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NBA Trade Rumors: 8-player Trade Among Cavs, Celtics, Hawks, Clippers Speculated

By | Oct 17, 2016 09:05 AM EDT
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Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (L) and Blake Griffin

A wild 8-player trade scenario involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Clippers has been rumored at the moment.(Photo : Getty Images)

A wild eight-player trade scenario involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Clippers has been circulating online at the moment, the recent NBA trade rumors hinted.

The terms of the deal include Paul Millsap going to the Cavs, Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce to the Celtics, Chris Paul to the Hawks, and Kevin Love, Dennis Schroeder, Amir Johnson, and rookie Jaylen Brown plus two future first-round draft picks (2017 and 2019) to the Clippers.

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The trade is evidently a blockbuster as five All-Stars will change their uniforms in the process, but it would actually be a long shot if all of the four teams involved will agree to a deal of such magnitude.

Except for Pierce and Schroeder, all of the players mentioned in the rumored scenario had been in the rumor mill all summer.

Earlier reports said Pierce is intending to retire at the end of the 2016-2017 season, and that he wants to play his last year as a Celtics member. This trade could be the way for him to return to the franchise that drafted him 10th overall way back in 1998.

Meanwhile, Schroeder is necessary to include in the deal so that the Hawks can acquire Paul from the Clippers.

SB Nation indicated that Boston has recently been pursuing Griffin. This allegedly means that they will be willing to let go of this year's third overall pick Brown, power forward Johnson and two future draft picks just to make the deal happen.

However, before the fans of these respective teams get excited, it should be noted that officially, only three of the aforementioned clubs can accommodate the salaries of the players they are set to receive.

Under league regulations, the Celtics will not be able to receive the wages of Griffin and Pierce in their salary cap and so the league will ultimately disapprove such a deal, according to Inquisitr.

While this exact NBA trade scenario is highly unlikely to push through, expect all these cited  names to still be on the trading block as the new season commences later this month.

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