Jimmy Butler feels that he'll remain in Chicago past the trade deadline, unless "something crazy happens."
While the Bulls have taken numerous calls on Butler as the deadline approaches, they reportedly haven't been the ones making the calls, so while they will entertain offers it doesn't sound like they're actively shopping the up-and-coming All-Star. The Celtics do have the assets to offer "something crazy," but word out of Boston is that they aren't interested in parting ways with Brooklyn's 2017 draft pick just yet, so a blockbuster deal between Boston and Chicago seems unlikely.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly believes that Buddy Hield has Stephen Curry potential.
This is the same guy that compared Nik Stauskas to Klay Thompson, was in favor of clearing multiple first-round picks to make room for Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos as free agents, and also reportedly wanted to keep Monta Ellis over Stephen Curry during his time as a minority owner of the Dubs, so he's basically 0-for-3 in the hot takes department. Hield should get some more opportunity to produce in Sacramento, but this is a wait-and-see situation in most formats.
Kings GM Vlade Divac said that the Kings currently do not have any plans to release Langston Galloway or Tyreke Evans.
An earlier report by Adrian Wojnarowski of the Verticle stated that the Kings intended to waive Galloway, but Divac is apparently deviating from that standpoint, although he did leave the door open by saying "at least for now." Galloway is in an overly crowded backcourt in Sacramento, so if he does stay with the team, it's unlikely he'll have much value.
The trade sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and some draft picks was finalized on Monday.
"It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Vlade Divac. "Winning begins with culture and character matters." Divac went on to half-heartedly thank Cousins for his time in Sacramento and tried to justify the trade by hyping up the draft picks, but the line about"culture" and "character matters" is a pretty obvious shot at Boogie. Both Cousins and Anthony Davis will be sacrificing some touches as they learn to play together, but both of them should still be able to fill up the stat sheet. For what it's worth, Divac also said he had a better offer a couple days ago, so there's that.
With the DeMarcus Cousins trade finalized, the Kings waived Matt Barnes on Monday.
The Kings just don't have room on their roster after bringing in Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield, so Barnes is the odd man out here. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a contract with a contender, but Barnes is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll provide much fantasy value.
Josh Richardson (foot) said he's "excited" to get back to the court and "make an impact" for his team after the All-Star break.
"I feel like I can get a lot of growth done still. There’s still a lot of time left," said Richardson. "I think I’ve grown a lot, but I’d like to do a lot more on the court." The Heat will resume practice on Wednesday, but all indications are that Richardson will be in uniform for Miami's first game after the break, Friday vs. Atlanta. Rodney McGruder figures to return to the bench once Richardson is fully up to speed, and guys like Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be losing some touches on offense. Richardson makes sense as a speculative add if you've got someone to cut.
The Mavs reportedly still believe that they can compete for the No. 8 spot out West, and they are not looking to have a "fire sale" on their veterans on deadline day.
This doesn't mean that Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Andrew Bogut are guaranteed to be wearing Mavericks jerseys after the deadline, but it doesn't seem like Dallas is in any rush to expedite their rebuild. They're currently only three games out of the eighth seed, and with this potentially being Dirk's final season, Mark Cuban probably isn't super eager to start tanking for Ping Pong balls. It'll be interesting to see if the Mavs make any deadline day moves.
The Kings are expected to waive Matt Barnes according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Kings are bringing in three players in Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield, so they have to cut one player to make the necessary roster room. With Omri Casspi now in New Orleans and Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore on the trade block, this would leave the Kings very thin on the wings. Buddy Hield should be busy right away. As for Barnes, he should have no problem finding another team if he's waived.