Ready for what will hopefully be a flurry of trades that dominate the news cycle today?
Starting at noon Eastern (11:00 a.m. Central), the NBA moratorium will no longer sit in place.
Trade season begins Monday afternoon, sources tell ESPN. Teams were informed the NBA’s moratorium will end at noon ET and deals can begin to be consummated.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 15, 2020
Teams will in effect be able to start wheeling and dealing right after the bell rings — I’m envisioning Adam Silver startling representatives from all 30 franchises on a Zoom call with an air horn or some other aggravating noise device.
Forgive me, but it’s 2020, the year we should always hope to forget.
But honestly, considering the fact that many players, agents and teams have been chatting behind the scenes leading up to this moment, there could be a healthy amount of activity.
For instance, word broke yesterday that the Lakers intend to send Danny Green and their 28th overall pick to the Thunder for Dennis Schroder, but the deal will not be finalized until Los Angeles makes that selection on behalf of OKC in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The two biggest questions surrounding the Pelicans are:
- Will Jrue Holiday be traded?
- Will the Pelicans improve their position in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft as they’ve been rumored several times of wanting to trade up the last few weeks?
The rumors revolving around Holiday continued to swirl yesterday as Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that “significant league-wide interest” remains, but Mike Singer of the Denver Post downplayed some possibilities.
Jrue Holiday continues to generate significant league-wide interest, with several teams attempting to get into the top-ten to acquire a pick needed to deal for Holiday. Several team execs say the Nuggets, armed with young talent to trade, are a strong threat.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) November 15, 2020
This Harden component could very well take up Brooklyn’s attention, meaning the Nets might be less inclined or focused on engaging with New Orleans for Holiday.— Mike Singer (@msinger) November 15, 2020
I keep hearing there aren’t many realistic landing spots for Holiday.
Will someone trade for Russell Westbrook or James Harden? Does Chris Paul get moved to a contender? What will be the deal that no one sees coming?
Some helpful advice: keep hitting refresh on Twitter or whatever other app you rely on for breaking NBA news. We could be in for a wild ride.