As we close in on the official trade date (March 25, 3pm ET), kfollow the latest rumors around the NBA – and the latest contracts agreed – as the date approaches. (If you missed anything since March 22, you can find it here.)
Pacers is not buying Turner, according to the report
In terms of total blocks and blocks per game, no one in the NBA this season is better than Myles Turner Indiana Pacers. The center / forward is enjoying one of its best overall seasons (13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.4 bpg) and Indiana is in the mix for – at worst – a view in the Play-In Competition. J. Michael an Indianapolis Star reports while the list of lawyers for Turner is long, Indiana would have to find a “no-brainer” trading position to part with. Teams with an interest in Turner, every Michael, include the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and New York Knicks.
The Cavs reportedly had no interest in buying McGee
Before the start of the 2020-21 season, the Los Angeles Lakers traded former big man JaVale McGee to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a small contract that not many of them noticed. But McGee has outperformed the Cavs, averaging 8 ppg and 5.2 rpg and 1.2 bpg in most of the reserved minutes while carving a hard place in the the circulation. It is unlikely to be bought out, which means it will either be with the team going forward or trading, writes Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. The Cavs are pleased with what McGee has given the team in various ways – playing time, mentoring and more – and he has reportedly been reluctant to move.
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Report: Celtics are among several teams that are chasing Gordon
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has called for a trade off there and it looks like the Boston Celtics may be the current leaders to land him. Matt Moore from The Action Network reports on a number of teams – including the Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers in pursuit of Gordon. It is reported that the Celtics have offered Gordon two first-round picks, and the trade could include swingman Evan Fournier moving to Boston as well. However, as with most things at this stage, these are mostly trade talks and all aspects of that are still very smooth.
Sources: The Boston Celtics are a * normal * starter for Aaron Gordon, having been offered two round picks (with defenses, an unknown explanation) as part of a bigger deal with Evan Fournier and others. https://t.co/0IRmxWHuY9
– Matt Moore NBA Action Network (@MattMooreTAN) March 23, 2021
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Grizzlies has decided on Dieng
The Memphis Grizzlies have some of the most exciting front court talents in the NBA with the likes of Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke in that mix. However, they also have the potential to trade in that mix in Gorgui Dieng’s veterans center, which is in the final year of its contract. Evan Barnes à The Commercial Appeal reports that the Grizzlies are more likely to buy Dieng out than trade him, but his situation is looking over the last few days. In addition, Barnes reports that the Grizzlies are highly unlikely to trade a rotating player, especially considering the injuries suffered by Memphis this season.
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