NBA Rumor: Luke Kennard Trade?

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Sixers interested in Luke Kennard, Langston Galloway and Jeff Green

What about Galloway’s Detroit Pistons teammate Luke Kennard or NBA free agent Jeff Green. Add those names to the list of wing players the Sixers have expressed interest in acquiring in a trade and/or free agent signees, according to multiple league sources. One source confirmed that Green worked for the Sixers in Miami while the team was there to face the Heat a couple of weeks ago.

In order to potentially tip Memphis away from the Jazz’s offer, which will likely involve Ricky Rubio, a 2019 first-round pick and an assortment of contracts to make the finances match up, Detroit will have to go one step further in the asset department. Jackson and a first-round pick won’t get it done. Rubio’s contract comes off the book next year, so in order for the Grizzlies to be enticed to hold onto Jackson for another year, the Pistons will likely have to add in second-year guard Luke Kennard, who is of interest to Memphis, according to a league source, and the only tangible asset on the roster.

But the Detroit Pistons rookie has already popped up in a trade rumor. That’s the way it goes when your team is mired in a seven-game losing skid after the latest setback — a 121-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. It’s just part of the business. “Guys have told me that,” Kennard said shortly after the loss. “Some of our vets, they’ve been on multiple teams. It’s a business. Whatever position you’re put in, you have to try to make the best of it.”
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