The NBA Trade Deadline is tomorrow, setting the stage for a flurry of moves coming in the next 36 hours. However, we've seen several teams change their deadline plans over the past few days. The Los Angeles Lakers no longer plan to be sellers now that they're recalibrating their focus to 2019 free agency, and two other teams - the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks - have changed course overnight. Here's the latest on those teams and more in today's NBA Trade Rumors Roundup:
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Knicks plan to sell at deadline following Kristaps Porzingis injury
Star Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in New York's 103-89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, and that has the Knicks looking to sell at the deadline, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
His injury will have a ripple effect for New York. Before Porzingis went down, the Knicks remained hopeful of making a playoff run and planned to operate at the deadline with intentions of remaining competitive. With Porzingis hurt, the Knicks (23-32) probably will recalibrate those plans and look to play young players such as Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke more often in the final 27 games.
The Knicks are expected to explore trading both point guard Jarrett Jack and center Kyle O'Quinn. O'Quinn has received interest from the Golden State Warriors, but it's unclear if talks between the two sides are still ongoing.
Jack is averaging 7.7 points and 6.1 assists per game, while O'Quinn is averaging 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Clippers don't plan to trade Lou Williams, working on extension
UPDATE: Lou Williams has signed a three-year extension with the Clippers
On the flip side, the Clippers were planning to be major sellers at the deadline, and while they're still expected to deal center DeAndre Jordan, they appear to have taken Lou Williams off the trade block and are working on an extension for him, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.
Story with @WindhorstESPN filed to ESPN: Extension discussions between guard Lou Williams and the Clippers have gathered significant momentum and a new contract is within reach before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2018
Williams is averaging a career-high 23.3 points and 5.3 assists per game this season.
76ers looking for bench help
Williams being taken off the block is bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers, who now have one less option as they try to upgrade their bench before the trade deadline, which head coach Brett Brown said they're trying to do to help them make the postseason.
"I go to me first: how do I help my bench score? How do I help my bench score?" Brown said. "What I’m always trying to challenge myself with is how do you help your bench? How do you help us score more? I think the interest of shooting some more threes interests me. It’d be great if we could make some of those. I feel like perimeter shooting, me helping my bench score, those types of things come to my mind."
Philadelphia's bench is currently the fifth-worst in the league in terms of offensive production, averaging 27.2 points per game. They are targeting Tyreke Evans, Avery Bradley, and Marco Belinelli.Back to the NBA Newsfeed