- The Hawks will look to offload one of three players via trade — either forward John Collins, guard/forward Bogdan Bogdanovic or center Clint Capela, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
- Of those three, Bogdanovic seems the like the most available, per Scotto. He has one year left on his contract, a player option, and has yet to play this season because of a knee injury. Last year, he averaged 15.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, and could bring a decent return for Atlanta.
- Of course, many of the rumors have surrounded Collins, who reportedly has drawn interest from the Jazz and several others. The Hawks have been actively exploring Collins trades, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
- Nonetheless, coach Nate McMillan offered praise for Collins, via Kevin Chouinard of Hawks.com. “John is capable of scoring, not just inside but outside. I think he is a good 3-point shooter,” McMillan said. “We can spread the floor with him, and I would like him to take more attempts.”
While star point guard Kyrie Irving has returned from an eight-game suspension, the Nets may have grown weary of what they view as continuous drama. But if they’re looking to trade Irving, it may not be so easy, per Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report.
“I can’t sit here and lie to you and say there’s much value in trading for Kyrie,” Haynes said during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. “I’m on the phone with a lot of teams. His name is not really coming up, even for the Los Angeles Lakers, who he was tied to for much of the offseason. That’s just not something I’m hearing right now.”
Sources have told Hoops Wire the same — that the Nets would like to move Irving, but his trade value isn’t exactly at an all-time high right now. Quite the opposite.
Forward Tobias Harris has been at the center of trade rumors (yet again), but he insisted he’s not letting them get him down.
“I understand the business,’ Harris said, via Ky Carlin of USA Today. “I understand the game and I’m a person that lets things happen the way they’re gonna happen. I know I’ll be fine either way, and all I do is go out and just handle what I can control every day. All the other stuff is out of my control.”
This is nothing new for Harris. He has been involved in this type of trade chatter since he landed in Philadelphia in February 2019.
Harris has now been with the Sixers longer than any of his other teams (Pistons, Clippers, Magic, Bucks).
“The trade rumors, I’ve been in trade rumors, to be honest, ever since I’ve came into the NBA, so it’s nothing new to me and it’s something that, honestly, doesn’t affect me because I know I’ll be fine wherever I am,” Harris said. “I don’t really stress on that.”
- While it doesn’t appear as if the Nets are ready to blow it up, one Eastern Conference executive said the Sixers continue to inquire about the availability of star forward Kevin Durant. You can check out that full post here.
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