It is crazy-rumor season in the NBA as we approach Thursday's trade deadline, and with two big names already being dealt, at least one NBA executive apparently believes the Boston Celtics will land an All-Star this week — Paul George. ESPN Insider Marc Stein was a guest on Zach Lowe's "The Lowe Post" podcast to discuss the big rumors floating around. While Stein does not believe George will be traded, he spoke to one anonymous NBA executive who believes the three-time, third-team, All-NBA player will be in a Celtics uniform later this week.
This won’t be the last time DeMarcus Cousins wears a NOLA jersey. New Orleans hosted the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, and then stole headlines away from the festivities just as the game was ending on Sunday night, when the Pelicans agreed to terms with the Sacramento Kings on a deal that would keep three-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in The Big Easy for good. News of the trade, reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, came down around the same time players were set to meet with the press for postgame interviews.
The Bulls reportedly weren’t making Jimmy Butler available for a trade last month. As the trade deadline approaches, it seems that hasn’t changed. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: Brian Windhorst of ESPN: The teams that talked to the Chicago Bulls today were told, “Just about everybody on our roster is available, but Jimmy Butler is not.” The Bulls are not obliged to stand by that, and there’s no indication they’ve assured Butler anything. If they’re offered a package more valuable than Butler, they’ll trade him. But that’s a lot of value. Butler is playing like a superstar, 27 and locked up for two more seasons after this one. Not many teams have the assets to trade for someone like that.