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NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:39 am
A one-stop shop for all of Wednesday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by Ben Golliver.  trade-deadline

Tuesday saw only a few minor deals, but Wednesday is already off to a fast start. 

Here's a compilation of various trade rumors that hit on Wednesday.

(Latest Buzz)

(Afternoon Buzz)

  • Ken Berger of reports : "Cleveland and Portland had been in discussions with Charlotte for Gerald Wallace, whom sources say is headed to the Blazers. Package for Wallace believed to be centered around Andre Miller. Marcus Camby was discussed, but he might retire rather than report to Char. Other sources indicate the Wallace deal would be Przybilla, a pick and cash for Wallace. If true, Bobcats punting."
  • reports : "Sources close to the situation confirm ... Trail Blazers to land Gerald Wallace from Charlotte" but that the teams are "still working on player details."
  • A source close to the situation tells that as of 4:30 PM Eastern there is still "nothing to confirm" regarding a potential Portland Trail Blazers trade for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace.
  • The Oregonian reports that center Joel Przybilla "hasn't heard anything about a trade to Charlotte" and expects to start Wednesday night when the Blazers face the Lakers. The paper also report's that Przybilla "said he spoke with agent Bill Duffy last night and Duffy 'didn't seem too concerned' that he would be moved."
  • reports that the Cavaliers may be out of the picture for Wallace. "I'm told Cavs-Bobcats talks about Wallace are dead. Wallace didn't want to be in Cleveland anyway. Portland talks real serious."

(Lunch Buzz)
  • reports that the Utah Jazz continue to field plenty of offers but that they are not necessarily anxious to make a move. "Today I've spoken with several GMs who put in calls to the Jazz within minutes of hearing about the Williams trade.  Who are they after? In particular, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko are coveted. The Jazz won't just give either player away. They don't think Derrick Favors is ready to play heavy minutes at the 4, and they want to bring him along slowly."
  • Yahoo! Sports reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "pushing hard and getting closer to completing a deal" for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace but that Wallace has other suitors in the Eastern Conference. The site notes that the Cleveland Cavaliers have also expressed interest in Wallace recently. Meanwhile, 
  • reports : "The Cavs and Bobcats have talked about Gerald Wallace, sources say, but haven't made significant progress."
  • The Associated Press reports : "Cavs and Bobcats have had on/off talks about Gerald Wallace. Told 'Cats hesitant to deal Wallace unless they can get lots back."
  • reports : "Just got off the phone with an NBA source who says his team believes the Wallace-to-Portland deal is "done." Supposedly, Batum not involved in the proposed Wallace trade."
  • The Washington Post reports that it could be a quiet deadline for the Wizards, as they don't want to take back salary or part with any of their young pieces.

(Morning Buzz)
  • Ken Berger of with much more on the deal . "The Nets have agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and two first-round picks in a three-team trade that also sends Troy Murphy to Golden State, sources confirmed to  In a swift and astonishing comeback from their failed pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, New Jersey also will get Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright from Golden State, which will buy out Murphy, sources said. Murphy is considering signing with Boston, Miami or Orlando once his buyout is complete." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Utah Jazz are fielding offers for their big men after acquiring Favors in the trade. "Jazz phones "blowing up" with calls about Millsap, Jefferson, source says. Teams trying to see if they can get either on the cheap. With about 24 hours till the deadline Utah suddenly is ripe with assets. Jefferson/Millsap/Okur, picks and Kirilenko's $17.8 mill exp deal."
  • The Oregonian reports that, after many calls, the Blazers "appear to be shifting toward standing pat at the trading deadline after several flirtations with teams ran into dead ends." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Blazers have been "pushing Greg Oden in trade talks" but that "Oden's injury history, predictably, has GM's reluctant."
  • reports  that the Portland Trail Blazers have been "quietly shopping Greg Oden" and that New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris "was their top target and now he's off the table. Not sure where they turn."
  • reports that the Charlotte Bobcats "seem intent on moving" forward Gerald Wallace and have had talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs could absorb Wallace into their trade exception.
  • Sam Amick reports  that the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are "in discussions that would send Nate Robinson to the Warriors." He reports that the deal is "not done yet though." Update: Amick now reports : "Source says Nate Robinson will not be coming to the Warriors. Never discovered the other pieces, but that deal w/ Boston is not going down." So there you have it.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:56 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

the Cavs are in trade talks with......lmao wow is that funny

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:31 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

If you've got a star, but can't get over the hump and want to start rebuilding, now would be the time to deal him.

The Jazz just received a star PG to replace their star PG, but also 2 lottery picks (Favors +1 nets pick) and an additional first rounder. Kirilenko is very valuable, and they could get something for him if they wanted.

Teams are just desperate for stars now, that they'll just give up their future. Or maybe it's just NY/NJ.

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:18 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Murphy is going to the magic once bought out because of his relationship with Otis Smith.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:27 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Wow, I'd have to say good trade for both teams....Williams was never going to stay in Utah.  In return they received another starting PG (though not as talented) a project in Favors and 2 picks for the future!! The Nets FINALLY get a STAR they've been coveting.  I wouldn't say it's a rivalry yet, but the pieces are in motion.

I hope Troy Murphy DOESN'T sign with the Heat.....Go to the CELTICS please!!!!??

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:49 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Horrible trade for golden state...why make this move and then release Murphy? Wright will be a star in Jersey with Deron williams passing to him. great trade for jersey and utah..... bad trade for the warriors but what do you expect from a bunch of wanna be's

 I wonder if jerry sloan comes back to coach the jazz now?

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:45 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Super Sweet deal for Utah. Draft selections and two quality players for a player that wanted out of Utah in a bad way.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:10 pm

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

Considering he's going to get paid in the buyout, and the Heat's need for a rebounder, it seems like Miami would be a good fit for Troy Murphy to sign.  He's no center, obviously, but he's a genuine power forward that would immediately upgrade their rebounding.

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