The NBA’s trade moratorium has been lifted as teams try to set their rosters for the 2020-21 campaign during a very short off-season. Keep it here for all the rumours and news from the Association.
Rockets, Wizards talking blockbuster?
The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have discussed a deal centred on Russell Westbrook for John Wall, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Charania adds that there has been no traction yet on the deal and that Houston is looking for more assets.
Hornets desire to trade for Westbrook contingent on if they draft LaMelo Ball.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that there is belief in some league corners that the Charlotte Hornets’ desire to trade for Russell Westbrook could increase if they miss out on LaMelo Ball in Wednesday’s draft.
There is belief in some league corners that the Hornets’ desire to trade for Russell Westbrook could increase if they miss out on LaMelo Ball in Wednesday’s draft— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 17, 2020
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With fellow Houston Rockets teammate James Harden trying to push for a move to Brooklyn, the team could be in full dismantle mode.
Celtics, Hayward looking to extend deadline
The Boston Celtics and veteran forward Gordon Hayward are looking to delay the deadline when it comes to Hayward's decision on his $34.2 million player option for the 2020-21 season, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.
The two sides are looking to extend the deadline from Tuesday at 5pm et to Thursday afternoon.
The 2020 NBA Draft goes Wednesday night.
Hayward looked much more like his former self last season, averaging 17.5 points while grabbing a career-best 6.7 rebounds per game.
Hayward signed as a free agent with the Celtics in 2017 but his tenure in the green and white nearly ended as soon as it started. On opening night of the 2017-18 NBA season, Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury that caused him to miss all of that season and put the rest of his career in doubt.
Hayward was clearly still showing the ill effects of the injury in 2018-19, when he averaged 11.5 points per game, significantly below his career average of 15.3.
Prior to his time in Boston, Hayward spent seven seasons as a member of the Utah Jazz, earning an All-Star appearance in 2016-17.
The 30-year-old was selected No. 9 overall out of Butler in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Hood hits the market
Portland Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood is declining his $6 million player option for the 2020-21 campaign and will test free agency later this week, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
In early December, Hood tore his left Achilles which forced him to miss the rest of last season. As a result, Hood played in only 21 games, averaging 11 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists. However, Wojnarowski notes Hood is healthy and ready to play.
Ennis becoming a free agent
Orlando Magic swingman James Ennis will decline his player option of $2.1 million for next season and will become a free agent on Friday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The 30-year-old averaged 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists over 69 games with Magic and Sixers last season.
Parker exercises option
Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker has picked up his $6.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season and will remain with the California-based team.
The 25-year-old Duke product averaged 14 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 38 games split between the Atlanta Hawks and Kings last season.
Parker has dealt with injuries for most of his six-year career and has spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Hawks and Kings since 2017.
Drummond sticking around with Cavs
All-Star centre Andre Drummond will not test the free agent market as he's reportedly picked up his $28.7 million player option for next season to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
The 27-year-old averaged 17.7 points, 15.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists over 57 games with the Detroit Pistons and Cavaliers last season.
Drummond, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft spent seven and half seasons in Detroit before the Pistons traded the big man to the Cavs in February.
The UConn product is a two-time All-Star.