O’Connor’s Latest: Gasol, Conley, OKC, Prince, More

As we relayed earlier today, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer hears that the Hornets‘ offer for Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and a protected first-round pick. That would be an underwhelming return for Gasol, but there hasn’t been much league-wide interest in the 34-year-old, O’Connor writes.

The Kings and Pistons were among the teams potentially in the mix for Gasol, according to O’Connor, but Memphis didn’t have any interest in Detroit center Andre Drummond and Sacramento was unwilling to part with promising young wing Bogdan Bogdanovic, whom the Grizzlies wanted.

The Raptors reportedly explored a potential Gasol deal, initially attempting to come up with an individual trade for one Grizzlies veteran before turning it into a package for both Gasol and Mike Conley, O’Connor writes. However, those talks didn’t advance and league sources tell The Ringer that it’s unlikely Toronto ends up with Gasol or Conley.

Elsewhere on the Conley front, the Jazz continue to make a strong push, with an offer that includes Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors, and a first-round pick, per O’Connor. The sense around the NBA is that the Grizzlies won’t settle for a modest return for Conley, which is something we heard in relation to the Pistons’ offer earlier today.

O’Connor’s latest piece for The Ringer features several more trade-related tidbits, so we’ll round them up here…

  • The Thunder are believed to be among the teams with interest in Cavaliers guard Alec Burks, league sources tell O’Connor. However, Burks wouldn’t fit into OKC’s $10.88MM trade exception. The Thunder, along with the Sixers and Trail Blazers, have expressed interest in Hawks wing Taurean Prince, O’Connor adds.
  • Following up on his report from last week about the Rockets and Grizzlies discussing a Brandon Knight trade, O’Connor suggests that Marquese Chriss and a first-round pick would also go to Memphis in that proposed deal. Houston would be targeting JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple in the swap, though it remains in the discussion stage for now.
  • The Kings have made calls about veteran forwards Harrison Barnes (Mavericks) and Otto Porter (Wizards) but have found no traction on a Porter deal, writes O’Connor.
  • While DeAndre Jordan looks like an obvious trade candidate, it wouldn’t be a major surprise if the Knicks keep him around as a potential recruiter for Kevin Durant, according to O’Connor, who notes that Durant and Jordan are good friends. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News wrote about this subject on Tuesday.
  • League sources don’t expect the Celtics to do anything at the deadline with Terry Rozier, since he could serve as potential Kyrie Irving insurance or a sign-and-trade sweetener for Anthony Davis in the offseason, says O’Connor.
  • According to O’Connor, the Pacers remain open to moving one of their two veteran point guards, Cory Joseph or Darren Collison. Both players are on expiring contracts.
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9 thoughts on “O’Connor’s Latest: Gasol, Conley, OKC, Prince, More

  1. jkoms57

    The Grizz weren’t interested in Drummond?

    Wish this was explained more… Like maybe they weren’t interested in trading a haul of picks and Gasol for Drummond?

    Hard to believe every team wouldn’t have some level of interest in Drummond?

    Tell me what I’m missing… Thanks.

    • jselig24

      Drummond is skilled, but lacks the versatility and shooting teams covet in bigs today. Couple that with a max contract and it hamstrings a team financially and on the court. He’s basically a more expensive Dwight or DJ.

    • thewiggs11

      I initially agree with you, but if a guy can’t hit free throws, he’s not playable late in games. I think that’s probably part of the issue.

      I’m sure the asking price wasn’t reasonable too.

  2. Jason Lancaster

    The Nuggets have always had an interest in Collison. But I can’t construct a trade that makes much sense for either team. Too bad, because I think Denver could use a veteran PG.

  3. Z-A

    If the Sixers landed Prince for a 1st and a contract like Patton that would be pretty nice. Dont see that happening. Not sure how many picks they want to deal, but hes under contract next year too.

  4. _sturt_

    Any team that would deal for Patton can’t be that interested in having him long-term since they are automatically limited, then, in what they can offer for him in free agency after the season.

    The Hawks, imo, will be VERY interested in signing Patton.

    Beyond that, with the Tobias Harris acquisition, I think it’s probably safe to say Philly has satisfied their lust for a SF/PF type player.

    And beyond that further… count me as someone who is persuaded Hawks GM is merely measuring the market on Prince. It would take an overwhelming offer to turn his head and make him get serious.

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