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Tracking latest NBA trade rumors ahead of deadline [UPDATE]

We’re keeping an eye on the latest reports heading into the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic looks on during the game against the New York Knicks on March 18, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

It’s NBA Trade Deadline week! With the deadline approaching on Thursday, March 25 at 3 p.m. ET, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and rumors. There’s already been plenty of chatter surrounding big names and players on expiring contracts. Some teams that we expect to be busy on deadline day include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics. Some teams that should be looking to sell are the Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. Below we’ll be providing updates and tracking the latest reports and rumors.

March 25 — Lakers, Sixers, Heat still in on Lowry

The Sixers, Lakers and Heat are all seriously engaged on PG Kyle Lowry, per The Athletic. This isn’t anything new. These three teams have already been reported as having interest in the veteran point guard out of Toronto. If Lowry is moved, it will be for a big package — something including a first-round pick and/or top prospect.

March 25 — Pistons send Wright to Kings

Overnight, the Detroit Pistons dealt PG Delon Wright to the Sacramento Kings for G Cory Joseph and two second-round picks, per Adrian Wojnarowski. This is a minor deal, something we should see a lot of Thursday with the deadline at 3 p.m. ET. We may not see as many of the big names moved outside of maybe Lonzo Ball and Victor Oladipo. Wright isn’t a bad backup guard to De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton.

March 24 — Knicks emerge as candidate for Drummond

The New York Knicks are emerging as a serious candidate for Cavaliers C Andre Drummond, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. Drummond will likely be bought out by Cleveland, though he could be traded before the deadline Thursday. The Knicks just got back Mitchell Robinson and have Nerlens Noel on the bench. The center depth isn’t bad. Drummond doesn’t move the needle much if he does land in New York.

March 24 — Plenty of teams interested in Powell

According to Marc Stein, there are over 12 teams interested in Toronto Raptors G Norman Powell. Powell and Kyle Lowry are getting a lot of play in the rumor mill the past couple of days leading up to the deadline. This could all be smoke. It probably is all smoke. Still, we’re going to keep updating you on the latest. Powell would be a huge get for any contending team (or any team for that matter). You’ve got to think the asking price for someone like Powell involves multiple picks — at least one first-rounder — and a young prospect.

March 24 — Ball deal could involve Bledsoe or Adams

Basically The Athletic is saying the New Orleans Pelicans are dangling Lonzo Ball to try and move him along with either Eric Bledsoe or Steven Adams, who are both signed through next season on bloated deals. Ball could be the prize with another team taking on the salary of Adams or Bledsoe. The Pelicans would still have their core intact with Zion, Ingram, Josh Hart, Alexander-Walker, etc.

March 24 — Bradley Beal isn’t going anywhere

David Aldridge is getting sick of being asked if Beal is being traded by the Washington Wizards and put those rumors to rest. The Wizards have no plans on trading Beal right now and, if anything, he’ll be dealt during the offseason or not at all. The two-time All-Star isn’t looking for a trade and the Wizards aren’t in a rush to deal him.

March 23 — Lowry, Powell continuing to be shopped by Raptors

The Raptors are discussing deals involving Lowry and Powell on multiple fronts heading into Tuesday night, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Philly and Miami are interested in Lowry. Talks are expected to go into Wednesday and even Thursday before the deadline at 3 p.m. ET. Lowry and Powell appear to be the premier guards available on the market along with Lonzo Ball and George Hill.

March 23 — Evan Fournier getting interest from Nuggets

Per The Athletic, the Orlando Magic are shopping Fournier and the Denver Nuggets are the ones asking. The Celtics have also been linked to Fournier, one of a few Magic players who could be dealt before the deadline on Thursday. Aaron Gordon seems to be the other likely player on the move.

March 23 — Knicks, Heat reluctant to give up assets for Victor Oladipo

According to Woj, the New York Knicks and Miami Heat are reluctant to give up premium packages to acquire Dipo from the Houston Rockets. The one thing Woj did report is that the Rockets are clearly going to move Oladipo before the deadline on Thursday.

March 23 — Bulls listening to offers for Lauri Markkanen

The Chicago Bulls have a tough decision to make this week. Should they sell off prized pieces to recoup some assets or keep the team intact and go for the playoffs? Markkanen had been sidelined with a shoulder injury. Since returning, he’s been great for the Bulls, who are fighting to get into the playoff picture. Markkanen is set to become a RFA this offseason and it’s unclear if Chicago would be willing to match an offer sheet if the price is too high. Rather than lose Markkanen in free agency, the Bulls could flip him now while his value has peaked. The Bulls just drafted F Patrick Williams and he’s started most of the season. Thaddeus Young is another big who could be moved. Young would be a prime asset to a contending team and would likely bring back something of value. Either way, President/GM Arturas Karnisovas has a tough call ahead.

March 22 — Celtics frontrunner to land Aaron Gordon

Matt Moore over at Action Network is saying that Boston is the frontrunner to land the Magic PF if he is moved before the deadline. Gordon has been linked to a lot of teams heading into Thursday. It’s unclear if the Magic will firesale. It makes some sense given their standing and personnel. The Celtics could really use another big and Gordon is versatile. A super athletic lineup featuring Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Gordon would be dangerous.

March 22 — Clippers trade former first-rounder to Kings

The Los Angeles Clippers have traded former first-round pick Mfiondu Kabengele to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a future second-round pick, per Woj. The Clippers also gave the Kings cash and a second-rounder. This clears a roster spot for L.A. to make another move before the deadline on Thursday.

March 22 — Mavericks, Cavs talked Andre Drummond deal

The Mavericks had been linked to Drummond the last time he was on the trade block. This time around, Dallas is still trying to add Drummond, who could play center alongside Kristaps Porzingis at PF in the front court. This move doesn’t seem ideal and it still seems like Drummond will just get bought out rather than traded. The Mavs, along with Lakers and Nets, are expected to pursue Drumm in the buyout market, per Shams.

March 22 — Hawks expressed interest in Marcus Smart

Oh boy, I wish I was in Boston to see the overreactions to this rumor. Atlanta has dealt with a lot of injuries lately and De’Andre Hunter is close to returning to the lineup. It’d be pretty surprising if Smart was traded. He’s just coming back from a calf injury and is well regarded around the League as one of the top defenders. The Celtics lack assets and need front court depth but this wouldn’t be a .... Smart move (get it?). Again, Shams on the report for this.

March 22 — Magic-Rockets talk Aaron Gordon

According to Shams Charania, the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic have had talks surrounding Gordon for two first-round picks. Gordon has dealt with injuries this season and has one year after this season left on his contract at a $16M hit. Talks between the Rockets and Magic haven’t really advanced much. The Timberwolves, Nuggets and Blazers have also expressed interest.

March 21 — Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell floating around in rumors

On Sunday, there were reports coming out that both Lowry and Powell are drawing interest on the open market. The Toronto Raptors are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and are falling out of the playoff picture. The Raptors signed Fred VanVleet this offseason to a big deal. Pascal Siakam will be next. Lowry is on an expiring and the chances of him being retained in free agency seem slim. Toronto could look to move Lowry and/or Powell to retain some future assets and reload around a core of FVV, Siakam and Chris Boucher in a few seasons. The Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat and other teams are expected to be interested in Lowry.

March 21 — Victor Oladipo could be dealt in coming days

The Houston Rockets should be having a fire sale this week leading up to the deadline. Oladipo was acquired from the Indiana Pacers in the four-team James Harden trade. Dipo is another highly-regarded guard on an expiring contract (similar to Lowry). Dipo would make sense for a contending team looking to push themselves over the edge. We’ve heard the Clippers are looking to snag a guard with their lack of depth in the back court. You’d have to think teams like Philly, Miami and the Lakers could get involved.

March 21 — Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge likely to get bought out

Drummond and LMA are both sitting out for the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. With both players sporting pretty high salaries despite being on expiring contracts, it’s more likely the Cavs and Spurs reach buyout agreements. The Lakers have already been linked to Drummond and we can expect the Brooklyn Nets to be involved — similar to when they picked up former All-Star Blake Griffin after he was bought out by the Pistons. Drummond and Aldridge could be solid pieces that will swing the standings in the playoff race in either conference.