Pop: I wouldn’t expect a trade
Via the Express-News:
“We’ve talked to teams, teams have talked to us,” Popovich said. “That goes on all year long. It just intensifies come trade deadline. That’s what teams do. You’re always trying to make yourself better.
“As we all know, though, very few things actually happen at the trade deadline, and I wouldn’t expect anything to happen for us, either.”
That being said, there are reasons to believe otherwise: Tim Varner (who is at the game, but missed the pre-game presser at which Pop made the above comments) said he was just handed the starting lineup and neither Jefferson nor McDyess are in it. Bogans and Bonner are starting in their place, along with Parker, Duncan and Hill.
On a normal night I’d say this is just another wacky lineup move by Pop, but on the day before the trade deadline it has more significance. Players are often held out of games the day before the trade deadline if the team is intent on moving them. If you don’t see either McDyess or Jefferson check in tonight, that’s why. However, according to Tim, they are dressed.
Update: Both Jefferson and McDyess have checked into the game, so my earlier thoughts have proven to be nothing more than trigger-happy speculation.