Thursday’s 3 p.m. EST trade deadline has com and gone, and here is what went down for each of the 30 NBA teams.
As a courtesy to your eyes, all trades that were made are in boldface.
ATLANTA HAWKS — Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson told the Associated Press that there are no plans to trade Josh Smith, who said the talk was just rumors. On another front, Kirk Hinrich said he would like to stay put at the deadline for a change. In a minor deal, the Hawks sold a second-round pick (the worse of their own or the Suns’ ) to Golden State.
BOSTON CELTICS — While the Rajon Rondo rumors have disappeared, Ray Allen’s name became more prominent in trade chatter. Unlike Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Allen has an expiring contract, which makes him far more attractive – on top of the fact that he can still play. If the Celtics make a move, look for them to try to get back a big man, because Jermaine O’Neal remains sidelined and Chris Wilcox now has a heart issue. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo tweeted that Celtics want a good young player and a 1st round pick for Allen. Danny Ainge said this morning there is a 50-50 chance a small deal gets done.
CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — From Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer: There as interest in Boris Diaw’s expiring contract, but every proposal involved taking on additional salary for next season. Team president Rod Higgins said there was “no was they’d accept an older player past his prime with an $8-9 million number” just to say they made a trade. Diaw is now a primary buyout candidate. Has to be done by March 23 to get him on a playoff roster.
CHICAGO BULLS — Pau Gasol remained in play, although not under the original parameters because the Lakers have no interest in Carlos Boozer’s weighty deal. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that Chicago was trying to involve a third team in a way that would route a player the Lakers desire to Los Angeles. It would be a risky move for the league’s best team, which does need another dependable scorer to keep the pressure off Derrick Rose.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – Spare part Ramon Sessions was moved with Christian Eyenga to the Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and their 2012 first-round pick, reported ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Cavs can stay in the playoff hunt without Sessions, but not without Antawn Jamison, whose huge expiring deal makes him very attractive.
DALLAS MAVERICKS — Owner Mark Cuban said the defending champions would not be players at the trading deadline, but Jason Terry says he will believe it when he sees it. With Dwight Howard’s decision to remain with the Magic, they now become a suitor for Deron Williams if he remains with the Nets and then opts out of his contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent. Then they can go after Dwight Howard a year later.
DENVER NUGGETS — After owner Josh Kroenke said that the Nuggets were positioned to stand pat, they did just the opposite. In a three-team deal first reported by Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Nene, Brian Cook and a draft pick are going to the Wizards, Nick Young is going to the Clippers and JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf go to Denver.
DETROIT PISTONS — While the Pistons appear to have many players they would like to move elsewhere, coach Lawrence Frank told the Detroit Free Press that there is nothing percolating. Shaun Powell of NBA.com floated Tayshaun Prince’s name as a possible stretch run pickup, but that seems unlikely given his new contract.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — What, the Monta Ellis deal wasn’t enough? No, it wasn’t. Golden State traded the recently acquired Stephen Jackson to San Antonio for Richard Jefferson, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Sam Amick of SI.com said the Warriors looked into the availability of Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans, who is becoming one of those someone-else-can-extend-him guys
HOUSTON ROCKETS — Acquiring Marcus Camby from Portland for Hasheem Thabeet and Johnny Flynn, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo, and acquired Derek Fisher and a first-round pick (Dallas’) from the Lakers for Jordan Hill, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. Kevin Martin had told the Houston Chronicle he wouldn’t exactly be averse to moving on. Sidelined point guard Kyle Lowry was mentioned in a possible deal for Pau Gasol. GM Daryl Morey has made six trades during the past five deadlines.
INDIANA PACERS — They are getting Leandro Barbosa from Toronto in exchange for a second-round pick and cash. This eats up more than half of the Pacers’ cap space, meaning they no longer have the capability to absorb Chris Kaman’s contract without giving up anything more than a draft pick in return.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS–More scoring is coming their way in the form of Nick Young, who was dealt from the Wizards in a three-team trade in whiuch Brian Cook went from the Clips to the Wizards, along with Nene. The Nuggets get back JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf. Michael Lee of the Washington Post broke that one.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Well, they got their point guard, nabbing Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga from the Cavaliers for Luke Walton and their 2012 first-round pick, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported, with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reporting that Jason Kapono is in the deal, too.The Lakers also get the right to swap 2013 first-rounders with Cleveland’s pick from Miami. In a separate deal, Derek Fisher was sent to Houston for Jordan Hill, the Houston Chronicle reported. There were rumors around Michael Beasley, who fit into the $8.9 trade exception but required a No. 1 pick. Pau Gasol is staying put, and Andrew Bynum didn’t think he was going anywhere.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES– Sam Young is being traded to Philadelphia for the rights to 2005 second-round pick Ricky Sanchez, who is playing in Argentina. Young was not in the Grizzlies’ rotation and requested a trade. This all from Ron Tillery of the Commercial-Appeal, who notes Memphis might be adding Gilbert Arenas an have discussed signing Eddie House.
MIAMI HEAT — They are just 3-3 in their last six games, and the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman notes that not adding another key piece has not been for lack of trying. But Winderman, not prone to hyperbole, also points out that releasing Mikael Gladness creates a roster spot that can be used on a player getting a buyout between now and March 23.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS — The deal for Monta Ellis looks like a steal, trading two big contracts who weren’t even playing for a 25-point scorer, a big with upside and $7 million cap clearance this summer. But what it really did was take Brandon Jennings off the market.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Michael Beasley was generating a ton of interest. Hoopsworld has mentioned a potential deal with Houston, and RealGM has one with Orlando, with the exchange with the Magic being Jason Richardson. “I’m just pawn in this game,” Beasley said. “If I gotta go, it’s just business.”
NEW JERSEY NETS — With the news that Dwight Howard is staying in Orlando, they are trying to fill in around Deron Williams. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports the Nets have sent Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 first-round pick (top 3 protected) to Portland for Gerald Wallace. But they still need to know: Does Williams still plan to opt-out and then immediately re-sign for $100 million over five years? Or are the Nets at risk of losing him as an unrestricted free agent?
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS — Chris Kaman and his $14 million expiring contract remained their most movable piece, and he drew interest from the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. The Hornets also have been trying to trade center Emeka Okafor, and they have listened to offers for starting small forward Trevor Ariza, according to John Reid of the Times-Picayune.
NEW YORK KNICKS — They stood pat. Notably, before he resigned, coach Mike D’Antoni asked owner Jim Dolan if he would be open to trading Carmelo Anthony before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trading deadline, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. When Dolan said no, D’Antoni offered to resign.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — They have stubbed their toes at home twice in the last week, losing to Cleveland and to Houston (in a remarkable collapse). But they are still in front in the West, and it was unlikely that they would make the sort of splash they did with Kendrick Perkins a year ago.
ORLANDO MAGIC — Dwight Howard is staying, deciding to waive his Early Termination Option and apologizing to the fans in Orlando for putting through this emotional roller-coaster ride. The question for today is whether GM Otis Smith can make a deal that improves the pieces around Howard. If the Nets felt they were going to lose Deron Williams, he would have been available to the highest bidder. It turns out that is not what New Jersey was thinking.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Picked up Sam Young from the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to 2005 second-round draft pick Ricky Sanchez. A low-risk move, surprising only in that the teams made another deal with each other after the Grizzlies fleeced Marreese Speights from Philadelphia earlier this season.
PHOENIX SUNS — The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro believes the Suns will not do anything that impacts their long-term plans, which includes maintaining a flexible salary cap this summer. Coro indicated that the temptation of the playoffs will not change their minds.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS — The dynamite came out. Nate McMillan was reportedly fired as head coach, and Yahoo was the first to report the Blazers have sent Gerald Wallace to New Jersey for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 first-round pick that is merely top-three protected. Also, Marcus Camby is going to the Rockets for Haseem Thabeet and Johnny Flynn, Marc Spears of Yahoo reported. Sounds as though Greg Oden will be waived to create roster space. Ever heard of Kaleb Canales? He is the new coach.
SACRAMENTO KINGS — Evans remained, and although they have a handful of contracts they would have liked to unload (John Salmons, Cisco Garcia, Travis Outlaw), and have the cap room to be a facilitator in another deal, they were oddly quiet.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS — They are getting Stephen Jackson from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Richard Jefferson, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. David Aldridge of NBA.com says the Spurs are throwing in a conditional first-round pick. The Spurs get out from the $21 million owed to Jefferson, who was an amnesty candidate in the preseason but has been playing pretty well, and get back a volatile ex-Spur who has been around the block with Gregg Popovich before.
TORONTO RAPTORS– Leandro Barbosa is headed to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round pick. Also, Anthony Carter has been waived. This from Toronto Star beat writer Doug Smith on Bryan Colangelo: “The art of the deal is something (Bryan Colangelo) is quite fond of and I know he’ll at least be exploring stuff to get involved with. He can’t help himself, we always joke, and it’s a bit true. However, even with Jose (Calderon) out and the struggles that will mean and with a team absorbing losses at a rapid rate, Bryan needs to spend this week taking a series of deep breaths and wondering what next season might look like with Valanciunas, a free agent or two, the core guys he’s got now and another high draft pick.”
UTAH JAZZ– From Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune: A reported deal would see the Jazz ship small forward C.J. Miles to Minnesota had little to no chance of happening as of Wednesday morning, a source close to Miles said. A possible Jazz deal with New Jersey involving Miles could have some weight, though. The New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy reported Wednesday the Jazz were attempting to unload Raja Bell and Miles, with the Nets possibly offering a future first-round draft pick, center Johan Petro and/or shooter Anthony Morrow. Utah still has a $10.9 million trade exception from the Mehmet Okur deal.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Beat writer Michael Lee of the Washington Post broke the big three-team trade: JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Nuggets, Nick Young to the Clippers, and Nene, Brian Cook and a draft pick to the Clippers. After giving a max deal to Nene, it is odd they are trading him for a player who will be a restricted free agent this summer. Mr. McGee is going to get papered, as they say in The Association.