NBA Free Agency has officially been underway for over two weeks, yet it feels like it's already over. Nearly all of the big names have already signed new deals, and as such, many teams are exploring trade possibilities for players that are on the block. Here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Celtics still listening to offers for Jae Crowder
The Boston Celtics had placed Jae Crowder on the trade block earlier this offseason when they were trying to trade for a superstar, namely Paul George, but after signing Gordon Hayward, they stopped actively shopping him. However, that doesn't mean they aren't listening to offers, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
I don’t think they’re unwilling to listen to offers (for Jae Crowder). They listened to them on draft night. There were a lot of discussions being had during draft week about potentially moving Jae Crowder. I don’t think it ever came close.
Crowder, one of the best defenders in the league, averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.
Bucks trying to trade Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe picked up his $17.8 million player option with the Milwaukee Bucks for next season, but the team is still trying to trade him, according to Woelfel's Press Box:
While Monroe was in an upbeat mood on Friday and seemed genuinely pleased to be back with the Bucks, he knows he is still the subject of considerable trade conjecture.
Some NBA officials said Milwaukee is still clearly receptive to moving Monroe.
“I’d like to stay but that’s up to them,’’ said Monroe, referring to the Bucks’ front office.
The Bucks have tried and failed to find a trade partner for Monroe for over a year, and that's unlikely anything will change this time around considering his contract. He averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game off the bench last season.
Knicks interested in Brandon Knight
The New York Knicks have paused negotiating a Carmelo Anthony trade with the Houston Rockets to talk about him returning to the team, but they have been discussing a possible deal with the Phoenix Suns centered around Brandon Knight, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
As the Knicks continue to look for a point guard this offseason, Brandon Knight is one name that came up in conversation with Phoenix recently, per league sources. The Knicks also talked to Phoenix about Eric Bledsoe, league sources confirmed. The Knicks' level of interest in Knight is unclear but it's reasonable to assume his name came up in talks surrounding Carmelo Anthony since his salary (roughly $44 million over the next three seasons) would be useful in such a transaction. The Knicks are searching for a veteran point guard to play in front of Frank Ntilikina and, outside of Anthony, the Knicks have also received interest in trade talks on Courtney Lee and Kyle O'Quinn, per sources.
New York was previously targeting Eric Bledsoe, but the Suns prefer to move Knight and have steered conversations in that direction. Knight averaged 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game off the bench last season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed