NBA rumors: Raptors offered haul for OG Anunoby; Wizards planning to keep Kyle Kuzma; What’s next for the Lakers?

There’s solely a pair extra weeks till the 2023 NBA commerce deadline on Feb. 9, so after all there’s been no scarcity or rumors to keep our minds churning. We’ve already had one commerce, as the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards in trade for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks on Monday, however it absolutely will not be the final deal as we inch nearer to one in all the busiest days on the league’s calendar.

Let’s take a better take a look at a few of the newest rumors:

Wizards are adamant in not buying and selling Kyle Kuzma

Washington already pulled off a commerce that netted them three second-round picks and Kendrick Nunn in trade for 2019 lottery decide Rui Hachimura, who was despatched to the Lakers. While some would possibly assume that alerts a possible rebuild on the horizon for the Wizards, the group has reportedly informed others round the league that Kyle Kuzma is not going to be made accessible in a commerce prior to Feb. 9, per Yahoo Sports. Kuzma has drawn curiosity from the Suns and Hawks due to his excellent play this season (he is averaging 21.8 factors, 7.6 rebounds and 4 assists). Kuzma has already made it recognized that he plans on declining his participant possibility to check unrestricted free company waters this summer time. If Kuzma indicators elsewhere this summer time the Wizards threat dropping him for nothing, so buying and selling him now could also be value it if they do not assume he might be retained in the offseason.

Lakers not finished?

LA would not seem to be finished making offers, and whereas Hachimura gives some a lot wanted wing depth and 3-point capturing, the Lakers are trying for extra. One bundle the Lakers might store round is a lottery-protected first-round decide and Patrick Beverley in trade for both frontcourt assist or extra wing depth, per The Athletic. The Lakers do not have a lot to supply different groups with their lack of commerce belongings, so it is unclear who they might realistically get with that deal. However, Beverley might nonetheless be a lift off the bench of numerous contending groups trying to improve their protection. If that bundle alone would not get LA the participant it needs, including extra belongings is not off the desk for them, per thre report.

Pistons are nonetheless trying for an unprotected first-round decide for Bogdanovic

Bojan Bogdanovic is a participant a number of contending groups would really like, however Detroit has been adamant that any deal goes to come at a excessive value. The Lakers have been a group persistently linked to Bogdanovic, per The Athletic, however the Pistons are asking for an unprotected first-round decide in trade for the 21-points-a-night ahead. However, as said above in the tidbit about Beverley, the Lakers are at the moment solely procuring for a lottery-protected first-round decide. Both groups are taking part in hardball proper now, and there isn’t any scarcity of groups curious about Bogdanovic that could possibly be keen to give the Pistons what they’re asking for, however it might not come till minutes earlier than the commerce deadline.

Raptors have offered three first-round picks for OG Anunoby

Toronto is a group caught between a rock and a tough place at the halfway level of the season. The Raptors are 21-27, good for eleventh in the East, simply two video games again of the last play-in spot. They’re not down unhealthy sufficient that warrants them going full-on tank mode, however they’re additionally not adequate proper now that may make them a contender in the East. Several groups discover themselves on this place each season, and the commerce deadline determines what course the franchise in the end chooses. The Raptors have a wealth of expertise on their roster that may web them a big quantity of belongings, and apparently they’ve already been offered one deal that may see them getting a number of future first-round picks.

The Toronto Star studies that one group has offered the Raptors three first-round picks in trade for OG Anunoby, a haul related to what the Spurs acquired for Dejounte Murray. That kind of draft capital would give the Raptors flexibility to both construct round Scottie Barnes via the next couple of drafts whereas tanking, or if that is not their fashion, could possibly be packaged collectively to swing for a giant star. We’ll have to wait and see if Toronto is keen to half methods with any members of its core (Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam may be shipped out for bountiful returns), and what the Raptors get in return as a result of what they do might swing the NBA panorama for the remainder of the season.

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