Thunder expressing interest in Cavs’ Burks, Hawks’ Prince

Cavaliers shooting guard Alec Burks is drawing lots of interest ahead of Thursdays trade deadline.

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.

3 Comments on "Thunder expressing interest in Cavs’ Burks, Hawks’ Prince"

  1. If we make the Houston deal, I don’t understand taking on a injured PG scheduled to make $15mil next season. Especially since Delly will be on the books for about $10 mil. If he was expiring I could see it. There is some type of plan in place but I don’t see it from the outside. I would rather keep and extend Burks vs. keeping the Rockets pick and hope we get someone that low in the draft who in 2 or 3 years is as productive as Burks today. smh
    I would not have mind taken a chance on Thon Maker. He and Henson would provide rim protection next season.

  2. Here’s my ESPN Trade Machine approved deal for the future:

    Kevin Love
    Cedi Osman

    Gary Harris
    Tre Lyles
    Michael Porter Jr.
    Future 1st

    We get the best shooting guard we’ve had in years who’s signed for 4 years and 2 young, athletic and talented forwards for the future. We take the long shot gamble on Michael Porter realizing his pre-injury potential with us. If we get Zion, Lyles is only signed through next season. Denver improves their chances at winning the west immediately.
    2019-20 potential Cleveland Roster
    TT/Zizic & Nance
    Zion*/Lyles/ Henson
    M Porter/RJ Barrett*
    One of the two of these guys if we are lucky in lottery

  3. If the trade goes through, I doubt Knight ever puts on a Cavs uniform.

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