West Rumors: Spurs, Keldon Johnson, Bol Bol, Lakers, Warriors


Small forward Keldon Johnson could be among the players who become available ahead of the February trade deadline, suggested Marc J. Spears of ESPN/Andscape.Keldon Johnson

“You know who I got my eye on with the Spurs? Keldon Johnson, I keep hearing this buzz about,” Spears said on The Hoop Collective podcast. “Not sure if he fits in well with this group going forward and should he be coming off the bench.”

  • San Antonio may have interest in Suns center Bol Bol, who is believed to be available, sources told Hoops Wire. Bol is among the players who become eligible to be traded on Friday, Dec. 15. The idea of Bol backing up and occasionally playing alongside Victor Wembanyama is indeed an intriguing one.


  • The Lakers may have interest in available Bulls guard Zach LaVine and it appears the feeling is mutual, as we relayed here. But sources told Hoops Wire that LA is feeling far from desperate to make a trade.
  • It seems the plan for now is to see how things play out between now and the February trade deadline, as Anthony Davis is having an amazing stretch and the Lakers have been (mostly) winning. They can reassess in two months and identify any needs then.
  • Word is, the Bulls would seek either guard Austin Reaves or D’Angelo Russell as part of the return in any trade with the Lakers involving LaVine. Both also signed over the summer and are eligible to be dealt. But the Bulls are believed to be seeking a massive return for LaVine and the Lakers don’t want to move Reaves or Russell at the moment.
  • Translation: Getting LaVine to Los Angeles won’t be easy, and sources believe he’s more likely to end up elsewhere. As we’ve reported here already, the Hornets and Jazz are also said to be monitoring the LaVine situation.


  • The Warriors have no intention of exploring trades involving forward Draymond Green despite his second suspension of the season, sources said. But that could change between now and the deadline on Feb. 8, some sources added.
  • A lot could be based on whether the Warriors receiving a blessing from star guard Stephen Curry on a Green trade, sources said. Curry is increasingly growing frustrated with Green’s over-the-top reactions that have led to the suspensions, sources said.
  • With the Warriors seemingly going nowhere even when Green is on the court, it is indeed time for the Warriors to move on, our Gary Sheffield Jr. writes.
  • I also wrote a post that the Warriors ought to consider exploring trades for both Green and shooting guard Klay Thompson. You can check it out here.

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