HoopsHype Trade rumors

January 24, 2015 Updates

According to league sources, the Celts would still like to move Prince for a draft pick before the Feb. 19 NBA trade deadline. But it’s what could happen if he’s not dealt that may be up for more discussion in the coming days. There was strong word that if Prince wasn’t moved by the deadline that the Celtics would seek agreement with him on a buyout of this final year of his contract (he makes a bit more than $7.2 million). Boston Herald

Under the condition of anonymity, Cavs players admitted that they had lost faith because of the lack of depth and structure of the roster. A handful of players said they came to realize the roster, as it was constructed before the trades, wasn't equipped to go any further than the second round, if that. One player claimed the frustration of an "unbalanced roster probably contributed" to the players' poor body language and effort level. Another player said "it was never Coach [David] Blatt's fault." Cleveland Plain Dealer

There have been whispers throughout the season the Cavs may trade Brendan Haywood’s unique contract before this summer, when it reaches its maximum value. Those whispers are growing louder. In fact, if the Cavs are to upgrade their backup point guard position through trade, they will inevitably have to include Haywood just to make the money match. And from all indications, they’ll have no problem moving Haywood’s contract if the right point guard becomes available. But they won’t know that until closer to the Feb. 19 trade deadline. Akron Beacon Journal

Other teams are now highly aware of Haywood’s contract. Since the Cavs are fully committed to win-now mode, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them deal Haywood within the next four weeks for immediate help this season. Akron Beacon Journal

January 23, 2015 Updates

Asked about a Yahoo! report that the Heat offered McRoberts in a package for center Brook Lopez, Riley said the Heat hadn’t offered anyone to anybody. Miami Herald

With regard to 2016, when the Heat could have $50 million in cap space, Riley said: “I’m not so sure that what we did in 2010 is anywhere close to what you can do in 2016. The rules have changed. Players can force you into sign and trades. “For a player to turn down a five-year guaranteed deal at home and major max money, he must really have to hate where he’s at or love where he’s going. It’s going to be approached differently. But at least we want to have the flexibility of having it. I would much rather have it than not." Miami Herald

January 22, 2015 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets recently tried, unsuccessfully, to deal center Brook Lopez, which led to the franchise putting the brakes on the whole trading him concept in total. But when those wheels get back turning again — and they will — there will be no shortage of suitors, and the Nuggets are expected to be among them. They’ve already made one run at it, but were rebuffed along with everyone else by the Nets in favor of negotiations with Oklahoma City, and those talks got intense before breaking down. But there remains plenty of time before the Feb. 19 trade deadline, and the Nuggets have a lot to offer if they want to gamble. The question is how much to put on the table to entice Brooklyn to get into serious talks. There are inherent risks: Lopez has a player option after this season, so there would have to be some sort of assurances from his representation that he wouldn’t just walk and leave the Nuggets lighter on assets and out one big-time center at year’s end. Denver Post

As they continue to reshape their roster moving forward, the Knicks are looking to deal point guard Pablo Prigioni for a second-round draft pick, a league source told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog. “They need someone to take him,” the source said, adding that the Clippers were interested but don’t own a second-round pick. The Knicks Blog

Sam Amick: For those who may have wondered, Kings-Nets talks re: Deron Williams still dead. He's out on West Coast trip (rib) w/ Monday return likely Twitter @sam_amick

"For the last three months, we've heard from European teams interested in Pablo's services," agent Claudio Villanueva told HoopsHype. "We are not worried about his situation in New York. If something happens, it happens. Three of four clubs in Europe have reached out to us already, but we have not pursued anything there, of course. We just know there will be options available for him whatever happens." HoopsHype

Smith’s increased his per-game scoring (plus-6.1 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-7 percent) since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 5. It's a small sample size, but Carmelo Anthony has noticed. “He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. "It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” ESPN.com

Conley, drafted fourth overall in 2007, arrived to a Grizzlies franchise in disarray. He faced stiff competition at his position and an injury that curtailed his rookie year. He developed so slowly that the organization even considered trading him. In those years, Memphis seemed to draft, trade, or sign a new point guard each season. There was always a fresh face to challenge Conley and possibly take his job. “Back then, I thought my position was up for grabs,” Conley said. “It was an uncertain situation and I thought I could be gone any day.” Grantland

January 21, 2015 Updates

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