The Toronto Raptors are poised to make yet another trade before the NBA trade deadline, not long after acquiring Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic, but it’s coming down to deciding which player they want to trade for.
According to RealGM, Toronto is trying to decide whether to give up a first round pick in a trade for P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns or Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.
Tucker has been one of the more talked about names in recent weeks and will be a free agent in the offseason.
Chandler is likely to be dealt in Denver’s attempt to purge their roster to kickstart a hard rebuild mode. Chandler has a player option to become a free agent in 2018.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Toronto is likely to include Jared Sullinger in any trade along with a 1st round pick.
Nuggets’ Mike Malone Rips Team After ‘Embarassing’ Effort
Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone took his team to task after what he calls an “embarrassing” effort against the previously winless New Orleans Pelicans, a game that the Nuggets lost 122-107.
“I’m embarrassed,” Malone said during the postgame presser, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “That was an embarrassing effort defensively. Gave up 37 fast-break points. You can give all the transition defense rules that you want. To me, transition defense boils down to one thing — effort. Get back. You can tell them. You can lead a horse to water, whatever analogy you want to use. We did not get back.”
Malone tried changing lineups, going to his bench, and trying every flip flopping of the players on the court to infuse some life into his team. But, nothing seemed to turn the tide for Denver.
“I thought our starting group struggled. I thought they were low energy,” Malone said. “We were lucky to be down by four at halftime, and they come out and punch us in the mouth to start that third quarter.
“I thought tonight was a disappointing, embarrassing effort. I thought guys off the bench played hard, gave effort. We gotta find ways to get our starters to play the same way, because they’re not playing like that right now. They’re just not.”
The Pelicans had 20 fast-break points — more than they had in any of the first four games — in the first 15 minutes and finished with 37. It is tied for the most fast-break points a Nuggets team has allowed under Malone, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
“We’re a great talk team. We can talk before the season starts about all the things we want to accomplish, and we want to be a contending team,” Malone said. “It’s all bulls—. Don’t tell me about it, show me. And right now we’ve got a lot of guys that aren’t showing me much.”
One player that Malone took time to praise was Mason Plumlee, who he wants the rest of the team to play like.
“Every night, he’s on the bench supporting his teammates,” Malone said. “When he goes into the game, he gives 1,000 percent. That’s great to see.
“I thought the guys off the bench were really committed. I got to find a way to get those five starters playing the same way for every minute that they’re on the court, because it’s not happening right now and I gotta figure that out, and that’s on me.”
Nuggets’ Mike Malone Emotional Following Denver School Shooting
Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone became emotional during a press conference discussing a school shooting that left one student dead took place at a Highlands Ranch public charter school in his suburban Denver community.
Malone talked how his two middle school-aged daughters, who attend a different school, had experienced a lockdown for the second time in a three week period due to a shooting threat, as he called for something to change to stop this epidemic.
One student was killed and eight injured during Tuesday’s shooting at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. According to their report, two suspects are currently in custody.
“The [STEM] school is literally two minutes away from where I live, right down Broadway in Highlands Ranch,” Malone said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “My wife and daughters know people. As a coach, I am somewhat of a recluse, but it’s a close community.
“It’s not just Highlands Ranch. It’s not just Colorado. This is an epidemic. And it continues to happen. And that is the frustrating thing. How do you stop it? Again, gun control, laws, whatever it might be. I am not a politician. I don’t want to sit up here on a soapbox. I just want everybody back at Highlands Ranch to know that we’re with you and that is very important for them to know.”
There was a moment of silence prior to Game 5 between the Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Malone said that he was at the Pepsi Center preparing for Game 5 when his wife, Jocelyn, called to inform him about the shooting and to let him know that their daughters were safe but scared.
“The thing that makes you angry is that she’s telling me how scared my daughters are in their schools, texting her, because they don’t know what’s going on — it’s a lockout,” Malone said.
“Where’s this shooter? Is it at our school? Some other school? The kids go to school, they should be going to school to learn, have fun, be with their friends. Not worry about an active shooter. … It’s just frustrating, and it gets you angry because it hits home. And that’s how I felt today.”
While Malone stated that he would likely wouldn’t bring up the shooting with his team prior to Game 5, he did discuss how he would address the topic with his daughters.
“That’s a great question, and you know, that’s something I haven’t even really thought about,” Malone said emotionally. “I’m texting my daughter, telling her she’s going to be OK. I don’t even know if she will be OK.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare, and it’s something that when you see your kids go to school in the morning, it’s ‘Have a great day’ and just assume everything is going to be all right. And as we all know, it’s not. So you figure it out.”
The STEM Highlands Ranch campus is not far from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Columbine was where one of the most infamous school mass shootings in American history took place back on April 20th, 1999.
“I know thoughts and prayers are never enough,” Malone continued. “And from myself, our team, our organization, our thoughts and prayers are with all those families, students, school administrators, everybody that was there today. It’s a tragedy.
“I would like to say a thank you to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department that was there, on top of it, in matter of minutes and all the first responders that were there and allowing that to not become worse than it was,” Malone added. “But it’s a shame. My girls have been in a lockout twice in the last month. I’m not a politician, I don’t have the answers, but something must change. So I just want to make sure that I acknowledge what happened today in my backyard and all those families are on my mind.”
2017 NBA Trade Deadline Moves
Did you have trouble keeping up with all the action and rumors flying around the league on deadline day? Below is a comprehensive list of all the trades that went down within the last few days.
Toronto gets: Serge Ibaka
Orlando gets: Terrence Ross, 2017 first round pick
New Orleans gets: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi
Sacramento gets: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, 2017 first round pick (top 3 protected), 2017 second round pick
Houston gets: Lou Williams
LA Lakers get: Corey Brewer, 2017 first round pick
Washington gets: Bojan Bogdanovic, Chris McCullough
Brooklyn gets: Andrew Nicholson, 2017 first round pick
Atlanta gets: Ersan Ilyasova
Philadelphia gets: Tiago Splitter, two 2017 second round picks (MIA & BKN)
Dallas gets: Nerlens Noel
Philadelphia gets: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, 2017 first round pick (top 18 protected)
Brooklyn gets: KJ McDaniels
Houston gets: 2017 second round pick (top 55 protected)
Oklahoma City gets: Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, 2018 second round pick
Chicago gets: Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow
Denver gets: Roy Hibbert
Milwaukee gets: 2019 second round pick (top 55 protected)
LA Lakers get: Tyler Ennis
Houston gets: Marcelo Huertas
Phoenix gets: Mike Scott
Atlanta gets: Cash Considerations
Toronto gets: PJ Tucker
Phoenix gets: Jared Sullinger, 2017 & 2018 second round picks
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