NBA Trade Deadline 2013 Tracker: Updates, Reaction and Analysis

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NBA Trade Deadline 2013 Tracker: Updates, Reaction and Analysis

Well, it's finally over.

The NBA trade deadline has come to pass and we're now left sorting through the chaos.

But fear not, because amid the purported bedlam, we have you covered with the latest, the greatest and yes, even the craziest transactions out there.

 

Warriors avoid the luxury tax

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 4:10 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Golden State Warriors managed to pull the trigger on a pair of last-minute deals that will bring them below the luxury tax apron for this season.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Warriors sent Jeremy Tyler to the Atlanta Hawks and Charles Jenkins to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Golden State need to shed approximately $1.2 million to avoid paying any luxury tax and per Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News, the team cut $1.5 million as a result these two trades:

Point guard Charles Jenkins, who started several games as a rookie and proved reliable, was shipped to Philadelphia, according to sources. Tyler, the former high school prodigy who barely got off the bench in one-plus seasons, is head to Atlanta.

The salary dumps, which occurred just before the deadline, cut more than $1.5 million off the Warriors’ salary cap figure. The Warriors needed to trim $1.2 million to avoid paying the luxury tax penalty.

But this deal was less about saving the $1 million now and buying the Warriors time in the future. Golden State is resigned to being a tax team. Having already committed to an expensive core, management is prepared to go over the tax to upgrade the talent. Getting under now means they can go over the tax next season and not incur the harsh penalties for being a repeat offender.

Basically, the Warriors want to save their go-over-the-tax card until it really matters. Going over the tax to keep Jenkins, Tyler and rookie guard Kent Bazemore turned out to be not worth it for Golden State.

Though the Warriors are committed to being a tax-paying team, this deal allows them to prolong the inevitable. In the age of a supremely harsh CBA, that's a good thing. It helps Golden State avert the dreaded "repeater's tax" and ensures the franchise isn't paying larger sums of money until it absolutely has to.

---End of update---


Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins part of Jordan Crawford trade

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 4:00 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

David Aldridge of NBA.com previously reported that the Boston Celtics traded for Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards. Though Fab Melo was originally who the Celtics were dangling, Aldridge reports that Boston will be sending Jason Collins and the injured Leandro Barbosa instead.

Retaining rookie center Fab Melo is huge. While a project, he is at least a prospect worth trying to develop.

With Barbosa and Rajon Rondo sidelined for the rest of the season, this was a trade the Celtics simply couldn't pass up.

---End of update---


Knicks send Ronnie Brewer to Thunder

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the New York Knicks a second-round draft pick in exchange for shooting guard Ronnie Brewer.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, said pick will come from Oklahoma City in 2014.

For the Knicks, this was all about creating an open roster spot in order to sign some low-post help, which they did almost immediately.

Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, New York agreed to a 10-day contract with veteran forward Kenyon Martin. 

If Martin pans out, he diminishes the urgency behind the current absences of both Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace.

Moving along to the Thunder, they get an exceptional perimeter defender in Brewer, albeit one who has struggled this season.

Think of Brewer as a Thabo Sefolosha-type wing, just with an uglier jumpshot.

---End of update---


Thunder trade Eric Maynor to Blazers

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the draft rights to Giorgio Printezis and a trade exception.

Per ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Thunder opted for the trade exception over a second-round pick.

You've got to like the Blazers' end of this one. Maynor is no superstar, but he's a guy who can come off the bench and run the offense without making Portland cringe while watching him.

As for Oklahoma City, maybe that trade exception will prove valuable over the next year.

---End of update---


Magic acquire Hakim Warrick from the Bobcats

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:20 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte Bobcats have traded Hakim Warrick to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Josh McRoberts.

Warrick on the Magic appeared to be a good fit, but per Sam Amick of USA Today, Orlando's plan is to waive him. Personally, I consider that a shame, but the Magic do have younger prospects who need the playing time more than the athletic Warrick.

As for McRoberts, I can't imagine him becoming a factor even in an open rotation like the Bobcats have.

--End of update---

 

Full Details on the J.J. Redick Trade

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:15 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski has the full details on the J.J.Redick trade:

With the prospect of losing guard J.J. Redick to free agency this summer the Orlando Magic traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bucks sent the Magic Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih for Redick. Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith were sent to Milwaukee as part of deal for Redick.

In addition to Redick the Milwaukee Bucks also received Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how J.J. Redick fits alongside Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.

It will be even more intriguing to see if he re-signs with the Bucks over the summer.

---End of update---


Mavericks Acquire Anthony Morrow

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3:10 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks have acquired Anthony Morrow from the Atlanta Hawks for Dahntay Jones.

Morrow isn't the point guard Dallas needed, but oh man, can he shoot.

For the Hawks, they gained a heck of a perimeter defender in Jones.

---End of update---


Bucks snag J.J. Redick; give up on Josh Smith

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:55 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Orlando Magic have traded J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks.

In acquiring Redick, the Bucks sent Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih and Tobias Harris to the Magic.

Truth be told, that's a heck of a get for Mr. Redick. Orlando did well here.

Per Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Bucks have also given up hope on acquiring Josh Smith.

---End of update---


Knicks still shopping Ronnie Brewer

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:50 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the New York Knicks are still attempting to move Ronnie Brewer before the deadline.

Though he's making just over $1 million this season, Brewer is proving difficult to move because he's an offensive liability and hasn't lived up to his defensive reputation this season

---End of update---


Evan Turner not going anywhere

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:50 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Evan Turner remains a hot target, but the Philadelphia 76ers don't expect to move him.

As one of the most versatile players in the game, the Sixers are right to hold onto him if they aren't blown away by anything.

---End of update---


Pacers pull out of J.J. Redick sweepstakes

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:40 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Of the many teams still interested in J.J. Redick, the Indiana Pacers are no longer one of them.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Pacers have pulled out of the running for the veteran shooter.

We're just minutes away from the 3 p.m. deadline, so we'll have to see if one of the many other teams interested in Redick can pry him from the Orlando Magic.

---End of update---


Warriors not trading Jeremy Tyler

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:35 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, barring a surprise, the Golden State Warriors will not be trading the seldom-used Jeremy Tyler.

Tyler is hardly a hot commodity, but his versatility on both ends of the floor would prove to be a valuable get for a team in need of deepening its frontcourt.

---End of update---


J.J. Redick Talks coming down to the wire

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, negotiations centered around J.J. Redick are going to come down to the wire.

As Aldridge notes, there are still plenty of teams making a push for his services, so it seems like the Orlando Magic are going to have more than a few decisions to make over the next 30 minutes.

---End of update---


The Josh Smith saga continues

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:15 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Josh Smith hasn't been dealt yet, but according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks are "still seriously" engaged in trade talks. 

This news coincides with Sam Amick of USA Today's report that the Phoenix Suns don't expect to land Smith.

While the Bucks seem to be the overwhelming favorites, the Hawks aren't exactly under the gun here. They can wait and trade Smith over the summer if they like.

Given that an accord has yet to be struck, it would also appear that Milwaukee needs to make some extra concessions for this to work.

With less than an hour for a deal to be ironed out, we'll gain some clearer insight soon enough.

---End of update---

 

Sebastian Telfair traded to the Raptors

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:05 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, the Phoenix Suns have traded Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors for Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick.

At 7'2", 265-pounds, Haddadi is a beast in size, but not so much on the court.

With Toronto in need of some additional playmaking following the departure of Jose Calderon, you have to like the Telfair acquisition.

The hope will be that he should flourish alongside weapons he hasn't had in Phoenix. And after being superseded by rookie Kendall Marshall, you'd have to believe that Telfair is motivated to prove himself again.

---End of update--- 

 

Dexter Pittman headed to the Grizzlies

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:55 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Well, that didn't take long.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Miami Heat have traded Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for a trade exception.

No one acquires marginal role players like the Grizzlies.

---End of update---

 

Boston Celtics trade for Jordan Crawford

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UPDATE: Thurday, Feb. 21, 1:50 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Boston Celtics have struck first on Deadline Thursday.

Per David Aldridge of NBA.com, Boston has acquired Jordan Crawford—a volume scorer who has recently fallen out of favor with the Washington Wizards. The deal does not include Fab Melo, as originally reported.

It will be interesting to see how Crawford fares under the stringent regime of Doc Rivers.

---End of update---

 

Miami cutting ties with Dexter Pittman?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:45 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Ronald Tillery of The Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies are nearing a deal that would land Dexter Pittman in Memphis.

Pittman isn't likely to make much of an impact for Memphis, but on a defense-first team, he may find some success.

Miami is probably just happy to be rid of him.

---End of update---

 

Celtics Favorites to land Jordan Crawford?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:25 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards are discussing a Fab Melo for Jordan Crawford swap.

Boston is known to need some scoring on the perimeter and Crawford has proved he can put points up in bunches for long stretches.

Melo isn't anywhere near read to make much of an impact for the Wizards, but the Celtics aren't exactly fighting amidst a fray of competitors.

Per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, the Dallas Mavericks are not pursuing Crawford.

All the better for the Celtics.

---End of update---


Rockets pulling out of Josh Smith sweepstakes?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:25 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Sam Amick of USA Today, the Houston Rockets have pulled out of the Josh Smith sweepstakes.

Smith would be a great fit on a team nearly void of a defensive conscience, but the Rockets have more than enough cap space available to sign him outright over the summer, if they so choose.

After acquiring Thomas Robinson, the need for a defensive power forward is no longer as urgent either.

Don't necessarily rule out the Rockets just yet, though. There's 95 minutes to go until the deadline and we've seen stranger things happen before.

---End of update---


Denver not moving Timofey Mozgov?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:20 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Denver Nuggets are unlikely to move center Timofey Mozgov before the deadline.

It's a shame, really. Mozgov has potential on defense when given minutes, but his role in Denver is inconsistent.

Hopefully Mozgov finds a new home next season—one where he can gain some more experience and avoid being on the wrong side of poster-dunks.

---End of update---


New front-runner for Josh Smith?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:56 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns are the new favorites to land Josh Smith.

The Milwaukee Bucks appeared to have the edge earlier, but the Suns are about as desperate as anyone to acquire a star. Not to mention that if I'm the Atlanta Hawks, I'm more interested in a package built around Marcin Gortat than one that may or may not be built around Monta Ellis.

---End of update---


Everyone still interested in J.J. Redick

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:48 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, plenty of teams remain interested in J.J. Redick, but the Orlando Magic have no problems holding on to him.

You would think that with half the league (kidding) chasing Redick, someone would send a worthwhile offer Orlando's way, but that doesn't seem to be the case just yet.

---End of update---


Monta Ellis off limits in Josh Smith trade?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:42 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Milwaukee Bucks are insisting that Monta Ellis won't be involved in any Josh Smith deals.

Color me confused there, because I don't see how the Atlanta Hawks would accept a package without him (or Brandon Jennings).

Let's see how this one plays out.

---End of update---


Iman Shumpert to stay put?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 11:10 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The New York Knicks have been listening to offers for Iman Shumpert but don't appear poised to make a move.

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, we shouldn't be surprised to see Shump remain in orange and blue after the trade deadline:

Don’t be surprised if the trade deadline passes today and Iman Shumpert is still a member of the New York Knicks.

The Knicks have been listening to offers for Shumpert and have been linked to veterans such as J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic and Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns, but there’s no guarantee that they’re going to trade the second-year guard.

Sources close to the situation say that talks with the Magic regarding a Redick for Shumpert deal have all but died. In addition, several sources from teams pursuing Shumpert have said that they believe New York will hold onto him for now.

Still on his rookie deal, it would be difficult for the Knicks to land a J.J. Redick or Jared Dudley without the other team taking back another contract or even two.

Given what Shumpert stands to mean from a defensive standpoint as well, it makes sense for New York to stand pat at the moment and re-evaluate his situation over the summer.

---End of update---

Bucks growing confident that they'll land Josh Smith?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:35 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Could Josh Smith and J.J. Redick be headed to the Milwaukee Bucks?

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Bucks "keep upping the ante" in their pursuit of Redick, which seems to imply they're confident in landing Smith.

Landing both players would be a huge success for Milwaukee, especially if they're able to hold onto either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings.

As exciting as this current news is, the Bucks would be taking a risk knowing that both Redick and Smith can leave upon season's end.

That said, if they're prepared to take both on, I'm assuming they would at least receive assurances from Smith's camp that he's interested in re-signing, potentially mitigating the risk involved.

---End of update---


Multiple players on the block in Indiana?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star has confirmed an earlier report that the Indiana Pacers are looking to move D.J. Augustin.

He also added Gerald Green and Tyler Hansbrough to the list as well.

None of these players are likely to hold much value, specifically Green, who has been all but a bust for Indy.

Should the Pacers have success in moving one or more of them, it will be interesting to see what they land in return.

---End of update---


Fab Melo headed to Washington?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:25 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Boston Celtics are using rookie center Fab Melo as bait to land some perimeter scoring.

Enter Jordan Crawford of the Washington Wizards.

Per Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, Washington's prolific guard has caught Boston's attention.

Though the Celtics' interest in Crawford is understandable, I'm not sure Melo gets it done here. Crawford has struggled of late, which could diminish his value, but not to the point of Melo.

The Wizards don't exactly have a need for a center, let alone one that is more under-developed than anything they already have.

Keep searching, Boston. Keep searching.

---End of update---


Bucks the favorite to land Josh Smith?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:20 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

So much for getting Josh Smith out of the Eastern Conference.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that talks between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks centering on Josh Smith have gotten "serious."

Far be it from me to criticize the thinking of Hawks general manger Danny Ferry, but this deal makes little sense.

Monta Ellis can score and dish (when he wants), but Ekpe Udoh? Really?

Rest assured, a lot can change between now and the hours leading into the deadline.

And for Atlanta's sake, let's hope it does.

---End of update---


D.J. Augustin available?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:15 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, we can add D.J. Augustin, among others, to the long list of players to be had.

Raise your hand if you're excited about Dexter Pittman being available.

No one? Good.

Moving right along to Augustin, he hasn't been the asset he was supposed to be off the bench for the Indiana Pacers. As a crafty point guard who easily catches fire, though, he could be of some value for teams hoping to inject some instant production into their second unit.

As for the Golden State Warriors, I'm not sure which of their bench players they're realistically looking to move. They'd love to get rid of Andris Biedrins, but nobody wants him.

Don't sleep on the Warriors, though. They've had a rough patch of games and could look to make any sort of move they believe shores up their rotation.

---End of update---


No takers for Eric Maynor

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:10 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to shop point guard Eric Maynor, but have yet to find any viable suitors.

Per Sam Amick of USA Today, the Thunder are seeking a first-round pick in exchange for his services, a requirement that has yet to be satisfied.

Maynor has shown some two-way promise this season, but a first-round pick is a lot to ask for a guy who is averaging just over 10 minutes a game.

Unless Oklahoma City comes down in its asking price, I wouldn't hold my breath on Maynor being headed elsewhere.

---End of update---


Time for Orlando Magic to make a decision?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10:05 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The market for J.J. Redick may have been definitively set for the Orlando Magic.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have secured offers that include first-round picks for the sharpshooting guard.

As Woj reports, it doesn't appear any of those picks are near the lottery, so the Magic could opt to hold onto Redick and search for a better deal this summer. Or they could move him.

Conflicting reports continue to run rampant, so we'll just have to wait and see.

---End of update---

 

Lakers looking to deal after all?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

No, the Los Angeles Lakers still have no intention of moving Dwight Howard.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, though, they are looking for teams that may be interested in Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Darius Morris or Devin Ebanks for second-round draft picks.

Los Angeles would clearly like to open up some roster spots and perhaps shed some payroll, but that's easier said than done.

Both Morris and Ebanks don't make too much money, so they could be easy to move. Blake and Duhon, however, each have another year worth a few million dollars left on their contracts, so they will be more difficult to pawn off.

As always, keep your eyes on the Lakers. They're no stranger to surprises.

---End of update---


Blazers can't find a taker for J.J. Hickson?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:55 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

J.J. Hickson is one of just 10 NBA players averaging at least 10 points and 10 rebounds a game, yet the Portland Trail Blazers are actually struggling to move him.

Per Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Portland is looking for a first-rounder in exchange for Hickson, a search that has proved fruitless thus far.

Even if the Blazers find a team willing to hand over a first-round pick, there's no guarantee a deal can be made. Hickson has the right to veto any trade and given that his bird rights become null and void once he's moved, there's a strong possibly he would decline any moves.

Hickson is a ferocious rebounder and solid post scorer, and at this point, it's likely those talents of his remain in Portland.

---End of update---

 

The field for J.J. Redick is thickening

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:50 ET by Dan Favale

The "will they or won't they" game continues to played with the Orlando Magic and J.J. Redick.

It remains unclear whether or not the Magic will move the guard by the deadline, but as Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports, there remains a number of teams interested in striking a deal.

With so many teams clamoring for an opportunity to land Redick, one has to believe that at least one of the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers will meet the Magic's asking price.

The question, though, remains: Will they, or won't they?

---End of update---

 

Beno Udrih to Mavericks?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:45 ET by Dan Favale

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks have had discussions about a deal that would send point guard Beno Udrih to Big D.

With the Mavericks in need of some help at the point, Udrih presents an intriguing option. He has the playmaking abilities necessary to be their primary floor general and his contract comes off the books after this season, so he wouldn't compromise Dallas' cap flexibility.

As Stein notes, however, don't expect the Bucks to make a move before knowing what's going on with Josh Smith.

They, like plenty of other teams, will wait for a resolution to that saga to present itself first.

---End of update---


Hawks not happy with deals for Josh Smith?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:35 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Perhaps we shouldn't be fitting Josh Smith for another team's jersey just yet.

Sam Amick of USA Today confirmed an earlier report that the Houston Rockets were interested in the star forward, but also admitted the Atlanta Hawks have not been wowed by offers from any team.

Truthfully, the Hawks don't have to move Smith now. They can move him via a sign-and-trade over the summer in hopes of snagging a better return.

Of course, there's a certain level of risk involved there too. Smith could just leave to play where he wants or leverage Atlanta into trading him for an underwhelming package to the team of his choosing—as long as he's willing to ink a deal outside of a trade.

While the Hawks haven't been impressed with any offers as of late, it would be more surprising to see Smith still with the team by the deadline.

That said, this is the NBA we're talking about, so anything (and I mean anything) is possible.

---End of update---

 

Sebastian Telfair headed to the Raptors?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Toronto Raptors have emerged as favorites to land point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns.

Toronto has a playmaking void to fill since it dealt Jose Calderon in the Rudy Gay trade, so acquiring a competent reserve in Telfair is hardly out of the question.

As minor as the deal seems, though, we can expect the Suns to table any and all moves until they're absolutely certain where Josh Smith is headed (if anywhere).

---End of update---

 

Conflicting reports on J.J. Redick's future

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:25 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has J.J. Redick being traded by the Orlando Magic, but Local 6 News' Dave Pingalore has been told otherwise:

Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore has learned through mulitple NBA sources that the Magic have no plans of trading J.J. Redick by Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Pingalore is reporting this on the heels of a story that has surfaced by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated saying, "I think J.J. Redick gets moved. I think Orlando sort of sifts through the offers and come Thursday early afternoon will take the best one on the table."

Pingalore was told by sources the DeVos family is adamant to keep Redick in a Magic uniform and potentially sign him to a long term deal this summer.

There's definitely a case to be made for either course of action here.

Orlando could hold onto Redick, its best asset, and re-sign him this summer or trade him now if it doesn't believe he factors in to its future. The Magic call also remain in a holding pattern until the offseason, when they can move him in a sign-and-trade.

It looks like we're headed for a conflictive finish to this ongoing saga, so pay attention as we inch closer to the deadline.

---End of update---


Josh Smith to the Rockets?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:05 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Don't assume the Houston Rockets are done dealing just yet.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets are among the teams vying for Josh Smith's services, provided the price comes down.

You have to side with Houston here. Chandler Parsons is a deep ball stud and while Omer Asik is still a work in progress, the Rockets lack size outside of him.

Should the Atlanta Hawks ultimately come down on their asking price, though, keep an eye on Houston. Darryl Morey and company have plenty of cap space, draft picks and assets in general.

And as we've seen already, they're not afraid to use them.

---End of update---

 

Monta Ellis "very" Available?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:00 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

Per our good friend Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated once again, the Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly made Monta Ellis "very" much available:

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.

No surprises here. Ellis remains predominantly inefficient and hasn't proved to complement Brandon Jennings in the manner he was supposed to.

Though I believe the Bucks won't want to overpay for Jennings this summer in restricted free agency, you have to pick him over Ellis.

Plus, who wouldn't want to move Ellis in favor of a player like Josh Smith?

---End of update---


Goodbye J.J. Redick?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:55 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

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.

Mostly, this echoes much of what we have heard thus far. As Redick's stock has increased, though, so has his price tag for this coming summer.

For a rebuilding team like the Magic, investing $7 to $10 million annually in a complementary shooter and playmaker makes little sense. It makes more sense to trade him now for a potential asset and guaranteed draft pick.

Which it seems Orlando is attempting to do.

---End of update---


 Hawks looking to ship Josh Smith West?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:50 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Josh Smith plot thickens.

Per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks prefer to ship Smith out of the Eastern Conference.

Though many doubt Smith's status as a superstar, the Hawks don't seem likely to receive an overwhelming package for his services. And if that's the case, why keep him in the conference? So that they can face him up to four times a year?

Somewhere, Mikhail Prokhorov is curled up in a ball.

Teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks shouldn't give up hope just yet, though, because Atlanta still has to find a Western Conference taker willing to meet their price (the Phoenix Suns?).

---End of update---


Iman Shumpert in, Ronnie Brewer and Steve Novak out?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:40 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

After being pummeled by the Indiana Pacers, the cries for the New York Knicks to make a trade could be heard around the world. Well, maybe not, but you get the point.

Any such move seemed likely to include second-year defensive stud Iman Shumpert, who's name has traipsed its way in and out of the rumor mill lately.

According to Steve Kyler over at Hoopsworld, though, Carmelo Anthony has put a stop to such talk:

There had been talk that the New York Knicks were exploring deals involving second-year guard Iman Shumpert. However, Knicks sources say Carmelo 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.

Melo gets what he wants, the Knicks roster and coaching staff is living proof of that. If he doesn't want the team to trade Shumpet, they won't.

I am left wondering, however, if he is similarly loyal to Steve Novak and Ronnie Brewer.

Brewer has all but fallen out of the rotation, so his departure seems inevitable. Novak, however, helps spread the floor for Anthony in ways that Shumpert and others can't. Unless there's another shooter involved, it wouldn't surprise me to see Melo intervene there too.

Regardless, don't expect the Knicks to make any major moves (for a change). Anthony appears content with the roster and loss against the Pacers aside, both he and coach Mike Woodson won't want to do anything to shake the current dynamic up.

---End of update---


Denver Nuggets unwilling to make a move?

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

The Denver Nuggets have plenty of talent on their roster, but don't appear to willing to trade any of it.

Per Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, the Nuggets have been reluctant to deal any of their top assets despite them generating a myriad of interest:

Teams like Denver's players. General Manager Masai Ujiri, who is quickly emerging as one of the brightest young minds in basketball, has put together a strong group of young talent, headlined by Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee. The Nuggets likely are one piece -- or the development of one player -- away from being true title contenders, but one Western Conference executive says there have been no indications yet that Ujiri is willing to part with any of his top pieces before the deadline.

I like the thinking of Denver's general manager, Masai Ujirir, here.

The Nuggets are fifth in the Western Conference and have the ability to toil with contention as is. Rather than disrupt team chemistry with a major move now, waiting to see how far they can go and then making the necessary adjustments over the offseason is both safer and smarter.

Of course, if the right deal comes along, I believe Ujirir won't hesitate to pull the trigger. He never has in the past.

---End of update---


Brooklyn searching for some help to land Josh Smith

UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, 8:25 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

At a time when everything we here is laced with ambivalence, one thing remains an unequivocal fact: The Brooklyn Nets are a persistent bunch.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Nets are still heavily pursuing Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and will continue to scour 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

Atlanta's distaste for Kris Humphries isn't surprising. He's struggled to find a consistent role in P.J. Carlesimo's rotation and is owed $12 million next season. Finding another team to take him on is the only way to go for the Nets.

The problem there is I'm not exactly sure what team will both take him on and then be willing to send a Smith-worthy type piece back to the Hawks. 

While the search for additional teams is the logical move for the Nets, it's tough to believe they'll find an enthusiastic partner with Humphries as the primary bait.

---End of update---

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