Sixers, Nuggets Discussing Speights; All-Star West Headed To Pacers

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According to sources, the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets have had advanced discussions about a trade that would send center Marreese Speights from Philly to Denver for a future second-round pick. However, the trade has not been completed and may not occur, depending on whether the Nuggets are able to retain their free agent center Nene.

Denver is still hopeful it can re-sign Nene, but the Rockets, Pacers and Nets are all in hot pursuit of the 29-year-old center, who averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last season. Each has significant cap room, though the Rockets would have had more had they been able to complete the three-team deal with the Lakers and Hornets that would have sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles. Houston would have taken Pau Gasol and his $18 million salary this season, but it would have dealt Kevin Martin ($12 million this season), Luis Scola ($8.5 million) and Goran Dragic ($2.1 million) to New Orleans, clearing even more room to go after Nene.

Speights, 24, was Philadelphia’s first-round pick in 2008, averaging 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16 minutes a game his rookie season. But injuries the last two seasons have caused him to fall out of favor, and the Sixers have put him on the trading block.

The Nuggets, however, have other big man options on the table if Nene departs, and will explore those before returning to the potential Speights trade, a league source said. The Sixers, another source said, have other possibilities on the table as well for Speights as they assess his trade value.

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A league source said Sunday afternoon that the potential sign-and-trade deal between the New Orleans Hornets and Boston Celtics which would have sent forward David West to Boston is dead, and confirmed that West is likely headed to the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers have more cap room to offer the 31-year-old West than the Celtics could generate in the sign-and-trade proposal, which developed late last week while the Hornets were also working on the Paul-to-LA trade. But that trade fell through Saturday night, with Los Angeles opting to send Lamar Odom to Houston for a 2012 first-round pick.

ESPN.com first reported West’s progress toward a deal with Indiana.

UPDATE: David West’s agent is saying his client has indeed agreed to a two-year, $20 million-dollar deal with the Pacers.

16 Comments

  1. toronto area says:

    WEST AND NENE ARE wantting too much money , i wouldnt take a chance on west epecially never got back to all star form , indy you hae two upcoming guys there in the middle just supply them with the vets

    *thumbs up on resinging Foster(lture to his team begging to end ) . . . take notes howard ,paul lol

  2. cris says:

    Dwight and “RIP” hamilton to chicago bulls,..if that is happen the miami heat should be get ready if they face the bulls,..haha

  3. PACER LOVER says:

    Finally we got the confirmation west has signed with the pacers and now were just waiting on the sign and trade deal for oj mayo and josh mcroberts i hope that goes threw cause we are heading in the right direction and lamar odom your so un grate full LA has done alot for you

    • pacersfan5 says:

      Word Up Pacer Lover. You are spot on. West is an awesome pickup, and if we can sign Mayo, or Jamal Crawford we would be pushing for top 4 in East.

  4. harold says:

    I think the lamar odom trade with the mavs is a great move with the mavs. They lost a center but gain a player that can play 3 position on the court. He can be a center, forward or even a small forward. I hope Dwight howard go to the nuggets or nets in grizzles could be a great place as well with rudy gay or mayo… Plus zach RAndolf in tghe mix.

  5. ok says:

    Odom who is the 6th man of the year who also started about 45 percent of the games for the lakers is now with the Mavs.
    Kobe didn’t like this trade but the lakers are now in a hot pursuit of getting Dwight Howards but other teams such as nets are also chasing the most dominate center.

    It is a suggestion that the Heat could give Wade for Dwight & Hedo sources says Of course other teams will be involved to make this happen.

  6. Dom says:

    They’re FINALLY talking about the Sixers on NBA.com? Hell must have freezed over! Lol, but honestly, I’m a Sixers fan and I like Marresse Speights; he just doesn’t play defense. But boy, when he gets hot, he gets hot. I think if he did receive 30 minutes or more elsewhere he could EASILY give you 15 pts or more; he’s a pretty substantial rebounder too but damn he doesn’t play D! I hope he does get traded though; I’d love to see what he could do if he received more minutes; he juss couldn’t be worked into the Sixers needs I guess.

  7. Manu says:

    LA sent Lamar to Dallas; not houston

  8. Aaron says:

    I hope the celtics get Nene

  9. TPM says:

    C’mon David

    Lamar is not going to Houston.

  10. wow come on boston should get david west im pissed off man i wish they get him thats soooooooooo stupid boston would of been way better man that sucks

    • pacersfan5 says:

      How would Boston have been better. He would have been backing up KG and would only get to start once KG and Allen retire and Boston is ordinary. Or, he could sign with one of the best up and coming teams in the league, a team he will start for immediately, and will get many many pick and roll opportunities with Darren Collison. The Pacers are a team that go 2 quality players deep at nearly every position (only C has Hibbert then not much), so I think this is a great choice for the Pacers, for West, and for his bank account, as he will be on more with Pacers than he would have been on with Celtics.
      So no, it is not sooooooo stupid, as you put it, it makes a whole lotta sense, something you have failed to see.

  11. Big SM says:

    Well, I care about the Sixers. I believe in their management and therefore it must be for the benefit of all parties. Great job resigning Thaddeus Young! One of my favourite players!

  12. Jimmy says:

    guess im the 1st to comment on this. not surprising seeing no one cares about speights.

    • nbeatz says:

      I think speights is another jefferson of the Jazz someone whow can gaurd resonably and score 16-18 points a night is he a leading score of a teamÉ No, but give him 30 or more minutes a night and he`s going to give you 18 8 and a block per game, he is young athletic and great for running the floor. if the trade goes through, good for him.