Each weekday morning, BDL serves up a handful of NBA-related stories to digest while you eaties your Wheaties.
Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports: "The Houston Rockets are in the discussion stages of a complicated, three-team trade that would send Tracy McGrady(notes) to the New York Knicks, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The centerpieces of the trade would include the Washington Wizards shipping forward Caron Butler(notes) and center Brendan Haywood(notes) to the Rockets. The Knicks would send Al Harrington(notes) to the Wizards. For the Wizards' part, they would still need another player, as well as a draft pick and cash to make this a workable scenario, sources said."
Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports: "The Heat have discussed several scenarios with the Suns, including packages that include combinations of young players (Michael Beasley(notes), Dorell Wright(notes)) and expiring contracts (Jermaine O'Neal(notes) and Quentin Richardson(notes)). The Heat are also willing to part with their 2010 first-round draft pick.
‘Nobody is pushing harder on this than Riley,' one league source said"
Brian Windhorst, Cleveland Plain Dealer: "According to sources, the Cavs have made some progress in talks with the Indiana Pacers over power forward Troy Murphy(notes). But the Pacers, like many teams, still want Hickson. The Pacers, a source said, are also in talks with the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings involving Murphy and both teams can offer expiring contracts. The Cavs have kept in touch with the Washington Wizards in talks about Antawn Jamison(notes) and the Philadelphia 76ers about Andre Iguodala(notes), but neither appear close. The Wizards are sending out signals that they want to keep Jamison."
Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post: "Karl said the likelihood of Denver making a trade could be fifty-fifty. The Nuggets are over the league's luxury tax line and aren't looking to spend too much money on an insurance policy on the bench. According to CBSSports.com, the Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Camby(notes) could return to the Nuggets in a deal. But according to an NBA source, don't expect Denver to make a trade for the pricey Camby. According to Chicago newspapers, another big man being shopped is athletic big man Tyrus Thomas(notes) of the Bulls. But Thomas clashing with coach Vinny Del Negro over playing time shows he has a volatile personality that might not fit with the Nuggets, according to the source."
Mike Wells, Indianapolis Star: "The Pacers could possibly soften their stance on wanting a forward back in a deal involving Murphy if rookie Tyler Hansbrough(notes) starts showing signs that he's getting close to being able to return to the lineup somewhere around the trade deadline. One player the Pacers have been getting a lot of calls about is center Roy Hibbert(notes). The teams that have inquired about Hibbert have been getting the cold shoulder because the Pacers consider him one of their young core pieces."
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe: "As the NBA's Feb. 18 trade deadline approaches and the Celtics continue to show they may not be capable of winning a title as currently constructed, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is fielding an increasing amount of calls, especially on shooting guard Ray Allen(notes). Allen has an expiring $19.7 million contract that, for the right team, could create a large amount of cap space this summer. According to NBA sources, Ainge is not shopping Allen and he told his veteran guard that much in a conversation last week. But those same sources said Ainge is listening to offers on Allen, whose play has declined this season and whose contract will become increasingly enticing in the next eight days."
Brandon George, Dallas News: "Howard hasn't made a public outcry about not starting. He rarely says much anyway. Earlier this month, Howard did tell NBA.com that the Mavericks "didn't give me a reason why they ain't starting me. I ain't cussing. I ain't been fussing. I ain't been tripping." Though he's certainly not excited about coming off the bench, he hasn't been disruptive among his teammates. That's an improvement from his past and a win-win situation for Howard and the Mavericks moving forward."
Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle: "Anthony Randolph will have his injured left ankle in a protective walking boot for an additional 30 days, the Warriors announced Friday, a setback that will probably cost the forward the rest of the season and adds another roadblock to potential trades. Randolph tore two outside ligaments in his ankle and endured an avulsion fracture on the inside Jan. 8 against Sacramento. The Warriors originally expected him to be out of the boot this week and to be able to begin a rehabilitation that typically takes at least a month."
Vincent Goodwill, Detroit News: "[Ben Gordon(notes)] went through this and more while with the Bulls. If there was a class Tayshaun Prince(notes) and Richard Hamilton(notes) could take on dealing with trade rumors, Gordon could be the instructor. If you read all the articles and listen to the commentators, it can drive you crazy," Gordon said Monday. "In this business, it's a part of everyday life." The Arizona Republic reported late Monday night Gordon could be a part of a three-team package, with the Pistons receiving Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire(notes). The Pistons denied the rumor."
Gary Washburn, Boston Globe: "A possible trade partner could be Sacramento, with shooting guard Kevin Martin(notes), who is signed for three more years as part of a five-year, $55 million package. Martin has been an awkward fit for the Kings since the emergence of rookie Tyreke Evans(notes). It is unclear whether Martin can mesh with a score-first point guard such as Evans. But acquiring Martin might be contingent on accepting the contract of Andres Nocioni(notes), who has two more years on his deal. According to Celtics sources, the organization is not interested in taking on "bad contracts'' that could hurt salary cap space."
K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune: "Before the game, [Tyrus] Thomas said he had "no regrets" about the incident and "there's nothing to be frustrated about." Afterward, he addressed his night, which included him grabbing three rebounds and playing six minutes before his first shot - a strong drive and score after passing up a jumper."