NBA trade rumors: Latest updates on major deals, reports, player news

Darren Hartwell
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NBA trade rumors: Tracking the latest deals, reports and trade rumors originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The 2020 NBA offseason will be a sprint, and the starting gun just sounded.

The NBA lifted its moratorium on trades Monday at 12 p.m. ET, kicking off a busy week that includes the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency on Friday.

Players report to training camp just over two weeks from now on Dec. 1, so teams will need to conduct business swiftly to shape their rosters for the 2020-21 regular season.

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The Boston Celtics certainly are in that boat: They're reportedly aiming to move up in Wednesday's draft and deciding what to do with Gordon Hayward and his player option.

We expect plenty of deals and reports to come out in the 72 hours leading up to the draft -- and you can follow along with all of the latest scuttlebutt in our updated tracker below. (All times Eastern.)

Wednesday, Nov. 18

11 p.m.: The 76ers are sending Josh Richardson to the Mavericks, who are sending Seth Curry to Philly, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

10 p.m.: Luke Kennard is headed to the Clippers and Landry Shamet is going to the Nets. According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, Shamet nearly landed in Boston.

9:30 p.m.: Ricky Rubio is heading back to Minnesota, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

7:30 p.m.: It looks like there won't be a Bucks-Kings trade as Bogdan Bogdanovic plans to enter restricted free agency.

 7:20 p.m.: Will Gordon Hayward stay in Boston after all? Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald writes that there's a sense he won't be traded on Draft night.

6:50 p.m.: The Rockets are sending Trevor Ariza and their No. 16 overall pick to the Pistons for a future first-round pick.

5:25 p.m: The Sixers are trading Al Horford, a first-round pick and a second-round pick to the Thunder for Danny Green, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

5:20 p.m.: Remember the trade that sent Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Kings to the Bucks? Well, there might not be a trade after all, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.

5 p.m.: The calm before the storm?

The Hawks are involved in so many rumors of late, including those involving a few veteran free agents.

3:30 p.m.: Appearing on "The Jump," ESPN's Zach Lowe mentioned the Hornets as a possible landing spot in free agency for Gordon Hayward -- in addition to the Pacers or the Hawks.

1:57 p.m.: We have more info on the Knicks' plan to move up, as they're reportedly eyeing Cleveland's No. 5 pick.

12:18 p.m.: Currently slotted at No. 8, the Knicks are reportedly looking to package this pick and the 23rd selection in order to move up even further, according to Sports Illustrated. The report adds that the Knicks have their eyes on Obi Toppin.

12 p.m.: Talented USC big man Onyeka Okongwu (who has been linked to the Celtics), apparently is recovering from a fractured toe, although the injury doesn't sound like a long-term issue.

11:12 a.m.: The Celtics reportedly were among the teams interested in the Hawks' No. 6 pick, but Atlanta is intent on keeping the pick, per Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman.

10:48 a.m.: We have a trade! The New York Knicks, who reportedly are among Gordon Hayward's suitors, are making moves.

10:05 a.m.: The Celtics have had success at No. 3 with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown -- and now the New York Times' Marc Stein reports that the C's are trying to move up to that area of the draft again.

8:30 a.m.: The Athletic's Jared Weiss is putting a bit of a wet blanket on the Gordon Hayward-to-Atlanta rumors.

"According to a person familiar with Hayward’s thinking, the 30-year-old former All-Star wants to continue to be a core part of a winning team and would not want to go to Atlanta," Weiss wrote Tuesday night.

8 a.m.: Draft day is here, and James Harden and Russell Westbrook still are members of the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets are playing hardball with their superstars and are adamant they won't trade either player for anything less than their asking price, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported Tuesday night.

Houston's asking price for Harden, according to MacMahon, is "a proven, young star as a centerpiece along with a massive picks package."

Tuesday, Nov. 17

8:20 p.m.: Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports the Celtics are mostly in a "holding pattern" with Gordon Hayward as of Tuesday night.

7:10 p.m.: The Celtics have "no interest" in trading for Rockets star James Harden, according to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

7 p.m.: The Hawks are "in play" to acquire Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

 6 p.m.: The Rockets and Wizards are discussing a Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall trade, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

5:30 p.m.: Could James Harden really become a Boston Celtic? The Heavy's Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson reports the C's have made a push for the Rockets superstar.

4:30 p.m.: Here's a fun plot twist in the James Harden saga: Rapper and Philadelphia native Meek Mill, who is close with the Rockets star, is trying to convince him to sign with the 76ers, per The Athletic's Kelly Iko and David Aldridge.

3:35 p.m.: We might not get a decision about Gordon Hayward's opt-out today after all, per ESPN's Zach Lowe.

3:20 p.m.: Is James Harden-to-Brooklyn really happening?

2:40 p.m.: The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor shared two interesting nuggets about potential Celtics trades involving Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker that didn't come to fruition.

 2:10 p.m.: Rajon Rondo may leave the Lakers in free agency, but he may not leave Los Angeles, Frank Isola reports.

11:30 a.m.: Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond won't test free agency, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein.

10:30 a.m.: ESPN's Bobby Marks has the complete breakdown of draft picks Milwaukee is sending to New Orleans. It's a lot.

9:20 a.m.: It appears James Harden has his sights set on joining Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the Brooklyn Nets.

9:15 a.m.: The Milwaukee Bucks made two major splashes overnight, reportedly agreeing to trades for New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday and Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Here are the details of the two deals, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski:

Bucks receive: Jrue Holiday

Pelicans receive: Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round draft picks, two future pick swaps

Bucks receive: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin James

Kings receive: Donte DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson, Ersan Ilyasova

In more minor NBA news, the Houston Rockets reportedly are sending Robert Covington to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal that will net them Trevor Ariza and two first-round picks.

With James Harden and Russell Westbrook apparently both wanting out of Houston, it sounds like the Rockets might be headed for a rebuild.

Monday, Nov. 16

6:30 p.m.: Sports Illustrated's Farbod Esnaashari has the latest on a potential Jrue Holiday trade to Boston.

5:15 p.m.: The Celtics (and the rest of the NBA) are still waiting on Gordon Hayward, the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports.

4:25 p.m.: Several teams with championship aspirations intend to purse former Celtic Avery Bradley in free agency, per Yahoo's Chris Haynes.

2:45 p.m.: James Harden reportedly wants out of Houston -- and he's considering two Celtics rivals as destinations, per Charania.

2 p.m.: Spurs star DeMar DeRozan is opting into the final year of his contract with San Antonio, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports.

1:30 p.m.: The Pelicans reportedly are "determined" to trade Jrue Holiday to an Eastern Conference team, which Celtics fans should be pleased to hear.

1:15 p.m.: We have a blockbuster, folks! The Oklahoma City Thunder are sending 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (and ex-Celtic Abdel Nader) to the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.