NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Rose, More
A wild NBA trade deadline set the stage for what should be a fantastic finish to the 2017-18 season.
The Toronto Raptors are holding off the Boston Celtics by just two games for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers just pulled off big road wins against the C’s and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavs could end up making a run toward the No. 1 seed.
In the West, the Houston Rockets leapfrogged the Golden State Warriors to take first place in the conference heading into the break. Otherwise, the West is a jumbled mess, with the third through 10th-place teams all within four games of each other in the loss column.
It should be fascinating to see how everything plays out. Until then, here’s a look at a few recent rumors from around the league.
The Los Angeles Clippers center did not get traded prior to the February 8 deadline. However, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the 29-year-old was close to becoming a Cleveland Cavalier: "[Cavs general manager Koby Altman] had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs‘ 2018 first-round pick for Jordan."
The deal didn’t go through for a variety of reasons, namely the Clippers’ reluctance to take Shumpert, the Cavs‘ hesitance to give Jordan a nine-figure extension and the emergence of other trade possibilities that transpired in the days and hours leading to the deadline.
The Clippers are in a weird spot right now. They are looking toward the future, as evidenced by trading star power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. However, the Clips are a competitive team that has won seven of their last 10 and just beat the Celtics on the road.
Jordan was a big part of that victory, as he amassed 30 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. That performance followed a 16-point, 17-board game against the Brooklyn Nets and a 10-point, 21-rebound outing versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
Even with Jordan’s individual success (and the team’s personal success), it’s hard seeing DJ staying in Los Angeles, especially after this interview in which he said he "didn’t know" if the Clippers wanted him.
Jordan can opt out of his contract after the season. Expect him to do so and play elsewhere for the 2018-19 campaign.
Former Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose was traded from the Cavs to the Utah Jazz prior to the deadline. The Jazz later released Rose, who has now cleared waivers and is available to sign with a new team.
Marc Stein of The New York Times provided additional information on the 2010-11 NBA MVP:
Rose has struggled in limited action this season, as he’s shot just 43.9 percent from the field in 16.9 minutes per game. He’s only played 16 games due to an ankle injury, and he struggled to find a niche with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Injuries over the years have curtailed a career that seemed destined to be honored in the Hall of Fame someday, but Rose can still be a key contributor on a playoff-bound team looking for backcourt depth. Notably, he scored 18.0 points and dished 4.4 assists per game as the Knicks starter just last year.
Minnesota, which is led by head coach Tom Thibodeau (Rose’s coach in Chicago from 2010-2015) seems like the best fit. The Timberwolves have a couple of backup point guards in Tyus Jones and Aaron Brooks, but Rose provides a better scoring punch for the reserves than either of those players.
The T-Wolves already have some excellent bench scoring in the form of guard Jamal Crawford, but adding Rose to the mix could give Minnesota an even stronger second unit.
Per Wojnarowski, that assistance could come from Ty Lawson, who played six of his eight NBA seasons with the Denver Nuggets before moving to China:
Lawson had a good career in Denver, punctuated by a four-year stint in which he averaged 16.4 points and 8.0 assists per game, according to Basketball Reference. However, he hasn’t been the same since being traded to the Houston Rockets in the 2015 offseason. After that, Lawson averaged just 7.8 points and 4.2 assists a night for the Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings.
Per RealGM, Lawson is having a good run in the Chinese Basketball Association, as he’s averaging 25.8 points, 6.6 boards and 2.4 steals per game. The former North Carolina Tar Heel also dropped 55 in a game on Sunday, February 11.
Granted, the Chinese Basketball Association’s level of competition is nowhere near the NBA’s, but the league sports some ex-NBA talent, including power forward Jared Sullinger, point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Terrence Jones.
Adding Lawson to the point guard mix would be a good idea, especially if Wall’s injury ends up being worse than feared and he has to miss additional playing time.
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February 15, 2018 at 06:29AM