Latest Trade Chatter: Tuesday, Feb. 22

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  • Jason Quick, The Oregonian: The Trail Blazers have engaged in trade talks with New Jersey about a deal that would send Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla to the Nets for point guard Devin Harris and power forward Troy Murphy. A third player from Portland, or a third team, would have to be included to make the deal work financially. Harris and Murphy make a combined $21 million while Miller and Przybilla make a combined $14.6 million. ‘It’s real, but it’s not done,’ a person with knowledge of the talks said Monday evening. … According to reports at Yahoo! Sports, the Nets are involved in several trade scenarios, and the deal with the Blazers is not at the top of the Nets’ list.
  • David Aldridge, Denver is now likely to move forward Al Harrington, whom it signed to a five-year, $33 million free agent deal last summer. The Nuggets may also move Nene, who’s likely to receive significant free agent offers next summer. The Rockets, looking for a long-term replacement for Yao Ming, are one potential landing place for Nene.
  • Marc Stein, The Denver Nuggets, according to sources close to the situation, are already pitching a contract extension to Nene. It had been widely assumed around the league that Denver’s center would shoot to the front of the trade line as soon as a Carmelo Anthony deal finally got done … and assuming there was enough time before the deadline for the Nuggets to work on follow-up deals. But teams that have been calling for Nene — and I’m told that more than half the league has rung Denver in recent weeks to register interest in the Brazilian big man — are gradually being informed that a key element of the Nuggets’ post-Melo plan is trying to convince Nene to stay. Although his love for the city is unquestioned, Nene has the right to opt out of his contract at season’s end and is poised to walk away from the $11.6 million he’s scheduled to make in 2011-12 to become a free agent. One source briefed on the state of negotiations told on Monday night not to completely rule out a trade, but confirmed that A) Denver’s immediate intent now that six-plus months of Melo-induced limbo is over is to try to reach terms with Nene on an extension before the June 30 deadline and B) a trade closer to the draft is the more likely escape route for Nene if talks don’t go anywhere.

  • Doug Smith, Toronto Star: [Raptors GM Bryan] Colangelo said that, between now and Thursday afternoon’s deadline, he’s willing to part with one of the two first-round picks the Raptors have in June’s draft. … But fans looking for some major transaction to boost the sagging fortunes of the 15-41 team may end the week disappointed because there hasn’t been a lot of movement in any trade discussions. “We are having discussions with several teams, but mostly for smaller type deals that don’t compromise our plan of acquiring future assets or creating more flexibility,” said Colangelo. The Raptors don’t have a lot to offer. Satisfied with the young group he’s put together, Colangelo only has a couple of veterans with expiring contracts who would likely attract any significant interest. But Reggie Evans and Leandro Barbosa are just returning, or are about to return, from injuries and it’s hard to imagine getting much more than low draft picks or players with longer-term contracts in return. DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless are seen as integral parts of the franchise’s future and it would have to be a blockbuster for Colangelo to surrender any of them.
  • Michael Cunningham, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It seems Hawks GM Rick Sund has cast a wide net in the team’s search for a bona fide point guard. In addition to Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions, the Hawks also have inquired about New Jersey’s Devin Harris. Those discussions could pick up now that Harris won’t be going to Denver as part of a deal for ‘Melo, who was traded to the Knicks tonight. … It’s not clear whom the Hawks would offer for Harris. Jamal Crawford seems to be the obvious candidate because his expiring $10.1 million contract would allow the Nets to carve out even more cap space for next season — they have just $37 million in committed salaries. Also, the Nets are said to be one of the teams interested in signing Crawford if he becomes a free agent this summer. But so far there’s been no indication that Sund is looking to move Crawford.
  • Al Iannazzone, The Record via Twitter: On [Devin] Harris, the Nets privately feel his level of play and commitment to the team have dropped b/c of all the trade talk. … Nets working on multiple scenarios involving Harris and [Troy] Murphy. They’re the only big names going anywhere at this point.
  • Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle: Frustrated about his lack of playing time, guard/forward Terrence Williams said he hoped the upcoming trade deadline will get him off the Rockets’ bench. He said he would prefer to play for the Rockets but hopes to be somewhere he can play by the end of the week.
  • Julian Benbow, Boston Globe: The trade deadline is Thursday and the Celtics are working the phones trying to put a deal together to fill the void left by Marquis Daniels, who has been sidelined since Feb. 6 with a bruised spinal cord and likely could miss the rest of the season. … The Celtics have expressed interest in Pistons shooter Richard Hamilton, and reported they talked to the Cavaliers about Anthony Parker. Rockets forward Shane Battier also could be on their radar. But the only players who could entice other teams — Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis, who are both in contract years — are practically immovable as starting center and sixth man. Lacking a legitimate reserve small forward to spell Paul Pierce, the Celtics are in a position where they have to make a move.
  • Mike McGrawy, Daily Herald: The Bulls will proceed with caution, for several reasons. They’re already getting a trade-deadline addition when center Joakim Noah returns this week from a right thumb injury. They also don’t want to mess with a strong team chemistry and are willing to part with few assets in a trade. At the same time, the Bulls realize the window of opportunity is open. Boston is old, Miami’s chemistry is unproven, and Orlando took a step back with a retooled lineup. Are the Bulls one smart move away from reaching the NBA Finals this season? Hard to say, but a significant Bulls move is a longshot. … Denver may now be ready to unload dynamic, but erratic, shooting guard J.R. Smith. In a trade, the Bulls would have to send a player or two back in order to match Smith’s $6 million salary. Smith is a talent, but adding a potentially volatile personality to the locker room at midseason would be a challenge they may not want to accept. The most likely move for the Bulls would be to add a player who accepts a buyout from his current team before March 1. The options will be limited, though.
  • Mary Schmitt Boyer, Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Cavs have been working the phones, but are not interested in a quick fix — not that there’s even one available. Rather, they hope to acquire help and build for the future. Yes, there have been calls about Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions, among others. But the Cavs are seeking either unprotected No. 1 draft choices or size, like Chicago’s Omer Asik or Boston’s Semih Erden, and teams are reluctant to give up either. So it’s entirely possible the trading deadline will pass without the team making a move or using the trade exception. It’s not the end of the world. It would be much worse to make a bad deal just for the sake of doing something, especially when the team has worked so hard to create the flexibility it has with its existing contracts.
  • Published On 8:51am, Feb 22, 2011
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