Teams pursuing Bojan Bogdanovic have reportedly been ramping up their offers, and it's getting to the point where Brooklyn will be choosing the best deal available.
Thus far we've only heard that the Wizards were interested in acquiring Bogdanovic, but Woj is reporting that multiple teams have been involved. It seems likely that Bogdanovic will be dealt at the deadline, and his value would likely take a bit of a hit playing outside of Brooklyn. A Bogdanovic departure could clear the way for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to flirt with minutes in the 30s, so he's someone to consider stashing away in deep leagues ahead of the deadline.
Magic Johnson acknowledged that a majority of the trade calls that have come in have centered around Lou Williams.
"If you're gonna get him it's gonna take a lot to get him," Johnson said in regards to Williams. Sweet Lou is on a very cap friendly deal, with just $7 million owed to him next season, so he's one of the more likely guys to go at the deadline if the Lakers do manage to pull off a trade. So far he's been linked to the Jazz and the Wizards and there are sure a few more teams to add their names to the mix as we approach the deadline. A Williams departure would benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson the most.
Magic Johnson said he'd like to see Ivica Zubac get more minutes during the final few months of the NBA season.
"I think he has really established himself as a quality backup center and I would like to see him get even more minutes," said Johnson. Head coach Luke Walton has already hinted that he'll make a better effort to give Zubac some extended run as the NBA season comes to a close, so he makes for a fine stash for anyone in need of a big that can really rack up the swats.
Joel Bolomboy has been recalled from the D-League.
Bolomboy is a negligible part of the rotation in Utah and he belongs on the waive wire in all leagues.
Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to become the Lakers' next GM.
Pelinka represented Kobe Bryant during his time in the league, and he has also represented guys like James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond to name a few. That being said, Pelinka is the president and CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, and for the Lakers to bring him on as their new GM he'd need to divest from his agency which is not a process that can happen overnight. As for the trade front with Magic in charge, he said he's already been in contact with five GMs and that he'll be handling the Lakers trade inquiries as the trade deadline approaches.
The Raptors will reportedly send down Pascal Siakam for a D-League stint.
With Jared Sullinger getting healthy and Serge Ibaka now in Toronto, Siakam will likely be doing a lot of this. He has no fantasy value.
The Warriors have recalled Brainte Weber from the D-League.
Weber's second 10-day contract will expire on Friday, so if the Dubs want to bring him on long-term, they'll have to make that decision soon. Weber has zero fantasy value in Golden State.
The Pistons will reportedly not discourage other teams from inquiring about Andre Drummond at the trade deadline.
Most of the trade news that has come out of Detroit has indicated Reggie Jackson as one of the more likely players to go, but there have been whispers that Stan Van Gundy would be willing to part ways with Drummond should the right deal come along. Drummond should be a double-double machine regardless of his jersey, but if he's sent away, we could see Jon Leuer's minutes consistently in the high-30s. Detroit reportedly shot down a Jonas Valanciunas-Drummond swap, so it'll take a lot for a deal to go down.