NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Bogut Open To Being Dealt, Latest On Melo To The Clippers & More

We are less than one month away from the NBA trade deadline, which comes on Feb. 23 at 3:00 pm ET. As such, rumors are running rampant around the league as teams are trying to improve their rosters - or unload veterans for future assets. Check out the latest NBA trade news & rumors below.

Latest on Carmelo Anthony trade
The New York Knicks have contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers about trying to trade Carmelo Anthony, and while the first two immediately shut them down, the Clippers left the door slightly ajar. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks have told the Clippers they are willing to trade Carmelo without getting a star back in return.

The Knicks, according to a source, are open to trading Anthony to Los Angeles even if they don’t get one of the Clippers’ Big 3 in return. That should tell you how eager Jackson is to move Carmelo.

In order for the Clippers to acquire Anthony they would have to trade approximately $27 million in salary to fit Anthony under their cap.

A Clippers deal for Anthony would likely include one or even two players from the group of Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick or Austin Rivers, who is the son of Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Anthony is averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.

Mavs have Bogut on the trade block
The Dallas Mavericks figure to be sellers at the deadline given their lackluster 16-30 record, and center Andrew Bogut seems to be the most likely candidate to be dealt. According to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, Bogut knows his future is uncertain and is open to being traded.

The trade deadline is Feb. 23, and there are bound to be more rumors about Bogut being dealt. But he said after the Mavericks were blitzed by Russell Westbrook's 45 points -- 30 in the second half -- that he's not certain what will happen.

"I have no idea," he said. "I just try to come in and be professional. If something happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I can't really control it.

"My agent said it's probably not going to happen, but I'm not the right guy to ask. The only thing I can tell you is I'm not banging on [Mark] Cuban's door or Donnie's [Nelson] door asking for a trade, contrary to what was [written] last month."

Also, Bogut said he's not opposed to listening to whatever the Mavericks want to talk about when the season is over, if he's still here.

Bogut is averaging 3.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 24 games this season.

Kings will not trade Cousins
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins constantly finds himself in the middle of trade rumors, but as long as owner Vivek Ranadive is in charge, they won't trade Cousins, according to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz.

There is little optimism that Ranadive will voluntarily step back from basketball operations. Though he insists in conversations that Divac has been empowered to make player personnel decisions -- he told one source that the only decisions he has made are trading for Gay and refusing to deal Cousins -- not a single league source for this story outside of Sacramento said that ultimate authority resides anywhere but with Ranadive.

Cousins is averaging 28.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game this season.

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