The trade deadline for the 2021-22 NBA season is set for 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 10.
With just over a week remaining until the trade deadline, rumors of players who could be on the move are starting to pick up. While it doesn’t appear that trades will materialize for previously rumored stars like Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, that doesn’t mean we won’t see some impactful deals that shake up the league.
Will the 76ers find a trade suitor for star guard Ben Simmons or wait until the offseason? Will the Kings shake up their future and trade young star De’Aaron Fox? What about the Pacers’ talented frontcourt of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner?
There are still plenty of names in the rumor mill who could alter a franchise’s current standing in pursuit of a playoff push.
We’ll continue to update the following file with trade rumors ahead of the deadline.
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2021-22 NBA Trade Deadline: Tracking the latest rumors
Wednesday, Feb. 2
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer had a number of rumors in his latest trade intel piece, with the headliner being the Wizards’ pursuit for Jerami Grant or Domantas Sabonis. “League personnel say the Pacers are seeking a package similar to or greater than the haul Nikola Vucevic drew for the Orlando Magic last season,” Fischer stated on the topic.
He also mentioned a few other noteworthy names. The Jazz have reportedly been linked to Harrison Barnes, the Raptors are trying to see what Goran Dragic and a first-round pick could return, Robert Covington is the “most likely Trail Blazer deal before Feb. 10”, the Celtics are trying to shop Dennis Schroder and Josh Richardson, the Suns have been linked to Eric Gordon and the Pelicans are interested in a potential package for CJ McCollum and Covington.
Monday, Jan. 31
According to NBA Insider Marc Stein, the Celtics are “widely expected” to trade Dennis Schroder before next week’s trade deadline “if they can find a deal that sheds Schroder’s $5.9 million salary without taking salary back.”
According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the LA Clippers have become a sleeper trade deadline team. They reportedly have their eyes on acquiring a point guard, with Jalen Brunson, Kemba Walker, John Wall Dennis Schroder, Goran Dragic and Spencer Dinwiddie headlining a list of potential targets. O’Connor also reported that Marcus Morris Sr., Eric Bledsoe and Serge Ibaka are seen to be the “most available” players on the Clippers.
Sunday, Jan. 30
According to the Toronto Star’s Doug Smith, the Raptors are “finding great interest in a myriad of differently structured deals” for veteran guard Goran Dragic, and he is “almost certain to be dealt” near the Feb. 10 deadline. NBA Insider Stein added that it is believed Dragic “would be bought out by the team that acquires him should a trade materialize.”
Friday, Jan. 28
According to NBA Insider Marc Stein, the Pacers are now less likely to trade Myles Turner because of a stress reaction in his left foot. They are now seeking at least two future first-round picks for Caris LeVert, instead.
Stein also gave an update on the Ben Simmons saga, stating GM Daryl Morey would surprise an “overwhelming majority of his peers” if the 76ers find a deal for the All-Star guard before the deadline. Philadelphia remains focused on retaining Simmons with the hopes of a bigger deal this offseason “for the likes of Portland’s Damian Lillard, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Boston’s Jaylen Brown and, of course, Brooklyn’s James Harden.”
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Lakers reached out to the Kings about a package centered around Talen Horton-Tucker for Buddy Hield, but the deal was shot down because Sacramento believes it has better offers out there. “The Kings are going to be active. They’ve got a whole bunch of people calling them,” Haynes stated.
Thursday, Jan. 27
According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Hawks are asking for “a valuable first-round pick and a starting-caliber player” in any deal for rising star forward John Collins.
He added that the Kings are “exploring avenues” to move Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III, while Tristan Thompson is considered available for a second-round pick.
Lastly, Fischer mentioned that the Heat have been mentioned as a potential suitor for Rockets big man Christian Wood, but Houston is searching for a “sizable return” for the talented forward. The Rockets have also “conveyed confidence” they will receive a first-round pick in exchange for Eric Gordon before the Feb. 10 buzzer.
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