Kyrie Irving trade is finalized by the Nets and Mavericks; Heat are open to transferring Lowry, Kyle

Sunday saw the first NBA blockbuster; what additional deals will we see this week?

NBA trade deadline in 2023 is almost approaching. Teams have three more days to complete their unfinished business before the trade market closes for the year on Thursday, February 9 at 3 p.m. ET. While some teams, like the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks, may try to complete tasks in advance, other teams may be making phone calls up until the very last second.

Here is a look at some of the most recent news and notes from across the league as the rumor mill continues to swirl

Nets and Mavericks finalize their trade for Irving.

The Kyrie Irving-related Nets-Mavericks bombshell was first rumored on Sunday, but it wasn’t made public until early on Monday evening. The reason for this is that the Nets were looking into ways to make the trade a three-team trade.

According to Marc Stein, one such possibility the Nets were considering was signing Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. Stein continued, “The Nets were also intrigued in Pascal Siakam of Toronto, but that one was always improbable.”

The teams ultimately called it into the league when it appeared that there would be no deal. The Mavericks wanted the transaction finalized by Monday, according to ESPN’s Tim Macmahon, so that Irving could train with the team on Tuesday and make his debut against the Clippers on Wednesday.

With barely hours remaining, the Nets were unable to combine the salaries of either Spencer Dinwiddie or Dorian Finney-Smith to make this a larger transaction.

Heat open to moving Lowry

With a record of 29-25, the Miami Heat have overcome a shaky start to move up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Despite looking like a strong playoff team, though, they are not a title candidate. They become an intriguing club to watch as the deadline approaches because of this.

Trading seasoned point guard Kyle Lowry, who has struggled when he has been on the floor due to a knee issue, could be one way to mix things up. The Miami Herald reports that the team is now willing to move him if the right offer is made.

Despite averaging 12 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game at the age of 36, Lowry only shoots 39.6 percent from the field. Additionally, he is halfway through a three-year, $85 million contract.

All of that will complicate any deal, but if a contender views Lowry as a valuable facilitator and locker room presence, they might still be interested. This includes the Los Angeles Clippers, who have an abundance of trade candidates already on their roster and are in dire need of a point guard.

Simmons has no trade value

There are many uncertainties surrounding the Nets’ future after trading Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks on Sunday.

When Kevin Durant returns from injury, do they simply maintain Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith and try to compete at the top of the Eastern Conference? Or will they try to recoup some of the first-round picks they’ve recently lost by trading players like Durant and Ben Simmons?

Given that he is one of the all-time greats in the game and asked for a trade in the summer, it makes sense that Durant has been the subject of the majority of these discussions.

But since the Nets would undoubtedly demand a sizable return for him, a deal won’t be easy to complete now just as it was over the offseason. But if he becomes available, several organizations will call him right away.

Bobby Marks claims such is not the case with Simmons, who has little trade value in the league. He has already missed 15 games due to injury and appears to be a shell of the guy that made the All-NBA Third Team in 2020. He is also less willing than ever to shoot the ball.

Given his current condition and the $78 million in debt he will have after this season, no team will want to trade for him.

Korkmaz asks the 76ers for a trade.

Furkan Korkmaz, a seasoned forward, wants to play in another NBA city besides Philadelphia. Before the deadline on Thursday, Korkmaz reportedly wanted to be traded from the Sixers, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Korkmaz has played a total of just 255 minutes for the Sixers so far this season, keeping him mostly out of the rotation. He is therefore expecting to get a bigger role somewhere else.

The Sixers wouldn’t object to trading Korkmaz because he isn’t getting much playing time, but it’s reasonable to ask what they could get in return for the forward considering that his trade value isn’t particularly high. However, teams, particularly contenders, are constantly looking for more floor space, so perhaps a deal will be reached.

For what it’s worth, Korkmaz has already asked to be traded away from Philadelphia. Additionally, he did it in the 2018–19 campaign. At the time, his request wasn’t granted, and he later twice renewed his contract with the Sixers in 2019 and 2021.

Bulls not really interested in trading LaVine

Before the deadline, one of the teams to watch is the Chicago Bulls. Despite having a talented squad, they have been unable to string wins together, and with more than half the season still remaining, they are currently 25-27, which puts them in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

They have every option open to them. They have three options: they could trade everyone, acquire a ton of future assets, and embark on a full rebuild; they could make minor adjustments to try to boost the offense; or they could choose to remain steadfast and hope that this team will improve enough down the stretch to move into a top-six spot, which is still within reach.

The last two possibilities are most plausible because they are the simplest and would guarantee the team’s continued competitiveness.

The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in Zach LaVine, but the Bulls have shown little interest in trading him, according to Jamal Collier’s report on Monday. This supports the notion that the Bulls are leaning toward keeping this core together, at least for the remainder of the season.

Wizards want to retain Beal and Kuzma

Bradley Beal will soon break the record for the most trade rumors concerning a player who has never actually been traded.

Although the veteran guard has a no-trade provision in a new five-year, $251 million contract with the Washington Wizards, there are always rumors that he might try to push his way out due to the team’s lackluster performance.

However, Beal appears pleased in Washington, and The Athletic reports that the Wizards have no interest in trading him.

Another Wizards player making news this month is Kyle Kuzma, whose future is a little less certain because he will be an unrestricted free agency this summer and is having a breakout year.

The Wizards, according to The Athletic, have expressed no interest in dealing him despite the chance that he might walk away for free during the offseason. Kuzma has stated that he could “100%” envision himself re-signing in Washington, and the team is optimistic that a contract can be reached.

Jazz have turned down offers for Conley

The Utah Jazz are still 27-27 and competing for a top-six berth in the crowded Western Conference, despite having fallen off since their spectacular start. Despite being in 10th place going into the games on Monday, they are only two games behind fourth.

Because of this, the franchise is still clinging onto important veterans like Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson, who almost everyone thought would have moved on to new teams by now. Despite the intense interest from rival teams, Danny Ainge and company are steadfast.

According to source, the Jazz rejected down a sizable expiring contract for Conley earlier in the season. Conley is valued for his contributions off the court as well as in the locker room, and the point guard and his family are content in Salt Lake City.