Atlantic Notes: McConnell, Rose, Nogueira

The Sixers have rejected a trade offer from the Cavaliers that would have sent starting point guard T.J. McConnell to the defending champions, says Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The proposed Philly-bound package was said to have included Jordan McRae.

McConnell has become a significant part of the Sixers’ rotation of late, averaging 7.5 points and 8.9 assists per game in January. The Cavs are in the market for a backup point guard, at least according to LeBron James, so it’s not surprising to hear that they’ve inquired about the 24-year-old sophomore.

Under contract for just $800K, McConnell has quickly become one of the best bargains in the NBA. His role in the Sixers’ recent success — the team has won 10 of their past 14 — is one of the major reasons why he’s become a possible trade target ahead of the February 23 trade deadline.

There’s more out of the Atlantic Division:

  • After a healthy first few months of the season, Derrick Rose has come up limping. The point guard sprained his ankle Friday night and has been wearing a protective walking boot. According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is doubtful he’ll see the guard return before Tuesday.
  • Though they lost Bismack Biyombo to free agency over the summer, the Raptors have a suitable replacement in Lucas Nogueira, says Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun. Nogueira rivals Biyombo in terms of rim protection, Ganter says, but their playing styles deviate from there. Nogueira’s offensive awareness and soft hands are traits Biyombo never displayed in Toronto.
  • The fact that the Celtics need to improve their rebounding is not lost on general manager Danny Ainge, says A. Sherrod Blakeley of CSN New England. “I knew going into the year that rebounding would be an issue for us,” Ainge said. The reporter adds that Ainge wasn’t ready to start discussing possible trade scenarios, however.
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9 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: McConnell, Rose, Nogueira

  1. Len's Biased

    Why is it so difficult to get Nerleans Noel? Are they waiting for free agency? I thought the rule was “Draft for wants; trade for needs”…Noel is the perfect big man and would put the Celtics in title contention. Plus, Fultz or Ball next yr at the 2 would make the Celtics unstoppable. Philly needs a guard– we need a PF/C…makes sense

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    • Sixers are keeping Noel. He and Embid will dominate for years to come. You can have oakfor all you want….

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    • Unstoppable? Lol… Put the Kool Aid down brother. Noel is a restricted FA this summer…you really want to tie up our salary cap for an oft-injured big ego can’t score when he actually is healthy? Good role player, but he’s not pushing the C’s to contender status (keep in mind that we’d lose pieces to get him too). Also, no matter who we draft (IF we jeri the pick), they are coming off the bench and aren’t going to be stars for a couple of years as they learn the game… Specially a 1. Either way, we won’t be unstoppable..

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    • doronbroman

      Agree 100% . Every day i read the news waiting for announcement

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    • Reggie Green

      Yous aren’t trading Thomas or Bradley.and beyond those 2,yous don’t really have anyone who would be an improvement over what we already have.

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  2. straighttothetopofthebottom

    why don’t the celtics trade for milsap..?

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    • KCelts

      Probably because Millsap will cost an arm and a leg. That and Atlanta apparently isn’t ready to sell.

      Honestly, Bogut would be the best option. He can’t score but he can still rebound the ball. I love Amir Johnson, but he would be better on the second unit now. Bogut would be able to play the 5, allowing Horford to stay at the 4 where he has thrived, and he would solve a HUGE rebounding issue. If he stays healthy, it could be a steal.

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  3. smittybanton

    I presume the Sixers asked for Cedi Osman.

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  4. Reggie Green

    McConnell has proven to be a solid pg,and McRae is a borderline Nba/D-League player (6ers been there,done that already).Clevelands closest tradeable 1st is 2021 or 22,after Atl gets theirs,and their 2nds don’t hold much value.ofcourse no deal was made.

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