Spinning the #NBA Wheel of Justice

 Look at All These Rumors….

The 2016 NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Last year, Goran Dragic lit a fuse that caused the 2015 trade deadline to deliver what was one of the busiest deadline days the NBA’s ever seen. The end result was 11 completed trades, many of which came right at the 3 p.m. deadline, and a stunning 37 different players changing teams on that day alone. That doesn’t even count the deals that went down prior to the deadline, including Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and Jeff Green to the Grizzlies.

This year, the trade deadline is unlikely to be as busy. Teams everywhere are gearing up for the unprecedented salary cap jump that will reach $89 million this summer, giving every team cap space and setting the stage for massive contracts to be thrown around at an admittedly top-heavy class of free agents.

However, the NBA always finds ways to one-up itself. Here are all the important trades and rumors that have happened this season.


Feb. 16: Charlotte acquires Courtney Lee from Memphis for P.J. Hairston, second-round picks

Feb. 16: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova

Nov. 10: Miami trades Mario Chalmers and James Ennis to Memphis for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes

Jan. 22: The Clippers trade Josh Smith back to Houston


Feb. 17: The Kings are interested in Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha.

Feb. 16: The Pelicans and Bucks have gone back and forth on a Greg Monroe deal.

Feb. 16: The Clippers are close to acquiring the Magic’s Channing Frye.

Feb. 16: Doc Rivers attempts to put the rumors to rest, says the Clippers aren’t trading Blake Griffin.

Feb. 16: Wolves have “no ongoing talks” involving Ricky Rubio

Feb. 16: Hornets, Rockets talking Dwight Howard trade, but deal looks unlikely

Feb: 16: Bucks seem ready to move on from Michael Carter-Williams, who they acquire at last year’s trade deadline.

Feb. 16: Pistons are one of many teams with interest in Ryan Andersonand they may be willing to give up a first-round pick to get him.

Feb. 16: Bulls have pitched Raptors on a deal involving Taj Gibson and Patrick Patterson.

Feb. 16: Jazz have had discussions about trading Trey Burke.

Feb. 16: Suns are seeking a young player and first-round pick for Markieff Morris.

Feb. 15: Al Horford may be available, but only for a steep price.

Feb. 15: Cavaliers are willing to part with Iman Shumpert.

Feb. 15: Ben McLemore is working with the Kings to find a new home via trade, possibly with the Cavaliers.

Feb. 15: Knicks selling other teams on Jose Calderon’s leadership abilities

Feb. 15: Nuggets turned down Clippers’ blockbuster offer for Blake Griffin.

Feb. 15: Dwight Howard for Hassan Whiteside deal being discussed, but it’s not feasible.

Feb. 15: Clippers are actively trying to trade Blake Griffin after all

Feb. 15: Cavaliers pursuing Kosta Koufos from Kings

Feb. 15: Ricky Rubio is “readily available,” but an actual trade seems unlikely.

Feb. 13: Carmelo Anthony shoots down wild three-way rumor involving Cavaliers, Celtics, Kevin Love

Feb. 11: Rockets “actively” trying to trade Dwight Howard

Source: Every important 2016 NBA trade rumor in one place

5 Almost Trades That Didn’t Happen


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The Houston Rockets had one major asset in the 1990s – Hakeem Olajuwon. When his agent went public to say that the superstar wasn’t happy with contract negotiations, the first to pick up the phone multiple times was the Miami Heat. At one point Glen Rice and Steve Smith were offered for Olajuwon, but it never came to be.

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The most dominant player of the early 1970s was almost used in a spectacular switch from his beloved Lakers to the Chicago Bulls on the whim of owners Jack Kent Cooke and Arthur Wirtz. LA man Cooke owned both the NBA and NHL franchise which would have involved NHL star Bobby Hull as well – with the upstart ABA and WHA competitions trying to lure the best hockey and basketball talent with higher salaries. The idea was for Chamberlain to help the ailing Bulls and for Hull to come to the Kings. Didn’t happen of course.


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Some trades get complicated – starting a domino effect where one man packs his bags, only to start an avalanche of people in transit. In 2011 Chris Paul was heading to LA with Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin going to New Orleans. The strange trade also would have seen Pau Gasol go to the Rockets. Team owners got their backs up and it fell through.


Photo by Mike Powell/Getty ImagesThe mid 1980s was a great time to be a Lakers player. So the potential double trade off between them and the Dallas Mavericks in 1986 which would have seen Byron Scott and James Worthy go one way, with Mark Aguirre and Roy Tarpley go to California, could have changed the complexion of the NBA in that period.


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Of all the trades that could and should have happened – the Houston Rockets passing of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft has to be up there. They had the number 1 pick and if they sent 1983 Rookie of the Year Ralph Sampson to the Trailblazers, the door was open to snatch Jordan.

Source: 10 More Amazing NBA Trades That Almost Happened

Duke at North Carolina – 9 p.m.(EST) ESPN

Not a lot of fire burning in this rivalry like years’ past, but those pesky devils are coming off their best win (eye-roll) of the season.  The Tar-Heels are coming off of two losses, a super win against BC (winless in ACC, eye-roll), and a win against Pitt.  Sure the Heels have Marcus Paige but does anyone care about the Tar Heels anymore?