Spears On Rondo, Lin, Barnes, Turner

February 17 at 8:36pm CST By Zach Links

Can the Rockets keep soaring past the All-Star break?  In his latest power rankings, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports brings Houston up from No. 7 to No. 4, putting them right behind the HeatPacers, and Thunder.  Will they make a big splash in the days to come to hold their spot?  Spears has the goods on that and more..

  • According to a source, the Kings offered the Celtics Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, and two picks for Rajon Rondo.  However, Rondo wasn’t interested in re-signing with Sacramento.
  • While the Rockets would love to trade Omer Asik, a source says they won’t trade reserve Jeremy Lin due to the scoring value he brings.
  • Sources tell Spears that Warriors executives have informed forward Harrison Barnes that, barring a blockbuster offer, he will not be traded before Thursday’s deadline.  Recently, Warriors owner Joe Lacob said that he hopes to keep Barnes for the long haul.
  • The 76ers want to move Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and could act as a third team in a significant trade.
  • Raptors coach Dwane Casey is in the final year of his deal but Spears hears that he has impressed GM Masai Ujiri.
  • The Pelicans could be trading guard Austin Rivers and the rights to D-League guard Pierre Jackson between now and Thursday.
  • The Kings are in the market for a veteran backup point guard who can push the ball up the floor.
  • With several teams looking for backup point guards, Bucks veteran Luke Ridnour could be on the move.
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