The NBA season is churning right along as we approach the new year, and as such, the trade market is starting to heat up. On the court, the Houston Rockets had their 14-game win streak ended by the Los Angeles Lakers last night despite 51 points from James Harden. Here are all the latest news & rumors you need to know:
Cavs interested in DeAndre Jordan trade
The Los Angeles Clippers have been listening to offers for All-Star center DeAndre Jordan as they contemplate a rebuild given their struggles so far this season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are showing interest in a possible trade, according to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are closely monitoring the DeAndre Jordan situation and quietly exploring the possibility of trading for the Los Angeles Clippers center, league sources told Amico Hoops on Wednesday.
Nothing is imminent and the Cavs have not yet been aggressive in a pursuit of Jordan, sources said, with one saying they are simply “sniffing around” the idea of a Jordan trade.
The Cavs have a great trade asset in the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick this year, and while it doesn't look like that pick will be as valuable as we thought at the start of the season, it will still be a top-five or top-10 selection that would be extremely valuable for LA.
Jordan is averaging 11.1 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.
Thunder are not looking to trade Paul George
With Paul George set to be a free agent after the season, some expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to look into trading him before the deadline given the way their Big 3 has largely underperformed this season. However, OKC has no plans to deal him, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
Around the league, executives believe the Thunder did not acquire star Paul George only to turn around and trade him. Thus, expect the Thunder to beat the bushes for another shooter who can help create space and, possibly, an additional defender. Depth is still a big issue, and that can be addressed.
Oklahoma City's 107-79 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday pushed their record to 16-15, marking the first time they have been over .500 since they were 4-3.
George is averaging 19.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists so far this season.
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Enes Kanter facing jail time?
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter is reportedly facing over four years in prison in his native Turkey for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter, according to Turkey's state-run news agency Andalou Agency.
Anadolu Agency says an indictment prepared by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office accuses the New York Knicks player of insulting the president in a series of tweets he posted in May and June 2016.
Kanter, who is in the United States, would be tried in absentia.
Kanter, who grew up in Turkey, is a vocal supporter of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for last year's failed military coup.
The Turkish government issued an arrest warrant for Kanter because of those tweets in May.
Kanter is averaging 13.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in his first season with New York.Back to the NBA Newsfeed