NBA Rumor Round Up For Friday, February 5:
Detroit Pistons: There was an item on Thursday regarding the possibility of the Pistons trading point guard Brandon Jennings to the Brooklyn Nets, which would bring back forward Thaddeus Young. Stan Van Gundy spoke to the media after the item was posted and he laughed at the report. "I read it. I thought it was funny," Van Gundy told MLive.com. "I read some stuff. I don't read everything. I don't really read much of what you write about us, but I read all the rumor stuff nationally. Not everyday -- I don't have time -- but I'll go on and I'll look. It's always funny." ... Jennings is set to become a free agent on July 1, while Young is signed through 2017-18 and he can extend his deal until 2018-19 if he picks up his player option for that season. ... Recently Van Gundy has mentioned the possibility that the Pistons won't do a major deal -- trade or free agent signing -- until July. "There are a lot of things that would fit financially," Van Gundy said. "I could just go through the salary book and find a lot of things that just fits. Of course, we would have to be looking to trade Brandon and second, we'd have to have discussions with another team, I would think." ... In injury news, shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been diagnosed with a "core muscle strain" after slipping on a wet spot during Wednesday's game in Boston. Caldwell-Pope will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
Milwaukee Bucks: The team is struggling this season and will likely not make the 2016 playoffs. So, will GM John Hammond shake up the roster by the Feb. 18 trade deadline? Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times writes: "Based on conversations with several NBA execs from both the Eastern and Western conferences, the Bucks are more than receptive to playing 'Let’s Make a Deal.' And that includes possibly moving Michael Carter-Williams. A much bigger surprise is the Bucks have made known that center Greg Monroe is available at the right price, according to some NBA officials." ... Carter-Williams is signed through 2016-17, while Monroe is in year one of his three-year, $51.4 million contract. Monroe can become a free agent in 2017 if he declines his 2017-18 player option. ... “From what I’m hearing they are willing to trade anybody not named Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Khris Middleton," an NBA executive told Woelfel. “I even heard they’d listen (to offers) for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer. They want to do something; they know they have to do something. That group they have isn’t working." ... In injury news, guard O.J. Mayo has missed 10 out of the last 11 games due to his left hamstring injury and Thursday head coach Jason Kidd updated his status. "O.J. participated in the full practice and he did a lot of good things," Kidd told the Journal Sentinel. "We have two games next week and then we're into the break. We don't want to put him in a stressful situation where he's not ready or he could be out longer."
Phoenix Suns: There was an item earlier this week linking P.J. Tucker and the Toronto Raptors. When asked about a possible trade, Tucker said he prefers to stay with the Suns. “It would suck; I’m not going to lie,” Tucker told ArizonaSports.com. “I was here when (the team) was down and we came up and now having a tough year this year, so kind of seeing it full circle and not obtain the goal of making the playoffs since I’ve been here, so that wouldn’t be at the top of my list of things that I like." ... Tucker is signed through 2016-17, although only $1.5 million of $5.3 million is currently guaranteed for next season. The Suns will likely keep Tucker past June 30, which is the guarantee date. ... The Suns are very active talking to teams and Markieff Morris is the likeliest to be moved by Feb. 18. ... In other news, the Suns are going to sign Orlando Johnson to a 10-day contract, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Johnson has been playing in the D-League with the Austin Spurs and he's averaging 15.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Boston Celtics: The Celtics own the Brooklyn Nets' 2016 first round pick and it could be had if a team is willing to match Boston's asking price. "There’s obviously a lot that I don’t want to touch, more than others," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told WEEI 98.5 the Sports Hub, per ESPNBoston.com. "Realistically, until we get to a point where we’re competing for a championship, we can’t have a mentality that we won’t listen to every conversation and every idea." ... The Celtics could wind up owning eight picks in the 2016 NBA draft.
Denver Nuggets: Backup point guard Jameer Nelson has been dealing with a sprained left wrist for a while and he's hoping to return soon, although he may sit until the All-Star break is over. "I'm just waiting on some things to get resolved to see what's next, what's best for it and how we approach the next step," Nelson told The Denver Post. "I'm always going to be honest with Coach, the organization and the training staff. I just told them I was hurting."
San Antonio Spurs: Guard Manu Ginobili will be sidelined for at least four weeks following testicular surgery on Thursday. Ginobili was hurt during Wednesday's game against New Orleans. “It wasn’t my best day, but the surgery went well. Almost ready to go back home and start the recovery process. Thanks!,” Ginobili tweeted on Thursday night. ... With Ginobili unavailable, rookie Jonathon Simmons will probably see his minutes increase. ... In other injury news, Tim Duncan (sore right knee) will miss his sixth consecutive game on Friday. There is a chance Duncan won't play again until after the All-Star break.
NBA: Some followers of the NBA don't like when teams intentionally foul, first named 'Hack-A-Shaq', poor free throw shooters and they could be getting some relief soon. “I’m increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY. “Even for those who had not wanted to make the change, we’re being forced to that position just based on these sophisticated coaches understandably using every tactic available to them. It’s just not the way we want to see the game played."