West Rumors: Clippers, John Wall, Jazz, Rockets

Clippers

  • The Clippers are in the market for additional frontcourt help, with focus perhaps on a backup center to Ivica Zubac, according to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.
  • While the Clippers have not been linked to Hawks forward John Collins, several league sources have told Hoops Wire they would not be surprised to see them get involved. They could also make a run at Hawks center Clint Capela, sources said.
  • Mostly, though, it appears the Clippers are looking for a backup big man that may not cost them much. They are also believed to be willing to surrender point guard John Wall as a part of any trade.
  • As we relayed here, the Clippers have also discussed a deal to acquire Pacers center Myles Turner. He has been linked to the Lakers as well, but the Clippers may have more to offer.
  • As for future picks, the Clippers have already traded their 2024 and ’26 first-rounders. They still have their ’28 and ’29 first-rounders available, though.

Jazz

  • The Jazz’s interest in Collins is “legitimate,” Fischer reported, citing sources. As we relayed here, forward Lauri Markkanen and guard Jordan Clarkson are considered off-limits in trade talks.
  • The Hawks inquired about Markkanen already, and were already shot down by the Jazz, per Fischer.
  • The Jazz have been looking to move small forward Rudy Gay, who is having only a small impact with a career-low in minutes. Several Eastern Conference contenders are interested, sources told Hoops Wire.

Rockets

  • While the Rockets have no interest in landing Suns small forward Jae Crowder, they could help the Suns facilitate a deal, per Fischer.
  • The Suns have an interest in Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr., as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. A trade theoretically could move Martin to the Suns, Crowder elsewhere, and the Rockets serving as a third team.
  • Sources have told Hoops Wire the Rockets would be seeking a younger player and/or a pick in any trade.

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