HoopsHype Trade rumors

March 14, 2014 Updates

One of the last deals to be announced, at the deadline, was the Charlotte Bobcats’ decision to send guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. For Sessions, who had a prominent role in Bobcats’ nightly rotation, news of the deal completely blindsided the veteran who fully believed he was safe in Charlotte. “To be honest the trade was kind of last minute,” Sessions told Basketball Insiders on being dealt to Milwaukee. “I didn’t really hear too much coming up to the trade deadline but as we got closer I started getting calls from my agent and hearing certain things were happening behind the scenes. But it’s one of those things in the league that when it happens, you got to pack up and be ready to move on to another team.” Basketball Insiders

According to a league source, the Rockets will make a bid for Carmelo Anthony this summer, even though they probably won’t have cap space and would have to orchestrate a creative sign-and-trade. The source said Houston asked the Knicks about Anthony before February’s trade deadline. New York Post

The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey’s old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons. New York Post

March 13, 2014 Updates

Q: Gregg Popovich said recently that Nando De Colo requested a trade earlier in the season. Were you exploring a trade all season, or did the deal with Toronto (traded Austin Daye to the Spurs for De Colo last month) just pop up last minute? RC Buford: I mean we looked for opportunities to help our team. There were times when Nando was playing a significant role that made it more difficult than other times because of injuries and such, so when opportunities became available that allowed us to help Nando accomplish his goals and give us an opportunity to look at Austin and see if he might be able to fit; I mean, often times things happen closer to the deadline than most, but it doesn’t mean that you were pursing it any harder or any less hard earlier than that. It’s just, people tend dance toward the deadline. San Antonio Express-News

Faried is having an impressive March, scoring 21.1 points per game and grabbing 10.1 rebounds on 64.5 percent shooting from the field. It’s clear something has changed for him. “I feel kind of disrespected,” Faried said joking and smiling at the notion that something has changed. “I’m just playing basketball, having fun and enjoying myself. There is no stress of basically having to worry about if I am getting traded; trade talks or rumors. It’s just pure basketball right now so I am having fun and enjoying that.” Basketball Insiders

Faried says having the trade talk out of the way for the time being and the support of his teammates has been the biggest change in his game. “I feel free. I feel like myself,” Faried said. “I feel like I am back in high school again or college, just playing basketball; getting post ups and touches. Everybody around me; teammates, coaches and family believe in me. When I get the ball, hey I know how to score down there and I know what I am doing.” Basketball Insiders

And it was CAA, according to sources, that persuaded Dolan to make the ill-fated trade for its client Andrea Bargnani—over the concerns of the Knicks’ front office. “If (Jackson’s hiring) breaks the stranglehold of CAA, I want it to happen,” said an agent who does business with the Knicks. “I can’t see him in a million years working with them.” Bleacher Report

March 12, 2014 Updates
March 11, 2014 Updates

Jason Calmes: Dell (Demps) says Gordon and Evans were not being shopped. He also said no one is off the table, and they are always looking to upgrade the roster. Twitter @BourbonStShots

March 10, 2014 Updates

But Evans, who signed with the Nets before their inaugural season in Brooklyn and became a fan favorite at Barclays Center, said he has no hard feelings about being shipped out of town at the trade deadline. “I wasn’t shocked by the trade,” Evans said before the Nets beat the Kings 104-89. “I was surprised knowing it was Sacramento that wanted me, but I wasn’t really shocked by the trade. New York Post

March 9, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

With the expiring contracts of Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, the Knicks will have flexibility at next year’s trade deadline. If it looks like Love is leaving frigid Minnesota, the Wolves may trade him for any asset they can, and the Knicks would pounce at a sign-and-extend for Love the way they landed Anthony three years ago. One league source said of the Knicks’ bid for Love, “They’re selling New York fans land in New Mexico.’’ New York Post

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