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Ben Simmons suspended, fined leading to more NBA trade rumors
The three-time All-Star reported to the Philadelphia 76ers on October 11 after an off-season that included him requesting a trade. In turn, Philadelphia has opted to suspend Simmons for one game while fining him a healthy $1.4 million for missing preseason action.
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There’s certainly a watered-down market for the point guard’s services. But given the action of the Sixers’ brass and Joel Embiid’s take on his teammate, we wouldn’t be surprised if Simmons is moved here soon. It’s something to keep an eye on during the early part of the 2021-22 regular season.
Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns at an impasse
Following a brilliant performance in the NBA Playoffs a season ago, it seemed like this former No. 1 pick was on the verge of receiving a max extension worth $172.5 million over five seasons. However, that did not happen ahead of the October 18 deadline.
Ayton will now be a restricted free agent next summer. He averaged 15.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during the 2021 NBA Playoffs. If the stud young center continues to improve, there’s a good chance he’ll get a max-contract offer in free agency. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if Ayton requested a trade should Phoenix match said offer.
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Brooklyn Nets open to moving Kyrie Irving
On the heels of Nets general manager Sean Marks indicating that Irving will not play this season until he’s vaccinated comes a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic indicating that the Nets are open to moving the star guard.
Whether anything happens on this front remains to be seen. Irving’s camp has threatened retirement if he’s traded. In turn, his trade value is seen as non-existent around the league. Remember, local New York City pandemic mandates requires that individuals who attend larger-scale indoor events must show proof of vaccination. That started this entire drama between Irving and his Nets.
Bradley Beal “not in rush” to sign extension with Washington Wizards
Remember when rumors persisted coming out of D.C. that star guard Bradley Beal could be traded? That seems like eons ago. Instead, Washington moved off Russell Westbrook this past summer and is building around the high-scoring two-guard.
With the 28-year-old Beal able to opt out of his contract following the 2021-22 season, he could very well be the price of the 2022 NBA free-agent class. In talking about his contract, the All-Star indicated he’s not in a hurry to get anything done.
“My biggest thing is getting us off going to a good start,” Beal said recently. “We worry about the contract money and all that later. I’ll let them deal with it when the time comes, for sure. I got all year to sign, too. So I’m not in a rush.”
In no way does this mean we’re going to continue hearing Beal trade rumors. But it is vital that the new-look Wizards remain in playoff contention leading into the NBA trade deadline. If not, they might be forced to trade the 2019-20 NBA scoring champion.
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Cleveland Cavaliers deem only two players as untouchable
Another team that has been linked to Simmons in potential trade talks is a downtrodden Cavaliers squad with a ton of young talent. According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, there’s only two players who are even considered close to untouchable. That comes in the form of third-year guard Darius Garland and rookie No. 3 pick Evan Mobley.
This means that the Cavs could be open to potentially moving high-scoring guard Collin Sexton and 2020 top-10 pick Isaac Okoro. Depending on the timing, there’s also a possibility that the recently re-signed Jarrett Allen could be had.
Portland Trail Blazers will “never be receptive” to trading Damian Lillard
After a summer filled with NBA trade rumors surrounding Dame, the star point guard is set to return to the Pacific Northwest for a 10th season. Lillard pushed back against reports he was considering requesting a trade from the organization. In talking with reporters during media day on Monday, embattled general manager Neil Olshey indicated that trading Dame will never be in the cards.
That’s all fine and dandy. But it might be out of the Blazers’ hands if they continue to remain irrelevant in the Western Conference championship race. Lillard has three more years remaining on his contract with a player option for 2024-25.
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Denver Nuggets expensive summer
Two weeks after signing forward Aaron Gordon to a four-year, $88.2 million extension, Denver’s ownership group has doled out even more cash. This time, it comes in the form of the Nuggets signing youngster Michael Porter Jr. to a five-year max contract that could be worth up to $207 million.
This is a whole lot of cheese, and it tells us a story of a Nuggets organization hellbent on championship contention. If you add in the deals for Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, Denver has $600 million tied up to four players.
Minnesota Timberwolves drama and front office shake up
Immediately ahead of the start of training camp, Minnesota fired president and front office head Gersson Rosas. This was an absolute shocker to those around the NBA world. Since then, reports have come out indicating that he created a “toxic culture” within the organization.
The move comes with Alex Rodriguez set to take over as majority owner within the matter of a year or so. It also comes with Minnesota being linked to the aforementioned Ben Simmons in NBA trade rumors. It’s not yet known what this move means for the Wolves moving forward. Could Simmons now be a part of trade talks with D’Angelo Russell being linked to the 76ers? Time will tell on that front.
Dallas Mavericks continue to eye Goran Dragic
It remains to be seen how long this veteran point guard will be in Toronto after being a part of the Kyle Lowry blockbuster trade with the Miami Heat this past summer. Initially, reports suggested that he’d be flipped to Dallas in a separate trade. That might no longer be the case. Rather, the Mavericks could opt to wait and see if Dragic is bought out by the Raptors and sign him on the cheap. Dallas has added Sterling Brown, Reggie Bullock and Moses Brown to the mix this summer. It needs a veteran point guard.
Atlanta Hawks open to trading Cam Reddish
Just a couple years after selecting Reddish with the 10th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Hawks are looking to move off the young wing. According to multiple media reports, Atlanta is open to trading Reddish for what would likely be a non-lottery selection in a future draft.
Reddish, 21, still offers a tremendous amount of upside for interested teams despite missing all but 26 games this past season to injury. The Duke product is averaging 10.7 points and 3.8 rebounds on 38% shooting from the field during his two-year career.