Berger’s Latest: Felton, Blake, Okafor, Gasol

Here are a few trade updates from Ken Berger of

  • Rival executives believe the Blazers are interested in trading Raymond Felton to the Lakers for Steve Blake. Since Portland would be giving up the better player and some salary flexibility, the Blazers would need to be compensated with another piece in such a deal.
  • The Hornets aren't interested in packaging Emeka Okafor with the first-round pick they acquired from the Timberwolves, even if it means saving the $28MM+ left on his deal.
  • The Hawks appear likely to make only a small move or two at the deadline.
  • Pau Gasol could be traded in the right deal, but the Lakers will need to ensure it's a basketball upgrade rather than a cost-saver. "If they're going to send a message to Kobe Bryant that they're not about winning, they're about money," one league source told Berger. "That's going to set off a whole new deal."
  • Berger also has an update on the Jamal Crawford trade talks, as we covered earlier.

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