NEWARK — Kyrie Irving was the point guard of note in the opening minutes here Thursday night.
But as the trade winds started blowing, and blowing, veteran names started moving around the league and changing the landscape for several playoff outfits on a night usually reserved for the youngsters.
Draft night turned out to be trade night as deals large and small were made throughout the evening, causing all sorts of confusion for fans at the Prudential Center who cheered for players as they walked across the stage with one team’s hat on only to find out later that several of those players would have to switch hats later.
The Portland Trail Blazers acquired Raymond Felton in a three-team deal that sent fellow veteran Andre Miller (back) to Denver. The Trail Blazers did draft a Duke point guard of their own, selecting Nolan Smith with the 21st pick. Dallas also got in on the deal, acquiring Rudy Fernandez and the rights to the 30th pick in 2007, Petteri Koponen, from the Blazers in exchange for their first-round pick (Jordan Hamilton, the No. 26 overall choice). Portland then shipped Hamilton to Denver.
With the likelihood of a lockout growing stronger with every statement released by both sides in the labor negotiations and the very real possibility that the free agent summer could be delayed at best, draft night provided teams with their last chance to do any significant business for a while.
Another three-team deal highlighting the top of the draft involved Charlotte sending Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to No. 19 pick Tobias Harris to Milwaukee, Sacramento trading Beno Udrih to the Bucks and the draft rights to No. 7 pick Bismack Biyombo to the Bobcats and the Bucks sending Corey Maggette to the Bobcats and John Salmons and the draft rights to No. 10 Jimmer Fredette to the Kings.
After all the chatter about the Spurs possibly moving Tony Parker, it was his backup, George Hill, who found himself on the move Thursday night. The Indiana Pacers acquired Hill and for the rights to 15th pick (Kawhi Leonard), the 42nd pick (Davis Bertans) and the No. 46 pick from 2005 (Erazem Lorbek).
Draft Night Trades:
- Charlotte trades Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to No. 19 pick Tobias Harris to Milwaukee
- Sacramento trades Beno Udrih to Milwaukee
- Sacramento trades the draft rights to No. 7 pick Bismack Biyombo to Charlotte
- Milwaukee trades Corey Maggette to Charlotte
- Milwaukee trades John Salmons and the draft rights to No. 10 pick Jimmer Fredette to Sacramento
- Boston trades the rights to No. 25 pick MarShon Brooks to New Jersey for the rights to No. 27 pick JaJuan Johnson and a 2014 second-round pick
- New Orleans trades the draft rights to No. 45 pick Josh Harrellson to New York for cash.