NBA Trade Rumors Roundup Jan 16th: DeAndre Jordan's Mavericks future in doubt, Jeremy Lin trade and more
We have now passed the halfway point of the 2018/19 NBA season, and teams are starting to get a good idea about where they currently stand. Up until this point, both Conferences have remained competitive, with eleven teams in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, whereas every team except the Phoenix Suns has a shot in the West.
The February trade deadline is also quickly approaching, as the NBA has made changes to the deadline so that it will now always occur 10 days before the All-Star game. This has been done so that players, who get traded, have time to settle into their new teams, and this year's trade window will close on February 7th.
So with the deadline less than a month away, here are the biggest trade rumours you need to know for January 16th.
The Hawks make a number of players available for trade
The Atlanta Hawks have once again struggled this season, and the team is currently well outside of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Due to this, Marc Stein from the New York Times is reporting that the team has made three senior members of the roster available for trade:
The Hawks are known to have made the veteran point guard Lin, big man Dewayne Dedmon and swingman Kent Bazemore available in advance of the Feb. 7 trade deadline in search of more draft picks.
Jeremy Lin and Dewayne Dedmon both have expiring contracts and will become unrestricted free agents this summer. Lin plays at the point guard position and is currently averaging 10.8 points and 3.6 assists per game. Dedmon is a 29-year-old center who is currently posting 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Bazemore is averaging 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and the 29-year-old has a player option for the 19/20 season worth $19 million.