Welcome to the Trade Deadline live blog. This was a lot of fun and I've never been so busy for so long with so few fantasy impacts. Here's what went down on Thursday, and when it went down, along with some of my thoughts.
The trade deadline came and went without any blockbusters, but there was plenty of action. And then Markieff Morris and Jeff Green got traded!
Memphis traded Jeff Green to the Clippers for Lance Stephenson just before the buzzer and it took a few minutes until it hit the Twitterverse. Green's value is an interesting subject, but if he starts at small forward, he should be fine. Especially while Blake Griffin out for another month or so. And there's little doubt he's a big upgrade over Paul Pierce and Wes Johnson. Stephenson's value probably won't change, which means he still has none, but he will help fill the void left by Courtney Lee's departure. This also open up more minutes and opportunity for Matt Barnes, who should make for a nice pickup right now.
The 76ers acquired Joel Anthony and a second-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the Rockets and Pistons. Philly will be shipping away the draft rights of Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Houston in exchange for the second-rounder, but this isn't a move that has any consequence in fantasy hoops.
A fake Horford to Toronto tweet freaks Twitter out for a minute and the trade deadline comes to a halt. A busy, fairly uneventful halt, highlighted by Markieff Morris to the Wizards at the buzzer.
Kirk Hinrich was sent to the Hawks for a second-round pick. Yawn. And no, he's not going to play much in the ATL, but is a strong pick in your "locker room veteran" league.
Markieff Morris has been traded to the Wizards! Finally, some action. The Wizards are sending forwards DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a future first-round pick to the Suns for the angry twin, and I don't want to be there when Kieff finds out Marcus is still a Piston. The Wizards actually got some nice Nene insurance out of this deal though and Morris should get decent minutes, and a probable starting role, once he finds his bearings in D.C. I don't expect much from the guys going to Phoenix, although Humphries could see some decent minutes if the Suns don't go exclusively young for the rest of the season. If you held onto Morris, it looks like the move may have paid off.
Remember that post a little while ago that said the Mavs were done trying to make a deal? Forget about that for a second, as they are now thought to be darkhorses to land Ben McLemore from the Kings. The Kings are still said to be working to get a deal done with the Bulls, but that doesn't sound likely to happen. This could be a crowded two-guard situation with Wesley Matthews around, so it's hard to speculate on impacts until we see who's actually dealt, and if a deal even goes down at all.
Tim Duncan and David West are attending Ingrid Williams' funeral in Oklahoma City on Thursday, but are expected to be in L.A. in time for tonight's game against the Clippers. It's a sad day in the NBA as Monty Williams' wife is laid to rest.
Ken Berger is reporting that the Raps are offering Patrick Patterson and a first-round pick in hopes of upgrading at power forward. Thaddeus Young looks like an obvious choice here, but the Raps still haven't found a taker.
The Heat have traded G Brian Roberts to the Blazers. This is his third trade in a week and he'll keep Damian Lillard's seat on the bench warm for 35 minutes a night.
Jerryd Bayless suffered a knee injury at Thursday's practice and will require an MRI on Thursday night. Michael Carter-Williams could see a big break here, while new starter O.J. Mayo could also get a boost, although Mayo hasn't played well.
The Kings haven't given up hope on landing Pau Gasol from the Bulls, according to multiple sources. They really want to make the playoffs and think adding Gasol might make it happen. However, the Bulls haven't given up on the playoffs either. If Gasol goes, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson get a boost, while the Kings would likely slide Rudy Gay over to SF and bring Omri Casspi off the bench. Assuming they are both still on the team. Additionally, the Kings are said to like Tony Snell, and would like to send Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and draft considerations to the Bulls for the pair, per Jason Jones. If the Bulls do this deal, they're pretty much cashing it in for this season.
In more Bulls news, Aaron Brooks could be invovled in a deal for Shabazz Napier, whoc could be moving to Chicago from the Magic. I think the Magic have more interest in Brooks' expiring contract than as a point guard for their team.
The Cavs don't expect to trade C Timofey Mozgov today, per Brian Windhorst. It appears they're going to lose him for nothing in return this summer, while he hasn't played all that well in Cleveland. With 50 minutes left before the deadline, the Cavs could still be trying to pull something off, but it doesn't appear likely to happen.
On the injury front, Marvin Williams is questionable for the Hornets on Friday due to a strained neck. He's been playing quite well, but with Spencer Hawes already ruled out for that one, Cody Zeller is still relevant, despite the expected return of Al Jefferson tomorrow night.
Brandan Wright has been cleared to play for the Grizzlies on Friday and it's time to see if he pays off for those of you that stashed him. Marc Gasol is likely out for the season, so Wright is worth a speculative grab if he's still available in your league.
Add the Clippers to the small (but growing) list of teams not planning on making any moves. Sure, there was some Blake Griffin talk for a minute, but he was never close to being moved. His return date is still up in the air and he'll have to serve a four-game suspension once he's healthy enough to play.
Talks between the Wolves and Knicks regarding Kevin Martin have stalled and a deal is unlikely to be made before the deadline, according to Marc Stein.
The Rockets are dangling PG Patrick Beverley but have yet to find a taker. If Beverley goes and Ty Lawson stays, Lawson could be a big winner today. He's worth a stash if you have room for him. Beverley's a borderline fantasy starter as a starter for the Rockets and could fall off the map if he ends up coming off the bench with a different team.
The Lakers aren't finding any takers for Roy Hibbert and aren't likely to buy him out if he's still on the team in a an hour, according to Ramona Shelburne.
Denver's Randy Foye has been traded to the Thunder for D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak and a pair of second-round picks. Foye could slide right into the starting SG role for the Thunder, but with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka dominating the ball, still shouldn't have a major impact in fantasy. But if you were holding Dion Waiters, dropping him for Foye probably makes sense.
There's still an hour and a half to go, but Ryan Anderson appears to be staying with the Hornets, according to Marc Stein.
Dwyane Wade (shoulder) didn't practice on Thursday but is traveling with the Heat to Atlanta with hopes of playing on Friday. Just check back for an update on Friday, as my guess is he'll be good to go. Expect Wade sitting out practice to become the norm down the stretch.
The Blazers are expected to waiver Anderson Varejao, according to Woj, so he will likely end up on waivers. Forget about him for now.
The Mavericks won't be making any trades today, according to team president Donnie Nelson, although they will be scouring the waiver wire for a proven veteran or specialist.
The Suns have told P.J. Tucker they won't trade him, according to Paul Coro. He shouldn't see much of a change in his role, which means he's still worth a low-end look in most fantasy leagues. He's been playing pretty well lately, averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.4 steals and a 3-pointer per game over his last five games.
The Shelvin Mack-to-Utah deal is happening, as the Hawks will send their third-string PG to the Jazz for a second-round pick. With Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder in tow, the Hawks simply didn't need Mack. He should be a slight upgrade over Raul Neto and Trey Burke, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him eventually start in Utah. However, he doesn't know the Utah system yet (obviously) and it's possible that Mack continues to come off the bench behind Neto, who has played better lately. Consider Mack a low-end, deep-league add in leagues where the likes of Neto and Burke were on fantasy rosters, but don't expect any miracles.
The Bulls are in discussions with the Magic to acquire G Shabazz Napier, according to Woj. The Bulls are pretty loaded at point guard, so don't look for Napier to make much of a splash if it happens.
The Thunder are in serious talks with the Nuggets regarding Randy Foye. Foye would be a nice upgrade on Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters, but would still be a low source of fantasy value given the focus on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But if you're holding Waiters in a deep league, stashing Foye might make some sense.
Sam Amick is reporting that Channing Frye willi in fact end up in Cleveland, with Anderson Varejao heading to the Blazers via the Magic in the deal. I don't see Frye making a big impact, but he can help the Cavs in the depth department and they were looking for a stretch four. Update: The Blazers waived G Tim Frazier in order to acquire Varejao, and will now waiver Varejao. Both guys should remain on waiver wires in most leagues. The Magic will get a second-round pick from the Blazers, along with Cleveland's Jared Cunningham, who is expected to be waived.
The Clippers have yet to commit to taking on Channing Frye and the Cavaliers are still in play to get the big man, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Frye would be a decent player for the Cavs to get, but his fantasy value wouldn't improve much, unless they somehow decided he was worth starting at center.
In more non-trade news, Courtney Lee's physical isn't expected to be done in time for him to play for the Hornets on Friday. However, Al Jefferson should be active and back in the lineup for that game. And his return will hurt the value of Cody Zeller, although I doubt Jefferson will play crazy minutes right away. If you own Zeller and don't have a great option on the wire, you might just want to take a wait-and-see approach. Additionally, Spencer Hawes isn't expected to play in their next two games, which is a little good news for Zeller.
We have another trade. Guard Marcus Thornton and F/C Donatas Motiejunas have been traded from the Rockets to the Pistons for big man Joel Anthony and a protected first-round pick. With Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Stanley Johnson on board, Thornton's role won't be much bigger in Detroit than it was in Houston. He can get hot and score in a hurry, but inconsistency will still be a major issue for him. D-Mo isn't likely to be any more of a factor in Detroit than he was in Houston, but could see more minutes with Ersan Ilyasova out of the way. Anthony could get some minutes in the middle for the Rockets, but there's no reason to pick him up at this point.
Denver guard Randy Foye is drawing some interst according to Adrian Wojnarowski, but it's hard to see Foye landing somewhere where he could see more than the 20 minutes he occasionally gets in Denver, so there's not much to see here.
Marc Stein is reporting that the Pistons have offered Joel Anthony to the Rockets in exchange for Donatas Motiejunas. Honestly, I don't see D-Mo having value regardless of where he lands (or stays).
The Jazz may be going after Atlanta PG Shelvin Mack now that the book appears to be closed on Ty Lawson, according to Ken Berger. Mack would likely be an upgrade over Raul Neto, making him a potential stash in deeper leagues.
In more non-trade news, Bradley Beal could sit out a game this week for the Wizards for precautionary reasons, as he continues to work through his leg issue. And if he doesn't sit out any games, he's not likely to play his normal minutes each night. Think twice before using him in DFS. Addtionally, Alan Anderson sat out this morning's shootaround for the Wiz with an ankle injury, making him unlikely to play tonight.
And we have a trade! And it's a doozy! Jarnell Stokes is going to the Pelicans for a "highly protected" pick the Heat will probably never see, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. And unless you're in my 30-team league, this should mean nothing to you. And even if you are in my 30-team league, I doubt you'll want to run out and grab Stokes.
And in some non-trade news, Eric Gordon is hoping to be cleared for full practice starting next week for the Pelicans, while the Cavaliers are saying that LeBron James will get periods of rest going forward if and when they clinch the East. Luckily for LeBron's owners, they're only three games up on the Raptors right now, and if the Raps add a power forward, they could even close the gap. Bron owners should be rooting for the Raptors to stay hot and better yet, go on a run.
Ken Berger is now reporting that the Rockets aren't expected to deal Dwight Howard today. Finding a suitable deal for Howard has apparently not been easy, but we still have three hours to go.
Jeff Zillgit is reporting that Roy Hibbert may look for a buyout from the Lakers if he's not traded today. Despite his expiring deal, Hibbert's making $15 million this season, so he's not going to be very easy to trade.
Add the Celtics to the teams interested in Thaddeus Young, whose name is popping up more than anyone else's thus far. Sean Marks must have walked into his new office in Brooklyn, been introduced to a few folks and then started answering the phones immediately.
Woj is also reporting that the Burke-Lawson deal between Utah and Houston is dead, as well that the Rockets are not going to buy out Lawson. That makes more sense to me. If teams know Lawson's not going to be on waivers in a few days, it could help the Rockets to move him.
Wojnarowski is also reporting that the Bucks have some interest in reacquiring Kendall Marshall from the Sixers, but that talks haven't gone anywhere. Marshall hasn't done much in Philly and the Bucks just seem to be unhappy all around with their point guard depth.
Woj is now reporting that the Hawks plan to keep their team intact, including Al Horford and Jeff Teague. This doesn't really surprise me, as I likened Atlanta to my dad's lake house on Tuesday's podcast. He's got a for sale sign in the front yard, but the asking price is ridiculous. If some rich dude were to make him an offer he couldn't refuse, he'd take it in a second. But it's not likely to happen. That's kind of how I see the Hawks treating all the players that have supposedly been available for the last couple weeks.
It's not really trade related, but both Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) and Kevin Love (Cavaliers) are expected to play tonight. And with Love already being ruled in by the Cavs, it sounds like he's not likely to be dealt.
Markieff Morris said recently that he's "happy" in Phoenix and isn't looking to be traded, but it's not going to be up to him. Anything can happen here, but it would be surprising if he's still a Sun when the actual sun goes down tonight.
Sean Marks has been hired as general manager for the Nets and Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that his phone is ringing with inquisitions about the availability of Thaddeus Young. Young's name has been kicked around in a lot of rumors this week and the Raptors appear to be one team that would love to land him. A starting five of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Young and Jonas Valanciunas looks pretty good to me.
The Bulls are dangling Pau Gasol to other teams, but Sam Amick doesn't think he'll be heading to the Kings. Sacramento has reportedly offered Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos and trade considerations to the Bulls in exchange for Pau and Tony Snell, but the Bulls don't appear to be impressed. It feels like the Bulls are open to moving Gasol, but aren't set on doing so. It would likely take the right offer to make it happen.
While Dwight Howard is likely on the move today, the Celtics aren't willing to break the bank to get him or Al Horford from the Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. It sounds like the Hawks have put everyone on the block, but only if they get a deal too good to be true, while the Rockets just want to unload Howard before losing him for nothing via free agency. The Celtics covet an experienced big man, especially with Kelly Olynyk's shoulder injury leaving his near future in doubt.
Mirza Teletovic has been linked to the Bucks, according to Marc Stein, but playing time might be tough for him to come by behind guys like Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker. Just like in Phoenix, Teletovic would simply be a 3-point specialist in Milwaukee.
The Kings are said to be interested in Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers, according to the Sacramento Bee. If this were to happen, Ben McLemore would likely be on his way out of Sacramento to Cleveland, with Kosta Koufos also thrown into the deal. Timofey Mozgov would also likely be heading to the Kings, but none of these guys would see a real boost in their new homes if it were to happen.
Ricky Rubio is a hot topic in Minnesota and it sounds like the Knicks are among the suitors, per the New York Post. It doesn’t sound like the Wolves are actively trying to move Rubio, but if the right offer comes along he could be gone. The Knicks would like to improve at point guard today and Rubio would be a pretty hefty upgrade over Jose Calderon and Langston Galloway.
The Rockets turned down a deal that would have sent Dwight Howard to the Hornets for Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. While that doesn’t look like a great deal for the Rockets, it appears they’re bent on moving Howard today so they won’t lose him without anything in return over the summer. This is not the last time you’ll see Howard’s name today.
Trey Burke is likely on the move out of Utah and could be going to Houston for Ty Lawson, according to Marc Stein. With Raul Neto, Alec Burks and (next year) Dante Exum, they simply don’t need what Burke offers. Don’t expect Burke to see a boost in value if he’s traded. Ty Lawson is the prime target thus far for the Jazz, and the Rockets may end up waiving Lawson if they can’t get a deal done.