the Thunder could potentially lose Perkins for nothing in return this summer. But Perkins is totally candid about his upcoming free agency and fully believes that since he was acquired by the Thunder in 2011, he’s done nothing but help the franchise rise in the standings. “I just have to come out and make sure I do my job,” Perkins said of his pending free agency status. “I try not to look ahead to free agency. I just try to go out there and compete night in and night out. Basketball Insiders

“But ever since I’ve got to Oklahoma City, I feel like I haven’t did anything but help the organization get to where they want to be. The organization has helped me also. So this is a family. If I’m here next year or not, if I leave, I’m going to miss everyone here because we’re like family.” Oklahoma City has reached the Western Conference Finals three out of the past four seasons, losing in the NBA Finals back in 2012. This season, the Thunder (23-22) would be on the outside looking in at the playoffs if they started today, as the club currently sits 10th in the Western Conference standings. Basketball Insiders

League sources say they have been shopping Derrick Williams, but Stauskas was recently reported to be available as well. When there’s a team that is aggressively looking to make a trade and has attractive assets to pull one off, usually that means a deal will happen before the deadline. Keep an eye on the Kings. Basketball Insiders

With all of that said, some within the Thunder organization believe they should keep Jackson because they realize it would be hard to replace the production they get from him at the back-up point guard position and because there’s the belief that Jackson and Waiters could form a nice one-two punch if they’re able to get on the same page and eventually develop some chemistry. A Jackson trade could certainly happen, but league sources don’t characterize it as inevitable since the Thunder are still weighing the pros and cons of such a move. Basketball Insiders

January 27, 2015 Updates

The Detroit Pistons are looking into the possibility of trading for Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole, league sources tell Northeast Ohio Media Group. Miami has sent the word out that the 26-year-old defensive specialist can be had. There's nothing imminent at this point and talks have been described as "exploratory," a source said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Rockets have already made two midseason moves, but they have still been working the phones. League sources say they have been dangling Jason Terry’s $5,850,313 expiring contract in trade talks, and it seems they’re open to packaging it with picks or prospects in order to complete a deal. Expiring contracts aren’t as valuable in today’s NBA, but certain teams do have interest in ending or non-guaranteed deals. Basketball Insiders

The Pistons have an open roster spot, and Van Gundy said a third point guard likely will be with the Pistons by the end of the week. Despite trade speculation, Van Gundy dismissed the idea of dealing anything of value just to add a third point guard. "We want to give ourselves every chance, so we want to get some help, but we won't mortgage anything in terms of the future," Van Gundy said. "We're not going to go out and give away assets, picks or anything like that. No, we're not gonna do that." That means a temporary solution probably could be found in the D-League, with a 10-day contract. Detroit Free Press

Olshey said the Blazers are "active" in looking for pieces to improve the roster, and seemed to steer his interest toward establishing depth at wing - either a shooting guard or a small forward. In particular, Olshey said he wants a player with specific qualities: A shooter who is also a willing passer as well as a smart defender. Oregonian

But first, it must be understood that to get something, the Blazers must give up something. It's safe to assume that Olshey will not touch the starting five of Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Lopez. Veterans Steve Blake and Kaman are core players, and Olshey remains highly protective with two of his former lottery picks in CJ McCollum and Meyers Leonard. That leaves the most likely trade bait forward Thomas Robinson, forward Dorrel Wright, center Freeland, forward Victor Claver and wings Will Barton and Allen Crabbe. Oregonian

However, Harris thought that the New York Post tried to ruin the moment with Berman's article, which "erroneously" cited a fan saying his son wanted to play for the Knicks. "He kind of took away from the special moment that we had," Harris said. "The article was good, but he threw that in there ... Tobias didn't say that. People took that one little piece out and they ran with it." Gospel Herald

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