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NBA Rumor Tracker: Compiling the latest news and intel

NBA Rumor Tracker: Compiling the latest news and intel

With the 2022 NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, we're now less than a week away from free agency kicking off. With plenty of fireworks expected to occur, BasketballNews is tracking down every single rumor for your one-stop shop on the Association's latest rumblings.

Here's the latest intel from around the league:

Lakers, Nets discussion blockbuster trade centered around Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are actively engaged in trade discussions centered on a Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving package, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes also included that the Nets want to include Joe Harris, but the Lakers prefer Seth Curry instead.

"Draft compensation is an ongoing talking point for the Nets and they want shooting guard Joe Harris — who is recovering from left ankle surgery — and his remaining $38.6 million owed over the next two years included in the deal, sources said.

"The Lakers have been disinclined to the inclusion of Harris, and are instead seeking the insertion of sharpshooter Seth Curry as part of the arrangement, sources said."

Zion Williamson signs max extension with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has agreed on a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie extension that could earn him as much as $231 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Warriors sign Donte DiVincenzo

Free agent Donte DiVincenzo has agreed to a two-year, $9.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Utah Jazz are trading Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

"The Timberwolves will send Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, No. 22 pick Walker Kessler and four first-round picks to the Jazz, according to ESPN. "Utah will acquire unprotected picks in 2023, 2025 and 2027 and a top-five-protected pick in 2029, sources said."

This is an enormous haul from Minnesota, but Gobert is a four-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year. This move gives the Wolves a generational defender to play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt.

Last season, Minnesota was 46-36, finishing as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. Now, we'll see if they can make some more noise in the West given their new-look core.

Pacers trade Malcolm Brogdon to Celtics

The Indiana Pacers are trading guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Boston Celtics, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Woj later added that the Celtics are sending Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and a 2023 first-round pick.

The Celtics definitely made it their mission to improve their squad after coming within two wins of their 18th championship. Even if Brogdon is a walking injury risk, this was a risk worth taking knowing what he could do for Boston on the court.

Hawks trade Kevin Huerter to Kings

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks are trading Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless and a future first round pick.

Celtics sign Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari is signing a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics after being released by the San Antonio Spurs and clearing waivers.

According to Italian reporter Davide Chinellato, it will be a two-year, $13M deal with a player option for the second year.

Blazers re-sign Jusuf Nurkic

Free agent center Jusuf Nurkic has agreed on a new four-year, $70 million deal to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

NBA All-Star Zach LaVine has agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million maximum contract to return to the Chicago Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes, free agent forward Otto Porter, Jr. is signing with the Toronto Raptors on a two-year deal.

Playing with Devin Booker main motivation for Kevin Durant requesting trade to Suns

Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill dropped off a late-night bombshell related to the Kevin Durant situation. According to Goodwill, Durant wants to play alongside Devin Booker in Phoenix.

"Sources told Yahoo Sports wanting to play alongside Devin Booker is a main motivation, along with the possibility of being slated to next to Miami's resident hard-ass Jimmy Butler -- two players who attendance is rarely question."

As noted above, Goodwill also notes that Jimmy Butler is a favorite of Durant's. Both Booker and Butler would be picture-perfect fits alongside Durant on a bonafide championship contender.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes first reported the Suns as Durant's preferred destination as the dominoes continue to lead that direction following Thursday's shocking news.

Kyle Anderson signs with Timberwolves

Kyle Anderson has agreed to a two-year, $18M deal to join the Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes, free agent center JaVale McGee has reached an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks.

Shams Charania of The Athletic details that it's a three-year, $20.1M deal.

Nic Claxton re-signs with Nets

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, restricted free agent center Nic Claxton has agreed on a two-year, $20 million deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Lonnie Walker IV is signing a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Free agent center Isaiah Hartenstein has agreed to a two-year, $16 million-plus deal with the New York Knicks, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Free agent F Nic Batum has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Free agent guard Tyus Jones is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies on a two-year, $30M deal.

Mo Bamba re-signs with Magic

Free agent center Mo Bamba has reached an agreement with the Orlando Magic on a two-year, $21 million deal, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Victor Oladipo re-signs with Heat

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, free agent Victor Oladipo has agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal to return to the Miami Heat.

Thunder, Lu Dort agree to $87.5 million extension

Free agent guard Lu Dort has agreed to a five-year, $87.5M deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dort was previously one of the best valued contracts in the entire NBA and now gets rewarded for his play.

Joe Ingles signs with Bucks

Free agent forward Joe Ingles reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to his wife.

Sixers, PJ Tucker agree to 3-year, $33 million deal

Free agent PJ Tucker is finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million fully guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tucker had been looking for a guaranteed three years and he gets it from Philadelphia.

Kings sign Malik Monk

Free agent guard Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19M deal to join the Sacramento Kings, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Monk had a breakout season with the Los Angeles Lakers and now cashes in with a move to the Kings.

Kevin Durant requests trade from Nets, Suns reportedly preferred destination

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant officially requested a trade at the beginning of free agency.

One of Durant's preferred destinations is the Phoenix Suns, per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

The potential bidding war for Durant could soon reach historic levels.

Pacers, Timberwolves mystery teams on Deandre Ayton pursuit?

In the latest episode of The Hoop Collective podcast, ESPN's Brian Windhorst threw out two teams who are flying under the radar as potential Deandre Ayton destinations.

"I would keep an eye on Indiana. Indiana had some interest in him at the trade deadline last year. They ended up doing a different trade, Sabonis for Tyrese Haliburton. I did check on this back then, Indiana was interested. Phoenix didn't want to touch their core. They thought they had a potential championship team then and the Ayton thing was hanging over. They knew they were nowhere close on contract negotations last fall for an extension."

The Pacers circling back around on Ayton makes sense, because he fits right into their young core's timeline. Ayton would also be the No. 1 scoring option for the Pacers leading a group featuring Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin and Chris Duarte.

The Timberwolves are another team to watch closely on Ayton, who continue to poke around about any potential big man to pair alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.

"Another team to watch would be Minnesota," Windhorst said. "Minnesota is looking for a shot-blocker."

Suns reluctant to offer Deandre Ayton max contract, both sides want to move on

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on NBA Today, the Phoenix Suns are reluctant to offer former No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton a max contract.

"Most teams around the league, and those who would like to acquire Deandre Ayton, expect that this is going to end up in a sign-and-trade scenario," Wojnarowski said. "The Suns have been reluctant to offer a full max deal. They allowed Ayton to get into restricted free agency. In the end, they can find a deal somewhere and get some assets back for Ayton. There's max money in the marketplace for Deandre Ayton."

Ever since the Suns' season ended, they have been unwilling to throw much public support in Ayton's direction. Now, it seems very likely the two sides are heading for a split.

"It's clear I think both sides I think are ready to move on, especially if it's going to be at a max number," Wojnarowski said.

Knicks pursuing Dejounte Murray?

According to Marc Stein, the New York Knicks could look to make a run at San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray to pair alongside their big free-agent signing Jalen Brunson. With the Knicks adding multiple future first-round picks in a draft-night trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder, they have the assets to pursue the All-Star in a potential blockbuster.

If the Knicks are able to pull this off, they would become a real playoff contender overnight. Adding Murray and Brunson alongside Julius Randle and RJ Barrett could certainly help them make noise in the Eastern Conference.

Stay tuned, because New York feels like a team ready to make a serious offseason splash or two.

Mavericks will engage Knicks for sign-and-trade on Jalen Brunson

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks will engage the New York Knicks on sign-and-trade scenarios around free agent guard Jalen Brunson. Over the last week, momentum has continued to build toward Brunson signing in New York, which now seems like a formality.

As Stein noted, the Knicks do not have to comply with Dallas. If New York is able to shed more salary in advance of free agency, they can outright sign Brunson without any hiccups.

Spurs embracing full-scale rebuild?

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer appearing on Dunc'd On Prime with Nate Duncan, he's hearing around the league the San Antonio Spurs are seriously considering pivoting towards a rebuild. As Dejounte Murray trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks continue to heat up, San Antonio might be ready to embrace the tank.

"A lot of people I have talked to around the league from other teams have certainly started to say that they are under the impression the Spurs are ready to pivot to full rebuild," Fischer said.

If San Antonio trades away Murray, they are setting themselves up to secure a top pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak says they will re-sign Miles Bridges

During the Charlotte Hornets' introductory press conference with head coach Steve Clifford, GM Mitch Kupchak ended a lot of rumors surrounding wing Miles Bridges. According to Kupchak, Bridges isn't going anywhere as a restricted free agent.

"We love Miles. We're going to bring him back," Kupchak said.

Bridges, who is the No. 6 ranked free agent on BasketballNews, looks very likely to stay in Charlotte for the long run.

Warriors prioritizing Kevon Looney

According to The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the Warriors are priortizing re-signing big man Kevon Looney. After playing an instrumental role on their run to a championship, Looney's value on the Warriors is immense.

As Slater wrote, the Warriors' front office plans to meet with Looney shortly after free agency begins on Thursday. Many teams were planning on pursuing Looney, but now he seems very likely to stay put with the champions in Golden State.

No interest in D'Angelo Russell?

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been gauging trade value around the league on point guard D'Angelo Russell. However, there seems to be little to no interest out there in the former No. 2 overall pick.

"I have definitely heard that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been calling around to see what D'Angelo Russell's trade value is," Fischer said on the latest episode of Please Don't Aggregate This. "I've not heard a team that is interested in acquiring D'Angelo Russell."

Russell is entering the final year of his contract, but a bloated salary over $30 million simply doesn't add up to the on-court value. Minnesota could be stuck riding it out with Russell potentially through next season.

Jalen Brunson 'more likely than not' joining Knicks

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, momentum is building towards Jalen Brunson leaving the Dallas Mavericks for the New York Knicks. The Knicks are rumored to be preparing to offer Brunson at least $100 million on a four-year contract.

On the latest episode of Please Don't Aggregate This, Fischer added the latest on Brunson to New York discussions:

"I really don't have a ballpark on it, but everything I've heard, it really does sound like things have shifted and (Jalen Brunson) is more likely than not to become a member of the Knicks as opposed to the Dallas Mavericks. It really does sound like things have shifted in that direction."

Will Brunson help solve the Knicks' woes? That's up for debate, but it seems likely now Brunson will be heading to New York later this week.

John Wall secures buyout, will join Clippers

Five-time NBA All-Star John Wall will secure a buyout with the Houston Rockets, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Then, he'll sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wall showed flashes of his immense talent during the 2020-21 season, averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 assists for Houston, but he hasn't set foot on an NBA court since April of 2021. 

John Wall buyout gaining momentum

According to The Athletic's Kelly Iko, the Houston Rockets and John Wall are gaining momentum on a contract buyout. Wall opted-in to the final year of his contract paying him over $47 million during the 2022-23 season.

Wall will become one of the best available point guards on the open market, even with the serious injury concerns.

After Kyrie Irving fooled everyone on Monday opting-in with the Nets, could the Los Angeles Lakers instead pivot to Wall? The Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat also stand out as strong fits for Wall.

Kyrie Irving opts-in with Nets

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is opting into his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

After Kyrie's opt-in was announced, he sent out the following message: “Normal people keep the world going, but those who dare to be different lead us into tomorrow. I’ve made my decision to opt in. See you in the fall. A11even.”

Well, all of that hoopla was for nothing. It appears for now Kyrie will remain a Net, at least for now.

Hawks closing in on Dejounte Murray trade?

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, who confirmed an original report from WSB's Zach Klein, the Atlanta Hawks and San Antonio Spurs are progressing on serious trade discussions centered around Dejounte Murray.

Klein tweeted that John Collins wouldn't be involved. Instead, the Spurs would receive a bevy of future first-round picks. With Fischer confirming this report, Murray to the Hawks could be approaching the finish line soon enough.

How would Murray fit on the Hawks? Murray and Trae Young could form an outstanding one-two punch, as we detailed here.

Massive betting odds shift forecasting Kevin Durant for Deandre Ayton trade?

As we saw he night before the 2022 NBA Draft with Paolo Banchero going No. 1 first being projected there, a significant movement on the sportsbooks is usually indicative of something behind the scenes. The best advice is always Vegas knows something is up.

On DraftKings, a massive betting swing occurred on Monday revolving around Deandre Ayton's next destination. Brooklyn entered this past weekend at +6000 odds (29th), but it has since climbed in rapid succession to +4000 and now +700 trailing only the Phoenix Suns (+115) and Detroit Pistons (+225).

UPDATE: Here's the new odds as the Nets continue to climb as a potential Ayton destination: Suns (+130), Nets (+250), Spurs (+500), Pistons (+550).

As the Nets prepare for a potential future without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, Phoenix becomes a very logical trade partner. Durant has long been a fan of Devin Booker's, plus the Suns have the right amount of assets to make it happen. Would Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson along with mulitple future first-round picks be enough to land Durant?

Stay tuned, because the Nets saga is just now beginning to unfold publicly.

Nets prepared to lose Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst appearing on ESPN Monday afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets seem prepared to blow it all up. With rumors running rampant of Kyrie Irving's potential exit, Kevin Durant could soon be leaving Brooklyn as well.

"The Nets are putting ou there right now that they are prepared to lose both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant," Windhorst said.

If Irving leaves, Durant could become the NBA's most coveted trade chip since Anthony Davis. Buckle up, everybody.

Nets grant Kyrie Irving permission to seek sign-and-trade

The latest Kyrie Irving news is a bomshell from the New York Daily News' Kristian Winfield. According to Winfield's latest intel, Irving has been successfully granted permission to pursue sign-and-trade scenarios away from the Brooklyn Nets.

As previously reported here are Irving's preferred destinations away from Brooklyn: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said last week the interesti isn't mutual between some of these teams and Irving.

The relationship between Irving and the Nets is seemingly sinking in real time. Also, Kevin Durant still hasn't spoken to the Nets' front office throughout the offseason.

Buckle up, everyone. Brooklyn might be making the NBA offseason even spicier soon.

Pistons chasing Deandre Ayton 'appears less likely' after NBA Draft

According to The Athletic's James Edwards III, the Detroit PIstons are set to move to the next stage of their rebuilding plan following a very successful 2022 NBA Draft. As Edwards laid out, Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton might not be atop their wish list anymore.

"However, while all signs have pointed to Detroit making a serious run at Phoenix's Deandre Ayton over the last few days, that appears less likely after the Pistons walked away with two of the players highest on the organization's big board. Per sources, Detroit is eager to continue to build back toward playoff contention with the aforementioned young core, and the Pistons are expected to use the majority of their remaining cap space to add multiple veteran pieces rather than just one big swing this offseason, per sources," Edwards wrote.

That last line from Edwards is massive related to Detroit and Ayton. If the Pistons would rather pursue more flexibility, spending most of their cap space on Ayton makes little sense. Especially with Jalen Duren and Isaiah Stewart, does Ayton even fit with the Pistons anymore?

The market for Ayton might already be drying out before free agency even begins, which would be a huge win for the Suns.

Hawks only interested in Deandre Ayton for less than max money

According to The Athletic's Chris Kirschner, the Atlanta Hawks are interested in Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton. However, not at the price Ayton wants as a restriced free agent.

"Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks' interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on lading him for less than a max contract," Kirschner wrote.

This is a game-changer, especially after the Pistons' aggressive draft night moves led to Memphis big man Jalen Duren joining their enticing young core. With the Hawks now ruled out on the max for Ayton, will the former No. 1 overall pick even get a lucrative offer sheet?

For the Suns, who didn't value Ayton on a max contract, this is playing right into their hands perfectly.

Heat, Clippers, Lakers linked as potential John Wall destinations

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Houston Rockets and John Wall could be approaching an official buyout aggreement following his $47 million opt-in. Wall is on an expiring contract now, so both sides coming to a buyout makes the most sense for both sides.

Stein dropped off that three teams have been linked to Wall around the Assocation: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat and Clippers have been bandied about for months as potential Wall suitors. Meanwhile, if anything happens with Russell Westbrook, the Lakers could jump to the top of the list for Wall.

For more, check out Stein's Substack here.

Pacers, Pistons out on Jalen Brunson post-draft

With the chase for Jalen Brunson seemingly known around the league down to the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks, two teams with potential interest have backed off a free agency pursuit. According to longtime NBA insider Marc Stein, the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons are no longer being mentioned as pursuers of Brunson.

After the draft, this makes a lot of sense for both Indiana and Detroit. Each organizaiton's backcourt is officially formed for years to come, and there's no reason why they shouldn't be enthused about it.

Imagine the potential rivalry now in the Central Division between Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin going up against Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey? I can't wait.

In the meantime, as the Brunson chase goes on between New York and Dallas, make sure you subscribe to Stein's Substack for some great exclusive intel.

Bradley Beal 'very likely' to decline player option and re-sign with Wizards

Bradley Beal is 'very likely' to opt out of his $36.4M player option and re-sign with the Wizards on a five-year max contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Beal doing this will earn him more money. The question is, is it in Washington's best interest to pay top dollar for someone who hasn't taken them to the playoffs once since taking the reigns from John Wall?

If Beal were to re-sign with the Wizards on a five-year, $248 million supermax extension, it would signal the clock starting on the organization once more on improving rapidly around him.

Malcolm Brogdon still linked to Wizards, Knicks

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks are still potential landing spots for Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon.

"I never thought that either of those teams were going to give up their lottery picks for Malcolm Brogdon, but I do think Malcolm Brogdon is a trade possibility for both those situations," Fischer said Friday on Please Don't Aggregate This. "If the Knicks strikeout on Jalen Brunson, for Washington I think he's a legitimate trade candidate. (The Wizards) were never going to be paying a lot to get Malcolm Brogdon, as I understand it."

Brogdon would be a wise Plan B for the Knicks if Brunson re-signs with the Dallas Mavericks. The Wizards feel like the most logical destination for Brodgon, especially with his pricepoint seemingly lowering by the day.

Spurs collecting intel on John Collins

As the Spurs mull over potentially trading away Dejounte Murray, John Collins is a rumored return package from the Hawks. And at this point, it seems like talks between San Antonio and Atlanta are real enough where intel gathering has begun on both sides.

"The Spurs are definitley doing intel on John (Collins), like I know that," Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer said on Please Don't Aggregate This. "They're calling around, asking about him."

Collins has been rumored to San Antonio since being a restricted free agent last year. If the Spurs add Collins, he would help fortify a massive long-term need in their frontcourt. However, would a package around Collins and multiple picks be enough for the Spurs to bite on giving away Murray?

Tyus Jones to Wizards?

According to HoopsHype's Michael Scotto, the Washington Wizards have Tyus Jones on their offseason radar. Jones, one of the most underrated guards in the Association, is well overdue for a full-time starting role somewhere after thriving with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Washington has been linked to seemingly every starting-caliber point guard on the open market, sans the star tier of free agents. Malcolm Brogdon continues to be a strong trade candidate, so Jones could be their top choice to chase once free agency begins next week.

Whether it be Brogdon or Jones, both of these players feel the most likely to be Washington's starting point guard on opening night alongside Bradley Beal (if he stays).

Teams preparing for Kevin Durant trade

With the Brooklyn Nets' future seemingly hanging in the balance over the next week, many teams around the Association are circling like vultures. If Kyrie Irving does indeed leave Brooklyn, Kevin Durant would soon follow him out the door.

According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, teams are beginning to prepare for Durant's potential availability:

"I can tell you this. This is what teams are doing. Teams are already operating under, not the assumption, but 'we need to prepare for the contingency that Kevin Durant is available via trade in six days or seven days,'" Lowe said. "...The whole league is right now."

Durant could soon start one of the biggest NBA feeding frenzies in recent memory. Our Nekias Duncan looked at six potential trade destinations for Durant.

Knicks offloading Cam Reddish?

As the Knicks prepare to chase Jalen Brunson in free agency, they still need to create the necessary salary cap space. Some veteran names have been thrown out there like Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Evan Fournier, but HoopsHype's Michael Scotto dropped off another candidate to be dealt.

Keep an eye on Cam Reddish, a former lottery pick from the 2019 NBA Draft, who the Knicks could dangle in trade talks to free up space for Brunson. Reddish was recently acquired by New York, but never fell into favor with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Reddish's salary isn't large, but it would go a long way toward getting off other deals in the process.

Dejounte Murray and Trae Young want to play together

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer on Please Don't Aggregate This, San Antonio Spurs star Dejounte Murray has a strong interest in joining Trae Young on the Atlanta Hawks:

"I know that Dejounte and Trae want to play together, or at least have interest in doing it," Fischer said.

Well, this makes these proposed talks between San Antonio and Atlanta even more interestings. Fischer also mentioned that the Spurs would only be willing to deal Murray for at least three future first-round picks, a package similar to what the New Orleans Pelicans received from the Milwaukee Bucks for Jrue Holiday.

Stay tuned to the Murray rumors, because this seems to be picking up steam behind the scenes.

Knicks prioritizing Jalen Brunson

The connections between Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks aren't slowing down anytime soon, especially after the 2022 NBA Draft. New York traded away the No. 11 pick to preserve cap space, presumably to make an all-in free agency move on the Dallas Mavericks' guard.

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Knicks will aggressively pursue Brunson:

"The Knicks' offer is almost assuredly going to be four (years), $100 (million). And, at least, and I know people around the league who are preparing for his offer to end up being for $110 (million)," Fischer said on Please Don't Aggregate This.

This should not come as any sort of surprise, especially with the constant flirtation from the Knicks toward Brunson. If New York is prepared to pay Brunson upwards of $27.5 million per year, you have to wonder if Dallas may seriously second-guess matching.

Chet Holmgren bailed Magic workout early

According to Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo, Chet Holmgren prioritized going to the Oklahoma City Thunder over being chosen No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic.

"According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, Holmgren bailed early on the last day of his Orlando visit, conducting a brief on-court shooting workout that he cut short," Woo wrote.

If this is the case, it's not that surprising based off Holmgren's potential fit in Orlando versus Oklahoma City. The Magic already have Wendell Carter Jr. and Jonathan Isaac in their frontcourt compared to no real competition on the Thunder's roster.

Pacers reportedly offered Chris Duarte + No. 6 pick to Kings

According to Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo, the Indiana Pacers were rumored to be offering the No. 6 pick alongside Chris Duarte to move up to No. 4 overall for Iowa's Keegan Murray.

"The one Kings rumor I heard from several rival teams on the day of the draft surrounded a possible swap with the Pacers, who sat at No. 6 and were rumored to be offering Chris Duarte in addition to that pick," Woo wrote.

Woo also mentioned that the Pacers were insistent on not including Duarte in any trade talks with Sacramento at the trade deadline, which of course feaured a blockbuster swap of Domantas Sabonis and Tyrese Haliburton.

The simple reason why this likely never went down was due to the Kings' own prioritization of Murray. If the Pacers were indeed chasing Murray, Sacramento was going to be stuck with none of their preferred options two spots later.

Duarte, who is five years older than No. 6 overall pick Bennedict Mathurin, could become a long-term piece for Indiana or used down the road as a trade chip. 

Pistons trying to secure second lottery pick for Jalen Duren

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Detroit Pistons are having ongoing conversations about adding a second lottery selection. Fischer notes the Pistons' primary target is Memphis center Jalen Duren.

This is very, very interesting because Duren's arrival in Detroit could signal they aren't seriously pursuing Deandre Ayton in free agency.

Paolo Banchero under serious consideration for Magic at No. 1

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Duke's Paolo Banchero has joined Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. as a top candidate to be selected No. 1 overall. Orlando has kept their choice close to the vest, and it could soon blow up all draft boards.

Early on Thursday morning, Banchero was the brief consensus betting favorite before Smith took back he top spot.

Expectation now is Kyrie Irving will opt in and be traded from Nets

According to Shams Charania, who is on Stadium's live NBA Draft Show, he said the new expectation is that Kyrie Irving will opt into the final year of his contract and be traded from the Brooklyn Nets as he seeks a new team.

All of a sudden, the Nets could be looking at all of their superstars leaving. Charania also mentioned Kevin Durant is seriously mulling his future in Brooklyn.

Sixers trying to acquire Eric Gordon, Blazers willing to take on Matisse Thybulle

According Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia 76ers are trying to acquire Eric Gordon from the Houston Rockets while Matisse Thybulle would be shipped out to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Pompey said Sixers executive Daryl Morey wants Portland to do a three-team deal with Houston in order to get Gordon in the process.

Fireworks are about to fully kick off around the Association. Buckle up, folks.

D'Angelo Russell trade likely happening tonight or early July

According to Minnesota Timberwolves insider Dane Moore, a trade involving D'Angelo Russell is now looking even more likely — either tonight or during the first week of July. 

Yesterday, The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported that Minnesota wasn't close on a deal revolving around Russell. With the draft serving as a real-time timeline, maybe Minnesota has found a willing dance partner in negotiations.

Minnesota continues to be a dark-horse team to watch in trade discussions, as they have even inquired about big men like Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Myles Turner to pair alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said yesterday Minnesota was "super open" to trading the No. 19 pick as well.

Raptors will only trade Anunoby for elite center, linked to Gobert

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Toronto Raptors' only appetite to trade versatile wing OG Anunoby is for an elite center in return. Fischer relayed that the Raptors remain interested in Rudy Gobert, plus they called on Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Jarrett Allen at February's trade deadline.

For Toronto, all they are missing is that coveted big man in the middle. Keep an eye on the Raptors over the next few weeks.

Pistons interested in Gordon Hayward

According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the Detroit Pistons have been identified as a possible trade partner for veteran wing Gordon Hayward. As reported throughout this week, which included ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioning it on NBA Today, the Hornets are openly shopping Hayward's contract along with one of their first-round picks (Nos. 13 and 15).

For the Pistons, this actually makes a lot of sense. Being able to add another top pick to an already strong young core has to entice Detroit. Also, rumors have persisted about Deandre Ayton potentially joining the Pistons in free agency.

If Detroit is able to land Hayward and another pick tonight, they become a very interesting team to monitor for potential play-in value next season.

Significant trade talks between Spurs, Hawks on Dejounte Murray

The Athletic's Sam Amick confirmed the report from Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer that the Spurs and Hawks have been in signficant talks on a deal that would involve Dejounte Murray and John Collins. However, the Spurs have a massive asking price for Murray and there's currently a significant gap between the two sides in trade negotiations.

It's very surprising that San Antonio is even listeing to calls on Murray, so keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.

Kevin Durant monitoring Nets' situation and considering future options

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is weighing his future options given the uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving's contract. As Charania notes, this scenairo now opens up the possibility of Kyrie Irving finding a new team via sign-and-trade. 

If the Nets indeed blow up their roster this offseason, it will go down as one of the most shocking super-team disasters in modern NBA history.

Kyrie Irving wants sign-and-trade if Nets won't sign to long-term extension

With the Brooklyn Nets seemingly unwilling to offer Kyrie Irving a long-term extension, he has a preferred list of teams to join via sign-and-trade, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers are the teams Irving is willing to join. As Wojnarowski noted, not all of the teams Irving has on his wish list are actually interested in pursuing him.

Irving's off-court drama has become a hot topic for the Nets, which is now leading to it all falling apart at the seams. Our Justin Lewis recently looked at possible sign-and-trade destinations for Irving.

Hawks' interest in Rudy Gobert 'wildly overblown'

The Atlanta Hawks have been rumored as a potential Rudy Gobert trade destination for weeks, but The Athletic's Sam Amick provided an update before the 2022 NBA Draft. According to Amick, league sources significantly downplayed the idea that Atlanta is even interested in Gobert.

Amick adds that the Hawks still think very highly of Clint Capela, who has a close relationship with superstar point guard Trae Young.

The overall price differential between Capela and Gobert could spook off the Hawks from pursuing, which leaves Chicago and Minnesota as realistic landing spots for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Knicks are 'fans' of Shaedon Sharpe, but likely to select AJ Griffin

According to SNY's Ian Begley, the Knicks would likely select Duke wing AJ Griffin, if he makes it to No. 11 overall. Alongside fellow Duke Blue Devil R.J. Barrett, Griffin would fit in well with his floor-spacing value. Griffin also worked out for the Knicks during the pre-draft process.

"I think AJ Griffin would be the pick, if he's there," Begley said this morning live on SNY.

Begley also noted that Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe, the mystery man of this year's draft class, has some fans in the Knicks' front office. However, if the Knicks want Sharpe, they will have to trade up.

"Shaedon Sharpe out of Kentucky, he has some fans in the organization, but I think he's a player who is probably more in that 7-8 range," Begley said Thursday morning on SNY. "So, the Knicks would probably have to jump up to go get a player like Sharpe, if they love him enough to do so."

Sixers view Tyrese Maxey as franchise cornerstone, virtually untouchable

According to Paul Hudrick of Liberty Ballers, the Philadelphia 76ers internally view electric guard Tyrese Maxey as a franchise cornerstone alongside Joel Embiid and James Harden. Hudrick also relayed that Maxey is 'virtually untouchable' in trade discussions arond the Association.

Maxey had a breakout second year in the NBA averaging 17.5 points and 3.2 assists on a super effecient 59.4 True Shooting percentage.

Jazz dangling core players in trade negotations to secure draft pick

According to The Athletic's Tony Jones, the Utah Jazz are trying to find a way into this year's draft. With no picks at their disposal, Jones says Utah is dangling many of their core players in order to find a trading partner.

Jones also mentions the Jazz are certainly open to trading Rudy Gobert, but their asking price may be too high for interested teams. A Gobert trade is certainly possible, and Jones even mentioned he wouldn't rule it out happening during the draft.

Gobert, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will make an immense impact elsewhere if he indeed ends up leaving the Jazz this offseason.

Suns are open to moving Jae Crowder in the right deal

According to Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro, the Phoenix Suns are very open to discussing trades centered on Jae Crowder. If the right deal becomes available for Phoenix, they will accept it on Crowder.

Over the last two seasons, Crowder has played an instrumental role in the Suns' turnaround. However, with Cameron Johnson now due for an extension and more playing time, the Suns could use Crowder to add more assets on draft night.

Lakers acquire No. 35 overall pick from Magic

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers now own a draft pick to use tonight. Los Angeles bought their way into the draft with the Orlando Magic at No. 35, five spots into the second round, using a future 2nd.

On BasketballNews' latest mock draft, Senior NBA Draft Analyst Matt Babcock had UCLA guard Peyton Watson slotted in that spot. Los Angeles now will be able to add some much-needed youth onto their roster.

Kings reportedly leading the way for potential John Collins trade

According to The Athletic's Sam Amick, there is an "unofficial consensus" around the league that the Kings are the current favorites to land John Collins via trade. The Hawks view Sacramento's current offer as "underwhelming," but dialogue remains ongoing.

Harrison Barnes would be a salary heading back to Atlanta in the proposed framework, plus the No. 4 overall pick would not be involved, per Amick.

Collins continues to be one of the most likely veterans on the move during the draft. The Pacers, Nets and Wizards have also shown interest in Collins.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive 'big fan' of Keegan Murray

The Sacramento Kings hold a lot of cards in the 2022 NBA Draft beginning at No. 4 overall. According to The Athletic’s Zach Harper, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive’s preferred target is Iowa wing Keegan Murray.

Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes previously reported on Monday that Murray met with the Kings in Sacramento, which included having dinner with star players De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

“For me to fit in them with them, I have a good relationship with them and my game is really versatile,” Murray said of the Kings during NBA Draft Media Day.

During his sophomore season with the Hawkeyes, Murray averaged 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game on an outstanding 63.8 True Shooting.

Pistons 'infatuated' by Bennedict Mathurin

According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, people around the league have been gossiping about Bennedict Mathurin's incredible workout with the Detroit Pistons. O'Connor adds that members of the Pistons' front office are infatuated with him and his potential fit alongside Cade Cunningham.

With the noise surrounding Deandre Ayton's potential interest in Detroit, adding Mathurin to the mix would make this team even more dangerous long-term.

Grizzlies trying to move up to No. 11

According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Memphis Grizzlies are trying to package their first-round picks to move into the lottery. The New York Knicks at No. 11 are viewed as a potential trade-up spot for the Grizzlies.

Memphis continues to be an underrated team to monitor in draft-related rumors. Armed with multiple picks and solid contracts, Memphis could make some serious noise tonight.

Clippers shopping Luke Kennard

According to Heavy.com's Sean Deveney, the Los Angeles Clippers are shopping sharpshooter Luke Kennard ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft. If no deal is reached tonight, the goal is for Kennard to be off the Clippers' roster next month.

Kennard led the NBA in three-point percentage last season at a blistering 44.9%. Any team could utilize the offensive gravity Kennard would provide, but his lack of defense hurts his value.

Deveney lists the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings as potential Kennard suitors.

Trail Blazers offering No. 7 pick

After the Portland Trail Blazers acquired Jerami Grant for seemingly pennies on the dollar on Wednesday, Portland is now circling around two interesting trade targets.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes already reported that Portland wants to trade for Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby using the No. 7 overall pick, but a new name has entered the mix via longtime NBA insider Marc Stein.

According to Stein, Portland has maintained trade interest in Oklahoma City Thunder wing Lu Dort. A deal with OKC could include Dort and the No. 12 pick for No. 7.

All indications are the Blazers will be aggressive throughout today shopping their pick, so stay tuned.

Deandre Ayton embracing potential fit with Pistons

The Phoenix Suns do not view former No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton as a max-level player, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on NBA Today. Two teams who have been linked to Ayton early on are the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks.

Now, we have more intel from Marc Stein on the Ayton situation, with Detroit making the Suns big man a priority. Ayton would reportedly welcome joining the Pistons and playing alongside fellow No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham.

Kevin Durant will request trade if Kyrie Irving leaves Nets

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped this blockbuster nugget in his ESPN+ story detailing the the uncertainty surrounding the Nets and Kyrie Irving. Woj said that the star point guard has a huge leverage play in negotiations: Irving knows that if the Nets refuse to sign him to a long-term extension, Kevin Durant will soon follow him out the door in Brooklyn. Wojnarowski said the Nets are aware of this situation, so their front office is trying to walk this tightrope.

Longtime NBA insider Marc Stein added on Substack that he’s heard Irving and LeBron James have been in contact recently, potentially about reuniting on the Los Angeles Lakers. Wojnarowski relayed on NBA Today that the Lakers are considered "the biggest threat" to acquire Irving outside of Brooklyn too. Also, Stein said don’t rule out the Miami Heat as a possible suitor via sign-and-trade.

The Irving drama has already created a negative impact on the Nets’ free-agency plans. Wojnarowski said on NBA Today that Brooklyn is having a hard time retaining their own free agents, plus Durant isn’t recruiting potential names to the Nets as well. 

"In previous offseasons, rival agents and players would tell you of Durant's eagerness in talking to potential free agents. So far, that hasn't been the case with him, sources say," Wojnarowski wrote on ESPN+.

Durant has also been putting pressure on the Nets to sign Irving long-term, per Wojnarowski.

All of a sudden, the possibility of the Nets breaking up feels very real. Could we actually be looking at a scenario where Durant is requesting a trade over the next few weeks? If Irving's contract situation isn’t resolved soon, it sure feels like it.

OG Anunoby joining Jerami Grant in Portland?

According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Portland Trail Blazers aren’t done trying to make massive moves to improve their roster. After acquiring Jerami Grant for a bargain price on Wednesday, Haynes relayed that Portland is offering the Toronto Raptors the No. 7 overall pick in today's NBA Draft in exchange for versatile wing OG Anunoby.

There has been persistent smoke surrounding Anunoby in trade talks over the last few weeks, and now things have kicked into overdrive.

If the Blazers are able to land Anunoby alongside Grant, it’s a dream wing pairing to place alongside the high-usage backcourt of Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons. Assuming Portland also re-signs Jusuf Nurkic, they could become a playoff contender once again.

Deandre Ayton, Suns heading for a split?

Deandre Ayton may have played his final game with the Phoenix Suns. Even though things seemed to be heading in this direction after the Suns' shocking postseason exit, Wojnarowski confirmed Wednesday on NBA Today that the organization doesn’t view  their former No. 1 overall pick as a max-level player. Woj added that Phoenix plans to engage in serious sign-and-trade discussions surrounding Ayton.

Keep an eye on the Detroit Pistons as a potential landing spot for Ayton, especially after the Grant trade went down. The Pistons now have more than $40 million in cap space, which means they can offer Ayton a max contract without any hiccups. According to The Athletic’s James Edwards III, Detroit is “heavily expected” to pursue Ayton.

Will James Harden opt in?

Wojnarowski mentioned on NBA Today that James Harden was likely to exercise his $47 million player option for next season and sign a short-term extension with the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden’s new deal with Philadelphia will come in at a figure slightly below the max, as Woj relayed on ESPN2. This lines up with a recent reportfrom Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

Philadelphia has already been linked to Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker this offseason, so we'll see if the 2018 Houston Rockets are planning a reunion. Would adding Gordon and Tucker be enough to put Philadelphia over the top in the Eastern Conference?

The Sixers are also shopping the No. 23 overall pick, Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green, per Fischer

Thunder planning blockbuster trade to move up draft?

According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the Oklahoma City Thunder are aggressively trying to trade up from No. 12, with their primary targets being Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe.

The Thunder are hoping to come out of this draft with two of the top prospects; OKC also has the No. 2 and signs seem to point to them taking Chet Holmgren. 

Could you imagine Oklahoma City trotting out a core that features Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Holmgren and either Ivey or Sharpe? That’s simply unfair.

Hawks pursuing Dejounte Murray trade?

According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks have discussed a deal that would involve swapping Dejounte Murray and John Collins. Fischer noted that the price for Murray to leave San Antonio would be “Jrue Holiday-like” in terms of the return. If that’s the case, the Spurs would likely have to part with multiple first-round picks to land the versatile guard.

The Athletic's Chris Kirschner joined BasketballNews' Twitter Spaces last night and confirmed that these talks are ongoing, but added that a deal isn't close. He has also heard that the asking price for Murray is significant.

With this coming out of nowhere, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Spurs be a very aggressive team during tonight's NBA Draft.

Knicks all-in on Jalen Brunson?

Stein reported on Wednesday that the New York Knicks are viewed as a real threat to sign Jalen Brunson, if they can clear the necessary cap space. The Knicks are trying to offload the expiring contracts (if you count their 2023-24 team option) of Alec Burks, Kemba Walker and Nerlens Noel. Wojnarowski added later in the day on ESPN2 that New York will be aggressive in clearing said space.

Stein dropped another Knicks-related note involving underrated rim protector Mitchell Robinson. According to Stein, the Knicks are expected to re-sign Robinson, which may close the door on potential draft options like Memphis’ Jalen Duren or Duke’s Mark Williams at No. 11 overall.

Yesterday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned on NBA Today that New York has been unwilling to include No. 11 in any trade talks involving Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon. The availability of Brogdon continues to be a hot topic, which included Fischer reporting that league executives believe Brogdon is the Knicks' backup option after Brunson.

Pacers accepting rebuild?

On ESPN's NBA Mock Draft Special on Tuesday, Wojnarowksi said that the Pacers plan to reshape their roster and move toward a rebuild under head coach Rick Carlisle. Woj added that Indiana is hopeful to add a second lottery selection since there are multiple prospects they like in that range.

The full expectation is that Brogdon will be moved soon. However, when it comes to Myles Turner's future, the Pacers may wait for better offers or hold onto him long-term. Both Brogdon and Turner have constantly popped up in trade rumors, and that likely isn't changing until there's a resolution.

Indiana deciding on a full-scale rebuild opens up a lot of roster possibilities, and it further suggests that Brogdon, Turner and maybe even Buddy Hield could be on the move. Leading up to the draft, Indiana continues to be one of the most active teams on the trade market.

Fischer mentioned on Wednesday that the following teams have shown interest in a Turner trade: the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets.

D’Angelo Russell staying in Minnesota?

Speaking of the Timberwolves, another interesting tidbit was shared on Wednesday morning by The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski: Minnesota has not come close on any potential trades involving D’Angelo Russell or any other players. Russell is on the final year of his contract, but his season ended with some fourth-quarter benchings in favor of Jordan McLaughlin during the playoffs.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly told reporters on Wednesday that the organization is “super open” to trading the No. 19 pick. Connelly added that they would welcome a win-now piece in exchange for the top-20 selection.

Cavs open to trading back?

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers are open to trading back from No. 14 overall. This lines up with what HoopsHype's Michael Scotto reported earlier this week. Scotto added that the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks have called about the No. 14 pick.

Holding the final pick in the lottery, Cleveland could fetch a solid return on the trade market. The Cavs are reportedly hoping for a future first-round pick, but they’re open to adding a win-now role player in a trade-back scenario as well. 

If the Cavaliers are able to move back while also improving the top of their rotation, it would be a huge win for the up-and-coming team.

Suns shopping Jae Crowder?

According to Fischer, the Suns have reached out to rival teams to gauge Jae Crowder's trade value. Over the last two seasons, Crowder has played a pivotal role in the Suns’ historic turnaround. However, with a looming extension for Cameron Johnson, it could make sense to clear more playing time for he and Mikal Bridges on the wing.

Phoenix has no picks tonight, but they are rumored to be interested in getting into the draft. While they have looked into buying a second-round selection, perhaps trading Crowder could get them into the first round.

If the Suns send Crowder to Philadelphia for the No. 23 pick and Danny Green’s non-guaranteed salary, would that make sense for both sides?

Wizards listening on Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

According to Fischer, the Wizards are open to discussing Kuzma and KCP in deals. Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski listed Washington as one of the most active teams in trade discussions.

After a strong season with the Wizards, Kuzma could provide a strong return. KCP’s expiring contract would be a strong match with Indiana for Malcolm Brogdon, which has been rumored for several days.

Blazers, Pelicans draft preferences

Closing out the notebook, here are two draft-related notes. First up, if the Portland Trail Blazers stay put at No. 7, they are reportedly fans of Dyson Daniels and Shaedon Sharpe, per The Athletic’s John Hollinger. Both Daniels or Sharpe could be real complements on the wing alongside Lillard, Grant and Simons. If Portland nails their lottery pick, they are set up to potentially rebound in 2022-23.

The New Orleans Pelicans’ top choices at No. 8 are Daniels and Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, per Fischer on his podcast. If neither Daniels nor Mathurin are on the board, New Orleans would be more inclined to listen on potential trade-back scenarios.

Malcolm Brogdon “significantly likely” to be traded

All signs point to the Indiana Pacers trading Malcolm Brogdon this week. Not only has Brogdon surfaced in trade rumors more than any other player, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that teams like the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks are expected to pivot to Brogdon trade negotiations if they can’t move up to No. 4 for Purdue’s Jaden Ivey.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Pacers were throwing the veteran guard into every trade discussion they were having.

On The Lowe Post, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony mentioned that the Los Angeles Lakers offered the following package for Brogdon: Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and a future first-round pick in 2027. Givony said that the Pacers immediately declined the Lakers’ offer. Lowe also threw in that he’s heard Brogdon and Myles Turner are “coveted” around the league.

During ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft Special on Tuesday night, Wojnarowski reiterated that it’s “significantly likely” that Brogdon is moved before the 2022 NBA Draft begins.

Hornets shopping Gordon Hayward

The Charlotte Hornets are prioritizing salary-cap flexibility in order to re-sign Miles Bridges, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons are also worth monitoring as potential suitors for Bridges, per Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer.

With the Hornets prioritizing Bridges, Gordon Hayward’s future in Charlotte is certainly in flux. Windhorst said that the Hornets are looking to find a team that's willing to take on the final two years of Hayward’s contract. As an incentive, Charlotte is reportedly willing to throw in one of their first-round picks (No. 13 or No. 15). We'll see if any teams pounce at the opportunity to land Hayward and a lottery pick.

Fischer notes that Charlotte is also gauging the trade market on Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre Jr., PJ Washington and Mason Plumlee.

With the hope of shedding salary to keep Bridges alongside LaMelo Ball, the Hornets seem poised to make a big move this week.

Hawks have been aggressive

There have been a ton of Hawks-related rumors of late. On Monday night, Wojnarowski appeared on SportsCenter and said that Atlanta has been aggressive in trying to find a star to pair with Trae Young. 

John Collins has surfaced in a number of trade rumors as well. The Hawks have had talks with the Sacramento Kings about a potential Collins deal, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Versatile wing Bogdan Bogdanovic is also drawing interest from teams, per Windhorst. Atlanta has offers on the table for Collins and Bogdanovic.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer also shared an interesting Hawks nugget during his live podcast on Tuesday: Atlanta is trying to move up from No. 16 overall into the lottery, with their primary target being G League Ignite playmaker Dyson Daniels. Fischer said that the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 7 could be a potential team to monitor as Atlanta continues to pursue Daniels.

It's possible we could see an explosive draft night from the Hawks. They are weighing multiple moves, and the front office views Young and De’Andre Hunter as the only untouchable assets, per Woj.

Tucker, Gordon reuniting with Harden on 76ers? 

The Philadelphia 76ers could be a team to watch this offseason. Not only do they have an important long-term decision to make on James Harden, they also have a number of players who could be viewed as available. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer dropped multiple tidbits on the Sixers’ plans.

After PJ Tucker declined his player option with the Miami Heat, Philadelphia and the veteran forward have mutual interest. In order to create cap space, the Sixers are looking to deal Matisse Thybulle and the No. 23 pick in a three-team deal. 

Pompey added that Philadelphia is trying their best to offload Tobias Harris’ large contract, but it's been tough to find any potential suitors.

Finally, there's another Houston Rocket who could potentially reunite with Harden in Philadelphia. The Sixers and Phoenix Suns have expressed interest in Eric Gordon, per Windhorst on NBA Today.

It sounds like Daryl Morey is trying to get the band back together, with Gordon and Tucker running it back with Harden in the Eastern Conference.

Knicks have been very active

As previously mentioned, the New York Knicks are showing interest in Brogdon. In addition to Wojnarowski's report, we've seen similar intel from The Athletic’s Shams Charania and SNY’s Ian Begley. Outside of Brogdon, are there any other targets on the board?

Begley reported on KnicksFanTV that New York recently offered the Sacramento Kings multiple future first-round picks to move up to No. 4 for Jaden Ivey. The Knicks view Ivey in a high regard, and are willing to pay a steep price to move up seven spots in the draft.

The Knicks have also had talks with the Detroit Pistons about acquiring the No. 5 overall pick, and Cam Reddish was included in those discussions, per Begley

It certainly seems like New York is trying to make a splash.

Hawks, Pistons are top suitors for Deandre Ayton

According to O’Connor on The Mismatch, the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks are the main teams to monitor as it relates to Deandre Ayton’s upcoming restricted free agency. Ayton could still stay with Phoenix, but Detroit and Atlanta will be among the teams pursuing the 23-year-old center.

Do the Suns actually view Ayton as a max-level player? If not, perhaps the Suns will try to get creative and explore sign-and-trade packages revolving around Ayton. Detroit and Atlanta have some intriguing assets that could make a deal worth it from the Suns’ perspective (although the Pistons could also try to sign Ayton using their cap space).

Timberwolves inquired about Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela

During Tuesday’s episode of The Mismatch, O'Connor also mentioned that the Minnesota Timberwolves have registered interest in Rudy Gobert and Clint Capela. This lines up with a previous report from Charania that Minnesota had inquired about Capela.

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. So, are the Timberwolves really about to make Karl-Anthony Towns a full-time power forward? If the plan is to make a big move for a veteran center, moving one of the best shooting bigs of all-time further to the perimeter is an interesting thought.

According to Basketball Reference, Towns played 100% of his minutes at center last season. In fact, the only time he has played power forward throughout his NBA career was during his rookie season in 2015-16, when 2% of his minutes came at the 4.

The more you think about it, the more a Towns-Gobert frontcourt is certainly intriguing though.

John Wall expected to get bought out?

The Houston Rockets and John Wall will work toward finalizing a buyout before free agency begins, according to Fischer on his latest podcast.

After Wall opted in to his $47.3 million player option, there were questions about what's next for the point guard. This is the final year of Wall's contract, which could make it easier for the two sides to reach a buyout agreement.

If Wall hits the open market, could regain his form on a contender (potentially signing for the mid-level exception or less)? Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists for Houston during the 2020-21 season, but he hasn't set foot on an NBA court since April of 2021.

Cavaliers open to trading No. 14 pick

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, the Cleveland Cavaliers are open to trading back from the final slot in the lottery at No. 14 overall. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks are among the teams who have already called the Cavs about the pick, per Scotto.

It's interesting that the Grizzlies and Bucks — two legitimate contenders — trying to move up 10-plus spots on Thursday night. It's unclear who these teams are targeting, but our Senior NBA Draft Analyst Matt Babcock currently has Ousmane Dieng projected at No. 14 overall. Rumors have been flying that Dieng has a guarantee, per Babcock, and he did receive an invite to the green room.

Grizzlies attempting to move up

Reaffirming the Grizzlies’ desires of trading up on Thursday, Zach Lowe mentioned on The Lowe Post that Memphis' executives are “calling in every direction.”

If that’s not a sign that the Grizzlies are expected to be very active on Thursday, I don’t know what to tell you. Memphis has a history of being active on draft night, and it seems this year won’t be any different.

Are the Suns willing to pay the luxury tax?

Recently, many national pundits have suggested that the Phoenix Suns are hesitant to go deep into the luxury tax. However, Suns owner Robert Sarver recently told BasketballNews that Phoenix has no qualms about paying up in order to keep this team together long-term.

“My position for a market like us with the tax is, if you get yourself where you can compete at the highest level, then you pay it and you go for it,” Sarver said.

“I’m not saying we’re in a market that can be in it 10 years in a row," Sarver added. "But when you get to a certain level where you have a chance to compete and you’re a top-four, top-six, top-eight team, if you’re at the level where you have a legitimate chance to compete — get to your Conference Finals and maybe win a championship — then I think you go in the tax, you pay and you do what you gotta do."

Sarver knows that the Suns’ championship window is in the here and now. Barring a change of heart, it seems that he's willing to spend to keep this core together.

“You just can’t take success for granted,” Sarver said. “It can come and go.”

Also, keep an eye on the Suns trying to add a pick in Thursday's draft. While they have no picks at the moment, Phoenix is making calls and trying to buy a second-round selection, according to 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro. Gambadoro said that the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors are teams who are open to trading their second-rounders.

Dyson Daniels rising up draft boards?

Dyson Daniels has one of the biggest risers during the NBA pre-draft process. On BasketballNews' latest mock draft, Babcock has Daniels being selected No. 8 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.

“After being at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia, Dyson Daniels had a terrific season for the G League Ignite," Babcock said of Daniels. "The 6-foot-7 positionless Swiss army knife, Daniels excels at getting downhill and attacking the basket, relying on his athleticism and body control for finishing while occasionally employing a floater. Daniels’ outside shooting is still a work in progress, but he is a disruptive defender with quick feet and instincts. Daniels’ progression as a playmaker was also notable during the G League season. He seems to have a bright future ahead of him.”

According to The Athletic’s Bob Kravitz, Daniels blew away the Indiana Pacers’ front office in his recent workout in Indianapolis.

“I was told Dyson Daniels had one of the greatest workouts a lot of people in the Indiana organization have ever seen,” Kravitz said on ESPN 107.5 FM on Tuesday.

With the Pacers selecting at No. 6 overall, their hope is that somehow one of Jaden Ivey or Keegan Murray slips. If not, Kravitz said the Pacers will be deciding between Daniels and Arizona wing Bennedict Mathurin.

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