NBA Trade Rumors Heating Up: Celtics Eyeing Olynyk, Hawks Open to Murray Trade, and More

NBA: In the lead-up to the NBA trade deadline, the G-League Showcase event in Orlando has become the epicenter of discussions among league front office personnel, leading to a flurry of trade rumors. Let’s dive into the latest speculations, focusing on key teams and players in the spotlight.

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Celtics Exploring a Reunion with Kelly Olynyk

The Boston Celtics are reportedly on the lookout for additional depth to complement their formidable top six players. One intriguing name on their radar is former Celtic and current Utah Jazz big man, Kelly Olynyk. The versatile veteran, known for his floor-spacing abilities, could provide valuable contributions off the bench. However, the financial aspects present a significant hurdle, with Olynyk’s $12.2 million contract posing challenges for a feasible trade. Speculation arises that the New York Knicks might express interest in Olynyk following Mitchell Robinson’s season-ending injury.

NBA: Hawks Considering Dejounte Murray Trade

Struggling with a 12-17 record, the Atlanta Hawks are exploring options to revamp their roster. Dejounte Murray, showcasing impressive stats with 20.3 points and 5.4 assists per game, emerges as a valuable trade asset. Rival executives foresee the Hawks evaluating trade possibilities for Murray in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. The Los Angeles Lakers, seeking backcourt reinforcement, have reportedly expressed interest, but assembling a trade package presents challenges. The New York Knicks also see Murray as an “ideal” trade target, contingent on resolving potential conflicts between team president Leon Rose and Murray’s agent, Rich Paul.


P.J. Tucker Drawing Interest from Heat and Bucks

Veteran forward P.J. Tucker, once a coveted asset for contending teams, now finds himself out of the rotation with the LA Clippers. Despite a decline in performance, the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat still hold a “healthy level of admiration” for Tucker. However, his hefty $11 million salary this season and a guaranteed $11.5 million next season make any potential trade a complex financial endeavor. If a deal materializes, it is likely to involve Tucker as part of a larger trade.

NBA: 76ers Unlikely to Pursue Zach LaVine

Following the acquisition of James Harden, the Philadelphia 76ers are on the lookout for a two-way player to enhance their roster for playoff contention. Despite rumors linking them to Zach LaVine, sources indicate that the 76ers may not have a genuine interest. LaVine’s elite isolation scoring style might not align with the team’s specific needs. The Los Angeles Lakers are frequently mentioned in connection with LaVine, but insiders suggest that a trade between the two parties is improbable.


As the trade deadline approaches, these rumors provide a glimpse into the strategic moves teams are contemplating. However, the intricacies of contracts, team dynamics, and player preferences add layers of complexity to the potential deals. Fans and analysts alike eagerly await developments as teams navigate the trade landscape in pursuit of their respective goals.

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