At 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 18, less than a week after the NBA All-Star Game on Valentines Day, the NBA Trade deadline will expire. You can be sure that basketbloggers will be up late on Feb. 17, refreshing Twitter feeds and sifting through the bevy of rumors popping up on their timelines. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN’s Marc Stein, and a cadre of national columnists will take center stage as they work the phones and tweet updates before hurriedly scribbling a four-sentence piece for their respective outlets. Rinse, repeat.
Because this crazy time on the NBA Calendar is less than a month away, we thought it was only fair we give you a heads up about who might be looking for a condo near an arena in a different city.
Roy Hibbert, Lakers
The Lakers will finally begin their full rebuild next year, and it will go on without Roy Hibbert, whose contract expires at the end of this season. The Lakers reportedly want to send him to a contender, and he could still have some value for a team looking to bulk up on the inside for specific matchups or short stretches.
Hibbert still has value defensively, even if his offensive game never materialized. If Boston wanted to make some noise this year without killing flexibility next year, it wouldn’t take them dipping too far into their assets to land him.
David Lee, Celtics
Lee came to Boston thinking he’d get more playing time there than for the Warriors, but he’s fallen out of the rotation as Brad Stevens has favored Kelly Olynyk — who’s been shooting the lights out — and Amir Johnson at power forward. So, Lee still wants more playing time, and the Celtics would be open to moving him. He’s on the last year of a big contract, however, which means a lot of salary would have to come back, salary the Celtics may not want to tie up past this year in their pursuit of a signature star.