NEW ORLEANS – The biggest name in the NBA trade rumor mill stayed put as the trade deadline expired Thursday, but a pair of contenders in the East netted some pretty big fish nonetheless on a busy day around the league.
New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, long rumored to be headed out of town after demanding a trade, stayed put in The Big Easy, as teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics couldn’t meet the Pelicans’ trade demands.
But the Toronto Raptors got themselves a big man, acquiring center Marc Gasol from Memphis in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick.
Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season.The Raptors also traded center Greg Monroe and a second-round pick in 2021 to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations. The Nets subsequently requested waivers on the ninth-year veteran.
The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference and they added a boost in Gasol to help them keep pace with conference front-runner Milwaukee Bucks.
–The Bucks acquired sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic, a teammate of Davis in New Orleans, as part of a three-team deal.Forward Thon Maker went from Milwaukee to the Detroit Pistons while New Orleans picked up center Jason Smith and four second-round picks from the Bucks. The Pistons dealt forward Stanley Johnson to the Pelicans.The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, who turns 28 on Monday, is averaging 16.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds, both career highs, in 32 games.
–The Philadelphia 76ers dealt former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic for guard Jonathon Simmons and first- and second-round picks.Fultz, 20, was the top overall pick less than two years ago, after the 76ers traded a first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to move up two spots in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, Fultz has not played since Nov. 19 and has played just 33 games through two seasons while battling shoulder and wrist injuries that have affected his ability and confidence to shoot.–The Los Angeles Clippers waived center Marcin Gortat and guard Milos Teodosic after the team acquired guard Garrett Temple and forward JaMychal Green from Memphis for guard Avery Bradley.
The Clippers also sent Mike Muscala to the Lakers for forward Michael Beasley and center Ivica Zubac. The Clippers acquired Muscala on Wednesday in the trade that sent Tobias Harris and two others to the Philadelphia 76ers.
–Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV reportedly will be waived by the Indiana Pacers after getting traded for the third time this week. The pair started the week in Portland, got traded to Cleveland in the Rodney Hood deal before getting dealt to Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets then sent both players, along with a second-round pick, to Indiana in exchange for the rights to Marty Luenen.
–The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly waiving point guard Shelvin Mack after acquiring him from Memphis for Tyler Dorsey earlier in the day.Mack, an eight-year veteran, becomes a free agent. He was averaging 7.9 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from beyond the arc this season.
–The Hawks made a couple of other minor moves, acquiring Jabari Bird and cash from Boston in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and requesting waivers on Daniel Hamilton.
According to reports, the Hawks are expected to waive Bird, too. The second-round pick in 2017 has yet to play in a game this season as he continues to deal with allegations of domestic violence stemming from an incident in September.
–The Kings traded third-year center Skal Labissiere to the Portland Trail Blazers for Caleb Swanigan and waived sixth-year guard Ben McLemore, drafted seventh overall by Sacramento in the 2013 draft.
–The Pistons and 76ers are expected to aggressively pursue Wayne Ellington, whom the Phoenix Suns waived a day after acquiring him from the Miami Heat.
–The 76ers waived Malachi Richardson, one day after trading for him, to make room for James Ennis, whom the team acquired from Houston.
–Field Level Media