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NBA trade deadline 2021 2021 buzz. March 25 edition

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0700

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed! Here’s a recap of all the reported deals and rumblings that occurred before the end of in-season trading.

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Victor Oladipo is averaging 20.8 ppg this season.

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed!

Here’s a recap of all the reported deals and rumblings that occurred before the end of in-season trading.

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Seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge has completed his buyout process with the San Antonio Spurs and will enter free agency, the team announced.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Miami Heat are the “frontrunner” to land Aldridge, but the veteran forward reportedly plans to “talk with several teams” before making his decision.

— 5:21 p.m.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was perhaps the top potential prize on the trade market going into today’s 3 p.m.

ET deadline.

And while there were plenty of teams in pursuit of him throughout the day, he’ll ultimately finish the 2020-21 season right where he started: with the Raptors.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri ultimately couldn’t find a trade package that compelled him to move Lowry.

Additionally, Ujiri had — per Wojnarowski — been fine with finishing out the season with Lowry in the fold.

— 3:55 p.m.

The New Orleans Pelicans are apparently parting with one of their guards and keeping another one in the fold.

ESPN’s Andrew Lopez reports the Pelicans are sending JJ Redick and big man Nicolo Melli to the Dallas Mavericks for forwards Wesley Iwundu, James Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick.

Additionally, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports guard Lonzo Ball will not be dealt at today’s deadline.

Source says the 2nd-round pick is for this year.

https://t.co/hdHOGalv7i

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) March 25, 2021

No Lonzo Ball trade, sources tell ESPN.

He’s staying in New Orleans.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

A career 41.5% 3-point shooter, Redick is in the final year of his contract and is one of the most consistent shooters in NBA history.

However, he has struggled with his 3-point shot this season (36.4%) and is averaging 8.7 ppg — his lowest mark since 2008-09.

Johnson is averaging 5.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg and is known for his defense and toughness, while Iwundu is averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg but was known as a solid role player during his days with the Orlando Magic (2017-20).

Ball is in the midst of a career-best season (14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.3 spg) and had his name bandied about in trade talks.

However, he will not be dealt, per Wojnarowski, and is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

— 3:35 p.m.

Fourth-year center Daniel Theis is reportedly moving on to the Chicago Bulls, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Celtics center is averaging 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 apg and will be swapped for Mo Wagner, whom the Bulls reportedly acquired earlier today in a trade with Washington.

Mo Wagner goes to the Celtics, per sources.

https://t.co/TPrzW9WqEd

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

There could be more moves afoot for Boston, however, as Mark Murphy of the Boston Globe reports that guards Jeff Teague and Javonte Green could be on the move soon as well as a possible third team could get involved in the Celtics-Bulls trade.

Source says that Daniel Theis, Jeff Teague and Javonte Green are all headed out, possibly with third team involved between Celtics and Bulls.

— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 25, 2021

— 3:29 p.m.

The Golden State Warriors have reportedly made a pair of trades, sending Brad Wanamaker to the Charlotte Hornets and forward Marquese Chriss to the San Antonio Spurs.

I can confirm the @wojespn report that the Warriors are trading Marquese Chriss to the Spurs.

It was unclear if Chriss (broken leg) would be able to play this season, anyway, and he’ll be a free agent this summer.

— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 25, 2021

The Hornets are acquiring Golden State’s Brad Wanamaker, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

The complete details of both trades have yet to be reported.

The 31-year-old Wanamaker is averaging 4.7 ppg and 2.5 apg during his third season in the NBA, while Chriss played in just two games this season (6.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) before a broken leg sidelined him.

— 3:25 p.m.

Former All-Star swingman Victor Oladipo is headed back to the Eastern Conference.

Per multiple reports, the Houston Rockets have dealt Oladipo to the Miami Heat for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick swap.

The Raptors are keeping Kyle Lowry, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Rockets acquire Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a 2022 pick swap from Miami for Victor Oladipo, per source.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 25, 2021

Oladipo’s name was mentioned in trade chatter leading up to the deadline and the Heat were, at times, linked to such talks. This season, Oladipo is averaging 20.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.7 apg and 1.2 spg with Houston and turned down a reported two-year extension with the Rockets back in late February.

— 3:10 p.m.

The Toronto Raptors have dealt reserve guard Terence Davis to the Sacramento Kings for a future second-round pick, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Davis is averaging 6.9 ppg and 1.9 rpg this season.

— 2:57 p.m.

Guard Kyle Lowry is still a Raptor with less than 20 minutes to go on trade deadline day.

It appears the Raptors have gotten an offer from the Miami Heat for him and are weighing it.

Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Heat were unwilling to include Tyler Herro in the trade, but were willing to include Duncan Robinson and possibly rookie Precious Achiuwa as well.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reporting Heat have made their offer for Kyle Lowry and Raptors weighing, with Heat unwilling to add Tyler Herro to mix, but willing with Duncan Robinson, possibly Precious Achiuwa.

— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 25, 2021

What I’m hearing with 30 mins to go: Offers for Lowry have been underwhelming & Raptors are comfortable keeping him past the deadline if they don’t think anything that’s out there moves the needle for them.

Lots of posturing between savvy front offices.

Should go down to the wire

— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 25, 2021

— 2:44 p.m.

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo is apparently on his way back to Los Angeles.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the LA Clippers are trading for Rondo in exchange for Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash.

Clippers are finalizing a deal to acquire Rajon Rondo from Atlanta for Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash, sources tell me and @sam_amick.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

Hawks are trading Rajon Rondo to the Clippers for Lou Williams, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

A 14-year veteran, Rondo is averaging 3.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 3.5 apg for the Hawks this season as the backup to star guard Trae Young.

Last season, Rondo played a backup role for the Los Angeles Lakers as they won the NBA title.

He averaged 7.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 5.0 apg.

Williams, a three-time Kia Sixth Man of the Year award winner, is averaging 12.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.4 apg this season.

He will bolster Atlanta’s bench as it looks to solidify its standing and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

A native of Georgia, Williams played for the Hawks from 2012-2014.

— 2:24 p.m.

The Utah Jazz have the NBA’s best record and set roster continuity, so a major trade from them was not expected today.

They lived up to that, but also did make a small deal with the Toronto Raptors, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Raptors have dealt backup guard Matt Thomas to Utah for a Draft pick.

Per Blake Murphy of The Athletic, the pick is Golden State’s second-round pick in 2021.

For Toronto, the deal opens up an additional roster spot should the team be able to trade star guard Kyle Lowry before the 3 p.m.

deadline.

The Jazz are sending GSW’s 2021 2nd to the Raptors in that Thomas deal, per a source.

— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) March 25, 2021

Deal opens a roster spot to take on an additional player in a Lowry trade.

Raptors continue talking to teams on deals within 45 minutes of deadline.

Thomas gives the Jazz another in an endless line of three-point shooters on the team.

https://t.co/9Llqb3NKvi

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Thomas is a career 45.7% 3-point shooter and his long-range accuracy will surely be welcomed by the 3-point happy Jazz this season.

— 2:09 p.m.

The biggest fish in the trade deadline-day pond is Toronto Raptors guard and All-Star Kyle Lowry.

The Philadelphia 76ers are likely out of the chase for him after they reportedly traded for Oklahoma City guard George Hill.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that while the 76ers are out of the mix for Lowry, the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers remain very much in the mix for him.

Shams on Stadium: “The focus now around the league is the future of Kyle Lowry.”

Says the Raptors remain engaged with Heat and Lakers.

Lakers offering Schroder+KCP package, Heat offering Robinson-led package.

Says THT and Herro inclusion are the hold-ups.

— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) March 25, 2021

With 76ers no longer pursuing Lowry (per ESPN), Heat obviously remains very much in it.

A source said Lakers and Clippers also have engaged.

— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) March 25, 2021

— 2:05 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers have gotten one of the bigger fish at the trade deadline by working a trade for the Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell.

In a trade first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are trading Powell to Portland for Gary Trent Jr.

and Rodney Hood.

Toronto has traded Norm Powell to Portland for Gary Trent and Rodney Hood, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Blazers source confirms Gary Trent Jr.

and Rodney Hood traded to Toronto for Norm Powell.

@wojespn first.

— Jason Quick (@jwquick) March 25, 2021

Powell, one of the top targets at the trade deadline, is averaging 19.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg and shooting a career-best 43.9% on 3-pointers.

He is expected to decline the $11.6 million option on his deal this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent.

— 1:02 p.m.

Whether or not the Philadelphia 76ers stay in the chase to land guard Kyle Lowry is yet to be seen.

However, the Sixers will have a new guard in the backcourt as the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly agreed to trade George Hill there, per multiple reports.

The three-team trade encompasses the 76ers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The 76ers get Hill and Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis, the Knicks get 76ers swingman Terrance Ferguson and the Thunder get Knicks guard Austin Rivers, 76ers center Tony Bradley and second-round picks in 2025 and 2025 from Philadelphia.

Three-way deal with Knicks.

Terrance Ferguson to New York in the trade, per sources.

https://t.co/NU3JgmUV0k

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

The veteran Hill averaged 11.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.1 apg for OKC this season and has been a vital contributor to several playoff teams throughout his career.

Bradley, a backup center, is averaging 5.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg — both career highs — while Rivers is averaging 7.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.0 apg this season.

Ferguson (0.2 ppg, 13 games played) has seen his time severely diminish after figuring into the Thunder’s rotation the last three seasons.

— 12:58 p.m.

Miami is reportedly adding another versatile player to its frontline, reportedly finalizing a trade with Sacramento to acquire Nemanja Bjelica.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bjelica will go to the Heat while the Kings will get forward Moe Harkless and forward Chris Silva.

Miami is sending Moe Harkless and Chris Silva to the Kings, sources tell ESPN.

https://t.co/qcIwNnme3t

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Nemanja Bjelica’s production and role have taken a step back this season in Sacramento as his 7.2 ppg and 16.9 mpg are his lowest marks since 2017-18.

As the Kings have looked to give Marvin Bagley III a bigger role, Bjelica’s has shrunk.

Per Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, Bjelica seemed likely to get dealt and the timing of trading him was “trending toward deadline day” as of Wednesday.

— 12:43 p.m.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has been on the trading block all week and the Boston Celtics were among the teams expected to vie for his services.

But in a bit of a surprise, the Denver Nuggets have reportedly agreed to acquire Gordon, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the trade the Magic will send Gordon and forward Gary Clark to Denver for guards Gary Harris and RJ Hampton and a 2025 first-round pick.

Denver is trading its a protected 2025 first-round pick in the deal, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

The former No.

4 overall pick of the 2014 draft is averaging 14.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 4.2 apg for the Magic this season, but has been hampered by injuries in 2020-21. Overall, Gordon has played in 428 career NBA games, all of them with the Magic, and he ranks in the franchise’s top 10 in rebounds, blocks and games played.

— 12:32 p.m.

After upgrading their frontcourt by reportedly trading for All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from Orlando, the Chicago Bulls are making more moves before the deadline.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Bulls are sending forward Chandler Hutchison to the Wizards for center Mo Wagner and forward Troy Brown.

Washington is trading Troy Brown and Mo Wagner to Chicago for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Hutchison has fallen out of the Bulls’ rotation after a solid sophomore campaign in 2019-20 (7.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg), averaging 1.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 9.1 mpg.

Brown is averaging 4.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg this season as a reserve while Wagner is at 7.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg.

12:26 p.m.

The Boston Celtics have reportedly added some backcourt depth in short order as they are finalizing a deal with the Orlando Magic for Evan Fournier.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the deal is done, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In the deal, the Celtics acquire Fournier from Orlando for two second-round picks.

The Orlando Magic have traded Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Boston acquires a strong scorer and shooter.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021

The Magic are sending Evan Fournier to the Celtics, league sources have confirmed.

— Roy Parry (@osroyparry) March 25, 2021

Fournier is in his ninth NBA season and is averaging a career-best 19.7 ppg along with 2.9 rpg and 3.7 apg.

He is shooting 45% overall and 38.8% on 3-pointers — both of which are down from last season’s marks of 46.7% and 39.9% respectively.

Boston ranks 14th in the NBA in 3-pointers made and 11th in 3-point percentage, so Fournier’s shooting touch could help the Celtics improve in both areas.

The pending trade means Orlando has moved its top two scorers — Fournier to Boston and center Nikola Vucevic to Chicago — in the span of about 30 minutes.

That fact wasn’t lost on Magic guard Terrence Ross, who tweeted a quick gif of his emotions regarding it all.

— 11:32 a.m.

The Chicago Bulls have reportedly swung the first blockbuster trade of 2021’s trade deadline day, acquiring All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic, per multiple reports.

In the trade — which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — Orlando will send Vucevic and forward Al-Farouq Aminu to Chicago for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter and two first-round picks.

Bulls are sending Wendell Carter Jr.

and two first-round picks to the Magic, per sources.

https://t.co/MNvJ8GmfeL

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021

Vucevic has been the Magic’s best player for several seasons, garnering All-Star nods in two of the last three seasons.

While Magic forward Aaron Gordon has been in trade talks all week, Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday that the Magic were open to trade offers for Vucevic.

This season, Vucevic is averaging a career-best 24.5 ppg to go along with 11.8 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.0 spg.

Carter Jr., the former No.

7 overall pick of the 2018 draft by Chicago, is averaging 10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.2 apg but recently lost his starting job with the Bulls.

Porter is a reserve for the Bulls averaging 9.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.0 apg and is known for his 3-point shooting (40.4% career from 3-point range) and defense.

Porter is on the final year of his contract ($28.4 million) while Carter Jr.

has a team option for 2021-22.

— 11:07 a.m.

The Denver Nuggets are getting JaVale McGee from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report on the trade, and John Hollinger of The Athletic reports the second-round picks being traded are in 2023 and 2027.

Source: The Nuggets sought a stronger, veteran presence inside and believe McGee fits that mold.

Re.

Hartenstein, the Cavs were one of the teams interested in him before he landed in Denver.

He’ll get a significantly bigger role in Cleveland.

https://t.co/m59YhcRRaZ

— Mike Singer (@msinger) March 25, 2021

McGee, who started his career with the Washington Wizards, played for the Nuggets from 2011-15 before stops with the Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland.

He is averaging 8.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 33 games as a reserve for the Cavs this season.

Hartenstein has appeared in 30 games for the Nuggets, averaging 3.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg in a reserve role.

The Cavs are still trying to find a trade partner for former All-Star center Andre Drummond, who has not played since February.

— 10:13 a.m.

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is perhaps the top potential prize on the trade market going into today’s 3 p.m.

ET deadline, which means Wednesday’s win against the Denver Nuggets might have been his last in a Toronto Raptors uniform.

Where he ends up remains unknown, but the list of suitors for him seems to be ever-growing.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, per multiple reports, seem to be leading the pack of teams pursuing him — with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers also in that mix.

— 8:07 a.m.

Andre Drummond has not played in a game for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Feb.

21, the date on which the team decided it would not be keeping him past this season.

Since then, his name has come up in trade rumors regularly and that is only increasing as the 3 p.m.

ET deadline today nears.

Last night, the New York Knicks emerged as a potential destination for Andre Drummond, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

But acquiring Drummond via trade may not be the only way he moves on.

— 7:21 a.m.

It has been nearly a month since LaMarcus Aldridge last played a game, a result of he and the San Antonio Spurs mutually agreeing to work on finding him a new home.

The trade deadline is here and Aldridge is still technically a Spur, but his hefty remaining contract ($24 million) may make him more of a post-trade deadline buyout candidate than a traded player, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News.

If the Spurs can trade Aldridge, McDonald reports that any return they’d get for him would be a relief.

Also worth noting: the Spurs haven’t made a trade deadline-day deal since 2014.

— 7 a.m.

From Karl-Anthony Towns’ absence due to COVID-19 to a variety of injuries and other issues, the 2020-21 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves has been forgettable.

Rookie Jaden McDaniels has been a bright spot from his stats (5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg in 20.1 mpg) to his overall talent level.

Chris Hine of the Star Tribune reports that Minnesota has kicked the tires on trades for Aaron Gordon and John Collins.

However, Minnesota is not willing to part with McDaniels in potential trades, which may be hurting its ability to work a deal.

— 6:45 a.m.

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri didn’t find a trade package that moved him to deal the guard.

Deadline-related transaction records in the NBA have only been officially tracked back to 1987.

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri didn’t find a trade package that moved him to deal the guard.

Deadline-related transaction records in the NBA have only been officially tracked back to 1987.

Differentiating deadline sellers from buyers is that much tougher thanks to the NBA’s new playoff format.

A closer look at the history of the trade deadline, how the salary cap impacts trades and more.

Wizards will acquire Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson.

With the 2021 trade deadline in the rearview mirror, it’s time for a look at the early returns.

The Kings acquire Moe Harkless and Chris Silva.

The veteran guards are reportedly on the move.

Austin Rivers is headed to Oklahoma City as part of the trade.

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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0700

Orlando Magic trade Aaron Gordon to Denver and Nikola Vucevic to Chicago, while Victor Oladipo lands in Miami

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Another NBA trade deadline has come and gone.

After a slow start, there were a flurry of moves toward the 3 p.m.

cutoff.

Some of the notable deals Thursday include Aaron Gordon heading to the Nuggets, Victor Oladipo heading to the Heat, and Norm Powell to the Blazers.

Elsewhere, the Clippers bolstered their backcourt with the addition of Rajon Rondo, while their cross-town rivals the Lakers stood pat.

Perhaps most importantly, the biggest name on the market headed into Thursday, Kyle Lowry, is remaining in Toronto after a hot pursuit from the Heat, Lakers, and Sixers.

You can re-live all the madness with SI’s trade deadline blog, which recapped all the moves and rumors in real time.

So I’m pulling out my calculator to tally up the Rockets’ player returns for James Harden.

The three best players in that blockbuster trade were Jarrett Allen, who ended up with Cleveland, Caris LeVert and Victor Oladipo.

The Rockets initially got LeVert in the deal, but then opted to send him to Indiana for Oladipo.

Now the trade-deadline dust has settled, and Houston just traded Oladipo to Miami for … Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and a pick swap.

Wait? Is that it? Where’s the rest of it?

On some level, the limited return for Oladipo shouldn’t be shocking.

He’s struggled this season under the weight of playing for a bad team.

And there are very fair questions to be asked about his health going forward, as he prepares for free agency.

Still, this is a small, embarrassing return for the Rockets, who now have little to nothing to show when it comes to player returns from the Harden deal.

Moving on from a superstar is difficult.

Rebuilds are tough on everyone.

Coach Stephen Silas appeared to be moved to tears earlier in the week, after Houston lost a 20th-straight game.

Effort is uneven at times, and blowouts are plentiful.

The Rockets may ultimately do just fine when it comes time to cash in the picks they got back for Harden.

But ideally, a team gets something back as far as young, developing players back for someone of Harden’s caliber, too.

And the fact that there isn’t that for Houston in this case is disappointing.

It puts even more pressure on the Rockets to do well with the picks they’ll eventually use.

— Chris Herring

Some moves trickled in after 3 p.m., with the headliner being Victor Oladipo being sent to Miami.

This is an absolute steal for the Heat, who didn’t commit to an extension with Oladipo, and only gave up Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk—who became expendable after the acquisitions of Nemanja Bjelica and Trevor Ariza—in the deal.

Oladipo still hasn’t been the same player since his remarkable 2018 season due to injuries.

In Miami, he won’t be asked to carry a huge load next to Jimmy Butler.

Perhaps playing a slightly smaller role for a contender will help rejuvenate him.

Under the radar, the Mavericks acquired J.J.

Redick and Nico Melli from the Pelicans.

It’s not an earth-shattering move, but Dallas is going to have a comical amount of shooting come playoff time.

The Mavericks opted for an extra dose of size and playmaking when they shipped Seth Curry to Philadelphia for Josh Richardson this summer.

Richardson has made an impact in that regard thus far, with a stronger offensive output of late.

And while Redick isn’t exactly a true substitute for Curry, he does provide additional shooting from the wing.

Is this a piece that will vault Dallas to the top of the Western Conference? Not exactly.

But an improving roster just gained a specialist piece with significant playoff experience.

Don’t be shocked if Rick Carlisle leans on Redick in a key playoff moment.

In a virtually no-risk deal, Dallas made a relatively shrewd pickup adding Redick.

So, I get it, Clippers.

Me and literally the rest of the basketball world have been shouting at the top of our lungs: Go get a point guard!

You went and got one who’s been a floor general for multiple championship clubs — the last one, even! Rajon Rondo.

But you gave up Lou Williams and two picks and cash to get it done? For Rondo?

Maybe this was all they could realistically swing, and maybe it took someone like Lou, whose scoring—less efficient this year, anyway—you can do without if Kawhi and Paul George are doing their jobs as your lead options.

If Rondo brings the same play he displayed in the bubble last year, it’s great.

If he’s not that, it’ll leave me wondering who else they could’ve gotten instead.

Either way: Goodbye, Sweet Lou — may the wings at the club be ever in your flavor.— Chris Herring

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania Kyle Lowry’s preferred destination is the Heat but the Lakers are engaging in a deal.

Lakers offer: Dennis Schröder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but Toronto is holding out for Talen Horton-Tucker.

Heat package is centered around Duncan Robinson but Raptors want Tyler Herro.

A move to Denver should serve Gordon well after spinning his wheels in Orlando for the last few seasons.

The Arizona product always felt a big misplaced in the Magic attack, forced into significant playmaking duties as Orlando shuffled through a deep collection of frontcourt players.

The role didn’t exactly suit him well.

Gordon is averaging 0.64 points per possession as a pick-and-roll initiator this season, racking up too many turnovers in the process.

A move to Denver should allow Gordon to thrive as a spot-up shooter and diving role man, likely facing far less defensive attention than he did in Orlando.

Nikola Jokic is the tide that raises all boats in Denver.

Gordon should be the latest beneficiary of his brilliance.

– Michael Shapiro

This will not be the most exciting trade of the day, but every deal counts! The Wizards and Bulls are swapping a number of young reserves in a trade that sends forwards Troy Brown and Mo Wagner to Chicago for center Daniel Gafford and forward Chandler Hutchinson.

Wagner has started 13 games for the Wizards this season averaging just over seven points per games while Brown, a first-round pick of Washington in 2018, has been exclusively a reserve, appearing in just 21 contests this season.

The Bulls will send back their 2018 first-round pick, Chandler Hutchinson, who has struggled to get off Chicago’s bench this season and Daniel Gafford, a 22-year-old power forward/center, who was averaging 13 minutes off Chicago’s bench this season.

This is a depth play for both teams with Washington trying to figure out what to do with its glut of wings and Chicago continuing to retool its frontcourt on deadline day.

– Ben Pickman

The Heat are finalizing a deal with the Kings to acquire forward Nemanja Bjelica, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bjelica had been averaging a career-low in minutes this season (16.9) and is shooting a career-worst 29.3% from three this season with the Kings.

But just last season, he averaged 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game with Sacramento.

Bjelica is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer putting little risk in the move.

He had spent each of the past three seasons with Sacramento after playing his first three NBA seasons with the Timberwolves.

In return for Bjelica, the Kings are acquiring forward Moe Harkless, who has played just 11 games with the Heat this season after signing with them this past summer, and Chris Silva, a 24-year-old reserve center.

– Ben Pickman

Boston’s latest move isn’t exactly a game-changer in the chase for the Eastern Conference crown, but sacrificing a pair of second rounders for Evan Fournier is likely a worthwhile decision.

The Celtics’s lack of rotation depth has been a problem all year, and there has been a palpable lack of playmaking for significant stretches of 2020-21.

Kemba Walker hasn’t been the leading man Boston imagined.

The Gordon Hayward departure has hurt more than many assumed.

Fournier is a legitimate backcourt upgrade, one who could ultimately end up earning minutes with Boston’s closing lineup.

Don’t be surprised if this is one of multiple deals from Danny Ainge before 4 p.m.

ET.

– Michael Shapiro

Ummmm, wow.

All along, we’d been hearing about the Bulls sniffing around for a point guard.

Lonzo Ball’s name has come up repeatedly.

Now they take a pretty sizable swing for an All-Star center in Nik Vucevic! Fascinating.

He won’t come cheap, between the two first-rounders, and third-year big Wendell Carter, Jr., who’s struggled to stay on the floor, but whose game I still like quite a bit.

I have more questions for Chicago—namely, are the Bulls done making moves, and does a move like this spell the end for a floor-spacing big like Lauri Markkanen—but Vucevic certainly gives them a second dependable scorer to go with Zach LaVine.

Which makes their offense less predictable, and more dangerous from a number of areas, given Vucevic’s shooting ability. – Chris Herring

Aaron Gordon remains eager to be traded to the Celtics and would also welcome a deal to the Blazers or Nuggets, per @JaredWeissNBA.

SI’s Chris Mannix reported earlier that the Kings have no interest in selling low on Harrison Barnes.

The Nuggets are finalizing a trade with the Cavaliers for center JaVale McGee, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks are headed back to the Cavs, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

McGee, 33, has played in 33 games this season with Cleveland, averaging 15.2 minutes and 5.2 rebounds per game.

While this marks a return to Denver—McGee was traded to Denver in the middle of the 2011 season and spent parts of four seasons with the Nuggets—he’s also set to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer.

In joining the Nuggets, he provides another veteran frontcourt presence to last year’s Western Conference runner-ups.

Denver is currently 26-18 on the season, two games behind the Lakers for No.

4 in the conference.

The team’s trade deadline day might not be over either as the Nuggets are among the teams who have had a previously reported interest in Magic forward Aaron Gordon. – Ben Pickman

The Lakers, Sixers and Heat are reportedly seriously engaged with Toronto about a Kyle Lowry trade.

Miami and Philadelphia have both been linked to Lowry for a while but seeing the Lakers in the running is interesting.

Honestly, how would the Lakers pull this deal off? SI’s Michael Pina says L.A.

could move Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, a small contract and a future first-round pick (2027) to make a possible deal work. If they’re able to land Andre Drummond in the buyout market to take Harrell’s minutes, this would be quite the coup for the Lakers.

If not, it’s unclear if it’d move the needle enough to lose an unprotected future first.

(If you want to get really wild, the Lakers could ask for Norm Powell and include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker.) Will be interesting to see what happens.

– Michael Pina

• The Raptors are in the midst of trade talks with multiple teams regarding a potential Lowry deal, though the Heat have emerged as the “frontrunner” for Toronto’s point guard. (Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated)

• Boston’s attention continues to be on Aaron Gordon, with the likelihood of a deal for Harrison Barnes fading.

Kings have no interest in selling low on Barnes, believing he can be a key piece for a playoff push next season. (Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated)

• The Rockets will trade Victor Oladipo before Thursday’s deadline, though the leading suitor remains unclear.

(Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated)

• The Celtics are the favorites to trade for Aaron Gordon, though the Nuggets have also expressed interest.

(Sam Amick, The Athletic)

• Houston has engaged in “serious talks” with the Magic regarding a potential Aaron Gordon trade, while Gordon himself is reportedly having second thoughts about his trade request.

(Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

The Hawks are unlikely to trade forward John Collins before Thursday’s deadline.

(Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Bulls are listening to suitors for forward Lauri Markkanen.

(Sam Amick, The Athletic)

• The Clippers could target Lonzo Ball and Ricky Rubio as they attempt to upgrade at point guard.

(Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated)

Mannix: Latest trade deadline buzz and rumors

Pina: Nine players that could be on the move

Mannix: Clippers to make a trade on deadline day

Mannix: 10 storylines to watch before the trade deadline

Shapiro: Predicting where NBA stars will land

Oscar Frayer played in 121 games at Grand Canyon, which reached its first NCAA tournament this month.

He had already graduated with a degree in communications.

Let’s pick up the pieces from a trade deadline day that really needs an oral history written on its final 10 minutes.

Chicago will reportedly receive an All-Star center for young forward Wendell Carter Jr.

and two first-round picks.

The Blazers added another sharpshooting guard as they look to climb in the Western Conference standings.

Senior expert Michael Fabiano prepared his way-too-early fantasy football rankings for the 2021 season.

The bill is the second one passed in the U.S.

this year.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said the bill will “maintain fairness in women’s sporting events.”

SI Fantasy analyst Michael Fabiano logs the impact of the fantasy noteworthy moves during the 2021 NFL offseason

Nantz has been with CBS Sports since 1985, becoming the network’s top voice on the NFL, golf and college basketball.

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– March 25, 2021
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