Kyler On Thunder, Howard, Crawford, Young

Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld wraps up his look at trade options for all 30 NBA clubs today, running alphabetically from Oklahoma City through Washington. You can find our recaps of the first two installments in the series here and here. Now, let's round up a few of the highlights from Kyler in part three….

  • The Thunder aren't actively engaged in any trade talks, but if they're concerned about Thabo Sefolosha's foot injury lingering, they could look into acquiring a defensive-minded replacement.
  • Sources close to the Dwight Howard process say the Magic are at least 50% sure they can keep D12 around for another season, if not longer. If that's the case, a blockbuster trade involving Howard is unlikely. Orlando is working hard to acquire pieces around its star center, though the team's lack of assets is making it a challenge.
  • Daniel Orton is "a safe bet" to be traded by the Magic.
  • While the 76ers have trade chips, they're unlikely to make a move before the deadline.
  • The Suns would gladly move Josh Childress, Hakim Warrick, or Robin Lopez.
  • Kyler hears from sources close to Jamal Crawford that the Blazers guard hasn't requested a trade, but that he wouldn't be opposed to being sent to a less chaotic situation.
  • The Spurs haven't had "meaningful discussions" with any potential trade partners, and will probably stand pat at the deadline.
  • The Raptors may be active in the next ten days, but Toronto continues to turn away proposals for Andrea Bargnani.
  • Although the Jazz have some strong trade assets, they probably would want to include Devin Harris in any deals, which could turn off potential suitors for other players.
  • Having accepted a qualifying offer from the Wizards this season, Nick Young can veto any deal that sends him out of town. However, Kyler hears that Young would welcome a move.
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