NBA trade deadline: Latest John Collins, Aaron Gordon news

Yahoo Sports Staff
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Atlanta's John Collins and Orlando's Aaron Gordon have been heavily featured in trade discussions by various teams ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Pictures: Getty Images
Atlanta's John Collins and Orlando's Aaron Gordon have been heavily featured in trade discussions by various teams ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Pictures: Getty Images

The NBA's trade deadline is just days away, and with so many teams still in playoff contention fans are clamouring for the latest information on their team's prime trade targets.

There hasn't been much action just yet, with the Milwaukee Bucks' trade for PJ Tucker, but Yahoo Sports NBA insider Chris Haynes has the scoop about some of this season's most talked about trade targets.

John Collins

While in the midst of a galvanising eight-game winning streak led by interim head coach Nate McMillan, the Atlanta Hawks are becoming increasingly reluctant to move their starting power forward by the March 25 trade deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Furthermore, the Hawks haven’t been overly thrilled with the offerings. For instance, the Dallas Mavericks proposed a package featuring sharpshooter Maxi Kleber, sources said.

Collins, 23, has been a central figure to the miraculous turnaround the Hawks are experiencing and tinkering with the chemistry at this juncture is risky. 

Team ownership wants wins, and that’s what’s taking place.

Marvin Bagley III

The Sacramento Kings have made the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA draft available for a trade, with the Kings recently being turned down by the Detroit Pistons, having offered Bagley III for promising rookie Saddiq Bey, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

It is no secret within league circles that both sides — Kings and Bagley III — are keen on discovering a corridor toward separation. 

It’s been a tumultuous tenure for the often-injured forward, who is currently sidelined with a fractured left hand.

Aaron Gordon

Houston Rockets players were under the impression a few days ago that a trade for Gordon was close to being finalised and a last-minute hiccup killed the deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Gordon has no desire to be traded to a team in a rebuild and is only interested in joining a team that has the potential to make a playoff run, sources said.

One key party with knowledge of the talks disputed that it nearly reached the point of completion. It would have likely involved Victor Oladipo. 

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However, any team that seeks a trade for the Orlando Magic versatile forward would prefer to have some assurances that Gordon would agree to an extension, sources said.

This could decrease the trade options for Orlando. Gordon, 25, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2022.

Talks have diminished between Orlando and the Portland Trail Blazers, a source said. The Denver Nuggets are still interested, but there isn't desperation to make a move, sources said.

The Boston Celtics emerged as a suitor for Gordon on Tuesday, however those talks do not appear to have gone too far.

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Jarrett Allen

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen will be a restricted free agent in the offseason, meaning Cleveland will have the right to match any offers the big man receives on the market.

The Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards are some of the teams expected to have some level of interest in the young 7-foot rim protector, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Earlier in the season when he was a member of the Brooklyn Nets, a healthy rookie-scale extension wasn’t feasible due to the cap restraints of the team.

A four-year, $48 million extension was offered and politely declined, sources said.

Allen, 22, will be open to all situations as he hopes to collect on his first major payday in the league, sources said.

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