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Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 17, 2010 12:50 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 2:31 am
UPDATED: 2:31 a.m. ET

Here's the latest trade buzz with less than 24 hours to go before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline:

The Bulls are discussions to send John Salmons to the Bucks for a package of expiring contracts -- perhaps Kurt Thomas and Francisco Elson -- in a deal that could set the table for another one: Sending Tyrus Thomas to the Knicks for a package including Al Harrington.

While the Knicks were trying to stay in the Tracy McGrady hunt, sources told earlier Wednesday that New York also was hard at work on a separate scenario. There has been some hard push from within the Knicks' organization to pursue an off-again, on-again swap centered around Harrington-for-Thomas. Coach Mike D'Antoni believes Thomas would be a long-term fit for his system, and that Harrington's offensive style would hinder the team's ability to make a playoff push down the stretch this season.

"It's still in play," one person familiar with the discussions said of a possible Harrington-for-Thomas swap, which would include other pieces.

Although Elson is out until mid-March while recovering from hernia surgery, the move would accomplish two goals for the Bulls: Shedding Salmons' $5.8 million salary off the 2010-11 books and importing big-man depth to make a Thomas deal palatable for the rest of the season.


The Grizzlies have been surprisingly active in the hours leading up to the deadline, offering O.J. Mayo to Golden State for Monta Ellis. The overture from Memphis, reported by the San Jose Mercury News , confirmed their long-held interest in the Warriors' electrifying guard. Golden State, however, rejected the offer, leaving Ellis hoping for other escape avenues from the dysfunction in the Bay Area.

The Grizzlies also have been offering point guard Mike Conley to several teams, including Portland, for expiring contracts, sources say.


The Knicks, one of the most active teams heading into the deadline, agreed to send the seldom/never-used Darko Milicic to Minnesota for Brian Cardinal. The deal is cap-neutral in 2010, so doesn't affect the Knicks' ongoing talks on the McGrady front. Cardinal is expected to be released, which will produce significant tax savings for New York.


The Celtics and Knicks were progressing Wednesday on a trade that would liberate Nate Robinson from New York for a package including Eddie House, sources confirmed to

While one source indicated that parameters of a deal have been agreed upon, there was no word from those directly involved in the process that it was on the verge of completion. A complicating factor is Robinson's status as a base-year compensation player, meaning the Knicks can only take back about half of his $4 million salary in the deal. Sources have speculated that a third team would be the best way to resolve that issue. There is motivation on both sides to complete the deal, as the Knicks want House's deep-shooting ability and Celtics need a spark off the bench. Robinson, the recently crowned three-time slam dunk champion, has a no-trade clause but would accept a trade to the Celtics or a second team that had been in talks with the Knicks -- the Lakers.


Amar'e Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he expects his client to be dealt and that Stoudemire believes Wednesday night's game would be his last with the Suns.

With the Cavaliers agreeing to acquire Antawn Jamison from Washington, the Heat became the most likely suitor for Stoudemire -- if the Suns decide to deal him. Depending on what Miami would give up -- according to sources, the package includes Michael Beasley and a first-round pick -- they'd have about $25 million in cap space excluding the $17.7 million cap hold associated with Stoudemire's player option for '10-'11. Translation: Miami could re-sign Wade and Stoudemire, plus afford an $8 million free agent or use the space in a sign-and-trade. If Miami made another trade, they could afford a more expensive third player. 

Sources say Phoenix officials weren't bowled over by either Cleveland's or Miami's offer, and thus were telling some rival executives that keeping Stoudemire remained an option Wednesday. But there are compelling reasons to trade him, starting with a nearly $10 million swing in luxury tax payments the Suns would experience. The clincher, according to a source, is expected to be the uncertainty presented by Stoudemire's early termination option. The Sixers, who had previous discussions with the Suns about Stoudemire, are no longer involved, sources say.

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Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:29 am

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

how do u expect to land magette and jamison? Big Z and  JJ would both be included most likely in either deal.  I dont think Wally is getting u the other're reaching buddy

Who is the one that is reaching exactly?  No, I don't expect us to get Magette with Jameson, but please tell me that you are not referring to the current free agent Wally Szcerbiak (sp) in your post.  That would be most unfortunate since he is no longer with the Cavaliers.  However, if Cleveland was able to trade a free agent to another team, that would probably go down as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history....I am not sure if the league or the players association would allow it. Just an observation. Wink

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:56 am

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

No, this is how it looks bud:

ya want, it don't matterPG=Mo Williams
THAT could win the championship for you.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 9:21 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

The Warriors should've accepted the Mayo-Ellis deal, if they want him gone, Mayo (while he isn't Ellis) is more of a shooting guard and i think would work better with Curry and i really would like to see Mike Conley in Portland so he can play with Oden when he's healthy.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:54 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

 A Nate Robinson trade is not enough if the Celtics are serious about competing for a championship! They need to do something bold! I would trade Ray Allen & Glen Davis to Chicago for Kurt Hinrich,John Salmons,& Tyrus Thomas. Boston would get 2 players to lengthen and strengthen the bench,with either Hinrich or Salmons assuming Allen's starting role. They also get younger and more athletic...Chicago,in the off season would have Allen's 18 million plus expiring contract,added to Brad Miller's 12 million and Jerome James 6 million expiring contracts would allow them to sign 2 max free agents,say D.Wade (a Chicago native) and Chris Bosh! Team those two with holdovers Derrick Rose,Joakim Noah, & Luol Deng and the Bulls become SERIOUS contenders for a NBA Championship! C's get better for the present,Bulls get better for the future,everyone wins!

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz (UPDATE)

The Bulls have told John Salmons to stay at the hotel and not report to the game today at 730 Eastern.

This means that in all likelihood he has been traded. Its unknown to who, for what, or who else was involved in the trade, only that he has been traded.

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 5:12 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz

how do u expect to land magette and jamison? Big Z and  JJ would both be included most likely in either deal.  I dont think Wally is getting u the other're reaching buddy

Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 4:36 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz

taterspuds thats a world record for lowest points based on intelligent conversation.  congratulations.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 4:29 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz

I think of all the Trade Buzz I have heard the last couple days........The One I Like the best is Cory Magette to Clevelend as well as Jamison............Magette is a scoring Machine and so is Jamison...........This would show Lebron that you are serious and If I was Clevelend........I would have James and His Agent in my Office tommorrow Morning and Have a Long Term Contract ready for him to sign and I would put Lebron in a put up or shut up  Situation...........I would show him the Deal for Magette and Jamison all worked out and we will give up JJ Hickson and Draft Picks for These Two to show you we are dedicated to winning both would be there for 2 and 3yrs and I would offer Jamison 2 yr extension and Magette a 1yr extension and Offer Lebron a 4yr Deal and make him the Highest Paid player and he would have to sign the deal and if he did I would pull the trigger on both Trades......If he refused I would  leak all info to the press and show what I expect that Lebron talks about wanting to win but I believe he is just more hot air and talk and is greedy,then he really wants to win a championship.......Because if you Put this Line up on the Floor

PG=who ever ya want it don't matter......

That would win the east and could beat Kobe and the chumps.......

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 4:18 pm

Danbury is a Hell Hole!

Also, why wouldn't Stoudemire want to resign with the Cavs?


First of all, Dimitri, you probably have never been to Cleveland.
Second, stop typing in all make yourself look like an a$$
Third, you are from Danbury, CT...Danbury, CT?  That's not even a professional sports city.  C'mon, professional sports in CT consists of UConn women's basketball; and even the UConn men's basketball team stinks these days.  Don't try and claim the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets or Knicks...they are all New York teams, not Connecticut, and are an hour-and-a-half away from you!

Someone from Danbury, CT calling Cleveland a hellhole is just laughable.  Crawl back into hibernation until next fall when the UConn men's basketball team starts playing again...oh wait, unless you think you'll enjoy watching them lose in the first round of the NIT!!!!

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2010 4:17 pm

Trade Deadline Buzz

I guess hell is freezing over with all of the snow we've gotten.  And it will freeze over again after the Cavaliers win the championship. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Also, would I want to live there?  Frankly I really don't want to live in any big city.  Why would anyone want to deal with all the traffic and congestion?

And by the way, talk about a hell hole, how about New York City?  The movie "Escape from New York" seems rather fitting.

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