Mannix’s Latest: G. Hill, Hornets, Hawks, Suns

The Cavaliers continue to engage the Kings about a possible George Hill trade, sources tell Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports. However, the Cavs would like to include both J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in their package for Hill, and taking on multiple expensive non-expiring contracts doesn’t appeal to Sacramento. Meanwhile, the Kings are quietly looking to get a third team involved in a potential deal, according to Mannix.

Mannix’s latest trade rumor roundup features several more tidbits of interest related to Thursday’s deadline, so we’ll pass along the highlights…

  • The future of GM Rich Cho in Charlotte is uncertain, which may complicate the Hornets‘ deadline plans. According to Mannix, there are rumblings about former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak being a candidate to join the Hornets’ front office in the offseason. Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times wrote last week that Kupchak is considered likely to be hired by an Eastern Conference team this summer.
  • Some teams with interest in Marcus Smart view the Celtics‘ asking price of a first-round pick as “unrealistic,” says Mannix.
  • The Hawks have made “everyone” available, and while much has been written about the club’s veteran trade candidates, second-year swingman Taurean Prince is another player who has drawn interest, according to Mannix.
  • The Magic have shopped Mario Hezonja “hard” in recent days, per Mannix.
  • According to Mannix, the Suns are willing to move veterans like Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley. Neither player’s contract is particularly team-friendly though, so it may be tough for Phoenix to find any value.
  • The Clippers say they’re okay with holding onto DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams through the deadline, but rival clubs are skeptical, says Mannix.
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13 thoughts on “Mannix’s Latest: G. Hill, Hornets, Hawks, Suns

  1. Steve

    For once, my Hawks have done the right thing. Make every player they have available at the right price! Prince and Schroder should be able to fetch first round picks with limited lottery protection. Baze somewhere in the middle to late 1rst an Dedimon a late first to early 2nd.

      • Steve

        I understand you don’t like his contract, however he has been linked here several times to one of Cle first round picks. So I beg to differ.

  2. smittybanton

    Clippers are doing just fine. Knocking on the door of the playoffs.

    OKC, on the other hand….

  3. ppyxmb

    CLE gets: Hill, McBob, Noel
    SAC gets: Matthews, Frye
    DAL gets: J.R. Smith, Schump, Labissiere + BKL pick

    Works according to ESPN trade machine. who says no?

      • ppyxmb

        Then maybe throw in a 2nd round pick from some angle. But for SAC it replaces one good vet with another that is cheaper and has one less year on his contract. Maybe SAC wants to go FA hunting in 2019?

    • Steve

      While I do think they’d consider moving the pick for the right player younger player, signed for beyond this season, and salary dump of players not in their futre, that package doesn’t give them either of the 3 things they’d want in the a deal,

  4. mcase7187

    How is a first rounder over asking for smart other than is off the court bs he’s still a great defender and not that bad of a over all player that should net them a mid first at least

  5. ppyxmb

    Or how about this one:

    CLE gets: Barea, Harris, Mejri, Noel and Matthews
    DAL gets: Shump, J.R. and TT + BKN 1st rd pick + CLE 1st round pick in 2022

    This works according to ESPN trade machine and it would allow the Cavs to go all in until Brin retires (if they so please). Mavs would pick up loads of salary but that would clear out once DSJ and this year’s lottery picks becomes a RFA.

    Hence, Cavs have a chance to be real contenders until 2020 and mavs from 2021 or so. Isn’t that a win-win proposition?

    • x%sure

      The Cavs need TT until the season ends. I’d like it if they could pick up Mejri though.

  6. x%sure

    If the Cle-Sac deal involves Shumprt & Smith, then it must also include Skal and the Cle#1.

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