nba trade deadline recap no blockbusters but plenty of action

NBA trade deadline recap: No blockbusters, but plenty of action


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Dejounte Murray is staying with the Hawks. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The NBA trade deadline is done.

Here’s all the action from Yahoo Sports that will shape the NBA this season and beyond.

Lakers don’t make a deal at the deadline

The trade deadline came and went on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t make a deal.

The Lakers were active in seeking deals in the lead up to the deadline, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, but the team figured that any trade would only be a “marginal upgrade at too steep a cost.”

While they didn’t make a deal by Thursday afternoon, the Lakers will reportedly be aggressive in the buyout market and attempt to add someone who can make a real impact the rest of the way. The Lakers also have three first round draft picks at their disposal this summer, too. They are also reportedly front runners to sign Spencer Dinwiddie when he clears waivers. Dinwiddie, who is a Los Angeles-area native, averaged 12.6 points and six assists with the Nets this season.

The Lakers hold a 27-25 record at the deadline, which is good for ninth in the Western Conference standings. They’ve won three straight and five of their last seven headed into Thursday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Victor Oladipo is on the move again.

The Memphis Grizzlies waived Oladipo shortly after the trade deadline on Thursday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Oladipo has not played yet this season while recovering after he tore his left patellar tendon in the playoffs last year. He was traded to Memphis from Houston earlier this month.

Oladipo will now land with his fifth team after sustaining his injury. He was moved from the Miami Heat to the Oklahoma City Thunder before landing in Houston. The 31-year-old averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 assists in 42 games off the bench last season in Miami.

Hawks not moving Dejounte Murray; other big names staying put

It appears the biggest name on the trade market is staying put.

Atlanta is planning to keep combo guard Dejounte Murray, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Multiple teams were interested in the All-Star, who is averaging 21.4 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds for Atlanta this season.

The eight-year veteran’s four-year, $120 million extension kicks in next season with a player option in the final year.

According to Wojnarowski, the Raptors are also keeping Bruce Brown, whom they acquired via trade from the Pacers in January, and the Bulls are keeping Andre Drummond, per Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes.

Milwaukee‘s search for perimeter defense has reportedly led it to veteran Patrick Beverley.

The Bucks are acquiring the 12-year veteran from the 76ers for Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Beverley played 47 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 19.6 minutes.

Payne played 47 games for Milwaukee as well, but his role as a backup guard had been inconsistent as of late.

Suns add a shooter

Phoenix is locked into its core of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, so it has to work around the margins.

The Suns added some veteran shooting help by reportedly acquiring Royce O’Neale from the Nets, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

O’Neale is a career 38.1% shooter from 3-point range and has averaged 5.5 long-range attempts the past two seasons.

The deal is a three-teamer that also includes Phoenix getting David Roddy from Memphis, according to Charania.

Mavs keep making moves

Dallas reportedly acquired more talent at the deadline, getting forward P.J. Washington from Charlotte for Grant Williams, Seth Curry and a first-round pick, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Washington is in his fifth NBA season, averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Williams was a key acquisition for the Mavericks during the offseason but has struggled with his shooting and defense in his short tenure in Dallas.

The Raptors are sending veteran guard Dennis Schröder to the Nets in a deal for guard Spencer Dinwiddie, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Schröder has played for Atlanta, Oklahoma City, the L.A. Lakers, Boston and Houston as well in his NBA career, averaging 14 points per game in 11 seasons.

Veteran forward Thaddeus Young is also joining the Nets in the deal, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer.

One of the most talked about shooters on the market finally is getting a new home.

Bojan Bogdanovic is reportedly being traded to the Knicks, Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer confirmed.

Detroit is sending Bogdanovic and Alec Burks to New York for Quentin Grimes, Malachi Flynn, Evan Fournier, Ryan Arcidiacono and two second-round picks, Fischer confirmed.

Burks is a longtime Tom Thibodeau favorite, so the move make sense in multiple ways.

Bogdanovic averaged 20.2 points in 27 starts with the Pistons, shooting 41.5% on 7.4 attempts per game from 3-point range.

The Pistons reportedly waived veteran Joe Harris to create a roster sport, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

But that wasn’t the Pistons’ most notable move of the day. The team waived 2020 No. 7 overall pick Killian Hayes, according to Shams Charania.

Hayes averaged 6.9 points and 4.9 assists in 31 starts for Detroit this season in 24 minutes per game.

Mavs get a big man

Dallas keeps adding to its collection around Luka Doncic, reportedly bringing in Washington center Daniel Gafford.

The Mavericks are reportedly moving Richaun Holmes and draft compensation to the Wizards in the deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dallas intends to send a late first to Washington from a third team to complete the deal, Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer reports.

The Thunder are reportedly finalizing a deal to send guard Tre Mann and forward Davis Bertans to Charlotte for Gordon Hayward, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

76ers make deal for flexibility

With the salary cap in mind, Philadelphia moved Danuel House and a 2024 second-round pick to Detroit, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 76ers are expected to be active in the buyout market and this deal helps give them a little room on the cap sheet, according to Wojnarowski.

Utah is sending center Kelly Olynyk and guard Ochai Agbaji to Toronto for Kira Lewis, Otto Porter and a 2024 first-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to Wojnarowski, the first-round pick will be the least favorable between Oklahoma City, the L.A. Clippers, Houston and Utah in 2024.

The 76ers got some shooting help from the Pacers in veteran Buddy Hield, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Hield is slated to be a free agent this offseason and will have much flexibility in the market.

The return for Hield is Marcus Morris, Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Big names off the market

Reports are trickling in, but it appears some of the biggest trade-deadline attractions are off the market. Miles Bridges reportedly won’t approve any trades, the Wizards say they intend to keep Kyle Kuzma, and the New Orleans-Atlanta deal that included Dejounte Murray appears to have fallen apart.

The deadline was missing a lot of heat as is, but those names coming off the ledger won’t help as the 3 p.m. ET deadline quickly approaches.

Since Bruce Brown Jr. was sent to Toronto in January, as the major salary of the Pacers’ package for Pascal Siakam, league personnel consistently mentioned two teams to monitor for Brown’s next destination before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline: New York and Los Angeles. Both the Knicks and Lakers pursued Brown as a free agent this past summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports, before Brown ended up taking a ballooned two-year, $45 million offer from Indiana.

There’s another team to consider as a strong possibility for Brown. The Jazz, according to league sources, have discussed a framework with the Raptors that would bring Brown to Utah in return for Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji. What draft capital could be part of that conversation remains to be seen, but Toronto has been consistent with its messaging to rival teams that it is looking for a first-round pick for Brown, sources said.

If there’s ultimately a deal with Utah that would be one data point that would further suggest the mounting noise around the league that the Lakers aren’t expected to pursue a major upgrade before the deadline. Los Angeles had called Toronto about Brown, sources said, and the Lakers held widely reported conversations with Atlanta about Dejounte Murray. Yet the Lakers will have greater ammunition to pursue top-tier talent this summer, when two more first-round draft picks will be at Los Angeles’ disposal.

Here are a handful of trades I’d like to see, with a couple caveats: 1) Each deal must forge a true contender, and 2) These are trades I would like to see, not that might happen (or that you think will benefit your team).

One of them — Memphis Grizzlies big man Xavier Tillman to the Boston Celtics — happened before we hit publish, so at least we know we’re not entirely off-base (at least when it comes to NBA trades). Here goes …

How about Jimmy Butler to New York?

Celtics reportedly acquire Xavier Tillman

The Memphis Grizzlies are sending forward Xavier Tillman to the Boston Celtics in exchange for two second-round picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

Fourth-year power forward Lamar Stevens will land in Memphis as part of the trade, per Yahoo Sports senior NBA reporter Jake Fischer. The transaction won’t use the traded player exception, as Tillman and Stevens are direct salary matches.

Boston was expected to send a bench player back to the Grizzlies in the deal in order to keep an empty roster spot. Stevens averaged 2.8 points per game, 1.6 rebounds and 6.4 minutes over 19 appearances for the Celtics this season.

Andrew Wiggins could be the ultimate swing piece of the Warriors’ current build. He represented the second fiddle to Curry on a title team not even 20 months ago and did seem to turn around a slow shooting start to this 2023-24 campaign before succumbing to a foot injury in Atlanta. Golden State had found some early success with a frontcourt lineup featuring Wiggins and Kuminga flanking Green. Kuminga’s emergence, scoring 20 points on a near-nightly basis, is the most encouraging sign for internal improvement for Golden State in the West. But Wiggins’ optionality as a trade candidate is the most interesting element of the Warriors pre-deadline decision-making. Kuminga — as Yahoo Sports has previously reported — is not available for trade.

It seems more likely Golden State will find a smaller, less seismic adjustment to their 2022 championship core. If Thompson’s drifting away from critical minutes, veteran center Kevon Looney has seen a dramatic decline in his involvement for the Warriors. Looney’s $7.5 million salary could be exchanged for various options, whether Golden State ultimately determines they require shooting, more defensive wing depth or anything else on the trade market’s current menu. Looney’s deal is only guaranteed for $3 million in 2024-25.

But Wiggins is the Warrior who’s generated the most significant trade chatter around the league. He remains a player in consideration for the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Although in order for Milwaukee to reach Wiggins’ $24.3 million salary, the Bucks would need to include forward Bobby Portis in any outgoing package, and Milwaukee, sources said, is going to think long and hard before sacrificing Portis in any deal at this deadline. Still, it should be noted Portis was one of Kerr’s favorites during this summer’s FIBA World Cup run with Team USA.

Golden State is below .500 and 12th in the West. Klay Thompson wasn’t a part of the team’s closing unit for the second time in three games. And time is running out on making a playoff run this season. Where do the Warriors go from here? With only 48 hours to go before the deadline, Yahoo Sports’ Ben Rohrbach takes a closer look at the franchise’s uncertain future:

“Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green are owed a combined $57.8 million in the 2026-27 season. Chris Paul‘s deal expires in June, unless the Warriors commit to paying his non-guaranteed $30 million salary until 2025. Neither overpaying underwhelming veterans nor losing a near-max salary slot is conducive to fielding a contender. Committing the remainder of salary cap projections for the foreseeable future to Wiggins, Green and Thompson feels like a death sentence for [Steph] Curry’s prime. Never mind that Jonathan Kuminga becomes extension eligible this summer. So, something has to give.”

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