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. 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.
5 Almost Trades That Didn’t Happen
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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?