West Rumors: Suns, Warriors, Chris Paul, Pelicans


As we relayed here, the Suns are on the lookout for an athletic wing, as reported by Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report/TNT.

“A lot of people will point to a point guard, but in talking with the Suns they believe that with Devin BookerKevin Durant and Bradley Beal, they feel like they need the ball in their hands. They feel like they don’t need another point guard that’s going to take the ball away [from their stars],” Haynes reported from the sideline during the Suns-Lakers game on Thursday.

  • Of course, as we also relayed, in-game analyst Reggie Miller said the Suns actually need a point guard.
  • Haynes added that teams are talking, but most aren’t close to any sort of a deal — yet. “Right now teams are posturing,” he said. “There’s not a whole lot of sellers right now, but I expect things to change over the next week or so. I think things will really get serious.”


  • While the Warriors don’t appear to be dangling a specific player at the moment, they do seem determined to make a trade to save their season. Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Warriors have “poked around” in search of a center — and could use the expiring contract of point guard Chris Paul as bait.
  • Paul has been just fine with the Warriors, but he’s currently injured. And his best days are clearly history.
  • We have more on the Warriors’ search for a big man at this link.
  • Golden State specifically has been linked to Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam, but such a deal would be tricky. We have more here.
  • Guard Moses Moody will be re-evaluated in 10 days after suffering a left calf strain, coach Steve Kerr told reporters. ‘Huge loss,” Kerr said.


The Pelicans may be looking to move point guard Kira Lewis Jr. before the Feb. 8 deadline, per Will Guillory of The Athletic, who called the possibility “inevitable.”

“If so, they’ll probably target a shooter who can help improve their 3-point attack,” Guillory wrote, adding that he expects New Orleans to have an otherwise quiet deadline.

  • The Pelicans have interest in Pistons guard/forward Alec Burks, a league source told Hoops Wire.

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