In addition to doing their best to pry Anthony Davis away from the Pelicans, the Lakers have reportedly explored a deal with the Bulls involving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jabari Parker. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported as much on the Hoop Collective podcast this week, as Matthew Moreno of LakersNation.com relays.
There are a number of potential roadblocks to such a deal. For one, the Lakers would have to include at least one more piece in order to match salaries, since Parker is earning $20MM and Caldwell-Pope has a $12MM cap hit. Most of the Lakers’ other expiring contracts are tied up in their offer for Davis, though they’d be available to move if the Pelicans decide to hang onto AD through the deadline.
Additionally, Caldwell-Pope has the ability to veto a trade, which is why he hasn’t been included in any of the Lakers’ offers to the Pelicans for Davis. Windhorst suggests that the Bulls “really like” Caldwell-Pope, so if KCP reciprocates that interest, perhaps he’d sign off on a deal. But it’s unclear whether he’d agree on a move that would send him from a playoff contender to a lottery team. For what it’s worth, Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times hears that Caldwell-Pope doesn’t appear to be interested in the Bulls.
Here are a few more trade rumors and notes from around the NBA:
- Pacers big man Kyle O’Quinn is worth keeping an eye on as the deadline approaches, tweets Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports. Indiana has been “quietly active” seeking wing help, and O’Quinn’s expiring contract could be used in a deal, Smith notes.
- Trade talk about veteran center Robin Lopez has quieted recently, a league source tell Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Lopez won’t be moved by Thursday afternoon, but it sounds like the Bulls aren’t close to anything.
- Mike Schmitz of ESPN.com (Insider-only link) identifies Frank Ntilikina (Knicks), Luke Kennard (Pistons), Justin Jackson (Kings), and Cheick Diallo (Pelicans) as potential targets for teams looking to buy low on young prospects.
- Bryan Fonseca of NetsDaily explores some trade possibilities for the Nets, while Rod Beard of The Detroit News argues that if the Pistons make a deal, they should take a big swing.