NBA Rumour Roundup: Raptors, Magic at centre of deadline buzz

On the eve of the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline, certain teams are scrambling to add that last key piece in the hopes of going on an extended playoff run, while others seek to sell off assets and look to the future.

The struggling Toronto Raptors are one of the teams surrounded by trade buzz this year, with Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell at the centre of many of those rumours.

The Miami Heat are reportedly among the teams interested in Lowry. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported Wednesday afternoon the Raptors are pushing for Tyler Herro in any deal involving the point guard.

Herro, a 21-year-old shooting guard, was the 13th-overall pick from the 2019 draft and is averaging 15.1 points in 31.8 minutes per game this season with the Heat.

In the wake of the LeBron James high ankle sprain news, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday afternoon “don’t rule out” the Los Angeles Lakers when it comes to a Kyle Lowry trade. With all that in mind, here’s more of the latest buzz from around the NBA with the deadline less than 24 hours away.

Gordon wants out of Orlando

Aaron Gordon has asked the Orlando Magic to be traded and while it remains unclear whether or not the Magic general manager John Hammond will be able to find a suitable trade partner, it appears the forward and star dunker is still hoping to be moved prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline.

“There’s been times where I just expressed my frustration to management,” Gordon said. “Frustration with the losses, the injuries, the way we’ve been playing, how we’ve been playing and how many losses have accumulated over the years, so it’s just my frustration kind of boiling over I would say.”

Gordon was selected by the Magic fourth overall in 2014 and has played all of his 427 career regular-season NBA games with the Magic. The Arizona product added: “For as long as I have Orlando on my chest, Magic on my chest, I’m going to give it everything I have.”

Wojnarowski said Tuesday the Boston Celtics could be a destination for Gordon.

Will Houston deal its remaining stars?

Wojnarowski mentioned a handful of trade deadline tidbits during a segment on ESPN, including what the Houston Rockets might be considering.

It’s unlikely Houston ends up trading John Wall between injuries and his contract. Victor Oladipo, on the other hand, could be moved depending on what might come back in a package. Oladipo’s stock isn’t at its peak at the moment and the question becomes is it worth it from Houston’s perspective? Oladipo was part of the James Harden trade earlier this season.

Philly targeting the guard market

If Philadelphia doesn’t land one of Lowry or Powell from the Raptors – reports indicate they’ve inquired about both players in separate deals – they may look to target Oklahoma City Thunder‘s George Hill or Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN. The 76ers are currently one game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and two games in front of the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Pelicans expected to buy out Redick

Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Pelicans are expecting to cut ties with veteran guard JJ Redick and that he could be an option for the 76ers on the buyout market. Two of Redick’s best statistical seasons came when he played for Philly in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Nuggets interested in Barnes

The Denver Post reports the Nuggets could be interested in acquiring Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings depending on the price point. Barnes, who has two years remaining on his contract, is averaging 16.3 points per game this season but he’d also help Denver on defence. The Nuggets have also reportedly shown interest in Orlando’s Gordon.

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