2015 Trade Deadline Live Blog

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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

Five takeaways

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

Prince back to Detroit, 3:15 p.m.

Rockets make last-minute deals, 3:03 p.m.

Four-team trade, 3:03 p.m.

Kanter to OKC, 2:55 p.m.

Dragic to Miami, 2:49 p.m.

Jackson to Detroit, 2:46 p.m.


Garnett back to Minnesota, 2:37 p.m.

Thunder checking other options, 2:22 p.m.

Budinger could move, 2:10 p.m.

Chase Budinger could be available to teams looking for help on the wings after the deadline passes…

Less than two hours to go, 1:14 p.m.

The market for Gary Neal, 12:36 p.m.

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.

Chandler, Lawson staying put, 12:15 p.m.

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.

Sessions for Miller, 12:00 p.m.

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.

JaVale McGee to Philly, 11:55 a.m.

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.

Afflalo to Portland, 11:25 a.m.

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.

More teams get involved, 11:22 a.m.

If the Nets are going to trade Brook Lopez, they’d like to lighten the payroll as much as possible.

Brooklyn, OKC talks heat up, 10:50 a.m.

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.

Heat in for Dragic, 10:38 a.m.

The Miami Heat have point guard issues, so they’ve put themselves in the Goran Dragic conversation.

Nets, Thunder talk Lopez again, 10:29 a.m.

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.

Dragic put Suns in a tough spot, 10:17 a.m.

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.

Point guard chatter, 9:42 a.m.

Will Goran Dragic or Ty Lawson be moved by 3 p.m. ET? Right now, nothing sounds too close to happening.

No buyout for KG, 9:30 a.m.

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.

Nuggets want picks, 9:21 a.m.

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.

Quiet contenders, 8:55 a.m.

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.

Morning chatter, 7:44 a.m.

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.


  1. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    What the ???????????????????????????????????? Crazy day, For the fans in Philly i feel for you………

  2. brandon says:

    Majority of the people on here leaving comments obviously no nothing about basketball. You can’t just trade for players if there contracts are higher then the players you are trading. Almost every trade the people said teams should do on here are impossible to do.lol and then some are just the dumbest things I ever heard. I was hoping when I looked at the comments there were some people who atleast knew a lil bit about basketball

  3. Breno says:

    because the Sixers do these crazy exchanges? also complains that the team is bad, more is where, exchanging their best players, to anger twist to the phila, to see some of these antics!

  4. pokie says:

    The Sixers must think Emmanual Mudiay can bust out the “Dougie” for them. Sam, your cards are showing.

  5. MIami Starting Lineup:

    C – Whiteside
    PF – Bosh
    SF – Deng
    SG – Wade
    PG – Dragic

    that is deadly….especially now that whiteside plays like a freakin beast

  6. harriethehawk says:

    Whoever said the Hawks need to get Ray Allen, I disagree. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The magician of the night goes to Sam Presti. KUDOS for getting rid of both Perkins (who has probably said every cuss word twice) and Jackson, who I think will be happy and Detroit (hope he starts!) and will probably get them an 8th seed spot. I’m loving what the OKC bench looks like now. Go Thunder!

  7. mcawesome says:

    To those that are wondering, PHI brought on McGee to bring them to the salary floor by end of season, then next season they’ll probably trade his expiring contract for another 2nd rounder In addition to McGee, they got a top 18 protected pick. Hinkie has shown he has a knack for finding quality guys late, see:McDaniels, KJ. As for McDaniels, he’ll be a RFA at season’s end and while he plays great D, he’ll want more than the PHI would be willing to give in a multi-year contract. In return, they got a decent outside shooting G (Canaan) plus another 2nd. The MCW deal obviously shows that PHI viewed him as an offensive liability. His shooting is dreadful. They got back a top 5 protected in 2015 or top 3 protected in 2016 or 2017, so they could be setting themselves up for a huge pick in the next few years. By that time, MCW would be ready for his second contract and probably command a max contract, or something close to it. (Btw, it’s easy to be ROY when you handle the ball every possession and are surrounded by scabs.) Hinkie has set himself up nicely for the next few years, with a ton of cap space for the big FA years 2016/2017 that could bring 2 to 3 max FAs to Philly.

    Or all of the prospects could bust and they’ll be in the cellar for the next decade. That also could happen.

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  9. Go Mavs says:

    Will someone tell me why (or how) Kevin Garnett is still playing NBA basketball? He’s like, 100 years old!

  10. TrueLakerFan says:

    I am very upset with the lakers, they needed to swing the Dragic deal, they have not had a good PG since Derek Fisher left, they need something to build around and im sorry but Randle isnt it, he had 1 game before breaking his leg hes a bust for sure, lin has no confidence and we dont have anybody that would start on any other team in the NBA, im sorry but if lakers fans think this season is bad then we better get use to this because if the Buss family keeps dropping the ball like this then they dont need to be the head of the lakers anymore, jerry Buss would be so sad to see what his team has become, sorry to all laker fans like myself

  11. Tnice23 says:

    Why trade Brandon Knight at this point?

  12. Balldon'tlie says:

    Wow Philly is in full TANK mode! Trading both MCW and KJ? They REALLY want to win the lottery this season. I guess that means nobody wanted to take Noel off of their hands. Well if they do get the number 1 pick then they can trade him in a couple of seasons to another team for a chance to win the lottery again. After all if you have no shot for a title then you might as well win something right? #disgrace

  13. vincent says:

    as a Suns fan im disappointed what happened with dragic

  14. Justin says:

    The Heat are trading away Justin Hamilton not Jordan Hamilton, they don’t have him

  15. Marilyn says:

    Love basketball but this year all the teams that were doing bad are actually doing good 👏 http://youtheasyjob.com/?userid=6877 I know I wasn’t the only one that noticed that

  16. mark says:

    Philadelphia just did.the unthinkable trading away rookie of the year MCW ? Replacing him with Thomas from phx undersized score 1st pg you lost a 6,4 pg who is getting better and you bring in a huge contract in mcgee from denver why ? You have noel who is coming along and embid next season this makes no sense and you ship McDaniels to Houston something must be happening in Philadelphia in the front office and could.be the reason for all.this maybe the gm is on his way and wants to ruin the team from.its rebuilding process rake on contracts and send his best pick out of town . Milwaukee however is lucky to land a pg with such a high ceiling when Parker comes back next year they will be a good young team with the Greek freak there they need to refine there game and come up with solid playing style that’s fits them. Jason kidd is gonna love MCW. I just can’t belive the. 76ers there not gonna do much with this team bug contracts with the new guys this made no sense at all

  17. squala96 says:

    A rediscovered Whiteside and a potential Dragic signing would have made an star-studded starting lineup, but LeBron James left. Had Miami promised him they would find a better center and point guard, he would have stayed.

    Meanwhile, Chicago needs to upgrade their small forward position if they really want to have a serious crack at the title. Swingman Afflalo is a good candidate, but Wilson Chandler will also do.

    In OKC, with the signing of Kanter, I’m not sure if they will still pursue Brook Lopez, but Reggie Jackson will probably fill in the gap left by the injured Jennings very well for the Pistons, who will probably push for the final playoff spot.

  18. capicaphi says:

    Why the lakers don’t make a move for lebron james ? kobe, nash and a second draft pick for example.
    Then push for dragic, you have james/dragic, make a trade for anthony davis.
    Kobe retires, but make a surprise come back with the lakers, so they trade him for marc gasol,then kobe retires again and come back. gasol-davis-james-kobe-dragic.
    Trade kobe for klay thomson, then change the adress of the staples center in case kobe is trying to return.
    Then UFC fight between popovich and phil jackson, the winner will coach.
    You’re welcome

  19. asdf says:

    wow sam presti just worked some magic, o

  20. en. says:

    Lol lakers didn’t get nothing. …Thanks kobe

  21. pete says:

    Bulls should be making an attempt for Enes Kanter or Eilson Chandler, cant keep playing Butler at the 3 and in need of bigman to backup n push Noah

  22. Daniel says:

    The Denver nuggets will never win a champ of the NBA.C’MAN we all know it mark my words. heat, mavs, celtics, lakers, spurs, pistions are champs if you want to talk about champs denver nuggets not even close

  23. dmg978 says:

    why don’t the Nets, Timberwolves and Thunder do this as a trade… Timberwolves receive Kevin Garnett, Thunder get Brook Lopez. and The Nets receive Kendrick Perkins and if the Nets/Thunder don’t want to trade those big men then they can trade Reggie Jackson for Joe Johnson or Deron Williams… obviously that’s not exactly what would happen there would be some draft picks thrown around but that doesn’t seem that unreasonable to me

  24. kenny says:

    thunder needs to make the trade get rid of Perkins now while you can

  25. bodjee says:

    Jazz should try and get Evan Turner!

  26. sumedha singh rathor says:

    CELTICS must get a good PG and forward ”””” Hope they gets DRAGIC and DC

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  31. DANTHEMAN says:

    The Jazz should trade kanter for Andre Karalinko

  32. The Knicks would go good with Dragic because Phil Jackson is trying to rebuild.But they should send only Calderón and a second draft pick.

  33. DANTHEMAN says:

    I think the suns should trade for Steve Nash so then he can be back to the team he had most success on.

  34. DANTHEMAN says:

    I think that the thunder should go with the trade one because Jackson wants to leave any way two because there entire inside game would increase a lot more no offence to Perkins he’s a great player but in my opinion Lopez is way better.

  35. ImMe says:

    Blazers definitely got a good deal getting Affalo, but they needed a SF more.. Wes Matthews is perfect at SG for them..

  36. Wayne says:

    Okay trade talks, with the Nets keep brook and maybe trade, if you can, Garnett. The Knicks, please there aren’t enough characters to really tell the truth, but get rid of all the dead weight. You are at the bottom, so unload players that is not with the future plans and almost start from scratch. Melo, please get rid of him and then you may have a good team in a year or two.

  37. Daniel says:

    thanks you, nuggets GM, finally you are imploding completely the team. Thanks a lot, from a sad nuggets fan

  38. None of the above says:

    Many times where trades are concerned people are suggesting trades without remembering or realizing that the number need to add up.

  39. OKC don't deal Perk! says:

    Don’t get rid of Perkins that would be a bad move.

  40. jevans35 says:

    The Thunder need to get rid of Jackson/Perkins asap. Get Lopez!

  41. Mss o says:

    Give them Steve Nash so he can retire in a Suns jersey

  42. #BULLS1991 says:

    I personally think the nuggets are out of their minds if they really want 2 first round picks for Chandler. Thats too much. If its late round picks, then so be it I’ll go for it. But what top team wants him for that much? The clippers? I think he can fill the SF role Barnes has struggled to fill. Aaron Afflalo doesnt seem to be the same player he was last year. I think it was a fluke and he took a bunch of shots to padd his stats and look better than he really is. i.e Kevin Love(MIN), Monta Ellis (GSW), Kevin Martin, and etc We’ve all seen these stat sheet stuffers on bad teams crying to make an allstar game on a losing team. Im just trying to say they arent as good as the numbers suggest.

  43. Rockets says:

    I hope that the Knicks get Dragic, Lakers get Lawson, and Hornets get Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett and Brook and Deron will leave for somewhere else

  44. celentano says:

    these incompetent lakers owners have to sell the team soon possible,the enterprise team sinks to deep! the fans has to protest by not buying it anymore until a better owner take over,the lakers are dead already!stop visiting the staples center from now!please urgent take overs now!!!lol

  45. Mario says:

    I hope the Hawks pick up Ray Allen. A true team player that knows how to come in and play his role – no ego. This would free Kyle to shoot 3’s forever against teams like Golden State and the up and coming Cleveland.

  46. lbj says:

    He’s getting older, he’ll waste his career with the Lakers or Knicks. He’s no Chris Paul but he’s good enough to run a decent team. So Miami? It’s not the best decision to go to a declining team.

    That said, Sacramento may be the best situation for Dragic. Cousins and Gay are already there. They have young pieces with potential. They were actually winning before they fired Mike Malone. The biggest selling point at this point is George Karl. He could take Dragic’s career to a whole new level.

  47. Greg says:

    If the Lakers don’t get something then I guess we are not really rebuilding. I like my wife’s idea this morning, let the City of LA take over the team. Couldn’t be any worse.

  48. Bulls all day says:

    Bulls should be talking to Denver for Chandler and Afflalo.

    We do not need draft picks if we have those two players

    We have the team we need a extra shooting guard with Afflalo and SF Chandler too. an all-around SF who can score and run the floor plus play the 4 if needed.

    We just got MC Buckets in last years draft. We have enough point guards. Big Men are good. We will only draft players like these two.

    Get the deal done. We will be in the Finals this year.

    • #BULLS1991 says:

      The bulls dont have the cap space to simply add 2 guys with deals worth close to 7M each. Even if we traded taj it still wouldnt work. The best move the bulls could make is to stand pat and not make any moves until the offseason.

  49. JAYSTAR says:

    Nuggets please trade Lawson for George Hill. That is a great move! Keep Nelson please and please trade Faried and others for some players who want to play in Denver. Look for players, please, who play with all heart and have a drive to win! Denver fans deserve a championship contender. #kobebryant #lovebrianshawasheadcoach

  50. thejerr says:

    as a laker fan id like to see us get one of these guards buuuuuut what would we give them?? lin? johnson? lol

    • #BULLS1991 says:

      I wouldnt want a player like dragic playing with kobe. I think kobe being who and what he is would damage his confidence like he did with lin. I always though positively of kobe. But when you stop winning games, flaws stand out alot more. I think jordan wouldve been the same way if the bulls spiraled just like the lakers late in his career. Another season ending injury for kobe might indirectly work in the lakers favor.

  51. Ryan Buck says:

    Dragic is going nowhere. I guarantee at end of year he signs big term deal with Knicks.

  52. Jake Kisser says:

    Come on lakers you have to get ty Lawson or dargic please work your magic!

    • bbALL says:

      Something has to happen, or Jim Buss will prove he is the worst thing to happen to the Laker franchise ever!

  53. atakan says:

    i hope lakers sign with ty lawson.let’s see what happens.lakers still playing waiting game..