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The Oklahoma City Thunder are among the teams with interest in Cavaliers shooting guard Alec Burks, though it’s not known if the sides will be able to pull off a deal before Thursday’s trade deadline.
The Cavs are believed to be strongly engaged in talks with the Houston Rockets about Burks — a deal that would deliver the Rockets’ first-round pick and point guard Brandon Knight.
Meanwhile, the Thunder are exploring the market for a backup swingman and have also called the Hawks about available small forward Taurean Prince, according to a report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
“In addition to the Thunder, league sources say the Sixers and Blazers have expressed interest in the 3-and-D forward,” O’Connor wrote of Prince.
The Thunder have a trade exception worth $10.88 million. Burks’ expiring contract is $11.5 million, so a deal may be difficult.
Burks, 27, has also drawn interest from the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors, according to a Eastern Conference source.
The Cavs acquired Burks and two second-round picks from the Utah Jazz for Kyle Korver in late November. Burks is 6-foot-6 and averaging 11.5 points and career-highs of 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 33 games with the Cavs.
Prince, 25, is 6-foot-7 and averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 32 games this season. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 12 overall pick in 2016, then traded to the Hawks on the same night.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.