HoopsHype Trade rumors

December 22, 2014 Updates

Houston has aggressively pursued Smith for the past two years, failing in the summer of 2013 to agree to a sign-and-trade agreement with Atlanta to acquire Smith. Before ultimately signing a four-year $56 million deal with Detroit, Smith had been fixated on finding a way to join the Rockets, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The Cavs also expressed an interest in Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, but the sides haven't discussed Mozgov "in quite a while," a source told FOX Sports Ohio. FoxSports.com

The Cavs did take part in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about swingman Corey Brewer (since traded to the Houston Rockets). But league sources said those talks never reached the serious stage -- as the Wolves were seeking the Cavs' trade exception and draft picks. The Cavs likely would've needed to send back a contract as well. FoxSports.com

Teams in talks with the Cavs have asked about the contract of backup center Brendan Haywood, according to sources. The 13th-year veteran has played just five total minutes this season. Haywood reportedly is due $2.2 million this year, with a team option for a whopping $10.5 million next. FoxSports.com

Earlier this season the Cleveland Cavaliers called the Memphis Grizzlies to see if they were interested in trading Kosta Koufos, the Grizzlies' effective backup center. The Grizzlies haven’t been willing thus far to part with Koufos, a 7-footer who is an underrated rim defender with a reasonable contract, despite getting calls about him since last summer. In addition to the Cavs, the Sacramento Kings are among the teams that are interested. ESPN.com

Dion Waiters' name has come up in these talks. He has been out there to various teams as the Cavs scour the league for defensive help in recent weeks. ESPN.com

Weekend Trade Rumble: Heard various Pacers were asked if Indy should try to bring Lance Stephenson back. Response NOT one of encouragement. That's Charlotte's challenge in trying to move Stephenson. Pacers were worn out by season's end & he had Hornets exasperated in record time Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Suns guard Goran Dragic left open the possibility of going to any team in free agency when talking before Saturday's game and stuck to the idea after the game when asked again about being an unrestricted free agent in July. "It's still early to talk about that," Dragic said. "Right now, I want to be 100 percent focused on the team and try to help the team and players. In the offseason, I'm going to probably sit down with my family first and with my agent and try to explore all the options. From there, I'll try to choose the one best for me." Arizona Republic

"As an athlete, you need to be focused every game," Dragic said. "That's why, even if there's some trade rumors, I never read those and I never pay attention because that's a really bad thing. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. The only thing I can do is be a good professional and be ready every game and help my teammates." Arizona Republic

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