It’s trade deadline day, so that leaves only a matter of hours of speculation of what the New York Knicks and the rest of the teams in the league will do to position themselves for the stretch run.
What will your favorite team do?
Check back often as I will continuously update the rumors throughout the day and keep you posted as every trade goes down.
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11:25 pm: Marcus Morris dealt to Suns
The Rockets have traded Marcus Morris to the Suns for a second-round pick, as Morris is reunited with his twin brother, Markieff. The pair were taken out of Kansas with back-to-back lottery picks in 2011.
My Take: Decent pickup for Phoenix but long-term for Houston they save an extra $1.6 million for next season. But they have dealt their top two power forwards so rookies Terrance Jones and Robinson will get the opportunity to shine as Houston tries to hold onto the final playoff spot.
11:15 pm: Thomas Robinson dealt to Rockets
The first deadline deal actually went down Wednesday night and it was a bit of a surprise as the Sacramento Kings quickly gave up on the No. 5 pick in last summer’s draft by sending Robinson to the Rockets.
The deal looks like this: Houston sends Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas to the Kings for Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. Sacramento also will receive $1 million in cash.
My Take: Patterson was playing well at times for Houston, but I love them getting Robinson. It may not look like it now, but T-Rob still has a chance to be a dominant player in this league. With the Rockets already having some good young talent in place, it doesn’t hurt to add a talented player like Robinson with upside. For the Kings this was nothing but a cost cutting move.
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That appears to be it for this deadline. if something else does trickle in I will be back to update
Knicks send Brewer to Thunder for a 2nd
Looks like Knicks sending Brewer to OKC
Another small trade
The Hawks have sent Anthony Morrow to the Mavericks for Dahntay Jones,
Another small trade in as the Charlotte Bobcats have shipped Hakim Warrick for Josh McRoberts
Brian Windhorst reports that Smith will remain with Atlanta
Looks like no late deals for Smith or Blair.
It looks like the Bucks are shipping Udrich, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb in exchange for Redick.
Waiting for deals to trickle in as the deadline has passed. Bucks and Nets are out of Smith sweepstakes but Atlanta was said to be considering two deals for Smith, one involving Milwaukee and one possibly involving Dallas.
Wojnarowski is reporting that Redick is being shipped to the Bucks
Berger report that Evan Turner’s name is all over the place but doesn’t expect anything to get done. Could he be a part of the proposed three-way involving Redick?
More on the Maynor deal. Stein adds that the Blazers will absorb his contract with a trade exception and will likely send a pick OKC’s way.
In the past couple minutes, it looks like the Magic are working on a three-team deal that would send Redick to Milwaukee.
The Knicks are working hard the final five minutes to move Ronnie Brewer reports Zwerling.
Another small trade to announce.
The Thunder send backup point guard Eric Maynor to Portland according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
10 minutes remaining. Smith and Redick still with their respective teams
Speaking of New York, the Knicks and Nets have been very quiet.
Neither team has enough right now to beat Miami in a series and in the case of the Knicks who have been slumping, management may be making a mistake by thinking they are a lot better than they really are.
Berger is reporting that the Spurs are still hopeful for a deal for DeJuan Blair.
However if the asking price doesn’t come down it will be tough to move him.
Blair would be a nice fit coming off the bench in New York, but that won’t happen.
Broussard now reporting that the Pacers are out on Redick.
Likely they didn’t want to surrender a pick. That’s a shame because I feel Redick would have been a piece that could have put the Pacers over the top.
My take on the Telfair trade:
Good move for both teams. The Suns can now give rookie Kendall Marshall some run, while the Raptors, who are coming fast on the No. 8 seed in the East, needed depth at point guard and while Telfair isn’t great, he is decent enough to add that depth for the Raps.
What ever happened to The Bank of Cuban?
You always look at the Mavs to be active, but that hasn’t been the case.
I mentioned earlier that the Mavs would acquire Beno Udrih. That looks done.
ESPN’s marc Stein reports that if Udrih isn’t used as part of a larger deal, the Bucks will likely send him to Dallas for Dahntay Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois
The New York Daily News is now reporting that Boston could now ship Courtney Lee to Minnesota now that they have Jordan Crawford.
Aldridge reports that the Redick talks will go down to the wire, but the Spurs are now out of the sweepstakes.
That leaves the Pacers, Sixers and Bucks as the front runners
My take on the Crawford trade:
Good trade for both teams. Crawford adds some perimeter scoring to the Celtics, but will he be able to adjust with not jacking up a ton of horrible shots in Beantown? That doesn’t fly in Boston the way it does in Washington.
The Wizards have been winning without Crawford, so getting Barbosa’s expiring deal in good for them as they can put that money towards next season
Interesting one from the New York Daily News, who say both the Celtics and Thunder are discussing Marcin Gortat
There are still teams in on Redick, so it looks like the Magic have 40 minutes to decide
Wojnrowski reports that the Bucks and hawks are still in “serious” talks involving Smith
Another deal done says Chris Broussard
Sebastian Telfair is heading to Toronto and Hamed Haddadi and a 2nd to Phoenix
Brian Windhorst reports now that the Heat have deal Pittman, they have been in contact with Kenyon Mrtin’s agent, although he does note that Miami will likely wait until after March 1 to explore their options
Washington will getting Fab Melo in the Crawford deal, but instead the expiring contract of Leandro Barbosa
Miami is believed to receive a trade exception in the Pittman deal
The Grizzlies and Heat have agreed to a deal that will send Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick to Memphis, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports
Finally it looks like we have a trade.
TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting that the Celtics have acquired Washington shooting guard Jordan Crawford.
Details are coming in but the C’s were dangling Fab Melo Washington’s way earlier in the day.
According to Yannis Koutroupis of HoopsWorld, the Lakers tried to acquire Cleveland’s Daniel Gibson, but couldn’t put together a package to get the deal done.
Amick notes that the Rockets are no longer in the Smith sweepstakes. Looks like that means Houston will be all-in for Dwight Howard in the offseason
With under 90 minutes until the trade deadline passes, who will sneak in and make a big deal that no one is talking about, similar to the Wizards acquiring Nene right at the deadline last season.
The Knicks, Heat, Timberwolves and Bobcats were among the teams eyeing Denver’s Timofey Mozgov, but it doesn’t look like he will be moved as the asking price is high.
The USA Today’s Sam Amick adds the Mavericks to the list of teams eyeing Washington’s Jordan Crawford.
It looks as if Boston and Dallas are the two front runners if there is a deal for Crawford to be had.
J.J. Hickson is guy I think makes sense for the Nets (or even the Knicks) at power forward.
While he has been on the block, there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for him and it looks like he is staying in Portland
First Grizzlies note of the day.
According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Grizzlies are “actively working” two separate trade possibilities, both involving big men, although he did note that neither are household names.
When the new CBA was signed after the lockout last season, it was immediately perceived that teams would do what it takes to avoid going over the tax line.
I think you are seeing that today as teams just don’t want to take on salary
Another Knicks note.
ESPN’s Zwerling notes that the Knicks are exploring a trade, possibly a salary dump so they could go after O’Neal or possibly sign Kenyon Martin or Lou Amundson.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, reports that plenty of teams remain interested in Redick, but the Magic have no problems holding on to him.
With this many teams involved, you would think a good offer would come Orlando’s way, but that doesn’t appear to be the case right now.
Bulpett has the following to say about Ainge:
C’s working it hard. GM just said: “Danny can’t come out of this w/nothing. Whether it’s for now or the future, he has to do SOMETHING.”
I would think several teams fall into that category especially teams in the East like the Knicks and Nets
Very disappointing deadline day so far I must say. Hopefully the action will be fast and furious the final two hours
A Lakers note.
Amico is reporting the Lakers are shopping Steve Blake or Chris Duhon for a second-round pick. This would be a move to try and get further under the tax line, which they aren’t close to doing.
In addition he adds the Lakers are targeting the Pacers D.J. Augustin and the Cavs Daniel Gibson
ESPN’s Broussard says a source says Smith deal now has a 50-50 chance of going down.
Those odds are a lot smaller than what has been reported the past couple of days.
Wojnarowski says if the Brooklyn Nets fail to acquire Smith, they likely won’t make any deals
First Pistons note of the day.
Vince Ellis of the Detroit News, says absolutely nothing is happening as it pertains to the Pistons.
Knicks Note from ESPN’s Jared Zwerling.
He says: Shump won’t be traded. Brewer most tradeable. No issues w/ Woody, but less freelancing. Some want White starting at the 3 for D.
SI.com’s Mannix says the Celtics are discussing Pierce, but re looking for a big package of expiring contracts and draft picks.
That’s unlikely to happen.
Speaking of Danny Ainge, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald is reporting of a “new push” from the Los Angeles Clippers to do something with the Celtics.
It was reported last week that the Clippers were offering Deandre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe for KG, but Garnett would not waive his no-trade clause.
Could the Clippers be making a push for Paul Pierce?
Under 3 hours until deadline passes and no activity so far. Let’s go GM’s Pull the trigger
Yahoo! Sports Marc J. Spears is reporting that the Kings have told both Evans and DeMarcus Cousins that they will not be dealt.
Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com says neither Carlos Boozer nor Hamilton are drawing any interest.
It was reported a coule weeks ago that a Boozer-Andre Bargnani swap was on the table, bbut that appears unlikely now.
Bargnani’s name hasn’t popped up at all today either
An update on the Telfair to Toronto rumors.
ESPN’s Stein notes that the deal would look like this: Telfair would likely be swapped for Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick.
He also noted that if it gets done it would be right at the end of the deadline
Kennedy reports that DeJuan Blair’s name keeps popping up but teams are reluctant to give up much for him since he is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason
When you talk trade deadline, what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve is always a hot topic.
While it is unlikely that the C’s do something major like part with Rondo, Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, Ainge is always good for a surprise or two.
Stein is reporting that they have had talks with the Kings about Evans.
But I can’t see the Kinngs taking on one of the Celtics long-term contracts, so it is doubtful a deal gets done here without a third team involved
First Bobcats note of the day. What’s a day without mentioning that Michael Jordan just turned 50.
Wojnarowski is reporting that the ‘Cats are having trouble getting offers for Gerald Henderson, so there is a chance that he won’t be moved.
Chris Vivlamore says Smith is practicing with the Hawks this morning so no deal with him yet
Another Bulls note. They will likely be stuck with Hamilton. If they won’t throw a pick in to sweaten the deal, I have a hard time imagining another team taking him off of their hands.
Berger is reporting that the Bulls are all but out on Redick. They won’t be able to re-sign him next season without getting into the luxury tax and won’t part with a first-round pick for a guy that they can’t sign
Another Spurs note. If they don’t land Redick, which they probably won’t. Cavs’ guard Daniel Gibson could be their next option
Not much today from the defending champs, although Wojnarowski has noted that the Heat are shopping Dexter Pittman and also are showing interest in Denver center Timofey Mozgov
Also keep in mind that the upcoming draft class is viewed as one of the weakest ones i history, so first-round picks in next year’s draft don’t have the value that they do in most seasons
Alex Kennedy has reported the Wizards have inquired about Smith, but they don’t have the assets the Hawks would want. Washington is looking to make a big move, but wants to do so without moving John Wall, Bradley Beal or Nene.
Several reports have the Spurs in on Redick, but Orlando can do much better than the first-rounder that San Antonio is offering as it will end up being a late first-round pick. That being said, I highly doubt Redick ends up with the Spurs
Jason Jones has reported that the Kings are looking to move Tyreke Evans
Speaking of Smith, Wojnarowski lists Milwaukee and Phoenix as the front runners for the unrestricted free agent to be.
Broussard has reported that sources say the Bucks will not include Ellis in any deal for Smith
On the Knicks front, Hoopsworld is reporting that several sources from teams pursuing Shumpert have said that they believe New York will hold onto him for now.
Broussard is reporting that the Celtics are dangling first-round pick Fab Melo in an attempt to acquire some perimeter scoring and Washington’s Jordan Crawford is on their radar.
Mike Wells has reported that in addition to Augustin, the Pacers would like to also move Gerald Green and Tyler Hansbrough. He adds that Indiana has already received an offer on Hansbrough, but they didn’t like it.
Could the Bucks acquire both Redick and Smith?
Berger reports that Milwaukee is upping their ante for the sharp shooter and that could indicate that Milwaukee is growing more confident about its chances of landing Smith
The Suns have released Luke Zeller to clear a roster spot for recently acquired Marcus Morris.
That doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it gives Phoenix a bit more leverage in potential deals involving O’Neal and Telfair. Now potential buyers can’t count on them being released and will have to give something up to acquire them.
So who will be the first to go? Love to see your trade predictions. Comment below if you have a deal that you would like your team to make.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times is reporting that the Bulls are “pushing hard” to unload Richard Hamilton
Wojnarowski also says the Pacers are shopping D.J. Augustin and his expiring contract.
Despite looking like an offensive juggernault last night against the Knicks, I’m sure the Pacers will be trying to add some scoring punch off the bench even with Danny Grnger returning soon
Both Stein and Wojnarowski are reporting that the Bucks are in “serious talks” to acquire Smith.
They both report that Ellis and Ekpe Udoh have been discussed, and Devin Harris could be a part of any deal as well.
Sam Amick reports thatOklahoma City has been seeking first-rounder for PG Eric Maynor, but no takers so far.
If the Thunder can unload Maynor, which I doubt they will if the asking price is a first, that will likely be the only move they make today
More Bucks news. Brandon Jenninggs will not be dealt, which isn’t a surprise, however they are looking to deal Monta Ellis, which also isn’t much of a surprise.
SI’s Mannix writes:
The Bucks have made it clear that Brandon Jennings will not be traded, and that they will match any offer for him this offseason. Monta Ellis, however, is very available. A likely free-agent-to-be — Ellis has can forego the final year (and $11 million) on his deal this summer — Ellis won’t be back in Milwaukee, and the Bucks would love to pry Smith away from Atlanta in a deal built around Ellis, an NBA source said.
According to Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are exploring a trade for Beno Udrih. Hoowever if this happens it will be right as the deadline expires as the Bucks will hold onto Udrih in case they need to throw him in a deal or salary cap purposes for Smith
A source of Berman’s talks bout the Knicks deadline plans: “They’re not even waiting on anything. It’s pretty safe to say they’re not making a deal.”
As for the Knicks and Redick, the Knicks aren’t pursuing a deal for Redick and Shumpert
ESPN’s Chris Broussard notes that Indiana, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Washington all showing interests in Redick
Berger also notes that Portland’s efforts to find a first-round pick for J.J. Hickson doesn’t look good
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrain Wojnarowski reports that the Toronto Raptors are the front runners to acquire Phoenix Suns backup point guard Sebastian Telfair
Keep an eye on the Rockets as a sleeper for Josh Smith. Houston GM Daryl Morey is a smart man and he always has a plan. He cleared out money last night to offer Dwight Howard a max-deal in the offseason, but may have a plan in store to land both Smith and Howard, who are close friends
Given the way the Knicks shoot the 3 and give the way they have struggled from behind the arc at times. Redick makes some sense for the Knicks.
Would you give up Shump for him though?
It’s the only Shumpert rumor that I would consider right now. The Knicks starting five is not very good. Shump is shooting under 33 percent from the floor. Jason Kidd hasn’t shot the rock well since December and if Raymond Felton isn’t connnecting, which happens often, ‘Melo is the Knicks only real scoring option.
Redick improves this team.
Even though they said that they would be open to re-signing J.J. Redick, it looks as if the Orlando Magic will deal him today.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Orlando Magic are more than likely going to trade J.J. Redick.
Redick likely to go. Orlando loves Redick, who has been a played instrumental roles for the rebuilding Magic this year both on the court (career best 15.2 points per game) and in the locker room. Redick wants to stay, too, but his asking price next season ($7 to $10 million over four years) is too steep for Orlando, which will likely look for younger, cheaper alternatives as they develop their top talent. Milwaukee is high on Redick, though the Magic are seeking a first-round pick. Expect interest in Redick to increase on Thursday; Redick’s ability to come off the bench and score would help every team in the league.
Marc Berman writes that the Knicks will look for buy out guys instead of making a trade…unless owner James Dolan panics and blows a gasket, which is still a possibility
In addtion, according to CBS Sports Ken Berger, the Nets have “pulled the plug” on a potential Ben Gordon deal so it looks like it could be Smith or bust for Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets are still hot after Josh Smith but are going to have to find a third team to get involved and take on Kris Humphries, who nobody wants
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Nets are still heavily pursuing J-Smoove and will continue to search around the league for a third (or fourth) team to help facilitate a deal.
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.
Chris Palmer has reported that the Eric Gordon for Klay Thompson talks are dead and never really existed. In addition, one league source Wednesday night said of Gordon, “nobody wants him.”
Even though Iman Shumpert’s name has been tossed around a lot, it doesn’t look like the second year guard will be moved thanks to Carmelo Anthony. According to Steve Kyler at Hoopsworld, Anthony chimed in with ownership urging them to look at other options. Enter Ronnie Brewer.
The Knicks have been shopping both Brewer and sharp shooter Steve Novak hoping to add one more piece to the roster for a stretch run in the postseason.
However neither will fetch much of a return so it looks like the Knicks won’t be improving at the deadline.
I don’t know if I agree with that strategy, but it is what it is, although Anthony should worry less about playing GM and more about producing on the floor, something he hasn’t done much of the past two games.
As of early this morning it appears the likes of Danny Granger, Rajon Rondo, DeJuan Blair and Dwight Howard all are staying put. But plans can all change in the next few hours
So give me your opinion. Who do you think gets moved today? Also Knicks fans, what should Glen Grunwald do or should he do nothing?
Tough spot for Hawks’ GM Danny Ferry. Everyone expects Josh Smith to be moved, but the offers so far haven’t been anything great. If your Ferry do you settle for whatever the best offer is or do you risk watching Smith walk for nothing?
It looks like one option the Suns have, now that they have acquired Morris is to buy out Jermaine O’Neal. O’Neal had previously been linked to the Knicks so we will see if they still pursue him wither by trade or as a potential free agent