Rumors: Dinwiddie, Westbrook, Lakers, Kuzma, Knicks

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives to the basket during a game against the Celtics.

The Hornets have talked with the Nets about a guard Spencer Dinwiddie, per Legion Hoops Ross. (By the way, Ross has been in out in front of a lot of these reports and proven accurate. So I will continue to use him as a source of information in this space.)

Multiple Western Conference contenders have also expressed an interest in Dinwiddie, per Ian Begley of

Per Legion Hoops Ross, the Hornets have been one of the most active teams heading into free agency. They have also been linked to Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.

Overall, trade talks centered on Westbrook has been described as “slow developing,” per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan addressed a report that the Lakers are interested. “You’d better feel good about it because there are some (players) that’s not wanted,” DeRozan told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes of Showtime. “Especially me, being from LA, it’s like damn, my hometown team want me? They just came off a championship, and they want me?”

Some within the Mavericks organization have an interest in pursuing Thunder free agent forward Danilo Gallinari, per Ian Begley of

Nets center Jarrett Allen is drawing trade interest from the Clippers, per Legion Hoops Ross.

The Pistons are expressing interest in Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, per Legion Hoops Ross. But the Pistons actually being able to pull off a deal for Kuzma is considered a “long shot.”

The Lakers will listen to offers for shooting guard Danny Green, per Ian Begley of

North Carolina point guard Cole Anthony worked out for the Wizards ahead of the draft, per Quinton Mayo of NBC Sports Washington. The Wizards own the No. 9 overall pick.

The Knicks may be willing to move small forward R.J. Barrett or center Mitchell Robinson if it meant landing one of the top three picks, per veteran draft insider Chad Ford.

The Knicks are rebuffing all trade calls for the No. 8 pick, per Legion Hoops Ross. They are only willing to move up in the draft, would only move back if a young veteran was also involved. The Celtics offered the Nos. 26 and 30 picks to the Knicks for No. 8, LHR reported. No dice.


The Cavaliers are “eager to dump Kevin Love” and are eyeing Dayton power forward Obi Toppin in the draft, per Sean Deveney of But an Amico Hoops source strongly denied a different report that the Cavs have spoken to the Warriors about Love.

Add the Trail Blazers to the list of teams with possible interest in Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, per The Ringer. The Nets, Nuggets and 76ers are among the others linked to Holiday.

Celtics guard/forward Gordon Hayward may be drawing interest from the Knicks, per The Ringer.

Lakers guard Avery Bradley is changing agents and intends to sign with Charles Briscoe, per The Athletic. Bradley has a player option on his contract.

The Lakers have an interest in Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, per The Ringer.

Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins is still recovering from a torn ACL and may not be ready to play when the 2020-21 season opens (Dec. 22), per SLAM. The free agency period begins Nov. 20.

The Cavaliers may be zeroing in on Dayton forward Obi Toppin and Israeli forward Deni Avdija for Wednesday’s NBA draft, per The Athletic. Toppin recently told reporters he would love to play for the Cavs.

Cavaliers GM Koby Altman is said to be especially high on Toppin, per a separate report from The Athletic. Other members of the front office seemingly prefer Avdija — but it remains to be seen if he’s still around when the Cavs pick at No. 5.\

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of Amico Hoops. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for both Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and

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