VIDEO: Trade Deadline Show wrap-up
Thursday started a little slow, but by the time 3 p.m. rolled around, the action was fast and furious, culminating in a flurry of deals that sent several quality point guards across the country.
Here’s a breakdown of every trade made in the hours leading up to the deadline, as reported.
To MIL: Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee
To PHI: LAL pick (protected)
To PHX: Brandon Knight, Kendall Marshall
To BOS: Isaiah Thomas
To PHX: Marcus Thornton, CLE pick
To DET: Reggie Jackson
To OKC: D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler
To UTA: Grant Jerrett, Kendrick Perkins, OKC pick (protected), 2nd round pick
To BOS: Luigi Datome, Jonas Jerebko
To DET: Tayshaun Prince
To HOU: Pablo Prigioni
To NYK: Alexey Shved, 2 2nd round picks
To HOU: K.J. McDaniels
To PHI: Isaiah Canaan, 2nd round pick
To MIA: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic
To NOP: Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams
To PHX: Danny Granger, John Salmons, 2 1st round picks
To PHI: JaVale McGee, OKC pick (protected)
To BKN: Thaddeus Young
To MIN: Kevin Garnett
To SAC: Andre Miller
To WAS: Ramon Sessions
To DEN: Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, POR pick (protected), 2nd round pick
To POR: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee
1. The Thunder remade their bench.
Enes Kanter‘s defense is disastrous and Steve Novak hasn’t been in an NBA rotation in two years, but D.J. Augustin gives Oklahoma City more of a floor general on its second unit and Kyle Singler adds shooting (41 percent from 3-point range this season) to complement their stars. With Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison already on the frontline, Kanter’s defense might not be as much of an issue as it was in Utah.
2. If Dwyane Wade is healthy, the Heat will be a tough out.
Goran Dragic is the best point guard Wade has had in Miami (if you don’t count LeBron James as a PG) and will take some of the ball-handling burden off of Wade’s shoulders. Dragic pick-and-pops with Chris Bosh will be deadly.
As they stood on Wednesday, a healthy Heat team could have been a tough opponent for a high seed in the East that didn’t have much playoff experience. Now, they’re downright scary.
3. The Blazers are all-in.
With one of the best starting lineups in the league, the Blazers added Arron Afflalo to a bench that already includes Steve Blake and Chris Kaman. And playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard should help Afflalo shoot threes more like he did last season (43 percent) than he has this season so far (34 percent).
Anything can happen in the Western Conference playoffs, but the Blazers just improved their odds of making a deep run.
4. The Sixers didn’t believe in Michael Carter-Williams
Or they didn’t believe he was a star. So they traded him for another chance at a star, a Lakers pick that’s protected 1-5 this year and 1-3 each of the next two years. Carter-Williams’ length was one ingredient to the top-12 defense that Brett Brown had built this season, but Sam Hinkie is still kicking that can down the road.
5. Did the Bucks take a step back to save money?
Brandon Knight may have been an All-Star had Jimmy Butler not been able to play on Sunday. And the Bucks broke up a team that won eight of its last nine games going into the break, perhaps to avoid paying Knight (a restricted free agent) this summer.
But the Bucks’ defense, which already ranks second in the league, may have improved with the addition of Carter-Williams. Put his wingspan together with that of Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson, and the Bucks can cover the whole court with just three guys.
— John Schuhmann
Rockets make last-minute deals | Four-team trade | Kanter to OKC | Dragic to Miami | Jackson to Detroit | Garnett back to Minnesota | Sessions for Miller | JaVale McGee to Philly | Afflalo to Portland
Chase Budinger could be available to teams looking for help on the wings after the deadline passes…
Gary Neal made an impact on the Bobcats when they got him at the deadline last year. But he’s shot just 29 percent from 3-point range this season and was sent to Minnesota in the Mo Williams trade before the All-Star break. He hopes to keep moving, apparently.
The Nuggets have unloaded almost $20 million of 2015-16 salary in two deals, but that may be it. Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson seem to be staying put. Chandler’s 2015-16 salary is just partially guaranteed for $2 million (but becomes fully guaranteed for $7.2 million on July 1), so it could be an interesting piece in a Draft-day trade.
George Karl will have a familiar face running his second unit, as he’ll be reunited with former Nuggets point guard Andre Miller.
Ramon Sessions has now been traded on three of the last four trade-deadline days. In 2012, he went from Cleveland to the Lakers. Last year, he went from Charlotte to Milwaukee.
It’s one thing for Sam Hinkie and the Sixers to add a few million dollars of extra salary this season, but McGee is owed $12 million next year, when the Sixers plan to have a frontline of Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid.
We have a trade, and the Blazers have a wing (who has a player option for $7.5 million next season).
All the players going to Denver are on expiring contracts, though both Barton and Claver could be restricted free agents this summer if the Nuggets extend them qualifying offers.
If the Nets are going to trade Brook Lopez, they’d like to lighten the payroll as much as possible.
We just might have a major trade on Thursday. Adrian Wojnarowski reports that talks between the Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder on a trade featuring Brook Lopez and Reggie Jackson have heated up…
The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City are in serious talks on a deal for Brook Lopez – with a key component centering on the Nets’ ability to persuade Thunder guard Reggie Jackson to make a long-term commitment to the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Nets and Thunder are discussing a deal that would include Kendrick Perkins and Jackson joining the Nets, but Brooklyn is working to gauge the enthusiasm of Jackson about coming to Brooklyn, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There are several more moving parts in Nets-Thunder trade talks, league sources said.
The Miami Heat have point guard issues, so they’ve put themselves in the Goran Dragic conversation.
The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder had talked about a Brook Lopez trade a couple of weeks ago, but the Nets balked at the lack of talent they were getting from OKC. But now, Reggie Jackson could be a part of the deal, if he’s willing to sign long-term in Brooklyn.
Goran Dragic put the Phoenix Suns in a tough position with his late trade demand and short list of teams he’d be willing to go to, all while the Suns are holding on to the last playoff spot in the West. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski has the latest…
As the Sacramento Kings continue to be warned that Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic would have no interest in signing an extension with them, the team has become increasingly reluctant to pursue a trade, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Kings were not part of the list of preferred teams that Dragic’s agent, Bill Duffy, gave Suns management, but they probed the possibility of making a deal with Phoenix and trying to use the rest of the season – as well as the offer of a five-year contract – to sign Dragic after the season.
The Kings would’ve been willing to offer a package that included 2014 first-round pick Nik Stauskus and a future first-round pick, but discussions are dissipating with the trade deadline approaching on Thursday afternoon, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Will Goran Dragic or Ty Lawson be moved by 3 p.m. ET? Right now, nothing sounds too close to happening.
Kevin Garnett’s offensive game has disappeared over the last few years, but he can still help a team on defense and he leads the league in defensive rebounding percentage for the second straight season.
But any team looking to add KG for the stretch run won’t be getting him for free.
The Denver Nuggets know that there are a few teams in the market for help on the wing, so with six hours to go before the deadline, their price is high.
If it ain’t broke…
The first team on that list should be deperate for bench help, but due to a lack of remaining assets, may have to wait for the buyout market.
Report: Wolves want KG back: Would Kevin Garnett approve of a return to where his career started? ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets have had “serious discussions” about a trade that would send reunite Garnett and Wolves coach Flip Saunders, with Thaddeus Young going to Brooklyn. The deal would reduce Brooklyn’s payroll and luxury tax this season, as well as give them more frontline flexibility as they chase one of the final two playoff spots in the East. But it would also add Young’s $10 million salary to their payroll next season, unless he chose to exercise his early termination option and become a free agent. Of course, it would all be dependent on Garnett’s willingness to change teams mid-season for the first time in his career. He has a no-trade clause in his contract.
Suns not limiting their options in Dragic talks: Goran Dragic reportedly has a short list of teams he’d like to be traded to. But the Phoenix Suns are happy to take calls from anyone else who might be interested in the point guard and has the assets the Suns want, as Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski writes.
Jackson mum on trade request: Reggie Jackson did his best to avoid getting fined for a public trade request on Wednesday, giving no clear answers to questions about his future with the Thunder, as Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman writes.