With teams needing to complete their plans in terms of roster changes, swapping of players, or any possible trade deals before the deadline on Feb. 18, rumors about players who may be jumping teams are circulating online.
According to New York Daily News, one of the biggest speculations is about Evan Turner fitting to the New York Knicks as he will be a free agent comes summer.
He helped Boston Celtics grabbed the victory over the Knicks during a recent match, contributing 14 points and 10 rebounds. His talent in being a playmaker was suggested to be what Phil Jackson might look for in creating his triangle offense.
Meanwhile, with Blake Griffin’s injury putting him out of the court for at least four to six weeks and a run-in incident with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi, there are a lot of talks about his future with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington Post reported that with only a year left in his contract, fans are wondering whether he will stay with the Clippers or move on to another team. Some speculations suggest that if he will choose the latter, it is plausible that he may end up in one of the following teams: Knicks, Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic or Oklahoma City Thunder.
On the other hand, it is deemed to be a quieter off-season for Philadelphia 76ers this time around, as the team shows progress with the arrival of Ish Smith from New Orleans Pelicans last Dec. 24.
However, team executive Jerry Colangelo still acknowledges that they are still looking at their draft and deciding if they will make changes. “When people are looking for answers like, ‘What are you going to do?,’ it’s just too early to speculate,” he said.
“We just keep looking at options, and I think the good news is, just after a few weeks, there’s been a real improvement, and I think that’s a plus. I see it in practice, just the attitude of the players is much more positive. I think that’s important, especially with a young group, that there’s something to cling to,” he added.