Woj’s Latest: Pistons, Fournier, Lakers, Hawks

Shooting guards and small forwards are in high demand as the trade deadline approaches, and there simply aren’t that many quality wings expected to be available, Adrian Wojnarowski writes in his latest report for ESPN.com. As Wojnarowski details, the Pistons, Knicks, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers are just a few of the many teams looking for upgrades on the wing.

DeMarre Carroll (Nets), Alec Burks (Jazz), Kent Bazemore (Hawks), and Evan Fournier (Magic) are among the veterans attracting some interest on the trade market, according to Wojnarowski, who notes that the Pistons pursued a deal for Fournier. Such a trade would be hard to pull off without including Reggie Jackson‘s contract, so nothing’s imminent at this point, but the Pistons continue to be aggressive on the trade market, a reflection of Stan Van Gundy‘s desire to win now, says Wojnarowski.

As for the Pelicans, they also remain active in trade talks despite their limited assets, according to Wojnarowski, who notes that Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca have negative value and won’t be movable without New Orleans attaching a draft pick or two. If the Pelicans can’t trade for a wing, they’ll have to count on getting Solomon Hill back healthy for the home stretch of the season.

Here’s more from Woj:

  • The Lakers have “made it clear” that Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and Larry Nance Jr. are available in trades, reports Wojnarowski. The club had been planning on waiting until after the season to try to move Clarkson, but there may be a mutual desire to get something done on that front sooner rather than later.
  • Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova, and Marco Belinelli are expendable in Atlanta, where the Hawks are focused on unloading veterans and stockpiling more young players and draft picks, per Wojnarowski.
  • The Bulls still plan to trade Nikola Mirotic after January 15, assuming he OK’s a deal. According to Wojnarowski, Mirotic is somewhat intrigued by the Jazz and their head coach Quin Snyder, who has a reputation for maximizing offensive talent.
  • It’s possible their outlooks could change by the trade deadline, but the Thunder and Pelicans currently have no plans to trade Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins, respectively. Both players can become unrestricted free agents this July.
  • We passed along more rumors from Woj in full stories earlier today, providing the latest on DeAndre Jordan and examining the Grizzliesasking price for Tyreke Evans.
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7 thoughts on “Woj’s Latest: Pistons, Fournier, Lakers, Hawks

  1. bennyg

    Lakers should look at throwing Lopez on the market, and keeping Nance Jr. Might get a better deal done. And quickly

  2. jacobsigel1025

    Pelicans should deal Boogie because I see no reason why he would sign back with them considering he has Anthony Davis by his side and can barely win

    • diller79

      Because next off season the pelicans will re sign boogie and bring in John wall because they played on Kentucky together and have always said they want to play together. Then you have boogie Anothony Davis and John wall all Kentucky alumni and they then hire John calipari to coach the squad

      • SilvioDante

        Whoa! John Wall signed an extension w the Wiz last year. He’s not a FA and DC is trading him to NOLA. C’mon man!

  3. Steve

    I would definitely trade Bazemore to the Knicks or Pistons for their 18’ first round pick! I wouldn’t give them great lotto protection though….. Our worst first rounder (ours, Timberwolves, or Houston’s) if they fell to make the playoffs. If they make the playoffs, their pick is ours out right.


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