2012 Trade Deadline

Fisher Trade Ends An Era In L.A.

NBA.com Staff Reports

The Lakers have parted way with longtime point guard Derek Fisher, according to multiple reports, trading him to the Houston Rockets just before the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports!, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle and others tweeted the news that the Lakers had traded Fisher and a 2012 Draft pick for forward-center Jordan Hill. Though official word of the trade was not imminent, the news seemed to make sense: The Lakers made a trade earlier in the day for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions.

Wojnarowski has the details of the deal:

The Los Angeles Lakers have traded veteran guard Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Jordan Hill, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Rockets also will receive the 2012 first-round pick the Lakers acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in the Lamar Odom trade.

Fisher, 37, won five championships with the Lakers. He was expendable after the Lakers acquired Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramon Sessions for Jason Kapono and L.A.’s 2012 first-round pick. While Fisher had remained the Lakers’ starting point guard this season, many of the fourth-quarter minutes were going to Steve Blake.

The Rockets will explore buying out the remainder of Fisher’s contract – he has a $3.4 million player option for next season – Houston also could use someone to backup Kyle Lowry.


Trail Blazers Send Camby To Houston

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Veteran center Marcus Camby is on the move again, this time to Houston that continues the Portland Trail Blazers’ roster trade deadline roster makeover. The deal was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

The Trail Blazers will receive Hasheem Thabeet and point guard Jonny Flynn from the Rockets. Portland will take a totally new team on the floor after this afternoon’s trade deadline, including Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams from an earlier deal with New Jersey.

The Trail Blazers are also in discussions with several teams about moving veteran guard Jamal Crawford as well.

Stephen Jackson Back To The Spurs

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Golden State Warriors have used Stephen Jackson to land a first-round pick and Richard Jefferson from the San Antonio Spurs, according to league sources.

The Warriors acquired Jackson in a five-player deal earlier this week with the Milwaukee Bucks. Our man David Aldridge reports the Warriors have flipped Jackson into a conditional first-rounder from the Spurs in what should be a very deep Draft this year.

The volatile Jackson is a Gregg Popovich favorite, making his return to the Spurs a reunion for the coach and player that helped the franchise to a championship in 2003.

Also the Warriors announced they acquired a second-round pick in this year’s draft from the Atlanta Hawks for cash considerations.

Lakers Shore Up Backcourt

NBA.com Staff Reports

With a point guard corps that includes championship-tested veteran (and starter) Derek Fisher and his veteran backup, Steve Blake, the Lakers were looking to add a younger body in the backcourt that perhaps provides the best of both players’ skills.

L.A. may have gotten exactly that by swinging a trade with Cleveland for point guard Ramon Sessions, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. Also moving to Los Angeles in the deal is athletic swingman Christian Eyenga, who has appeared in just six games for the Cavs this season and has mostly been in the NBA D-League. Here are the gritty details:

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-player deal that will bring the Cavs the Lakers’ 2012 first-round pick, according to league sources.


Nets Get Wallace From Blazers

NBA.com Staff Reports

Dwight Howard waiving his early termination option took him off the trade market and out of the free-agency pool for 2011-12. That put a kink in the rebuilding plans for New Jersey, which was on Howard’s preseason draft “wish list”.

The Nets didn’t leave trade deadline day empty handed though, as they swung a deal for Gerald Wallace from the Blazers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports:

The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed in principle to trade Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected first-round pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.


Dwight Will Stay … For Now Anyway

HANG TIME ORLANDO BUREAU — OK, it’s over. Move along. Nothing more to see here.

Dwight Howard went from being the face of the trade deadline to being an innocent bystander. He signed away his Early Termination Option, meaning he’ll be with the Magic at least until the summer of 2013 (at a cost to Orlando of $19.4 million). It ended a weird week in which Howard changed his mind several times, before giving the Magic at least one more chance to convince him to sign long-term.

Howard initially was only open to staying with the Magic this season, saying the team had to “roll the dice” on him this summer. And that was an upgrade over his stance at the start of the season, when he gave the Magic a list of three teams — Mavericks, Nets and Lakers — to trade him to. In truth, Howard was always cool to the idea of signing with the Lakers, and was only interested in the Nets and hooking up with Deron Williams, also a free agent this summer.

In a sense, by only guaranteeing one more year in Orlando, the Dwama will start all over again this summer. Until Howard inks a long-term deal, there’s always a chance of him leaving the Magic. But by signing the ETO, Howard has left the door open for an extension. It’s the surest sign that he can see himself in Orlando for the immediate future, if not the rest of his career.


Clippers Figure to Stand Pat

HANG TIME LOS ANGELES BUREAU — After weeks of window shopping for a new shooting guard to replace the injured Chauncey Billups, the Clippers will let the trade deadline pass, barring an unexpected late development in the final hours.

They considered Jamal Crawford and Courtney Lee, discussions for Ray Allen never gained much traction, and reports of conversations with the Jazz about Raja Bell were wrong. In the end, the Clippers do not appear to have come close to a deal that would likely have required parting with second-year point guard Eric Bledsoe, at least one other player to make salaries match and perhaps even a first-round pick.

The Clippers are in win-now mode and Bledsoe is their best trade lure in getting some help. But their logic in holding off is understandable: No one in trade discussions would have been a major upgrade. They can re-consider options with Bledsoe heading toward the June 28 Draft, which is said to have a very weak point-guard class. L.A. is hoping an opponent will need to address the position, see no help is coming in the Draft and make a move for Bledsoe then.

Randy Foye has been starting at shooting guard.

Gasol Doesn’t Expect To Be Traded

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — After hearing his name tossed around in trade rumors for months Pau Gasol does not expect to be traded by the Los Angeles Lakers today, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Rockets, Bulls and Celtics have all had conversations with the Lakers about Gasol, who was still unsure of his status after the Lakers’ win in New Orleans Wednesday night:

Before Gasol headed to the team bus, he thanked a handful of reporters, shaking their hands in the locker room … just in case.

“One way or another, time’s going to tell,” he said after scoring 18 points and taking 10 rebounds.

Gasol is not expected to be traded Thursday despite talks with Boston, Chicago and Houston in recent weeks. “I might wake up after the deadline,” Gasol said, alluding to the fatigue he felt from a chaotic few months.

The Lakers are actually working to add Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley to their roster in a three-team deal, shoring up a need at small forward. A Gasol, Beasley, Andrew Bynum frontcourt would give the Lakers one of the top trios in the league.

Pacers Get Barbosa

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Indiana Pacers, looking to augment their reserves for the stretch run, will acquire veteran guard Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors for a second-round pick, according to a league source.

Barbosa, 29, is averaging 12.2 points per game this season in 42 games off the bench for the Raptors. He has been with Toronto the last two seasons after spending his first seven seasons with the Suns. The Pacers are $14 million under the cap and wanted to be a conduit for potential trades before today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. Barbosa will play both a key role in Indiana’s guard rotation, which includes starters Darren Collison and Paul George.

The Associated Press also reports that the Pacers received veteran guard Anthony Carter in the deal, too.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

Grizzlies Trade Young To Sixers

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded swingman Sam Young to the Philadelphia 76ers for future considerations, according to a source.

Young was taken in the second round of the 2009 Draft by Memphis but had fallen out of the Grizzlies’ regular rotation this season, and is the last of the three Draft picks Memphis took that season to be traded within three years. The Grizzlies traded center Hasheem Thabeet, taken second overall that year, and forward DeMarre Carroll (taken 27th in the first round) to Houston for forward Shane Battier last season.

Young is expected to be put into the 76ers’ $2.7 million trade exception the team received as part of the trade in January that sent forward Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies.