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Berger On Howard, Pierce, Jackson, Beasley, Nash

The latest Postups column from Ken Berger of CBS Sports is packed with interesting deadline notes, so let's dive right in…

  • While Berger doesn't necessarily predict a quiet deadline, he points to other factors that could contribute to reducing trade activity this season: For potential contenders, the need to roll the dice on a veteran is offset by a strong draft class this summer. Additionally, the amnesty clause gives teams an alternative to trying to offload bad contracts in trades.
  • The Rockets and Warriors maintain interest in trading for Dwight Howard without assurances that he'd sign long-term. Houston also continues to be "in hot pursuit" of Pau Gasol.
  • The Celtics are "prepared to entertain offers" on Paul Pierce, but he may be the hardest of Boston's Big Four to move, since he doesn't have an expiring contract like Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, or the youth of Rajon Rondo.
  • One executive says the Trail Blazers, who have been among the most active teams, need to make major changes.
  • Rival execs think that the Hawks may deal Kirk Hinrich in the next week.
  • The Cavaliers are open to absorbing salary in exchange for the right assets.
  • Stephen Jackson has drawn an "amazing" number of inquiries, though most interested teams would want the Bucks to take on future salary to complete a deal.
  • The Magic and Nets could look into trading for Michael Beasley, with both teams ultimately sharing the same goal — enticing Dwight Howard by upgrading their rosters at other positions.
  • Steve Nash is content to remain with the Suns this season, in part because it's not in his nature to ask out and become the bad guy. "He'd like to go and win," a person connected to Nash said. "But he's not prepared to play the Carmelo [Anthony] card." To me, that suggests he'd be a long shot to re-sign in Phoenix at season's end.
  • Berger also shared an update on Jamal Crawford, which we covered in today's Crawford rumor round-up.
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2 thoughts on “Berger On Howard, Pierce, Jackson, Beasley, Nash

  1. BrickTops

    The Rockets need D12, but not for 1 summer. Not sure I would give up everything to rent him

    • dc21892

      They sure could use him. Too bad Yao became derailed by injuries.
      Rockets could make a run a him and still have a good shot at retaining him IF they can acquire him without trading all of their best players. If that’s the case, Dwight is just better off in Orlando.

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