NBA trade deadline day updates: D'Angelo Russell to Wolves; Clippers acquire Marcus Morris from Knicks
We recap all the moves and rumors that transpired as Thursday's trade deadline has passed
The 3 p.m. ET deadline is behind us, which means there will be no more trades in the NBA this season. Any teams that are still hoping to improve their rosters before the playoffs will have to wait for the buyout market to begin, when veterans may hit the free agent market.
In the biggest move of the day, the Warriors sent D'Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves in a deal involving Andrew Wiggins, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Also happening before the deadline, the Grizzlies, Heat and Timberwolves reportedly reached a trade involving Andre Iguodala, Justise Winslow and Jae Crowder, while the Cavaliers came out of nowhere before the buzzer to acquire Andre Drummond from the Pistons, according to multiple reports. Furthermore, the Clippers, Knicks and Wizards swung a three-team trade of their own which will send Marcus Morris and Isaiah Thomas to Los Angeles.
Here's a recap of the major deals that went through.
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The Cavaliers are not going to buy out Tristan Thompson's contract, according to the Athletic's David Aldridge. Contenders seeking a potentially high-impact, low-price big man -- Celtics, Rockets -- will have to look elsewhere. Thompson will enter free agency this summer.
The Clippers do not intend on keeping Isaiah Thomas on their roster after acquiring him as part of the three-team trade that landed Los Angeles Marcus Morris, per David Aldridge of The Athletic.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pistons are waiving Tim Frazier. They reportedly traded Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers in a cost-cutting move earlier today.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to give guard JR Smith an audition. In addition, Darren Collison is expected to sign with the team if he chooses to make an NBA comeback.
The Spurs rarely make deadline moves, and that trend continued into this season. Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting they did not make a deal before the 3 p.m. cutoff, deciding to hold on to high-priced veteran DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan has a year left on his five-year, $139 million deal.
The Pacers, Thunder, Bucks and Raptors will not make a move before the trade deadline, according to ESPN.
The Miami Heat won't be getting a deal done for Danilo Gallinari before the trade deadline.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowki, Isaiah Thomas is back in Los Angeles -- but on a different team this time around. Thomas is reportedly joining the Clippers in the deal they made for Marcus Morris. That trade includes Jerome Robinson to the Wizards, with Moe Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick going to the Knicks, according to Wojnarowski. Thomas played for the Lakers in 2017-18.
According to Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded James Ennis III for a second-round pick. Sixers traded three second-round picks to the Golden State Warriors in the deal that brought Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to Philadelphia late Wednesday.
The Bulls won't be joining the trade-deadline action, according to NBC Sports' K.C. Johnson. Johnson reported Chicago has "no trade calls lined up" with 3 p.m. minutes away.
Shabazz Napier is reportedly on the move for the second time in as many days. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Napier -- who the Nuggets acquired on Wednesday -- is being traded to the Wizards for Jordan McRae.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pistons will also receive a future second round pick in the Andre Drummond deal. Still, it looks like a salary dump for the Pistons. Drummond does have a player option this summer.
James Johnson's tenure in Memphis will be a short one. The veteran forward is being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for center Gorgui Dieng.
The Cavaliers are trading for center Andre Drummond, according to the Athletic's Shams Charania. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Brandon Knight, John Henson and a second-round pick will go to Detroit in the deal. Drummond is in the third year of a five-year, $127 million contract. He has a player option for next season. Cleveland now has a logjammed frontcourt featuring Drummond, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love.
According to Sham Charania of The Athletic, the Knicks are finalizing a deal to send Marcus Morris to the Clippers for Moe Harkless and other assets. Former NBA great Caron Butler is getting in on the fun:
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