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The Portland Trail Blazers have completed a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Eric Maynor.
The Indiana Pacers have not succeeded in their attempts to land J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic.
The Orlando Magic may be on the verge of trading J.J. Redick in a three-team deal that involves the Milwaukee Bucks.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has the info:
The Portland Trail Blazers could be adding some depth behind Damian Lillard at point guard prior to the trade deadline.
- Yannis Koutroupis
The pursuit of J.J. Redick is currently compromised of the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers. The San Antonio Spurs, who were very interested as of earlier today, now appear to be out of the mix for Redick’s services. There is still no guarantee that the Magic will trade him.
- Yannis Koutroupis
The Brooklyn Nets have still not given up on their pursuit of Josh Smith, even with the Milwaukee Bucks looking like they are the favorites to land him if Atlanta does decide to trade him.
- Yannis Koutroupis
The Phoenix Suns have been interested in Atlanta Hawks guard Josh Smith the longest. However, it looks like their run for him is going to come up a bit short with the Milwaukee Bucks currently leading the charge for him.
With 50 minutes left before the NBA’s trade deadline, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks are still seriously engaged in trade talks for Josh Smith.
The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have completed a trade that will send Leandro Barbosa, who is out for the year with a torn ACL, to Washington in exchange for Jordan Crawford.
The Denver Nuggets have been fielding a lot of interest for center Timofey Mozgov, but it does not look like he will be going anywhere.
- Yannis Koutroupis
Yahoo! Sports Marc J. Spears is reporting that the Grizzlies trade for Miami HEAT center Dexter Pittman has been agreed to. HOOPSWORLD sources confirm it, as well. The Grizzlies will be giving up a second-round pick.
- Yannis Koutroupis
According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics are on the verge of a trade that will land Jordan Crawford in Celtics green. The Celtics have been looking for additional backcourt help since losing both Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries.
- Bill Ingram
According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami HEAT are discussing a deal that would send center Dexter Pittman to the Grizzlies. The deal would likely either be for a second-round draft pick or one of Memphis’ traded player exceptions.
Coach Hollins has complained in recent weeks about the team’s lack of depth at the center position, which Pittman would help improve. While Pittman has not been able to carve out a spot in Miami’s regular rotation yet, he has been playing expansively in the NBA’s Development League and is in the best shape he’s ever been in.
- Yannis Koutroupis
The San Antonio Spurs have been shopping DeJuan Blair, which isn’t a huge surprise since he has been on the block since last year. Blair fell out Gregg Popovich’s rotation during the postseason and has been playing limited minutes this season. Blair can walk as an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Spurs understand that he’ll likely look for greener pastures.
That’s why San Antonio is trying to move him before the deadline, even if it’s just for a draft pick. While no clear suitor has emerged yet, San Antonio seems confident that they can find a taker for Blair and it could be the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are, of course, focused on their Josh Smith plans. However, Blair landing in Atlanta after a Smith deal is complete is a possibility, according to league sources.
The Los Angeles Lakers have not been spectators at this year’s trade deadline. As of moments ago they were still trying to see what perimeter players were available in exchange for some of the guys at the end of their bench, like Steve Blake, Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks and Chris Duhon. According to sources the Lakers made a push for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson, but were not able to put together a deal to Cleveland’s liking.
There is still the possibility that the Lakers make a minor move, trading one of the above players for a second-round pick in order to put them in a situation where they can play more while freeing up a roster spot and saving some money.
- Yannis Koutroupis
The Boston Celtics are looking for a guard and the Washington Wizards are looking for a big man. So, it was only a matter of time until the Celtics and Wizards got on the phone and discussed a Melo-for-Crawford deal.
The two sides are in talks right now, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
All of the information until now has suggested that the Nets won’t be doing anything at the trade deadline, but with two hours to spare, interim coach P.J. Carlesimo kept the trade winds blowing during an interview with ESPN Radio.
“Billy’s not afraid to do something,” Carlesimo said of general manager Billy King, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Mike Mazzeo.
Carlesimo did explain that the Nets won’t do something unless it works in the long term, but insisted that it’s going to “come down to” the last couple of hours.
Obviously, we’re already in the last couple of hours.
I’m told that the Nets are still working on things, but nothing has solidified yet. It’s hard to imagine the Nets doing a deal unless it involved Kris Humphries.
As if anyone needed more evidence that the Knicks’ roster will remain intact over the next hour, The Bergen Record’s Steve Popper tweeted from the team’s practice in Toronto that the entire team is active:
If someone were being traded, it’s unlikely they would be running up and down the floor with their soon-to-be former teammates.
The Knicks’ issue remains that they simply don’t have any attractive pieces unless they were willing to move Iman Shumpert. And as Mike Woodson has said repeatedly, the team is not interested in making a deal involving Shumpert.
And as if we needed even more proof that the Knicks aren’t making a deal, the fact that everyone is practicing means big men Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace are recovering from their respective foot injuries. One of the reasons the Knicks would make a trade would be if they didn’t think they were getting the pair of veterans back sometime soon.
While the actual expiration dates may be later than Thursday, if they expire before the end of the regular season, they become functionally useless.
The following trade exceptions will expire after the deadline if unused:
Nene – $13 million
Stephen Jackson – $2.5 million
Mehmet Okur – $1.39 million
Shawne Williams – $1.38 million
Los Angeles Clippers
Brian Cook – $1.2 million
Sam Young – $1.2 million
Los Angeles Lakers
Jason Kapono – $854k
Derek Fisher – $544k
San Antonio Spurs
T.J. Ford – $854k
Additionally, any disabled player exceptions can no longer be used in trade although they can still be used to sign a free agent – including exceptions for the Golden State Warriors’ Brandon Rush ($2 million), Lakers’ Jordan Hill ($1.78 million), Portland Trail Blazers’ Elliot Williams ($721k) and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee ($381k).
— Eric Pincus
The Houston Rockets would like nothing better than to land Josh Smith before today’s trade deadline. Not only would he be a dynamic addition to their current core, he would also potentially help in luring Dwight Howard to Houston as a free agent this summer.
The reality, however, is that Atlanta’s asking price will likely mean Smith will not be wearing Rockets red any time soon. The Hawks were willing to have the conversation with Houston, but their asking price of Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons was simply too steep a price for the Rockets to pay. Giving up Asik would leave Houston without a starting center, and Asik’s Most Improve Player type play is a huge part of why the Rockets are in the playoff chase. Without Asik the Rockets would likely lose Smith at season’s end and with him would go even the small chance Houston might have of luring Howard.
— Bill Ingram
The Brooklyn Nets have seen good things from their bench over the last two games (92 points over the last two contests from the reserves) and any team that really wants rookie point guard Tyshawn Taylor is going to have to aim high. Taylor is an excellent athlete, who might even be a difference maker at some point later on this season. He’s already played well in Deron Williams’ absence and if the three-time All-Star should suffer another injury, Taylor will be called upon again.
The Knicks, meanwhile, aren’t eager to trade Iman Shumpert (understandably) and that’s going to cost them at the deadline because other teams aren’t interested in anything else general manager Glen Grunwald has to offer.
Unless something dramatic changes in the next two hours, neither the Knicks or the Nets will make a deadline deal.
The trade that sent Patrick Patterson to Sacramento and landed Thomas Robinson in Houston yesterday was certainly a case of the Rockets trying to land a high lottery player without losing the requisite number of games generally necessary to land that player.
Robinson was the fifth pick in last summer’s NBA draft, though he has not shown much to justify such a high pick to this point. One source close to the situation in Houston was shocked when the deal was announced, openly questioning how a player who could not carve out a spot in Keith Smart’s player-friendly rotation was going to produce even as well as Patterson was for the Rockets. It’s safe to say that Robinson has a lot to prove. That said, the Rockets felt that Patterson had grown as much as he was going to grow as a player and they needed to accept that he was not going to be a star for them and start looking for someone with the potential to be one. Despite his lack of success to this point, Robinson does seem to have that potential. It also remains to be seen what subsequent move the Rockets might make to make more sense of this one.
— Bill Ingram
The Toronto Raptors are still looking like the favorite to acquire Phoenix Suns point guard Sebastian Telfair. Their interest in the veteran makes sense. Every summer, Telfair trains with Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay and Alan Anderson at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas. Those players are close and have some chemistry.
What are the Raptors offering? Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Toronto is dangling Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick in hopes of landing Telfair.
— Alex Kennedy
While most of the NBA trade deadline focus in Atlanta has been swirling around the future of forward Josh Smith, the Hawks are quietly evaluating the market to land some additional point guard depth behind incumbent starter Jeff Teague.
Hawks head coach Larry Drew was asked prior to Wednesday’s game versus the Miami HEAT if he wanted more depth at point guard and made his position clear. To be clear, Drew’s response was in reference to bringing in a guard after the deadline passes, but every year teams find solid rotation depth in minor deals before the deadline passes.
“We’ve already had dialogue and conversation about our [point guard] situation if nothing changes,” Drew said. “Certainly we have to keep an eye on Devin [Harris] with a sore foot, but this is something we’ve already discussed prior to going into the All-Star break. We made a decision to revisit our situation if nothing changes when the deadline passes. So that’s something we’ll sit down as a staff and discuss.”
When asked in a follow-up question if it was his desire to bring in another guard, Drew responded, “Yes it is.”
At one point this season the Hawks were thought to have a logjam in the backcourt but injuries to Harris, Williams and to a lesser extent Anthony Morrow have forced the team to insert rookie guard John Jenkins into the nightly rotation.
Don’t be surprised to see the Hawks explore a move if a serviceable veteran guard (who doesn’t eat up too much future cap space) becomes available as we near the deadline.
- Lang Greene
The Boston Celtics have expressed interest in Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans before. Now, it sounds like they’re pursuing him again. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Celtics are making a push to acquire Evans just hours before the trade deadline.
However, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee has been told otherwise. “Just told Tyreke Evans won’t be dealt today by person familiar with the situation,” Jones tweeted.
— Alex Kennedy
The Knicks have been listening to offers for Shumpert and have been linked to veterans such as J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic and Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns, but there’s no guarantee that they’re going to trade the second-year guard.
Sources close to the situation say that talks with the Magic regarding a Redick for Shumpert deal have all but died. In addition, several sources from teams pursuing Shumpert have said that they believe New York will hold onto him for now.
As we’ve said all along, the Knicks viewed Shumpert as a way to potentially upgrade the talent on their team, but by no means do they want to trade him just to trade him. If there isn’t a deal out there that allows them to significantly improve, Shumpert isn’t going anywhere.
— Alex Kennedy
The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to dump Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris and Steve Blake for second-round picks according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The move would not only help the Lakers save some money from the stiff luxury tax penalties that they are going to incur, but it would also free up another roster spot if they decided they wanted to add a free agent after the late-season cuts are made.
— Yannis Koutroupis
The Dallas Mavericks are trying to acquire Milwaukee Bucks backup point guard Ben Udrih, but the Bucks will not be willing to let go of him until closer to the deadline in case they end up needing him for a Josh Smith deal according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Mavericks are in the market for point guard help and had interest in Bucks starting point guard Brandon Jennings earlier this month, but he’s no longer available.
— Yannis Koutroupis
Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick, who will be a free agent at season’s end, is drawing interest from the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. The Magic have made it clear that they don’t want to trade Redick, however, they may have trouble passing up on an offer based around young talent and draft picks.
The Magic have already received offers of first-round picks for Redick, but they have not been in the range that Orlando is looking for. They want picks from the top half of the first, not bottom half. In fact, sources say they would prefer high second-round picks to late firsts because the contracts aren’t guaranteed.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been shopping J.J. Hickson, but their asking price has been incredibly high. Portland is asking for a player as well as a first-round pick. It’s no surprise that other teams aren’t willing to give up that much for Hickson. After this season, the veteran power forward/center can become an unrestricted free agent.
If Portland doesn’t trade Hickson, don’t expect any significant moves from them. Blazers GM Neil Olshey has made it clear that the team won’t make any deal that gives up one of their young players or compromises their long-term cap flexibility.
— Alex Kennedy
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets are still trying to make a trade for Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith. However, Smith is set to become an unrestricted free agent and the Rockets are in a position where they would be able to sign him; that makes them hesitant to give up too many assets. Wojnarowski stated that the Hawks are looking at Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik as the centerpieces in a Smith deal, but that asking price is too high for Houston.
The Hawks’ backs are up against the wall a bit. If they don’t trade Smith by 3 p.m. EST today, they risk losing him for nothing as a free agent this summer. It appears that their preference is to send him to the West Coast, but if they keep him in the East look for Milwaukee to be the frontrunner. They want to add Smith to Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, but could give up Ellis if that’s ultimately the only way they can acquire him.
The Phoenix Suns are looking to deal the 27-year-old point guard since rookie Kendall Marshall, Phoenix’s 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, has taken his place in the rotation.
They have talked to several teams about a Telfair, but the frontrunner at this point appears to be the Toronto Raptors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Here is what Wojnarowski had to say:
— Alex Kennedy
There are really only two players the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t mind moving before Thursday’s trade deadline: Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton. Trading either one would likely get Chicago out of a luxury tax hit at the end of the season and would save the franchise some money in the short term. The problem for the Bulls is that there isn’t much interest in either veteran as the minutes to the deadline tick away. Boozer has a mammoth contract that the Bulls will likely amnesty in a year and a half, while Hamilton just turned 35 years old and has been playing on a minutes limit for most of the season because Tom Thibodeau is so concerned that Hamilton’s body will break down again.
Knowing these factors, and knowing the Bulls are trying hard to hold onto financial “flexibility” in preparation for the 2014 summer, it seems unlikely that they are going to make a deal by Thursday’s deadline.
There had been talk that the New York Knicks were exploring deals involving second-year guard Iman Shumpert. However, Knicks sources say Carmelo Anthony chimed in with ownership urging them to look at other options. Enter Ronnie Brewer.
The Knicks have been shopping both Brewer and sharp shooter Steve Novak hoping to add one more piece to the roster for a stretch run in the postseason.
As you can imagine there isn’t much of a market for either player, so the odds the Knicks can pull something off that matters is looking pretty slim.
The Knicks would like to make a deal, especially for a veteran point guard, however it just does not seems like they have the chips to play this close to the deadline.
– Steve Kyler
Laker fans may not want to hear it, but the Lakers are not players during the deadline.
Dialed in Lakers sources say if anything is done at all it will be more about the luxury tax and shedding a few dollars than trying to make a major change within the team.
The Lakers have been talking, but sources say there just is no desire on the Lakers part to make a major change and that barring something earth shattering, the Lakers are going to hold the line.
The same can be side of cross-arena rivals the LA Clippers, despite rumors of a willingness to deal, the Clippers are expected to hold the line as well.
Shaping up to be a quiet deadline in LA.
– Steve Kyler
David Pingalore from Orlando TV Local 6 reportedlast night that he’d been told that the Orlando Magic on directive from owner Rich DeVos would not be trading guard JJ Redick.
However, virtually every team that has contacted Orlando about J.J. Redick has gotten an offer discussed and the parameters of a deal laid out. The Magic want a high level first-round draft pick or some combination of second round picks and with a promising young player.
Redick , who has been outspoken about the Magic keeping him informed and that he would not be traded, did not sound nearly as sure last night in Dallas, reinforcing the belief that the Magic are indeed shopping him and that a deal could be coming today.
“There’s just too many variables to say that,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins on whether he’ll be in Orlando past the deadline.
“There’s just too many variables. The shortest way to answer that is I wouldn’t be disappointed if I end up going to a team that is playing for a championship if that were to happen. Look, if any player is in this situation and they’re on a team that’s one of the five or six teams in the league that have one of the worst records and they go to a contender, it’s not a bad thing.
“If I were to stay here, though, it’d be great.”
There continues to be an ever-increasing list of teams willing to trade for Redick, what remains unclear is which of the suitors will deliver on the Magic’s asking price.
Several teams openly question the virtues of trading a high level draft pick for what amounts to a 30-game rental of Redick, as most teams believe even with Redick’s Bird Rights, he is likely to shop for the biggest free agent deal possible, especially one where he can start and ultimately contend.
The Magic did not have a deal for Redick as of last night’s game, however they are expected to work the deadline aggressively today which could change things for Redick and the Magic at 3pm EST.
– Steve Kyler
The Brooklyn Nets have been swinging for the fences, trying to pry loose a significant player before the 3pm EST deadline, however with failed attempt after failed attempt it seemed Brooklyn might have to settle for their fall back option which was Charlotte guard Ben Gordon, however Howard Beck of The New York Times is reporting that a Gordon trade is completely off the table.
The Nets are still very much involved in the on-going Josh Smith discussions with Atlanta after being rebuffed by the Celtics regarding Paul Pierce and Milwaukee regarding Ersan Ilyasova.
Brooklyn wants to make a deal today, so you can expect them to be involved in something. The question remains are they the front runners for Smith or are they patiently waiting for something to fall apart and things break their way?
– Steve Kyler
The Phoenix Suns scooped up Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets last night in exchange for a 2013second round pick. The Suns roster now stands at 16 players, meaning Phoenix will have to either dump off a player before their trade is finalized or agree to buy one out.
There are two names being mentioned the most and that’s veteran big man Jermaine O’Neal and veteran guard Sebastian Telfair. One could be moved today for almost nothing in return.
The Suns have been linked to Atlanta’s Josh Smith, however there continues to be debate on how serious the Suns are in chasing Smith, who will be a free agent in July and is looking for a maximum payday.
The Suns were believed to be dangling disgruntled center Marcin Gortat, veteran forward Jared Dudley and shooting guard PJ Tucker in exchange for Smith.
If that package is genuinely on the table, that is a fairly and decent return for the Hawks, however the Suns started telling insiders last night that the Morris deal was basically their transaction for the deadline and that nothing major was coming.
However as soon as that transaction hit the internet, league sources chimed in that it was a precursor to a Josh Smith deal and that Phoenix had pushed Houston to move early so they could open serious talks with Atlanta in advance of the deadline today.
It remains unclear exactly which direction Phoenix is going to go, but with the arrival of Morris yesterday, veterans forward Jared Dudley could be on the move regardless of Josh Smith and the Memphis Grizzlies are a team to watch on that front. The Grizz have several Traded Player Exceptions and a second round pick from their Toronto deal with Rudy Gay to shop a deal with; they could solve the roster problem for Phoenix too.
– Steve Kyler
As rumors swirled all day Wednesday regarding possible trade destinations for New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, it seemed unlikely he would be moved by Thursday’s trading deadline because of the size of his contract and his continued absence from the court in the second of back-to-back games.
The fact that Gordon did not play in Wednesday night’s 105-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers would likely tend to scare off any potential interest from other NBA teams who might have concerns about his current and long-term health. And Gordon’s four-year, $58 million contract could also dissuade suitors because of the more penal luxury tax in place in the new collective bargaining agreement.
One league source Wednesday night said of Gordon, “nobody wants him.”
If the Wizards make a trade before the deadline, reserve shooting guard Jordan Crawford is the most likely candidate to be dealt but they might not get much in return. When asked what the Wizards could possibly get for Crawford, one rival Eastern Conference executive replied, “very little.”
According to the league source with knowledge of the team’s plans, the Wizards have been making and fielding calls to possibly deal Crawford, who has fallen out of Coach Randy Wittman’s rotation and doesn’t appear to be a part of the franchise’s future plans.
Perhaps the best one-on-one scorer on the roster, Crawford has had some big games this season and ranks third on the team in scoring. He averaged 19.1 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds in December and became one of five players in NBA history have a game with at least 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and one turnover in an overtime loss to Atlanta (Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Baron Davis, Latrell Sprewell and Antoine Walker were the others).
J.J. Redick, who will become an unrestrcited free agent after the season, has been pursued by a number of teams including the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks among others. Now, you can add the San Antonio Spurs to the mix, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
The Orlando Magic continue to ask for a first-round pick and either a young player or expiring contract, according to league sources. While the Magic are weighing their options and talking to a number of teams, there’s no guarantee that Redick gets moved before the deadline.
Here’s what Stein had to say: