NBA Rumors: Knicks, Kings, Victor Oladipo, Jazz

Knicks

  • Unrestricted Free Agent Centers André Drummond and Isaiah Hartenstein are among the players on the Knicks’ radar, according to SNY.tv’s Ian Begley. Drummond started last season with the 76ers before being traded to the Nets as part of the Ben Simmons OK.
  • Begley wrote that the Knicks intend to “aggressively pursue” Hartenstein, who spent last season with the Clippers. A return to Los Angeles is not excluded, however.

  • Knicks could waive forward/center Taj Gibson to create room for a new big man, then re-sign Gibson later in the offseason, per Begley.

kings

  • Kings among teams interested in unrestricted free agent custody Victor Oladipo, by Begley. The Wizards and Pistons have also been linked with Oladipo. It’s starting to look unlikely that he’ll return to the Heat.
  • Sacramento is also among the teams looking to make a run for Lakers custody. Monk Malik, by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, via the Marc Stein podcast. Monk said he was ready to take a cut to return to Los Angeles, as we relayed here. But it was clear that this is not a sure thing.
  • As we relayed, the Kings did not extend a qualifying offer to the point guard Donte Di Vincenzo. He is already attracting a lot of interest from rival teams. The Kings could also try to bring him back under a new coach mike brown.

Jazz

  • Jazz expressed interest in trading for Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.., Begley reported. By all accounts, however, the Raptors aren’t actively looking to move Trent.
  • Utah will not make a qualifying offer to the point guard Trent Forrestby Tony Jones of The Athletic. Forrest will become an unrestricted free agent. Jones added that the Jazz would benefit from bringing him back.
  • In case you missed it, Jazz Ahead Royce O’Neale sparked trade interest from the Nets, Raptors and Hawks. You can read the full story on Hoops Wire here.

This article first appeared on Hoops Wire and was syndicated with permission.

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