HoopsHype Trade rumors

January 25, 2015 Updates

The Nets remain a team in transition but it doesn’t appear they’ll make any major moves before the trade deadline. They were in serious discussions with the Hornets involving Lance Stephenson for Brook Lopez but talks broke off. Lopez has one year left on his contract, a player option for $15 million, and the Nets would be best served to trade him before the contract expires. He doesn’t appear to fit into Lionel Hollins’s system. Hollins likes physical, defensive-minded centers. Boston Globe

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). But coach Brad Stevens has taken a strong liking to Prince, who had four points in 17 minutes in last night’s 100-99 win against the Nuggets. It’s fair to assume he may lobby to keep him on the squad the rest of the season if he is not traded. Considering their rebuilding situation and the desire for a high draft pick, the Celts certainly don’t mind a few extra losses if they serve to enhance their position in next June’s dispersal. Boston Herald

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. Boston Herald

Hornets guard Lance Stephenson has heard all the trade rumors -- including one that recently fell through that would have sent him to his hometown of Brooklyn. But he says he's more concerned about working his way back from an injury than on whether he has a long-term future here. "You can't help but hear stuff," said Stephenson, 24, who signed a three-year, $27- million deal with Charlotte in the offseason after three years with the Indiana Pacers. "I just want to stay focused and stay positive and try to help this team. I'm here, and that's all that matters right now." Newsday

January 24, 2015 Updates

General Manager David Griffin was trying to trade for Timofey Mozgov long before he hired David Blatt as coach. His quest for the 7-foot-1 Russian began within weeks of Griffin replacing Chris Grant as general manager on Feb. 6, 2014. But Denver was not interested. That changed three weeks ago when Griffin turned Dion Waiters and a future Memphis first-round pick into J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Mozgov -- it took two trades in three days. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Under the condition of anonymity, some Cavs players admitted that they had lost faith because of the team's lack of depth. 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 said the frustration of an "unbalanced roster probably contributed" to the players' poor body language and effort level. Another said "it was never Coach [David] Blatt's fault." The consensus was that their confidence had faltered considerably more because of the shallowness of the team's reserve talent than Blatt. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Knicks believe a marketplace exists for 37-year-old point guard Pablo Prigioni. According to a source, the Knicks have looked to trade the slow but steady point guard, seeing if they can unearth an asset such as a second-round pick. “He’s worth something,’’ one person familiar with the situation said. New York Post

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

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