East Rumors: Hawks, Dejounte Murray, Wizards, Cavs



  • Most everyone around the NBA expects the Wizards to be sellers at the trade deadline, with the likes of forward Kyle Kuzma and point guard Tyus Jones drawing the most interest, sources told Hoops Wire.
  • That said, the Wizards really like Jones and consider him a pro’s pro who may be good to keep around for the long term. But he’s in the final season of his contract, making him an automatic trade candidate who appeals to teams such as the Nuggets, Pelicans and Warriors, among others.
  • Washington small forward Deni Avdija and guard/forward Corey Kispert are sure to draw interest from rival teams, though it’s unclear if the Wizards will make either available, per Fischer.


  • Rookie point guard Craig Porter Jr. stands a good chance to have his two-way contract converted to a standard deal at some point this season, making him eligible for the playoffs. Porter, who was not drafted, already has proven to be a steal of a signing, especially with Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland struggling to stay on the court.
  • One rival GM told Hoops Wire he believes the Cavs have been the most injury-prone team of the past two years, with the Clippers coming in second. “Cleveland has had a lot of dumb luck — and clearly a medical staff that’s very in tune with every last thing,” the GM said, half-jokingly, before laughing. “How many doctors they got in that building? … I feel bad for the coaching staff. But give (the team) credit, they’ve been resilient.”
  • Mitchell has been the subject of trade rumors but the general consensus among insiders is he is absolutely positively not going anywhere, as we relayed here and here and here and here. You don’t trade a star after just 1.25 seasons. You just don’t. This isn’t NBA2K.

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