NBA Trade Rumors: Gerald Green, Robert Covington, Jordan Hill
The NBA trade rumors are ramping up ahead of the mid-February deadline.
Check out the latest buzz below.
The Phoenix Suns spark plug has been rumored to be on the trading block, but the latest update indicates that he’s not.
Sources told Sporting News that there’s “no way” Phoenix will move Green this year.
Green, 28, will be a free agent after this season.
SB added that Green is happy that the team is doing well but is not pleased with his reduced role.
Green started 48 of 82 games last season, averaging 28.4 minutes.
This season, he has only started twice, and his minutes are down to 21.7.
Green has been linked to a few teams, including the Washington Wizards, but nothing definite has arisen as of yet.
The Philadelphia 76ers are getting their young players plenty of minutes, and Covington has been one of the best players for Philly so far this season.
Covington, 24, has attracted several inquiries, reported Real GM.
But Covington is part of the Sixers long-term plans, so Philadelphia has largely rebuffed the offers.
Covington is the team’s best three-point shooter, ranking first in three-pointers per game among second-year players.
Covington signed with the 76ers after being released by the Houston Rockets after last season.
The Los Angeles Lakers center could be an attractive boost to contending teams, with the ability to hit the mid-range jumper and also to perform off pick-and-rolls.
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times noted that Hill wouldn’t be enough for the Lakers to acquire Nik Stauskas, but Hill could still be sent away in any number of deals.
“After suffering through a rough December, Hill has bounced back in a big way in 2015, with averages of 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds over his last eight games. Nonetheless, the Lakers have lost seven of those eight, all but pushing L.A. into the seller’s column ahead of next month’s trade deadline,” noted Bleacher Report.
“As it happens, Hill is one of the few players in purple and gold with any market value of which to speak. The 27-year-old has added a passable pick-and-pop shot to a skill set that, really, had been predicated almost solely on physicality and an impressive nose for the ball as a rebounder.”
Hill’s contract is also attractive, with a $9 million team option for next season. If he doesn’t work out well on another team, if a deal happened, then that team could part ways with him easily.
The Suns are surrounded by lots of rumors, one about backup center Plumlee, who has lost minutes after Brandan Wright was acquired.
ESPN reported that the team is seeking at least a first-round pick for Plumlee, but that has been ridiculed by many.
Grantland, in a piece about takeaways from the D-League showcase, noted that officials around the league don’t think that will happen.
“That was indeed a topic of at least mild interest in Santa Cruz,” it said.
“The Suns want a first-rounder for him, and there is major skepticism about whether any team would meet that price.”