The NBA Trade Deadline is exactly a week away, and as such, we're seeing the trade market heat up - especially following the Blake Griffin trade. Many more deals are expected to take place in the coming days with several contenders looking to strengthen their roster before the playoffs, but there are also quality players figure to be available on the buyout market. Here are all the latest NBA trade rumors you need to know:
Three new teams enter DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes
The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers have been at the forefront of trade discussions for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, but three new teams have entered the race for him, according to Mitch Lawrence of the Sporting News.
Milwaukee, in win-now mode, and Cleveland, always looking to make moves at the deadline to keep LeBron James happy, remain the two favorites, sources say. Sources say Miami, Portland and Orlando recently made inquiries about Jordan as well.
Jordan is averaging 11.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game this season.
Cavs unwilling to part with Brooklyn pick for Jordan
However, while the Cavs really hope to acquire DeAndre Jordan, they won't send the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick to the Clippers as part of the deal, according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer.
I keep hearing the Cavs absolutely won't trade the Brooklyn draft pick that was part of the Irving trade with Boston. That's not true. I've heard from top league sources the Cavs will do it -- but not for a short-term answer such as DeAndre Jordan. That's because Jordan can become a free agent at the end of the season. He has a player option for $24 million next season.
Cleveland is currently in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with a 30-20 record.
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Thunder targeting Avery Bradley
Speaking of the Clippers, they acquired guard Avery Bradley from the Detroit Pistons in the Blake Griffin trade, but there's a chance they could trade him again before the deadline. According to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in acquiring Bradley to replace the injured Andre Roberson.
Sources say the Thunder have expressed interest in Bradley, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday by the Pistons in the blockbuster deal that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit. Ever since that deal took place, there have been rumblings that the Clippers were considering moving on from the 27-year-old guard, who is in the final year of his contract and doesn’t seem likely to fit into their long-term plans.
Bradley, who has not made his debut for the Clippers yet, is averaging 15.0 points per game this season.
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