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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Myles Turner, Buddy Hield, Jae Crowder Trades and More

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    Myles Turner (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

    We may be a week away from the start of the 2022-23 NBA preseason, but teams are still spinning and dealing.

    On Thursday, Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanović traded to the Detroit Pistons for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee, according to the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds. It’s the latest move in a retooled jazz franchise that sent Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in early September.

    It’s also unlikely to be the last move we see before the regular season kicks off on October 18.

    As teams gear up for preseason and the trade market is still wide open, let’s take a look at the latest NBA buzz.

Lakers, Pacers talked about Myles Turner, Buddy Hield Trade

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    Buddy Hield (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    The Los Angeles Lakers have been at the epicenter of trade rumors all offseason. They have been linked with Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and there has been a lot of fuss over the Russell Westbrook deal.

    For now, however, Westbrook appears to be in the Lakers’ plans for the upcoming season.

    “The way I understand it now, they still see Russell Westbrook as a starter,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said NBA today (h/t Ashish Mathur from Heavy).

    However, that doesn’t mean Los Angeles isn’t still evaluating its options with the 33-year-old.

    Corresponding Shine Charania from Stadium and The Athletic, the Lakers have discussed a deal for Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and guard Buddy Hield, but LA isn’t interested in giving up two unprotected first-round picks as part of the deal.

    “I’m told that the Lakers and Pacers had some trade talks this week and the Pacers’ requirement for two unprotected first-round picks … just isn’t appealing to the Lakers,” Charania said during an appearance on Bally Sports. The Rally.

    Los Angeles has first-round picks available in 2027 and 2029, but it doesn’t seem ready to part with them at the moment. If the Lakers ultimately dish out that draft capital, it will likely come after this season when they can get a feel for their post-Westbrook roster.

    Of course, this can be a situation to keep an eye on as the trading deadline approaches as the trading requirements for one side or the other can change slightly.

Jae Crowder would welcome a Miami return

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    Jae Crowder (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

    The Phoenix Suns could be the next team to make a notable trade. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, they are currently active in trade negotiations.

    “They are very active this last week to do business,” he said NBA today (with Jeremy Cluff from the Republic of Arizona). “They are currently in trade negotiations. A lot of them revolve around Jae Crowder. Jae Crowder is a player that is available on the market right now.”

    Could Crowder’s former team, the Miami Heat, be interested in winning him back? That remains to be seen, but according to Barry Jackson the Miami Heraldthe 32-year-old would be open to a reunion in Miami.

    “We heard Jae Crowder would welcome a return to The Heat,” Jackson wrote.

    However, as Jackson noted, finding a trade that works for both Miami and Phoenix would be difficult. The Heat don’t have many obvious trade candidates for a Crowder deal — Jackson mentioned Duncan Robinson, though the four years and $75 million left on his deal would be a tough sell — and may not be willing to back down from a pick to separate for the first round.

    However, in a vacuum, a trade would make sense for Miami. Crowder was part of the 2019-20 Heat roster that reached the NBA Finals and he started in 21 games this postseason. Last year with the Suns, he averaged 9.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while appearing in 67 regular-season games.

Obi Toppin could see a bigger role this season

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    Obi Toppin (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    The Heat and Lakers faced each other in the 2020 NBA Finals, a place the New York Knicks have not been since the 1998-99 season. They’ve only made the playoffs once in the last nine seasons.

    However, the Knicks have some intriguing young plays in RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, and they’ve added Jalen Brunson this offseason. With Julius Randle and Evan Fournier also in the squad, they could turn heads in the East this season.

    It would help tremendously if New York could get big entries from Obi Toppin, the eighth overall winner of 2020.

    The Dayton product played sparingly as a rookie — he averaged 11 minutes per game — but made a positive move last season. He appeared in 72 games from 10 starts, averaging 17.1 minutes, 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds.

    According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the 24-year-old could play an even bigger role this year.

    “I’ve heard members of the coaching staff think Obi Toppin’s role may be increasing,” he wrote. “It’s a natural progression from Toppin’s game at the end of last season.”

    In his last five games last season, Toppin had 20, 20, 19, 35 and 42 points. In the right role, he could be a game changer for the Knicks this year. However, Begley noted that a bigger role doesn’t necessarily mean a “significant increase in minutes.”

    Toppin will likely continue to be a role player in New York, at least as long as Randle stays in the lineup.

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