3:10 P.M. UPDATE
- Per Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks-Magic trade for J.J. Redick breaks down as follows: Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb to the Magic for Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith.
3:03 P.M. UPDATE
- ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst and Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski both report that Josh Smith will not be leaving the Hawks via a trade.
2:59 P.M. UPDATE
- J.J. Redick heard his name tossed about all day and now he’s found a home, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: the Bucks have picked him the Orlando sharpshooter.
2:52 P.M. UPDATE
- ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears report the Thunder are sending Eric Maynor to Portland with OKC getting a pick in return.
2:25 P.M. UPDATE
- David Aldridge tweets that the Nets are still in the mix for Josh Smith and, in a separate deal, three teams are interested in landing J.J. Redick.
1:50 P.M. UPDATE
- Per our man David Aldridge, sources say the Wizards have agreed to trade Jordan Crawford to the Celtics. The deal will not include Celtics rookie big man Fab Melo.Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Celtics will send Leandro Barbosa’s expiring contract to the Wizards.
- ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard reports the Suns have sent veteran guard Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors for big man Hamed Haddadi.
- As mentioned in earlier updates, the Grizzlies were interested in adding some big man depth and have apparently done so. Ronald Tillery of The Commercial-Appeal and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com report that Memphis has added Heat reserve Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick.
1:22 P.M. UPDATE
- Following the Hawks’ practice at Philips Arena today, forward Josh Smith tells our Sekou Smith, “Atlanta will be on my list in free agency.”
1:14 P.M. UPDATE
- Via a report with NBA TV, our own Steve Aschburner says the Bucks are hitching their wagons more to Brandon Jennings than Monta Ellis.
12:57 P.M. UPDATE
- Quick note from Ronald Tillery of The Commercial-Appeal that the Grizzlies are working on two trade scenarios — each one for a big man.
12:40 P.M. UPDATE
Spurs miss out on Redick? — As of trade deadline day, the Spurs were one of several teams hot on the trail of Magic guard J.J. Redick. But despite a push to acquire him, it looks like San Antonio can forget about adding another shooter to the league’s best team, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.
11:55 A.M. UPDATE
A couple more quick hits from the world of Twitter …
- Our main man David Aldridge says don’t expect new Rockets forward Thomas Robinson to be traded again. He’s staying in Houston.
- Depending on who you listen to, the Kings are either interested in trading former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans … or they’re not.
- Our main man Sekou Smith clarifies that despite what you might have read elsewhere, Josh Smith is perfectly happy remaining as a Hawk and entering free agency. Read more here.
- Tax issues have the Bulls cooling off in their interest in J.J. Redick, so says Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
- Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors are open to moving little-used reserves Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins.
10:44 A.M. UPDATE
A few quick hits from around the world of Twitter (which you can keep up with via our Twitter Reacts post, BTW)
- Full story coming on this soon, but our main man Sekou Smith reports the Hawks are exhausting all options to send Josh Smith to the West before they explore anything else.
- Our main man David Aldridge reports that the Bucks, Pacers, Spurs and 76ers are hot on the trail of J.J. Redick.
- Magic guard Jameer Nelson likely isn’t going anywhere, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel
And a quick note from Memphis, too …
Small move — or no move at all — likely for Grizz — Unless someone pulls off a major blockbuster between now and the 3 p.m. finish line, the Memphis Grizzlies will be the team on record in 2012-13 for pulling off the biggest trade after they shipped out Rudy Gay on Jan. 30. That said, it doesn’t look likely that Memphis will pull off another big deal, but a minor one may be in the cards. Ronald Tillery of the The Commercial-Appeal has more on what the Grizz may do:
The reality is that Griz brass is trying to be opportunistic today in hopes of getting something for nothing at the 11th hour (Orlando has made it clear J.J. Redick can’t be had for anything less than a first-round pick). As of this morning, the Griz were looking at their exceptions one of three ways: 1) acquiring a guard/swingman they like from the end of another team’s bench 2) grabbing an established big man only if he’s accompanied by a second-round pick 3) not using the exception at all.
The Griz need more size and could always use more shooting. However, they don’t want to acquire a guard who has no shot at cracking the rotation. It’s been difficult enough for Austin Daye to get minutes now that Quincy Pondexter is healthy.
So don’t be too surprised if the Griz did something minor today or nothing at all. But as is the case at the trade deadline, you can always expect the unexpected. Doing nothing would mean the team would likely pick up a D-League player they like to occupy the 13th roster spot.
9:57 A.M. UPDATE
Nets, Rockets in pursuit of Hawks’ Smith — The name everyone is monitoring today is the Hawks’ Josh Smith, who has seemingly been linked in trades to just about every team in the league. The Nets, who have pursued Smith since trade talks heated up, are still in the mix, reports ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. But Brooklyn is having trouble using Kris Humprhies in the trade, whom the Hawks are not interested in. Additionally, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports via Twitter that the Rockets are in the mix for Smith, but Atlanta asking for Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons isn’t getting them far with Houston’s brass:
From Marc Stein:
The consistent word circulating in front-office circles late Wednesday was that Atlanta has yet to find a deal it likes for Smith in a down market, despite the determined pursuit of the Brooklyn Nets and consistent (but conditional) interest from Milwaukee and Boston.
The Nets, sources say, will continue Thursday to search for a third team to help facilitate a deal for Smith, since Atlanta has made it clear that it wants no part of Kris Humphries.
Milwaukee would appear to be the most likely destination for Smith entering deadline day, but it remains to seen whether the Bucks will ultimately be willing to part with guard Monta Ellis, whom Atlanta has targeted as the primary player it wants from them.
As for Boston: Including Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo in any deal with the Hawks is presumed to be the only way for the Celtics to land Smith, which is problematic for the Celts for a number of reasons. Focusing on just two of them: 1) Trading Pierce somewhere he doesn’t want to go isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds given what PP’s stature is in his city and with that franchise; 2) Boston’s chances of getting Atlanta’s unrestricted free agent-to-be to sign for the long term there would almost certainly be damaged if Rondo, one of Smith’s best friends, wasn’t still there to team up with him.
As of late Wednesday, sources close to the situation said that Atlanta hadn’t yet found a deal it particularly likes and was still holding out hope that either offers will improve or that previously uninterested teams, such as Houston, would change their minds in the final hours of trade season.
Yet sources stressed that the Hawks do remain eager to part with Smith and went into Thursday expecting to move him by day’s end to the team offering the best deal that won’t hurt their long-term financial flexibility. Atlanta, of course, is determined not to let any trade it makes Thursday affect its planned summer pursuit of Dwight Howard in free agency in July.
The Hawks, as a result, figure to attract more attention than anyone on deadline day.
And from Wojnarowski, via Twitter:
9:07 A.M. UPDATE
Clips expect to remain as is — Although the Clips had been linked to a handful of deals, including possible swaps for Utah’s Paul Millsap and the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, they are likely going to stick with the group they have as trade deadline day wears on. Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports that coach Vinny Del Negro and team brass like the unit the Clips have assembled:
The most prevalent rumor had backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan going to the Boston Celtics for center Kevin Garnett.
Because Bledsoe, 23, and Jordan, 24, are so young, Del Negro was asked whether he needed to talk with them about the rumors.
“No, because if I felt it was necessary, I would do that,” Del Negro said. “But there are a bunch of needs out there. Like you said, they are young players that teams covet and that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for us. That’s a good thing for them.
“But we feel good with our team right now. … Nothing has been presented to any of us that makes sense for us to do anything different right now. But we’re always available, always looking to make our team as strong as possible. But right now, we feel comfortable with our team.”
The Clippers have a 39-17 record, third-best in the Western Conference, and play the leading San Antonio Spurs (43-12) on Thursday night at Staples Center.
Del Negro said he has talked with Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, about ways to improve the team and about how good this team is now.
“There is nothing that Gary has brought to me that he feels and I feel is something that we would feel comfortable doing at all,” Del Negro said. “There really hasn’t been any.”
Boozer, Hamilton likely safe in Chicago — Rare is the season when Bulls forward Carlos Boozer and guard Rip Hamilton do not find their way into trade deadline talk, but apparently both can rest easy this year. Nick Fridell of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Bulls are aware that Boozer’s mammoth contract and Hamilton’s injury woes the last two seasons make both players not as appealing in deals. As well, the Bulls hope to retain financial flexibility for 2014 and don’t want to muddy up their cap. Here’s more:
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.
As usual, speculation abounds in regard to possible deals and their ramifications for the future. The most popular one being pushed in recent days is the Bulls landing J.J. Redick from Orlando. The deal makes sense on a few different levels, especially given that Redick signed an offer sheet with the Bulls almost three summers ago and was ready to come to Chicago before the Magic matched the deal. ESPN Insider’s Amin Elhassan put together a proposal recently that would send Redick and a future second-round pick to the Bulls in exchange for Hamilton, Marquis Teague, Vladimir Radmanovic and cash considerations to Orlando.
Elhassan acknowledges the difficulties the Bulls would have given the fact that they are “hard-capped” for the season, but it’s the last line that should give Bulls fans pause. Yahoo! Sports reported that Redick’s agent, Arn Tellem, will be looking for a four-year, $40 million deal this summer. While he may not get that, it doesn’t seem like the Bulls would be willing to invest that heavily in a player who would only make them marginally better.
As it so often does when it comes to the Bulls and cap space, the conversation inevitably comes back to Boozer. Why would any team trade for a player with such an albatross of a contract? Also, the Bulls might be willing to eat the final year of Boozer’s deal, but not the final two years at over $30 million. They still view him as a solid offensive player who can help them load up on wins in the regular season.
Report: Knicks shopping Brewer — Guard Ronnie Brewer has seen his role on the Knicks diminish with the return of Iman Shumpert. As such, his name is being floated about in trade talks, reports ESPNNewYork.com’s Jared Zwerling:
Brewer has struggled this season with the Knicks. He began the year in the starting lineup but was pulled after a prolonged shooting slump.
Brewer does not have much value on the open market, so it is unclear what the Knicks can get back for him.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Knicks have expressed a strong interest in Phoenix’s Jermaine O’Neal.
That would seem to suggest they are concerned about the health of Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace.
As far as Brewer goes, he signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Knicks over the summer with the hopes of getting a more lucrative free-agent contract in the offseason. That is unlikely to happen at this point, unless Brewer is moved to a new team and plays a different role.
7:06 A.M. UPDATE
Deals for Eric Gordon seem unlikely — As we mentioned in yesterday’s Morning Shootaround, Hornets guard Eric Gordon has been mentioned in some trade talks, with the Golden State Warriors as the most likely suitor for his services. But as Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune reports, those talks might be quieting to a total hush:
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.”
But Ric Bucher, the Warriors sideline television reporter, wrote Wednesday night that a trade wouldn’t be forthcoming before the Thursday deadline, but it could be revisited during the summer.
A source close to the Hornets said Wednesday night there were no active trade discussions at this time.
Frustrated Redick awaits fate — Magic guard J.J. Redick has seen his name tossed about in trade rumors, with the most notable destinations being to contending teams like the San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks. Our own Jeff Caplan caught up with the Orlando sharpshooter, who just wants some resolution on his immediate future by this afternoon:
“For me, it’s just annoying if anything,” said Redick, who struggled for a second consecutive game with just 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting in yet another loss, 111-96, to the Mavericks. “I want to play, no matter what happens, I just want to play and not have to deal with this. I’m getting a new phone number; friends have been texting me crazy stuff all day. Probably should have just cut it off the last couple of days. You know, it comes with the territory, I guess. It’s for the birds, though.”
Redick is a coveted 3-pointer shooter that any contender would love to have coming off the bench. While Redick has said he’d be fine finishing the season with the only team he’s ever known in his seven-year career, he also dropped some hints that suggest he wouldn’t mind escaping a losing situation for the chance to chase a ring.
After saying he wouldn’t be “disappointed” if he is not traded, Redick followed by saying, “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 has 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 would be great.”
Redick said he’s had no conversations with Orlando management about the remainder of this season or beyond. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He said he is open to a return and he believes the Magic are, too, but that there has been no commitment from either side.
The Magic head to Memphis on Thursday for a game on Friday night. At least Redick’s bags are packed if gets the call that he’s gone.
“In terms of speculating, there’s no point,” Redick said. “You’ve obviously seen 72 different trade rumors regarding Josh Smith and different players around the league. Iman Shumpert has been rumored to go to every team in the NBA. Until something happens, there’s really nothing to make a worthwhile comment on.
“Wherever I am when tomorrow afternoon, I’ll just be focused on finishing the season well.”
Lakers watching Bell situation — The last time Jazz guard Raja Bell logged minutes on the court, it was in an April 26, 2012 win over the Blazers. Bell had a falling out with Utah coach Ty Corbin last season and hasn’t practiced or been around the team since. Although there had been talk in the offseason of the Jazz buying out Bell, he remains on Utah’s roster. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports that the Lakers — who employ Bell’s former coach in Phoenix, Mike D’Antoni, as coach — might be interested in the veteran:
Bell is under contract with the Jazz, but he hasn’t been with the team all season. Over the offseason, Bell was highly critical of Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin, which upset many people within the organization. Prior to training camp, Bell was told to stay away from the team. The two sides tried to negotiate a buyout earlier in the season, but could not reach an agreement.
The Lakers are monitoring the Bell situation because they believe he could be a significant contributor in L.A. Bell would provide perimeter defense, toughness and experience. Last season, the 36-year-old started 33 games and averaged 6.4 points for the Jazz.
Bell is currently working out in Fort Lauderdale and he has made it clear that he wants to play this season. Sources close to Bell say that he would love for the Lakers to acquire him.Bell’s 2013-14 salary is $3,480,000, which makes a trade difficult. However, Utah has already paid most of his salary for this year. With 56 days left in the season, Bell will be paid $1,082,000 for the remainder of the season. If he’s willing to leave a large portion of that on the table and agree to a buyout, he could sign with the Lakers and make most of that back. However, the Jazz would have to agree to that and they aren’t going to do anything unless it benefits them as well. The last thing the Jazz want to do is help the Lakers, especially since they’ll be fighting for the final seeds in the West down the stretch.
A buyout seems to be the most likely way for Bell to end up in Los Angeles, but nothing is imminent at this point.
Pacers likely to hold tight — After missing the start of the season due to patellar tendinosis in his left knee, former All-Star Danny Granger rejoined Pacers practice just before the All-Star break. The emergence of Paul George as an All-Star this season led some to speculate that Granger might be on the move come the trade deadline. But as Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star reports, the Pacers are counting on only one deadline-type move for them: the eventual return of Granger to the lineup:
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel spoke of overhauling the team’s roster before today’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline.
He couldn’t keep a straight face.
Not only are the Pacers not trading for a host of draft picks as Vogel joked about, they don’t expect to trade anyone for anything at any time Thursday. The organization’s brass like what they have, particularly with former All-Star forward Danny Granger returning from a knee injury that has sidelined him since the first week of November.
Granger could be activated for either of this weekend’s games against Detroit. He’s gone full speed in two practices this week. Granger not only will give the Pacers more offense and greater flexibility on defense, but the extra body will strengthen the bench.
“We feel really good about the team that we have going forward,” he said prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Pistons not in position for more moves — The combination of already pulling off a trade (the one that brought Jose Calderon to town) and salary cap concerns make it quite unlikely that Detroit will be active in today’s deadline action. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press has more on the outlook for the Pistons:
The last time the Pistons were in the news on a daily basis at trade deadline time was two seasons ago, when they had public discussions with the Nets and the Bulls about former Piston Rip Hamilton.That won’t keep Pistons fans from crossing their fingers that some savior will come through that door to rescue the franchise.
But there are a few things to remember.
The Pistons have already pulled off a significant trade when they sent Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis in a deal that brought Jose Calderon.
With a payroll at $68 million, they are well above the salary cap and just under the $70 million luxury tax. They aren’t in position to take on extra salary.
And there’s not a sense that anything has changed since the weekend when two sources told the Free Press that a major move is unlikely. To clarify, that means don’t expect a Josh Smith or Eric Gordon getting shipped to Detroit.
Could the Pistons do a minor deal? Perhaps, but they aren’t dealing their younger assets (Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler). Of the remaining players, teams ask around about Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Stuckey, but the Pistons would be selling low now in both instances. Something could possibly happen with Stuckey or Will Bynum with teams like the Thunder and Celtics rumored to be looking for backcourt help.