West Rumors: Blazers, Josh Hart, Timberwolves, Rockets

Trail Blazers

Timberwolves

Rival NBA executives believe the Timberwolves will trade guard D’Angelo Russell ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

Russell is set to become an unrestricted free agent over the summer.

“With Minnesota projected to be over the salary cap, the Timberwolves can’t replace him if he leaves and would lose his salary slot in the process as a means to acquire another player around his price range or multiple players equaling his salary’s total,” Scotto wrote.

Rockets

Nets star Kevin Durant said Rockets center Alperen Sengun is among the young players he enjoys watching most.

“I would say I was going to give some love to I like Sengun,” Durant said, via Clutch Fans. “He was dunking on a couple of people. I didn’t know he could get up like that. He’s nice. I like him.”

  • Along with guard Eric Gordon, the Rockets have been receiving trade calls on small forward Jae’Sean Tate, per Fischer.
  • Houston is seeking a first-round pick as part of a return for Gordon, per Fischer. Gordon has reportedly drawn interest from the Bucks and Lakers, among others.

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