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The next domino that will arrive before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday could feature another Western Conference star heading to the Eastern Conference.
The Charlotte Hornet have emerged as favorites to bring Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies, but an agreement is not decisive for the striker.
Gasol and his Memphis teammate Mike Conley are two of the most popular products on the market, but that does not mean they're the only ones to be considered.
Some players from troubled teams must also be exchanged, their respective teams trying to acquire assets while continuing the tanking process.
Gasol At Charlotte Deal Being Held Up
The Grizzlies and the Hornets discussed a purchase exchange against Gasol, as part of a potential deal.
According to Kevin O 'Conner of The Ringer, Charlotte proposes to send Memphis Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a protected first-round pick in exchange for Gasol.
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However, both parties are more pessimistic about reaching an agreement, according to Sean Deveney, of the Sports News, who also mentioned Malik Monk as a possible centerpiece of the affair from Charlotte to Memphis.
If they added Gasol, the Hornets would likely move from their current seventh place to the East Conference, with Brooklyn immediately in their line of sight.
Gasol would provide an inside complement to Kemba Walker, who averages 24.7 points per game in 53 games.
From Memphis' point of view, it would be beneficial for her to spend at least one of her current stars on the market.
By collecting assets in exchange for Gasol, the Grizzlies can reorganize their list of players and find themselves further in the rankings to get a better draft choice in 2019.
Cleveland Interested In Burks
The Cleveland Cavaliers should be busy by Thursday's deadline, as they continue to collect assets to rebuild after LeBron James leaves.
Alec Burks may be the next player in Cleveland after the recent transfer from Rodney Hood to Portland.
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According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the San Antonio Spurs are very interested in Burks, averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
The Spurs, who previously had an interest in Hood, are showing interest in an agreement with Burks, but for this to happen, the Cavs should add a pay factor.
According to Fedor's report, the Cavs are also seeking an agreement that could bring back a first-round pick, or an agreement to help Houston with Brandon Knight's contract.
The Cavaliers have the same goal in mind as the other troubled teams because they have to get the most out of the assets in exchange for the players in order to be able to rebuild themselves through a draft or multiple acquisitions in the league.
Cleveland currently has the third worst record in the NBA, but will have to lose more to become the worst franchise in the NBA this season, New York, Phoenix and Chicago with the same goals in mind.
Bulls taking calls on Parker
The Chicago Bulls, another of the tank dealerships, could be active before Thursday's deadline by appealing to Jabari Parker.
According to Joe Cowley of Chicago Sun-Times, The Bulls have received some calls regarding an exchange for Parker, which they signed during the off season.
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The Los Angeles Lakers were a potential contender for Parker, but an agreement in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would not have worked because of Caldwell-Pope's non-trading rights.
An exchange with the Lakers is probably out of the question for the Bulls after the acquisition of Reggie Bullock by Los Angeles Detroit on Tuesday.
While attempting to trade with Parker, who totals an average of 14.3 points per game, the Bulls are trying to bring assets to a player who will not be around next season.
All the assets that interest the teams at the bottom of the ranking, the picks are the most coveted commodities, so they can be used for young players or exchanged in future transactions.
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Statistics obtained from Basketball Reference.