NBA Rumors: Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, Steph Curry, And Reggie Jackson

NBA rumors are heating up as the season approaches the quarter mark. In addition, December 15 marks the first day that teams can trade players that were acquired during the 2016 offseason.

Brandon Knight

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Many of this year’s NBA rumors surround Brandon Knight, per Bleacher Report. Phoenix Suns feature players like Eric Bledsoe, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, which has made the backcourt crowded.

This year, the 24-year-old is averaging 24.6 minutes per game. That is the lowest of his career.

Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, others around the league believe Knight is available. His $13 million salary over the next three seasons makes it more difficult to move Knight.

However, his career highs of 19.6 points and 5.2 rebounds could entice a team looking for a young player according to Bleacher Report.

CBS SportsMatt Moore listed the Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans, Brooklyn Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers as potential suitors.

Jahlil Okafor

Many NBA rumors have surrounded the 76ers. Bleacher Report‘s Chris Roling also writes that the Philadelphia 76ers could possibly deal one of their big men.

Sixers center Joel Embiid leads the team in scoring with 18.2 points. His teammate Nerlens Noel is also on his way back after a rehab assignment in the NBA D-League.

Hence, Jahlil Okafor could be on the move. The No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft has shown enough upside to be tradeable, but not enough to stay in Philadelphia per Bleacher Report.

However, Noel still seems the most likely to get traded per The Basketball Insider’s Steve Kyler. Roling writes that teams should be interested in Noel despite his injury history. However, Philadelphia could end up holding onto Okafor and Noel due to their pickiness about who to trade.

Steph Curry

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NBA rumors surfaced about the league’s reigning MVP.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will not rule out signing with the Charlotte Hornets, pers Sports Illustrated. Curry is a Charlotte native. His father, Dell Curry, played for the team and currently works as a broadcaster. Curry is also a devoted Carolina Panthers fan.

Curry said curveballs happen all the time when asked about leaving the Warriors via The Wall Street Journal.

Curry is averaging 26.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists this season. Curry is in the final year of a four-year, $44 million contract. He becomes a free agent after this season.

Chris Paul

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According to ESPN’s Zac Lowe, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is expected to demand a full five-year max contract as a free agent this offseason.

Paul, 31, could command more money than the five-year, $153 million max contract that Mike Conley signed this past offseason, per RealGM.

In more than 20 games this year, Paul averaged 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 8.8 assists. Fellow Clippers superstar Blake Griffin could also become a free agent at the same time as Paul.

Hence, NBA rumors surround changes that could happen in Los Angeles.

Reggie Jackson

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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is rumored to make his season debut this weekend, according to NBA’s Keith Langlois.

The Pistons guard is already medically cleared to do everything the Pistons do in practice. However, Jackson needed one more practice entering this week, according to Langlois.

Jackson’s return depends on his confidence more than the physical limitations from an October 10 plasma injection in his left knee.

On the court, Langlois writes that the Pistons should run more pick and rolls with Jackson back in the lineup. Otherwise, Jackson should be ready to adjust to his teammates that he’s already played together with over the past couple of seasons.

Langlois also writes that Jackson is what the Pistons need. He writes that the Pistons will probably see how their group gels with Jackson in the lineup before making any moves. Head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy feels like he has a team that can win every time out.

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