It seems the Celtics are content to wait until the 11th hour to make a decision on whether to keep R.J. Hunter or James Young for their final roster spot. While most NBA teams are making their final roster moves to allow players to clear waivers by the Monday deadline, both Hunter and Young practiced Saturday while the organization desperately sought at least a second-round pick for one of the two. The Celtics would like some type of compensation for either of the players, each of whom were first-round picks, and they have decided to move Hunter or Young with their decision to retain 2016 second-round pick Demetrius Jackson as a third point guard.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota still engaged in trade talks on Tyus Jones, including with Philadelphia, league sources tell @The Vertical.
The Miami Heat aren’t actively trying to trade point guard Goran Dragic. We know this because if they were, it wouldn’t take the Heat long to find a taker. Around the league, though, there’s a growing sense that Dragic is a name to keep tabs on for those of you (and, yes, we mean everyone) who enjoy the sport unto itself known as NBA Wheeling & Dealing, since Miami is a team rival executives are watching closely.
Don’t be surprised if the Heat decide to make Dragic available if they get off to a slow start with a roster that suddenly no longer features Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh. It should be noted that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is an immense Dragic fan who A) went to the 30-year-old’s native Slovenia in the summer to personally check up on him during EuroBasket qualifying.
Spoelstra assured Dragic this week that a recent report suggesting Miami was actively discussing a deal to send him to Sacramento for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison was inaccurate. Yet one suspects this one is bound to keep coming up, partly because whispers persist that Gay would love to land in Miami … but also because it’s no secret Sacramento is on the hunt for a first-rate quarterback.
Dragic said he appreciated the fact Spoelstra came to him before Thursday’s game in Charlotte to tell him there was nothing to the trade rumors involving him and Sacramento’s Rudy Gay. “I’m glad he did,” Dragic said. “I told him I appreciate it. My brother, my family and friends were calling. It’s something less to worry about before the season starts.”
Sources say that the Heat naturally would have been prepared to surrender Dragic during the summer as part of a grander package to try to pry Russell Westbrook away from Oklahoma City, back when teams — with fingers glued together — were hopeful that the Thunder might be willing to trade Westbrook right after Kevin Durant defected to Golden State.