NBA trade rumors: Latest news on Klay Thompson’s future, Celtics’ approach with Marcus Smart

The Pelicans are still all-in on DeMarcus Cousins, but there’s no way they can give him a five-year deal worth $175 million, as he’s recovering from a torn Achilles. Several players who recently have suffered the injury — Rudy Gay, Elton Brand and Wes Matthews Jr. — have come back, but have never been able to play at the same level. The Pels won’t be able to get insurance for that type of injury, according to a few GMs, so they’ll probably offer Cousins only two years at around $44 million.

The Cousins’ injury looks as if it’ll cost the Pels a playoff spot. No one, including Anthony Davis, has been able to fill Cousins’ alpha role. Cousins reportedly had interest in going to the Lakers as a free agent this summer, and the feeling was mutual. But after this kind of injury, LA has to move on. The Pels, however, still need Cousins.

As New York employment attorney Kevin Mintzer, one of Browne Sanders’ lawyers, sees it, the NBA is now reaping what it has sown.

“I am not surprised,” said Mintzer (who does not speak for Browne) of the Mavs’ situation. “As we’ve seen throughout industries, this is an issue that is still pervasive, everywhere. I am particularly not surprised that it is a problem in the NBA given the nonexistent reaction that the NBA had to Anucha’s case back in 2007 and 2008 when it happened, and a few years ago when Mr. Dolan and Mr. Thomas were on TV saying slanderous things about my client eight years after the fact.”

Memphis has had conversations about trade possibilities for Gasol, but he is owed $50 million over the next two seasons, is 33 years old and, though he has only missed one game this year, has had trouble staying healthy in recent seasons. That has undercut his value, and the Grizzlies have not been able to find an attractive return package. Milwaukee was interested, but the Bucks went conservative, trading for journeyman center Tyler Zeller this week.

The 2017 draft class (and one holdover from the 2016 class) has turned out to be one of the deepest we have seen in quite some time — and given NBA fans a fun topic of debate for the stretch run. At Paypal Cheap Jerseys minimum, there are five rookies worth discussing, even Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys if Simmons and Mitchell are clearly in a separate tier.

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