Carlos Delfino is expected to join the Milwaukee Bucks shortly.
Delfino has been rehabbing in Argentina after undergoing surgery on his right foot in December. It marked the second time the 31-year-old Delfino had surgery on the foot in the last seven months. He originally hurt the foot last season while playing for the Houston Rockets.
While some league observers didn’t expect Delfino to play until January of this season, the Bucks nevertheless went ahead and signed Delfino to a three-year, $9.75 million contract.
Delfino is expected to be with the Bucks the remainder of the season, although it’s highly unlikely he’ll see any action. The NBA has granted the Bucks a disabled player exception for Delfino, meaning they will get $1.75 million to use either in a trade or free-agent signing.
As such, it’s quite possible that Delfino’s next court appearance won’t be in a Bucks’ uniform but rather an Argentinian national uni.
Acquaintances of the veteran swingman claim Delfino, if healthy enough, wants to be a part of the Argentina national team this summer and, at least play on a limited basis.
The NBA trading deadline is Thursday afternoon and, as usual, rumors are rampant.
The Bucks, of course, have made it clear they’re open to wheeling and dealing virtually anyone on their roster with the exception of Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Bucks veteran shooting guard Gary Neal has drawn interest from several teams and seems certain to be dealt. The Bucks are also dangling young power forward John Henson and could package him with a veteran player with a high salary like shooting guard O.J Mayo, who is in the first season of a fully-guaranteed three-year, $24 million deal.
The Bucks may also decide to move starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova who, as The Journal Times reported last week, is seeking a trade.
Other trade prospects
Among the more prominent players who could be jettisoned by Thursday are Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (Sacramento is keenly interested) and Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol (who wouldn’t be interested?).
Some other notable players who could be relocated to different area codes, according to league sources, are Cleveland big man Anderson Varejao and Cavalier guards Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack, anyone on the Philadelphia roster not named Michael Carter Williams, Orlando guards Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson (the Magic want first-round picks for both), Memphis power forward Zach Randolph, Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague, Detroit power forward Greg Monroe, Denver forward Kenneth Faried, Houston center Omer Asik and Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, Minnesota shooting guard Kevin Martin and forward Chase Budinger, Golden State small forward Harrison Barnes, New York guard Iman Shumpert, Sacramento guards Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore, Utah forward Marvin Williams and New Orleans guard Eric Gordon.
There has been some chatter the Knicks would consider trading superstar Carmelo Anthony, although the odds of that happening by Thursday are slim. Some league execs contend Anthony could end up in Los Angeles this summer, where his wife and reality show actress La La spends the bulk of her time.
One general manager said he could see Anthony signing as a free agent with the Lakers or being part of a sign-and-trade package with the Clippers. Clippers superstar guard Chris Paul and Anthony are good friends.
The Houston Rockets, who are currently in the third hole in the Western Conference playoff standings, seemed obsessed with adding another piece to their rotation, preferably a swingman.