NBA: Basketcase linked to $44m move after ’worst trade in NBA history; teams eye firesale: Rumour Mill

NBA, With speculations that they are prepared to sell practically every player on their roster, the Utah Jazz might be a major mover at the trade deadline. Despite being one of the NBA’s early surprise packages, veteran writer Marc Stein says that the Jazz is open to trade negotiations on everyone except Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler.

NBA, Basketcase linked to $44m

NBA Basketcase linked to $44m move after ’worst trade in NBA history; teams eye firesale Rumour Mill-1

The Jazz is now eighth in the Western Conference and, despite being in contention for the play-in game, are said to want to continue down the route of a complete rebuild after moving Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert in the off-season. With fewer than three weeks before the trade deadline, clubs considered clear-cut sellers at the deadline remain scarce,” Stein wrote. Yet there is a growing sense across the league that Utah is open to hearing trade offers for anybody on the roster who isn’t named Lauri Markkanen or Walker Kessler.”

NBA Basketcase linked to $44m move after ’worst trade in NBA history; teams eye firesale Rumour Mill-2

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Markkanen is having his greatest NBA season, averaging 24.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 44 games. Meanwhile, Kessler was part of the deal that brought Gobert to the Timberwolves. He has subsequently established himself as a serious NBA big man. The Charlotte Hornets are another club that might be poised to make a move. The Hornets, who are towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, are “willing to take calls” on veterans Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, and Kelly Oubre Jr., according to Stein.

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According to reports, the Miami Heat are interested in Minnesota Timberwolves point guard D’Angelo Russell. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fisher, the Eastern Conference contender might be prepared to trade Russell and his expiring $31.3 million ($44.5 million AUD) deal. After making a significant off-season deal to acquire Rudy Gobert from the Jazz, the Wolves have been one of the greatest disappointments of the NBA season.

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For Gobert, the Wolves handed up Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, and Jarrett Vanderbilt, as well as four first-round selections and a 2026 pick exchange. It was reportedly dubbed the “worst transaction in NBA history” by NBA commentator Bill Simmons. The Wolves seem to be planning another trade in order to free up cap space. Trading Russell now, before he becomes a free agent, allows the Wolves to keep open cap space and hence flexibility on the open market.

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Marc Stein contributed to his article on how a deal with Miami may look. “Trading for Russell, though, would almost probably necessitate the Wolves re-signing Kyle Lowry, who has one more season left on his three-year, $85 million contract with the Heat inked in the summer of 2021,” he wrote, “By all indications, Minnesota is not interested in that kind of deal.”

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