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Thunder reportedly express trade interest in Taurean Prince

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Some rumblings.

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The NBA trade deadline is less than 30 hours away and, for the most part, things have been quiet surrounding the Atlanta Hawks. The team does possess some intriguing trade assets, however, and Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer shed a bit of light on the potential of a deal involving starting forward Taurean Prince.

The Thunder have also inquired about Hawks forward Taurean Prince, who I reported was available last month on The Ringer NBA Show. In addition to the Thunder, league sources say the Sixers and Blazers have expressed interest in the 3-and-D forward.

In late January, Shams Charania of The Athletic also pointed to Prince as being available on the trade market but, in this case, there are teams to match up with the third-year player. It is worth noting that the 76ers pulled off a deal to acquire Tobias Harris on Wednesday morning and the Blazers recently landed Rodney Hood, which could potentially take both teams out of the running for a player with Prince’s skill set. Still, the Thunder persist as a logical landing spot and, with Prince’s relatively small salary ($2.5 million) on a rookie contract, there are mechanisms to make a swap happen.

Elsewhere in the same reporting from O’Connor, he notes that Dewayne Dedmon and Jeremy Lin continue to be on the market. That, of course, comes as no surprise given the nature of their expiring contracts but O’Connor asserts that the 76ers “have made calls” about Dedmon, citing the team’s potential need for a backup center after sending former Hawks big man Mike Muscala to Los Angeles in the deal centering on Harris.

There will be more rumblings in the coming hours but, for now, it appears to be the usual suspects (with a notable silence surrounding Kent Bazemore) and we’ll keep you updated throughout the week. Stay tuned.