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NBA Rumor Roundup: Smith Jr., Gasol, Lin Mentioned Early

The trade buzz has started to heat up as the Feb. 7 trade deadline approaches.

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The NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 7 is fast approaching. Teams with a chance of making the playoffs are exploring options to bolster their rosters, while teams seeking better draft position are looking to cash in on their assets. Let’s check in on the latest rumors dominating conversation around the league:

Dennis Smith Jr. on the outs with the Dallas Mavericks

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi reported Monday night that the Mavs have ramped up their efforts in finding a new home for second-year guard Dennis Smith Jr. Wojnarowski mentioned both the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic as potential landing spots...

...yet Phoenix radio host John Gambadoro says the Suns are not interested:

“Whisper” of the end for Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies?

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Monday night that a “whisper” has circulated about the Grizzlies being proactive and trading Marc Gasol before he possibly opts out of his player option this summer, which would see the big man leave Memphis for nothing:

Sacramento Kings join group of potential Jeremy Lin suitors

NYT’s Marc Stein revealed Tuesday that the Kings are also among the teams with initial interest in trading for Hawks guard Jeremy Lin:

Lin isn’t the only Hawk available for trade, either, Stein said:

News of the Kings’ interest in Lin comes after a report last week by Sean Deveney of the Sporitng News that the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans were also interested in Lin.

Last summer’s extensions now eligible for trade

Several big-name players that signed extensions last summer are now eligible to be traded. This list includes the Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic:

For trade rumors involving former Blazers Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews, click here.