The rumor mill spun around the All-Stars as the NBA trade deadline approached. Derrick Rose, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Al Horford; everyone featured in hot rumor stories. But as the deadline passed by, none were actually traded.
No significant moves were made before the deadline. Teams took a defensive approach and eyed at gaining future assets, creating cap space for the off-season and lowering luxury tax rather than signing big names. These mark the character of the trade window.
The Houston Rockets wanted to trade off Dwight Howard. Atlanta Hawks wanted to sell their veteran core. The Cavs shopped their entire roster except LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, as reported by Morning News USA on Thursday. Boston Celtics wanted to acquire Kevin Love. But things didn’t happen.
The Houston Rockets pulled off from trading off Howard before the deadline after shopping him earlier, reports the Real GM.
The prime reason was that other teams were not ready to give up core assets for Dwight Howard, whom the Rockets were looking for. The Rockets explored the market for Howard, who is expected to opt-out of his contract this off-season. The Milwaukee Bucks showed interest in the last 24 hours for Howard but couldn’t match a fair deal to get him.
The Hawks were looking to trade off their entire veteran core comprising of Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Kyle Korver. The Hawks had a high asking price, and interested parties didn’t oblige at the final hours.
The Celtics never made a legitimate offer for Kevin Love, reveal sources. The Bulls discussed a trade with Sacramento Kings that could have sent Pau Gasol to Kings in exchange of Kosta Koufas and Ben McLemore. There were widespread speculations regarding Taj Gibson as well. But the deal didn’t work out as Chicago didn’t intend to go for a significant trade considering their injury-ridden roster at present. NBA expert Matt Moore is shocked as to why Al Horford wasn’t picked by any team for the playoffs, reports CBS Sports.
But that’s how it went on. The much-coveted guys had no buyers in the market as per their NBA trade asking price.