NBA trade rumors: Mavericks have asked about Kyle Kuzma; Raptors are asking a high price for Bruce Brown

The 2024 NBA trade deadline is now just weeks away, and the action is starting to ramp up. Just a few days ago, the Toronto Raptors sent Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers in a three-team deal, and based on the amount of rumors flying around, there will be more moves to come.

Here’s a look at some of the latest buzz about the league:

Raptors want first-round pick and more for Brown

As part of the blockbuster Siakam trade, the Raptors received Bruce Brown from the Pacers. Even before that deal was officially announced by all parties, questions were already being raised about Brown’s future in Toronto. The versatile wing is a strong defender on a reasonable contract, and he helped the Denver Nuggets win the title last season, so it’s no surprise that contenders are interested.

However, the Raptors won’t just give him up. According to Marc Stein in his latest newsletter, Toronto is seeking “a future first-round selection and at least one quality player.”

That’s a steep price, but the Raptors have the edge at this position. The two-year, $45 million deal Brown signed with the Pacers last season also includes a club option for the 2024-25 season. This means the team that traded for him will have control for another year, or the Raptors could bring him back.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are among the teams Stein mentioned as potential suitors, but there will certainly be others in the mix.

Mavericks asking about Kuzma

The Washington Wizards are one of the worst teams in the league, but they have some players that other organizations are interested in. This includes Kyle Kuzma, Tyus Jones and Daniel Gafford. Per Stein, the Wizards are demanding at least a first-round pick for all three and two first-round picks for Kuzma.

It remains to be seen if any team is willing to pay that price, but Dallas is asking questions. The Mavericks have to give their 2024 first pick to the Knicks and their 2029 first pick to the Brooklyn Nets, but they still have several firsts to offer in any trade.

Kuzma – a big, versatile wing who can play with or without the ball – is exactly the type of player they need after Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, and is enjoying a career-season. He averaged 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while shooting a solid 34.1% from 3-point land. He also has the experience of winning a championship with the Lakers in 2020.

Blazers have no interest in moving Grant, but likely deal Brogdon

The Portland Trail Blazers are in the early stages of a rebuild after trading Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks over the summer, and veterans on rebuilding teams are always going to draw interest from contenders. Jerami Grant and Malcolm Brogdon top that list, though the Blazers are divided on their desire to move both of them.

Stein reported he has no interest in relocating Grant, who signed a five-year, $160 million deal with the Blazers in the offseason and seems content in the Pacific Northwest.

“I’m cool here,” Grant told Shawn Hykin of the Rose Garden Report. “I’m good at what I’m doing. Keep my head down and keep working, keep trying to help the young guys as much as I can.” [Trade speculation is] Definitely something you look at. It’s not something you can do anything about, especially since I just signed a deal. I’m here as long as they want me.”

However, according to Stein, Brogdon is expected to be transferred. The veteran point guard came from the Boston Celtics in the Jrue Holiday trade, and has been mentioned in trade rumors since then. As the deadline approaches, expect his name to be thrown up all over the place. The Knicks, who are in need of a back-up point guard, are one team in the mix.

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