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The rumor of the NBA is moving up a gear with Thursday at 15 hours. The transaction deadline AND is fast approaching.
One of the teams likely to participate in the playoffs has already added a reinforcement to the landing of swingman Rodney Hood of the Portland Trail Blazers of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Other moves are almost assured, with buyers growing their ranks before the playoffs and sellers putting aside their long-term assets to play a role in the playoff race.
Let's go to the last buzz.
The Lakers make multiple offers Anthony Davis, the pelicans are planning to counter
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Although he is only 25, Anthony Davis already looks like a great player in the NBA. He also seems to want to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Purple and gold act accordingly.
The Lakers reportedly sent five commercial offers from Davis to the Pelicans, including one with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick, Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, from Los Angeles Times. New Orleans did not respond, but would have considered making a counter-offer including two first-round picks and a lighter salary cap.
Davis may enter free freedom in 2020. He had already informed the Pelicans that he would not sign an extension with them this summer and asked for a change of scenery.
"I think it's my time," Davis told reporters. "I've given the city, the organization, the fans everything I thought I could do, I do not know how long I'm going to play this game." The people's careers are short and j & rsquo; I feel like it's time for me to move on. "
Davis, the first overall pick in 2012, spent his first six seasons in the NBA in New Orleans. Although he was objectively incredible (24.0 points career, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game), the Pelicans only made two series trips during his tenure.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are looking for a second star to pair with LeBron James and would have a hard time finding one brighter than Davis. The only question that arises is how ready they are to separate from a player who is interested in them.
More from Cavs Wings for sale
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The Cleveland Cavaliers took a long time to admit that, but they clearly left without LeBron James.
Hood was already the fourth player hit by the Cavs, an activity that added seven draft picks (including a first round) to their collection. They hope that there are still other things to come.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski told the Cleveland newspaper that he "was pursuing negotiations for guards Alec Burks and JR Smith before Thursday's deadline."
Burks, who was traded to the Utah Jazz team in November against Kyle Korver, would have sparked "a lot of interest," according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Burks started 23 of 33 games in Cleveland, with 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. The 27 year old player also plays on an expiring contract, so it will have no impact on the caps.
Smith will be a much harder sell, which should be obvious if we consider that he is looking for a way out of northeast Ohio since November. Since then, he has not qualified and has averaged only 6.7 points on 34.2% of his shots in the eight games he has participated in. The 33-year-old signed for next season, though only $ 3.87 million on his $ 15.68-million salary is guaranteed.
DeAndre Jordan could be the target of the Lakers offseason
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While DeAndre Jordan has just landed with the New York Knicks in Kristaps Porzingis 'trade last week, Jordan' s stay in the Big Apple could be brief. With the Bockers in obvious reconstruction mode, keeping a 30-year-old center with an expiring contract makes little sense.
The Knicks reportedly work to overthrow Jordan and 32-year-old Wesley Matthews in the draft assets of Thursday afternoon, according to the SI.com website. Jake Fischer, although one or the other may appear as a candidate for redemption if an agreement does not surface.
Some scouts in the NBA think Jordan could work with the Lakers, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, possibly as an off-season addition. ESPN Tim MacMahon also heard about the possible link.
L.A. will probably be in the big men's market this summer. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are both playing on expiring contracts, while Zubac is moving towards restricted free will.
It would be beneficial for Jordan to share the floor again with an elite playmaker, because James is one of the only passersby like Jordan's former teammate (and close friend of James), Chris Paul. The Lakers, meanwhile, could use a center above the ledge, younger than Chandler and able to play more minutes than McGee.
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Zach Buckley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @ZachBuckleyNBA.