HoopsHype Trade rumors

November 20, 2014 Updates

These are the questions that may come to define the Celtics' season, or at least the period between now and the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Rival executives say that Ainge has been firm in his stance that Rondo will not be dealt. But many of those same executives believe that Ainge has to trade Rondo, to avoid losing him for nothing next summer. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said one general manager, who nevertheless added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Bleacher Report

When it comes to guards the Heat might move, I think it would be more likely to be Cole, considering the Heat opted not to extend him at the Oct. 31 deadline. If the Heat re-sign him in the offseason (unless he takes the one-year qualifying offer as a restricted free agent), it would carry his money past the 2016 offseason, when the Heat are trying to mass their cap space for free agency. Chalmers, by contrast, has a contract that ends just before the 2016 offseason. Advantage Mario. Ultimately, moving either could come down to the confidence that Shabazz Napier instills as the point guard of the future (his money goes beyond the 2016 offseason, but at the affordable rookie scale). South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 19, 2014 Updates

With Jeremy Lin back in town for the first time since the Rockets dealt him to the Lakers, the Rockets are eager to cash in the trade chip they picked up in that deal. The Rockets have been actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that came with the Lin trade in a change to their original strategy, according to a person familiar with their trade talks around the league. Houston Chronicle

The Rockets have talked to teams about 10 to 12 players, the individual familiar with the trade talks said. They had been expected to wait until more players were eligible to be traded, either after Dec. 15 when players signed in the off-season can be dealt or more likely at the February trade deadline. The Rockets, however, determined that there might not be a large enough increase in potential trade targets in December and that a deal now could actually strengthen their options in February, particularly if seeking a larger deal for a more coveted player. Houston Chronicle

November 18, 2014 Updates
November 17, 2014 Updates

The Cavs are unquestionably interested in a deal for Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer, as reported Sunday by ESPN. One team official told FOX Sports Ohio that Brewer would be the perfect fit. He defends wings, doesn't need the ball, and would allow Marion to move back to his role as James' backup at small forward. And yes, keep the often shot-happy Waiters coming off the bench and scoring points -- which is how the Cavs' really like him. FoxSports.com

In the final analysis, the whoops factor of the episode exceeded any substantive damage, of which there was none. The parties completed the deal, and the Nuggets had protected their asset. Around the league, though, there was a collective WTF?! More than one source close to the league's infrastructure has confirmed Faried wasn't the only proposed transaction by Denver that violated CBA 101 basics. One rival team executive said the Nuggets called to propose a trade that was obviously unkosher under league rules, something that rarely, if ever, happens because no general manager wants to betray ignorance of such a rudimentary part of the gig. Most have the good sense to call the league to fact-check potential acquisitions. ESPN.com

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth. ESPN.com

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. Brewer ranked as one of the league's foremost scorers in transition last season on the end of Love's outlet passes. It's an open secret, furthermore, that the Cavaliers are looking to get stronger at shooting guard as well reduce LeBron James' minutes load, so Brewer would likely play multiple positions should the Cavs seal a deal for him. ESPN.com

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