Kennedy’s Latest: Jefferson, Mahinmi, Ibaka, Magic

A trade between the Hornets and Bucks last week featured three centers, with Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes, and Miles Plumlee all changing teams, and that certainly won’t be the last deal of the month involving bigs. A Western Conference executive tells Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype that a handful of teams around the NBA have been shopping recently-acquired big men in the hopes of finding a deal.

According to Kennedy, Pacers center Al Jefferson, Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, and Magic big man Serge Ibaka are among the players believed to be available. Ibaka’s name recently surfaced in trade rumors, and it comes as no surprise that Jefferson and Mahinmi could be had in the right deal as well — Jefferson has seen his role significantly reduced this season in Indiana, while Mahinmi has barely played for Washington due to health problems.

Kennedy passes along a few more items of interest in his latest piece, so let’s round up a few highlights…

  • Kennedy asked multiple sources which NBA teams will be most eager to make a trade before the deadline, and each of those sources mentioned the Magic. Additionally, some people around the league believe general manager Rob Hennigan is on the hot seat in Orlando, writes Kennedy.
  • Last week, a Chicago Tribune report indicated that rival executives believe the Celtics and Bulls will revisit Jimmy Butler trade talks this month. Kennedy heard that prediction from several executives as well, though one exec said Chicago can be “tough to negotiate with,” while another suggested that the Bulls might be more inclined to wait until the offseason for a move of that magnitude.
  • Trade rumors have swirled around Carmelo Anthony as of late, but the star forward controls his future due to his no-trade clause. According to Kennedy, many people around the league aren’t convinced that the marriage between the Knicks and Phil Jackson will be a long-term one, so it’s possible – as one executive suggests – that Anthony will decide to stay with the Knicks this month and then see if anything happens with Jackson this summer.
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9 thoughts on “Kennedy’s Latest: Jefferson, Mahinmi, Ibaka, Magic

  1. KCelts

    Can’t really see Butler going to the Celtics. At least not right now anyways. I assume the Celtics would angle for a big before a wing player. With how well Jae Crowder has been, idk if that would be a necessary position to upgrade.

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    • Frank Richard

      You seriously think Crowder is better than Jimmy Butler?

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      • KCelts

        Not really, but that said look at Crowder’s numbers. They aren’t half bad. I’m saying the Celtics need to focus on a big moreso than a wing player as long as Jae Crowder is playing well.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      Do you… watch basketball?

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      • ChiSoxCity

        Directed to KCelts.

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      • KCelts

        I haven’t lately, but I’ll give it a shot lol

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        • chiefivey

          i feel you kcelts, ima bulls fan (who hopes we trade jimmy) but i agree that as long as crowder is playing well it makes more sense balance wise to get a big man.

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    • LASTSON86

      What you said is right on man. With Crowder playing well, a big man is a far higher priority for the Celtics Bc that fits their needs far better at this point in time. Our current weakness is protecting the rim and rebounding so a big man is the logical move.

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      • KCelts

        And I’m actually a Celtics fan that supports Amir Johnson and thinks he’s not a bad player. With that said, there are opportunities to upgrade. Bogut is a name that pops to mind. Serge Ibaka I guess could be another. With another big man, the Celtics could be in great shape come playoff time.

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