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NBA Rumors: The Birds of Prey Offered Too Much for OG Anunoby; The witches plan to keep Kyle Kuzma; What’s next for the Lakers?

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There are only two more weeks until the 2023 NBA trade deadline on February 9th, so of course there has been no shortage or rumors to keep our minds crossed. We’ve already had one trade, like Los Angeles Lakers acquired Rui Hashimura of Washington Wizards in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks on Monday, but it certainly won’t be his last deal as we approach one of the busiest days on the league calendar.

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Let’s take a closer look at some of the latest rumors:

The Wizards are adamant that Kyle Kuzma not be traded

Washington has already pulled a deal that nets three second-round picks and Kendrick Nunn in exchange for 2019 lottery pick Rui Hachimura, who was sent to the Lakers. While some may think this indicates a potential rebuild on the horizon for the Wizards, the team has reportedly told others around the league that Kyle Kuzma will not be available in a deal before February 9th, Per Yahoo Sports. Kuzma drew attention from suns And hawk Because of his great play this season (averaging 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and four assists). Kuzma has already announced that he plans to turn down his player option to test the waters of unrestricted free agency this summer. If Kuzma signs elsewhere this summer, the Wizards risk losing him for nothing, so trading him now might be worth it if they don’t think he can be kept in the off-season.

Lakers did not?

Los Angeles can’t seem to be done cutting deals, and while Hachimura provides some much-needed wing depth and 3-point shooting, the Lakers are looking for more. One package the Lakers can shop around is lottery-protected first-round pick Patrick Beverley in exchange for either a front court assist or extra wing depth, in the athlete. The Lakers don’t have much to offer other teams due to their lack of commercial assets, so it’s not clear who they could realistically get with this deal. However, Beverley remains a solid boost off the bench for a number of rival teams looking to upgrade their defence. If that package alone doesn’t make LA the player it wants, adding additional assets isn’t far off the table for them, reports Three.

pistons He is still looking for an unprotected first-round pick for Bogdanović

Bojan Bogdanovic is a player many opposing teams would love, but Detroit has been adamant that any deal would come with a heavy price tag. The Lakers have been a team steadily linked with Bogdanovic, according to The Athletic, but the Pistons are claiming an unprotected first-round pick for the 21-point forward tonight. However, as noted above in the anecdote about Beverley, the Lakers are currently shopping for only a lottery-protected first-round pick. Both teams are playing solid ball at the moment, and there is no shortage of teams interested in Bogdanovic who may be willing to give the Pistons what they ask for, but it may not come until minutes before the trade deadline.

wild birds Three first-round picks have been offered to OG Anunoby

Toronto is a team stuck between a rock and a hard place in the middle of the season. The Raptors are 21-27, good for 11th in the East, just two games away from the final playoff spot. They’re not in bad enough shape to warrant going into full tank mode, but they’re also not good enough right now to make them a contender in the east. Many teams find themselves in this situation each season, and the trade deadline determines which direction the franchise ultimately chooses. The Raptors have a wealth of talent on their roster that should offer them a great deal of assets, and it looks like they’ve already been offered one deal that will see them get multiple first-round picks in the future.

the Toronto star reports it One team offered the Raptors three first-round picks in exchange for OG Anunobywhich is similar to what spurs I got Dejounte Murray. That kind of draft capital would give the Raptors the flexibility to either build around Scotty Barnes with their next couple drafts while they tank, or if that’s not their style, they could bundle together to swing a big star. We’ll have to wait and see if Toronto is willing to part ways with any of their key players (Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam could also be shipped in for plentiful returns), and what the Raptors get in return as what they do could rock the NBA landscape for the rest of the season.

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