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Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:41 pm

CP3 deems the Deron Williams deal an 'epic fail'

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul, who will likely be part of his own trade drama over next season, tweeted out his initial thoughts on the trade sending Deron Williams to New Jersey. And he didn't mince words. Tell us how you really feel, CP3.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 3:08 pm

Deron Williams Trade: Grading the trade

Grading the trade of Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Deron Williams has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports.  The Nets are also trading bigman Troy Murphy's expiring contract to the Warriors in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Brendan Wright. It's a stunning move that comes just days after the Nets failed to acquire Carmelo Anthony in last-minute talks at All-Star Weekend. Their efforts included a meeting with Mikhail Prokhorov that failed to convince the All-Star forward. But now, at long last, the Nets have their All-Star, the Jazz are rebuilding, and Deron Williams has the market he's obviously been longing for. 

So how did everyone do in this deal?

Deron Williams

Well, Deron, it's not New York, but it will be. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last weekend that Williams began telling associates last summer that he would look to join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York should Stoudemire sign with New York in free agency.  Now it would appear that Williams gets his wish to play in the world's biggest market, he'll just have to wait a year when the Nets relocate to Brooklyn.  He's playing with a point-guard friendly coach in Avery Johnson and he gets to work with his first true center in Brook Lopez. The only problem? It would appear Williams is not happy with the trade

The frenzy is going to be phenomenally loud for Williams on his way out.  Despite his denials, Williams was linked to a confrontation with Jerry Sloan that was followed immediately by his resignation. Williams is associated with running the 22-year-tenured head coach of the Jazz out of town, and is now bolting. We said that leaving in free agency would be a PR disaster for him afterwards, but this affords him the easy excuse of it being out of his hands. And at the end of the day, he still controls his destiny, able to sign or not sign an extension with New Jersey on July  9th.

Williams gets all the media frenzy that comes with this move, without the hoopla of "The Decision" or the drawn out pressure and exhaustive media scrutiny of Melo's ordeal. He gets the big market with a young core moving to take over Brooklyn as the second New York team, playing for a billionaire willing to spend to win. But he left a contending team for a rebuilding one, in a situation he's apparently not happy about. He may wind up pretty happy in the end, though.

Grade: B-

New Jersey Nets

There's two ways to look at this, and either way, the Nets win.

The first is the conspiracy theory that's going to be massively popular for the next month, which is that Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Nets, purposefully raised the price tag on Carmelo Anthony, forcing the Knicks to constantly buckle to higher and higher pricetags, eventually giving up foru starters and a pick for the All-Star forward. Then he turned around and acquried a better, younger All-Star for less. In Soviet Russia, Nets trick you! It's a far-fetched idea that requires a whole lot of dangerous maneuvering and a pretty petty rivalrly. Then again, the Nets put up a billboard outside MSG this summer.

The more reasonable theory is simply that word got passed to Prokhorov during the weekend that Williams was looking to get out and the Jazz were looking to move him for whatever reason.  The package they offered the Nuggets was gold. Absolute gold, and they had already come to terms with surrendering that much in exchange for an All-Star.  So when word got around that the Jazz would be amiable to it, the calls were made and it happened the same way you hear from a neighbor that his friend is looking to sell his car. His brand new, rocket-fueled gold car that he doesn't know how to drive. 

On the court, this isn't going to be perfect right away. Brook Lopez has struggled this season, and that's likely due to Avery Johnson, not Devin Harris. His rebounding is terrible, and his defense has regressed. But he's an effective scorer in the pick and roll, and he just got arguably the best pick and roll point guard in the league next to him. The Nets have shooters like Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow. But they are very much still a work in progress. This isn't going to be seamless, and the Nets will have some growing pains. But this was still a huge upgrade for the Nets and a no-brainer. Because of a simple fact: Deron Williams is an All-Star.

"Get an All-Star." That's been the Nets' objective since this summer: obtain an All-Star, because they are what sells tickets and wins games. Now they have it. Harris was expendable, clashing with coach Avery Johnson. Derrick Favors is a high-upside rookie, but this team wasn't angling for the future. It wants to win now. It had the picks to throw in for this deal. This was a no brainer. They gave up a meager set of assets in the long run for an All-Star point guard to put them on the map. They're no longer a hard sell for free agents, they're no longer a joke to the media, they're a player in the market, with the ability to make themselves into a contender over the next two seasons. Just in time for Brooklyn.

Grade: A+

Utah Jazz

We're going to need to bring in the trauma counselors for the Jazz fans.  In two weeks, they've lost their franchise institution coach for 22 years, and their starting All-Star point guard.  They're now left with Devin Harris and three big forwards.  They've gone from a Western Conference title contender (in some circles), to a second-rate team that may struggle to make the postseason. And worst of all, they have no real star. But they do have a lot of potential. It's clear that this move signifies an admission from Jazz management that they were not going to be able to sign Williams to an extension, and rather than subject themselves to a year like the Nuggets have gone through or worse a year like Cleveland in 2012, they chose to simply get the most they could right now. 

And they got a lot. Harris isn't Williams, by any stretch, but he's a fine point guard, and could thrive on a team with more talent like the Jazz. Favors is high-upside and a little redundant next to Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but that could also allow them to move one of the two of them before the deadline or in the summer. That kind of flexibility is important going forward, and the Jazz are no longer bound to try and compete for Williams. They can elect to rebuild or try and swing for the fences with what they have. The Jazz were high on Favors in the draft, hoping he'd fall to ten. Sometimes you get your guy, just later. 

But in the end, this spells the end of an era for the Jazz. Or at least, the death rattle after Jerry Sloan's resignation spelled the mortal wound to said chapter. Things will never be the same again for the Jazz. They had a Hall of Fame coach, an All-Star point guard many considered the best in the league, and the ability to build around him to try and win a title. Now they find themselves among Cleveland, Toronto, and Denver, albeit with a better set of assets. Just another small market torn asunder by the new exodus of stars to their big-market counterparts. 

Grade: B

More Winners and Losers:

Brook Lopez: As mentioned above, Lopez is a huge winner here.  His numbers should go up with Williams next to him.

Avery Johnson: Johnson may have been under scrutiny after this season for underperforming but now with Williams his prospects raise considerably. Of course, if he doesn't get it done with Williams, that will pretty much be it for Johnson.

Brooklyn basketball fans: You had to be worried about what kind of team you were getting. Now you know. One with an All-Star point guard. 

The Western Conference: They've now lost two All-Star competitors in two days.


James Dolan: Let's see. You gave up four starters and a pick when you're a pick short for a gunning small forward who plays mediocre defense.  Your rival gave up two picks they can afford to trade, a point guard they were looking to dump, and a rookie for one of the best point guards in the league. Oh, and you look like a moron for bringing in Isiah Thomas. Great week, Jimmy.

Tyrone Corbin: Good luck with that, chief. 

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers were looking to get Harris for Andre Miller. They're likely to stand pat now
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 12:30 pm

Jazz trade Deron Williams, but why right now?

Posted by Royce Young

It took four excruciating months of hemming and hawing for Carmelo Anthony to get traded to the Knicks. It took a little less than 30 minutes for Deron Williams to go to the Nets.

In a stunning blockbuster, New Jersey acquire Williams, Utah gets Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks. A third team was used as the Warriors get Troy Murphy for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.

The Nets chased Anthony for four months, trying to schedule meetings, trying to convince him to sign an extension. And after it all fell apart, that's when they got to work. Instead of bringing in Melo, the Nets one-upped the Knicks and got a cheaper and better player in Williams. Mikhail Prokhorov said he didn't care about the Melo situation in Los Angeles. Well, I guess we know why now. Because their Plan B was way better than Plan A.

Everyone is going to talk about the Nets and what an insanely slick move this is. They just nabbed one of the top players in the league and arguably the best point guard for less than they were going to give up for Melo. It's a terrific deal for New Jersey. Like, it couldn't be better.

But on the other end, people in Salt Lake City haven't moved for the last hour. A couple hundred thousand jaws dropped in unison. Deron Williams is gone. Their franchise player, gone. Just like that. And only a couple weeks after Jerry Sloan resigned after 23 years at the helm in Utah. At this point I think you could relocate the franchise and it would be less of a stomach punch than this.

So why? Why was Williams moved now? Why so soon after Sloan's resignation? Are the two things related? So, so many questions.

Williams was already being brought up in talks that he wanted to go to New York in 2012 when he could opt out of his contract, as reported by Ken Berger. So really, the Jazz had the rest of this year and then one more guaranteed season with Williams. And we know what was coming in 2012. Deron Williams would most definitely be the new Carmelo Anthony. Questions every day about his future, rumors flying constantly out of Salt Lake -- it was going to happen.

And the Jazz played their trump card early. They nipped it in the bud. Instead of spending half a season dragging themselves down with trade and extension talks, the Jazz just got rid of the problem before it started.

Utah wasn't going anywhere this season. The offseason move of acquiring Al Jefferson wasn't working out and the team had been slipping since December. Really, this year was kind of a lost cause. Utah could look forward to next year, but again, it would be a year of Derondrama, and that wanted to be avoided. So a deal was made.

Clearly, general manager Kevin O'Conner wasn't confident in Utah's chances of re-signing Williams. I don't need to say that because it's pretty obvious with the deal. But the Jazz aren't a franchise that gets played. They've been successful for a quarter of a century with only a few minor hiccups here and there. They absolutely did not get back equal value for Williams, but they did get a solid package. They'll have to rebuild, which is something they aren't scared of doing.

Because now, Williams is New Jersey's problem. There's no guarantee (that we know of yet) of him signing an extension with the Nets. I'm sure Prokhorov and Billy King figure that will happen, otherwise they don't make this deal, but we don't know for sure. By the sound of it, Williams wasn't really asked. Jazz radio man David Locke tweeted that it wasn't Williams' choice to move and that he was stunned by it. So are we, Deron.

On top of it all, Williams was a bit of a problem child. He had major dust-ups with Sloan, didn't always get along with management and ownership and while he completely embraced the Jazz and Utah, he had some attitude. And the Jazz aren't an organization that routinely works through those type of things. So when you start to pile all of this on top of each other, it starts making more and more sense.

There's potential this works out for Utah. They loved Favors before the draft, got a quality point guard in Devin Harris and two first-round picks that will likely be high. They foundation of Utah has been shaken if not destroyed over the past month, but there's a clear effort to rebuild. And I guess it had to start with getting rid of the team's best player. Williams helped nudge Jerry Sloan out the door and just a few weeks later, he was packing too.

But here's the good news Utah: You've just got a lot better chance at getting Jimmer Fredette now.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 1:39 am

NBA trade deadline: Wednesday rumors and buzz

A one-stop shop for all of Wednesday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by Ben Golliver.  trade-deadline

Tuesday saw only a few minor deals, but Wednesday is already off to a fast start. 

Here's a compilation of various trade rumors that hit on Wednesday.

(Latest Buzz)

(Afternoon Buzz)

  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports : "Cleveland and Portland had been in discussions with Charlotte for Gerald Wallace, whom sources say is headed to the Blazers. Package for Wallace believed to be centered around Andre Miller. Marcus Camby was discussed, but he might retire rather than report to Char. Other sources indicate the Wallace deal would be Przybilla, a pick and cash for Wallace. If true, Bobcats punting."
  • HoopsWorld.com reports : "Sources close to the situation confirm ... Trail Blazers to land Gerald Wallace from Charlotte" but that the teams are "still working on player details."
  • A source close to the situation tells CBSSports.com that as of 4:30 PM Eastern there is still "nothing to confirm" regarding a potential Portland Trail Blazers trade for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace.
  • The Oregonian reports that center Joel Przybilla "hasn't heard anything about a trade to Charlotte" and expects to start Wednesday night when the Blazers face the Lakers. The paper also report's that Przybilla "said he spoke with agent Bill Duffy last night and Duffy 'didn't seem too concerned' that he would be moved."
  • ESPN.com reports that the Cavaliers may be out of the picture for Wallace. "I'm told Cavs-Bobcats talks about Wallace are dead. Wallace didn't want to be in Cleveland anyway. Portland talks real serious."

(Lunch Buzz)
  • ESPN.com reports that the Utah Jazz continue to field plenty of offers but that they are not necessarily anxious to make a move. "Today I've spoken with several GMs who put in calls to the Jazz within minutes of hearing about the Williams trade.  Who are they after? In particular, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko are coveted. The Jazz won't just give either player away. They don't think Derrick Favors is ready to play heavy minutes at the 4, and they want to bring him along slowly."
  • Yahoo! Sports reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "pushing hard and getting closer to completing a deal" for Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace but that Wallace has other suitors in the Eastern Conference. The site notes that the Cleveland Cavaliers have also expressed interest in Wallace recently. Meanwhile, 
  • ESPN.com reports : "The Cavs and Bobcats have talked about Gerald Wallace, sources say, but haven't made significant progress."
  • The Associated Press reports : "Cavs and Bobcats have had on/off talks about Gerald Wallace. Told 'Cats hesitant to deal Wallace unless they can get lots back."
  • CSNNW.com reports : "Just got off the phone with an NBA source who says his team believes the Wallace-to-Portland deal is "done." Supposedly, Batum not involved in the proposed Wallace trade."
  • The Washington Post reports that it could be a quiet deadline for the Wizards, as they don't want to take back salary or part with any of their young pieces.

(Morning Buzz)
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com with much more on the deal . "The Nets have agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and two first-round picks in a three-team trade that also sends Troy Murphy to Golden State, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.  In a swift and astonishing comeback from their failed pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, New Jersey also will get Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright from Golden State, which will buy out Murphy, sources said. Murphy is considering signing with Boston, Miami or Orlando once his buyout is complete." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Utah Jazz are fielding offers for their big men after acquiring Favors in the trade. "Jazz phones "blowing up" with calls about Millsap, Jefferson, source says. Teams trying to see if they can get either on the cheap. With about 24 hours till the deadline Utah suddenly is ripe with assets. Jefferson/Millsap/Okur, picks and Kirilenko's $17.8 mill exp deal."
  • The Oregonian reports that, after many calls, the Blazers "appear to be shifting toward standing pat at the trading deadline after several flirtations with teams ran into dead ends." 
  • Sports Illustrated reports that the Blazers have been "pushing Greg Oden in trade talks" but that "Oden's injury history, predictably, has GM's reluctant."
  • ESPN.com reports  that the Portland Trail Blazers have been "quietly shopping Greg Oden" and that New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris "was their top target and now he's off the table. Not sure where they turn."
  • ESPN.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats "seem intent on moving" forward Gerald Wallace and have had talks with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs could absorb Wallace into their trade exception.
  • Sam Amick reports  that the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are "in discussions that would send Nate Robinson to the Warriors." He reports that the deal is "not done yet though." Update: Amick now reports : "Source says Nate Robinson will not be coming to the Warriors. Never discovered the other pieces, but that deal w/ Boston is not going down." So there you have it.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:22 am

Trade Deadline: Deron Williams traded to Nets

Deron Williams traded to Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks.
Posted by Matt Moore

Breaking news this morning as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms a Bergen Record and Yahoo! Sports report that Deron Williams has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first round picks. It's a three way trade in which Troy Murphy is also being traded to the Golden State Warriors for Brendan Wright and Dan Gadzuric

It's a stunning development coming just days after Berger reported that Williams told associates last summer that he looked to play in New York with Amar'e Stoudemire. It's clear now Williams has been seeking a bigger market. He just got one. And the Nets now have their superstar. More coming shortly on this breaking story. 
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 12:42 am

Mavs in talks to bring back Harris

Harris being talked about for deals to Portland, Dallas. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Devin Harris has been on the block for months, and now things are staring to get serious with the deadline two days away. 

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports  further details on the possible Devin Harris  swaps with the Dallas Mavericks  and New Jersey Nets . "Nets considering sending Devin Harris to Portland forAndre Miller  or Dallas for Caron Butler 's expiring contract, Dominique Jones  and 1st." ESPN reports that deal has been rejected, because the Mavericks only want to send Butler. 

The Dallas Morning News throws  some unsourced cold water on the Devin Harris talk. "Normally, the Mavericks look for bargains when it comes to the trade deadline. This year, bargains won’t do. Steals are what they are seeking. If it’s not along the lines of something great for something close to nothing, they don’t seem interested. Speculation about a reunion with Devin Harris seems farfetched, at best. And the Mavericks are in the enviable position of liking their situation and not needing (or wanting) to take on any long-term money in any deal." 

Yahoo! Sports is also reporting  that the Blazers are also in the talks. 

The Harris deal for Portland's Andre Miller if it winds up straight up. Miller is older, and even with a non-guaranteed contract, that only helps if you land an improvement over the summer. The Nets would essentially be downgrading while giving away their best trade asset. I don't care how well Andre Miller throws the lob, that's insane. 

The Dallas Morning News  reports that the Dallas end of the talks is "far-fetched." Butler himself says on Twitter he's not gonig anywhere .  But based on what we know of Cuban, and his soft spot for Harris, we'll have to keep an eye on it. Adding Harris makes their guard depth considerable.with Harris, Kidd, Jason Terry, Dominique Jones, Rodrigue Beaubois, and Jose Juan Barea. It basically removes any players just taking up roster spots in the backcourt. Dallas almost always makes a move or looks to, and this season should be no exception, despite all the calming noise coming out of Dallas. 
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:58 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 1:45 am

NBA trade deadline: Tuesday rumors and buzz

A one-stop shop for all of Tuesday's NBA trade deadline buzz. Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore.  trade-deadline

For months we've heard from NBA executives and agents that the uncertainty around Carmelo Anthony was holding up a lot of league business.  With the Denver Nuggets finally agreeing to trade Anthony to the New York Knicks on Monday, a chain reaction of other moves is expected around the league. 

Here's a compilation of various trade rumors that hit on Tuesday.

(Latest Buzz)

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports: "No decision expected from New Jersey tonight on Devin Harris scenarios. 'Will sleep on it,' source says."

ESPN.com reports that the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets are "closing in on a deal that would send Carl Landry to the Hornets for Marcus Thornton and David Andersen." Sam Amick also reports the same deal and notes: "trade call in the morning." Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports reports that the deal is Landry for Thornton and cash, without Andersen. NBA.com also reports that Andersen is not involved. 

Here's Matt Moore's full breakdown on the Landry for Thornton proposed trade.

ESPN.com reports that the Miami Heat are shopping forward Mike Miller, who has missed much of the season so far due to injury. "According to multiple league executives, the Heat have floated Mike Miller in several different trade scenarios as they look to upgrade at the center or point guard positions." 

Here's some quick thoughts on how easy or difficult it will be for Miami to move Miller. 

NBA Fanhouse reports that Nene says Denver is "where I want to be" and "I definitely hope I get [an extension]."

NBA.com reports that the proposed swap of expiring contracts between New Jersey and Golden State is being discussed but is only "50/50." The site writes that Nets forward Troy Murphy and a second round pick would go to the Warriors for center Dan Gadzuric and forward Brandan Wright.

Yahoo! Sports reports: "Golden State and New Jersey near agreement to trade Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright for Troy Murphy and 2012 second rounder." All of the players involved are on expiring contracts. There's still discussions that could expand deal to include Devin Harris and 3rd team - possibly Dallas or Portland - but NJ-GSW part solid. If G-State completes deal for Murphy, it's expected he'll get bought out and become a free agent. Then? Orlando, Dallas, Boston, Miami etc."

ESPN.com reports that the Orlando Magic may be interested in Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph. "While it's unclear if it was actually proposed, I was told that, internally, the Grizzlies have discussed sending Randolph to Orlando for Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson. The thinking in Memphis is that the deal would keep the Grizzlies competitive this season while also giving them a young power forward going forward. Randolph is an unrestricted free agent this summer and it isn't clear if the Grizzlies can afford to keep him, while Bass is due $4 million next season and has a $4 million player option in 2012-13." 

NBA.com reports that the Atlanta Hawks are "interested" in Washington Wizards point guard Kirk Hinrich but that Washington's current price - a young player and a first round pick - is too much. The Hawks have reportedly mentioned guard Mike Bibby and forward Marvin Williams.

(9:30 PM Eastern Update)

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports further details on the possible Devin Harris swaps with the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets. "Nets considering sending Devin Harris to Portland for Andre Miller or Dallas for Caron Butler's expiring contract, Dominique Jones and 1st."

The Bergen Record is reporting that New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris may be headed to the Dallas Mavericks. 

ESPN.com is reporting that "sources say Mavs have already rejected Nets' request for Dom Jones and a first-rounder in addition to Caron Butler. Butler [alone] is their offer."

The Dallas Morning News throws some unsourced cold water on the Devin Harris talk. "Normally, the Mavericks look for bargains when it comes to the trade deadline. This year, bargains won’t do. Steals are what they are seeking. If it’s not along the lines of something great for something close to nothing, they don’t seem interested. Speculation about a reunion with Devin Harris seems farfetched, at best. And the Mavericks are in the enviable position of liking their situation and not needing (or wanting) to take on any long-term money in any deal."

Yahoo! Sports is also reporting that the Mavericks are in the mix for Harris. "The Nets have discussed deals with a multiple teams for Harris, with possible scenarios in the works with the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas, sources said. Privately, Harris is hoping for a trade back to Dallas where he started his career, two sources familiar with his thinking told Yahoo! Sports. The Mavericks also have serious interest in a reunion with Harris." 

ESPN.com reports that there is a "100% chance of Devin Harris being traded. Dallas and Portland likeliest spots. Mavs offer Caron's expiring contract. ATL not offering much for Devin. A shame because he'd be a great fit with Hawks."

NBA Fanhouse reports that the Denver Nuggets are done dealing: "Source close to situation doesn't expect Nuggets to do any more deals by Thursday deadline. Said any deal would have been put into this one."

The Star-Tribune reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves are sending reserve big man Kosta Koufos, who was acquired from the Utah Jazz in an Al Jefferson trade last summer, to the Denver Nuggets for a 2015 unprotected second round pick. 

ESPN.com reports: "Atlanta is interested in Devin Harris, who is being shopped hard by NJ. Not offering Marvin Williams, though. Portland and Dallas interested too."

The Oregonian reports that a source tells the paper that Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen is "eager to get something done at the trade deadline."

The Sacramento Bee reports that Carl Landry won't play in tonight's game against the Miami Heat because the team is "involved in serious trade talks" that involve him. Sam Amick reports that "at least four teams [are] strongly pursuing" Landry.

(7:30 PM Eastern Update)

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Hawks are considering trading Jeff Teague and Mo Evans to Cleveland for Ramon Sessions and Manny Harris. The Hawks have suddenly gotten very active and are bringing up Jamal Crawford quite a bit in other deals. Teague still has some upside but fell backwards when given the opportunity for the starting job. Sessions could have a big impact on the Hawks' offense. 

Chicago media is reporting that the Bulls have traded second-year forward James Johnson to the Raptors. Why is this relevant? They now have cap room to chase another acquisition, potentially Anthony Parker. Yahoo! Sports reports the trade is for a draft pick. The Bulls have announced in a press release that they are receiving Miami's 2011 first round pick from Chicago.

ESPN.com reports that the pick could be flipped to the Memphis Grizzlies in a package for guard O.J. Mayo. "Word is Bulls have NOT abandoned hope of striking deal for OJ Mayo and now have one more first-round pick to peddle after James Johnson deal."

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports than an attempt to net Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby by the New York Knicks has fallen through, but that the Blazers are "actively shopping" Camby, Joel Przybilla and Andre Miller. Berger writes that Portland is "very likely" to make "at least one trade" prior to the deadline.

Yahoo! Sports also reports that the Blazers are generating interest in Camby: "Knicks actively trying to acquire Portland center Marcus Camby, but source said Blazers are weighing more attractive options."

ESPN.com reports that the Boston Celtics pursued Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer before he was traded to the Knicks in the Anthony trade and also notes: Houston covets 3 big men: Gortat, Varejao and Nene. Unlikely to get any if them.

Yahoo! Sports reports "Nene frustrated by not having contract extension offered by DEN yet. MIA, HOU & OKC interested. Nugs wont trade him and plan to make offer." a tad more here: "Nene wants extension in Denver - in 5 year, $50M-plus range - but sources say he's intrigued with how he'd fit into OKC. Feeling's mutual."

The Detroit News reports that the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets are "looking for bigs" and that Nets point guard Devin Harris "should be moved to Portland." Finally, that the Charlotte Bobcats are "shopping" both Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, with Wallace "more likely to be moved."

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder are "taking a careful look" at Memphis Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet. The site reports the Thunder are only willing to pay "a modest price."

HoopsWorld.com reports that "plenty of teams have called for Aaron Brooks, but he's likely staying in Houston." The site also reports: "Source confirms that the Atlanta Hawks have expressed interest in Devin Harris. They've also inquired about Ramon Sessions."

The Sacramento Bee reports that sources tell them that "the Kings will make a move by the deadline" and that the team is seeking "player(s), cash, draft picks."

CSNNE.com reports that the Boston Celtics player that's finding his name in the most rumors is rookie guard Avery Bradley. "The one Celtics player whose name has come up most in conversations I've had today as someone who's drawing interest, has been Avery Bradley. That, plus D. Ainge's track record with late first-round picks, tells me he's probably going to be a pretty good player one day."

Sports Illustrated reports: "Oklahoma City looking for center, sources say. Have inquired about Thabeet, Nene, two players who fit go-young plan."

(4 PM Eastern Update)

There had been some talk that the Denver Nuggets might flip forward Danilo Gallinari for a draft pick after acquiring him in the Anthony trade. ESPN.com reports that the Nuggets plan to hold on to Gallinari.

ESPN.com reports that the Nuggets are hoping to sign big man Nene to a contract extension. "With Anthony moved, the Nuggets, according to sources, are focused on either extending Nene before the July 30 deadline or executing a trade closer to the draft," ESPN reports. "The Brazilian forward has the right to opt out of his contract at season's end and is poised to walk away from the $11.6 million he's scheduled to make in 2011-12 to become a free agent."

The New York Post reports that the Knicks need to add a big man and "hope to pursue Jared Jeffries if he gets bought out by Houston, former Knicks free agent Earl Barron, or a D-League player."

NBA.com reports that the Nuggets will now look to trade Al Harrington, who has a ton of money left on a five-year contract signed last summer.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are "expected" to move point guard Andre Miller and center Marcus Camby.

Meanwhile, The Oregonian reports that center Joel Przybilla, who has been on the block for months, would consider retirement or accepting a buyout if traded.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the Chicago Bulls are "open" to trading forward James Johnson and may be seeking a draft pick in return.

The Bergen Record reports that the New Jersey Nets are shopping point guard Devin Harris hard.
  Yahoo! Sports reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made "everyone" available in trade.

Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Cavaliers have a "big deal in place" using the trade exception generated by last summer's trade of LeBron James.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Hornets are "shopping" second-year guard Marcus Thornton and are asking for a first round draft pick in return. The New Jersey Nets are reportedly interested.

CSNNE.com has shot down a potential Shane Battier to the Boston Celtics deal. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that the New Orleans Hornets see Sacramento Kings big man Carl Landry as a "target."
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: Nets cancel practice amid Harris rumors

Posted by Royce Young

Despite missing on Melo, trade rumors are still swirling on the southern side of the Hudson River. Ken Berger tweeted yesterday about the potential of the Nets moving point guard Devin Harris to the Trail Blazers from Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla.

And amid all that speculation, the Nets have decided to cancel practice, according to SB Nation. The Nets don't play until Friday, but according to the report, New Jersey wants to keep its players away frmo the media hounds until the Harris stuff settles one way or the other.

A wise move, but one that only accelerates rumors though. The Nets have gone through a bunch of crap during this Melodrama, and now it's all going to start over again. Then again, most everyone knows that during the trade deadline players are on the block. But you don't see everyone running out and canceling practice because of it.

Harris is one of the top chips on the market and despite being somewhat of a disappointment this season, he's still a young point guard with talent. And the Nets appear to be a team ready to roll the roster over a bit more. Their offseason acquisitions have turned out to be mostly a disaster and the team has limped to a 17-40 record.

General manager Billy King is going to be active around the deadline so he's just clearing the air so he can work a bit. If you take this as a sign a Harris deal is imminent, I wouldn't blame you.
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