NBA Trade Rumors Update: Lakers and Mavs targeting Love, Celtics interested in Jazz' Hayward, and Kings making Isaiah Thomas available in trade

The NBA Trade Deadline is just two days away and more rumors are swirling around the league.

The breaks down some additional trade rumors in the NBA:

LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks Reportedly Targeting Kevin Love Trade

If you thought you were going to wait until the 2014-15 season before you were inundated with Kevin Love rumors, think again.
While it remains true that the Minnesota Timberwolves superstar must complete both the current season and the subsequent one before he can opt out of his contract and join a new team, the rumors are already starting. And they're geared around a potential trade, not just what happens when he hits the open market.

The Lakers aren't playing around, and neither are the Mavericks, who have even more incentive to land Love before Dirk Nowitzki's status as a superstar inevitably declines thanks to the unrelenting clutches of Father Time.

But while Mark Cuban can never be counted out, he's taking a clear backseat in this story nonetheless.

Love grew up in California. He went to school at UCLA. An anonymous NBA general manager recently told ESPN's Chris Broussard that the power forward going to L.A. was "a 100 percent certainty."

Hell, Minnesota fans even begged Love to stay during a recent clash between the two relevant squads.

In all likelihood, Love will still be a part of the 'Wolves after the trade deadline has come and gone.

This squad is still within striking distance of a playoff spot in the brutally difficult Western Conference, and there's no telling what the future holds. Despite what Broussard reported, it's not a certainty that Love goes to the Lakers in two years, simply because that's, well, two years from now.

A lot can change.

Saunders isn't going to give up on his star player, especially when one deep playoff run could potentially swing his thought process.

That said, this news is still relevant. Even if no trade comes to fruition in the next few days, it's telling that the rumors are already popping up.

They foreshadow an awfully busy time over the next 18 months. Love's name is going to be heard a lot.

Boston Celtics Reportedly Interested in Gordon Hayward Trade

As the NBA trade deadline draws ever-nearer, things like "reported interest" become newsier items than they might otherwise be.

The latest example: According to A. Sherrod Blakely, the Boston Celtics are rumored to be pursuing Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward.

Blakely goes on to note that sources within the organization report the Celtics are "very reluctant" to part with first-round picks in any potential exchange for Hayward. In other words, Boston wants to engineer a reunion between Hayward and his college coach Brad Stevens, but doesn't want to give up precisely the types of assets it'd take to swing a deal.

Bleacher Report's Ethan Norof pointed out an alternative route for the Celtics—one that makes a little more sense but would require some patience:

Hayward will field offers from teams across the league this summer and the Jazz will be able to match any contract he signs. If the Celtics are serious about holding on to their prized picks, it would probably be wiser for them to sign Hayward to an offer sheet during the offseason.

Maybe the Jazz would match. Maybe they wouldn't. At least Boston would retain its valuable first-rounders.

Sacramento Kings Reportedly Making Isaiah Thomas Available In Trade Talks

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Thomas has been suffering from strained ligaments in his shooting wrist.

While the injury has been deemed minor, it could have an impact on his trade value. Thomas hits restricted free agency this summer.

The Sacramento Kings haven't been shy this season when it comes to wheeling and dealing, but it sounds like their most shocking move may still go down in the coming days.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, third-year point guard Isaiah Thomas is being made available in talks to further enhance the roster.

The news of Thomas being shopped around league-wide, in the middle of a career season, comes a day after Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported a similar nugget. According to Spears, the Kings made a push for Boston Celtics' point man Rajon Rondo and offered a package headlined by Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore.

Sacramento failed to lure in its coveted star, but it seems as if management is continuing to use Thomas as bait for an even flashier name.

Through the first half of 2013-14, Thomas has been enjoying a breakout season as the starting point man. He's averaging 20 points and six assists on 44 percent shooting. The team dealt Greivis Vasquez earlier in the season to free up the starting job for the University of Washington product.

As it turns out, perhaps it was solely to showcase him for rival front offices.

Thomas just turned 25 this month and is playing for the minimum salary this season. He's set to hit restricted free agency this summer.

It's unclear who Sacto has reached out to, besides Boston, with a potential Thomas deal, but after landing Rudy Gay and former second-overall pick Derrick Williams in trades already this season, it's clear that Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro doesn't mind grabbing the headlines through trade activity.


We still have two days to wait until trade deadline and i know fans are very excited about this. But I hope there will be big names who will be moved not like last season's trade deadline which is a big disappointment considering that stars like Josh Smith, Rajon Rondo, Andrea Bargnani, Pau Gasol and among others were not traded after rumors.

NBA Trade Rumors Update: Lakers and Mavs targeting Love, Celtics interested in Jazz' Hayward, and Kings making Isaiah Thomas available in trade NBA Trade Rumors Update: Lakers and Mavs targeting Love, Celtics interested in Jazz' Hayward, and Kings making Isaiah Thomas available in trade Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 2/19/2014 Rating: 5

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