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Will we see a hard-hitting transaction before the NBA transaction deadline on February 7th?
Rumor has it that there are no Jimmy Butler level players on the market, but there are certainly recognizable contributors who could be on the move.
The name of the New York Knicks Center, Enes Kanter, has come up. The 26-year-old Turkish has a lot more problems to ask himself than to know if he will stay Knick after choosing not to travel with the Knicks to London, for fear of the Turkish president.
In Cleveland, a player signed just a week ago has already been lifted while the lone star player remaining with the Cavaliers may or may not be exchanged.
Get the latest news on Kanter and three other players below.
Kanter has been transferred to the bench and he is not happy, according to ESPN.
The move to a more reserved role may not be a personal offense to Kanter, who averages 14.4 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game, but rather the franchise's decision to "develop youth" , as Mike Vorkunov writes of The Athletic:
"The franchise has gathered recruits and young players as well as second chance lottery choices, hoping to take advantage of this year to develop youth, find a recovery project that strikes and prepare for the future. Is undoubtedly a building-block season in which fans revel in defeats and tweet Zion Williamson's GIFs. "
Vorkunov also noted that head coach David Fizdale had informed Courtney Lee, 33, that he would see a reduction in playing time.
Kanter is only 26 years old. Is not he one of the "young people" or "second chance lottery choices" (Kanter was ranked # 3 overall in 2011)? Apparently not.
Vorkunov said New York had "received inquiries regarding (Kanter) from other teams" but no agreement is imminent and a buyout has not yet been considered.
Kanter is about to become an unrestricted free agent next season.
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It seems strange from the outside that anyone willing to leave the Golden State Warriors, but McCaw did.
The 23-year-old striker who was drafted by the Warriors told Joe Vardon of The Athletic that he had "nothing against Golden State" and that he "wanted a new opportunity to go from the front ".
So, McCaw was probably happy when the Cavaliers gave him an offer sheet that the Warriors did not match at the end of December. McCaw signed an unsecured $ 6 million contract over two years before Cleveland gave up a week later on Sunday.
The moment of surrender is not a coincidence, as McCaw's contract would have been guaranteed if he was on the Cavs list today.
Shams Charania The Athletic provided the following layer in a tweet, stating that the Cavaliers are actually interested in McCaw's signature if he approves the waivers.
Cleveland, along with several playoff contenders, should show interest in signing McCaw (unrestricted free agent) if he renounces a waiver. The guarantee deadline for McCaw (two years, $ 6 million) – and for other players involved in unsecured transactions around the NBA – is Monday. https://t.co/QgZOUiPLVz
Maybe Cleveland hopes to sign an even cheaper deal with McCaw?
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Kevin Love is the last vestige of 2016 NBA champions, unless you have a banned JR Smith.
Love has not played since October with a toe injury, but he has been an active member of the list of rumors.
The New York Times & # 39; Marc Stein wrote: "Denver has a long-standing love affair, which makes you wonder if the Nuggets will be tempted to make a victory-now for the All-Star striker in their totally unexpected rise. at the top of the West. "
Chris Fedor from Cleveland.com said the opposite:
"Sources have recently said that the exchange of love was not a top priority for the Cavaliers, and the front office did not have any in-depth discussions about it, even in the middle of this losing season, falling on worst NBA record, the Cavs the vision has not changed. "
Love will be eligible for trading starting January 24, after signing the extension of her four-year contract in July.
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A conflict is quietly preparing for Memphis this season and it would have ended on Sunday.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon said the Grizzlies and Parsons had agreed on a "separation" that would see the 30-year-old leaving the organization while his agent was trying to find a solution with the Grizzlies:
"The parties will work to find an exchange for Parsons," sources said.The Grizzlies were not willing to include a first-round pick to advance Parsons' agreement, but were willing to accept a Longer term contract for him, The team still believes that Parsons will have value as an expiring contract, even if it is necessary to wait until the off season to reach an agreement. "
The 2019-2020 season is the last year of the current Parsons contract. We will owe him $ 25.1 million.
Wojnarowski and MacMahon also explained that Parsons had become frustrated with Memphis, particularly General Manager Chris Wallace, because of the treatment of his team-injured condition. Parsons has not played since the third game of the season because of knee pain.
However, he is medically cleansed since December 21 and said he was in good health, so much so that Parsons shouted, "Let me play!" to Wallace during a scrum, according to Wojnarowski and MacMahon.
Although Parsons' contract may give rise to hesitation about potential business partners, his health should not be so if Parsons is to be believed.