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Handful of deals highlight quiet trade deadline day

By staff reports
Posted Feb 19 2009 11:59PM

The NBA trading deadline passed Thursday at 3 p.m. ET with mostly minor deals reported.

Here's a look back at the key deals in the last week leading up to the deadline.

Aldridge: Magic get Alston in three-team deal

Orlando gets: G Rafer Alston
Houston gets: G Kyle Lowry, F/C Brian Cook
Memphis gets: C Adonal Foyle, G Mike Wilks, future first-round pick

Just before the deadline, a three-way deal was consummated between Orlando, Houston and Memphis that sent guard Rafer Alston to the Magic, guard Kyle Lowry from the Grizzlies to Houston and forward Brian Cook to the Grizzlies.

Memphis also received center Adonal Foyle, guard Mike Wilks and the Magic's first-round draft pick in the deal.

The move is big for the Magic, who have been reeling since the shoulder injury to starting point guard Jameer Nelson that is likely to keep him out the rest of the season. Alston has been a starter in Houston the past two seasons and brings toughness and defense most every night, but the Rockets believe that second-year guard Aaron Brooks is their point guard of the future and have been looking to move either Alston or Luther Head for the past few months. Read more

Knicks acquire Hughes, Wilcox in separate deals

New York gets: G Larry Hughes, F Chris Wilcox
Chicago gets: F Tim Thomas, G Anthony Roberson, C Jerome James
Oklahoma City gets: F Malik Rose

The Knicks finally blew up the rest of Isiah Thomas's roster, sending forward Tim Thomas, guard Anthony Roberson and center Jerome James to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for guard Larry Hughes, and forward Malik Rose to Oklahoma City in exchange for forward Chris Wilcox. Wilcox came available when the deal between the Thunder and New Orleans that would have sent center Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City for Wilcox and Joe Smith fell apart when Chandler failed his physical.

Smith's future in Oklahoma City was uncertain; it's likely the veteran big man is now seeking a buyout of the remaining contract for this season from Oklahoma City. That would free him up to sign with another team, and Smith desperately would like to go to Boston and try to win a title with the Celtics. Boston cleared a roster spot earlier this week by trading Sam Cassell to Sacramento for a future second-round pick.

The Knicks' deals continue to give New York maximum cap flexibility in the summer of 2010, when the free agent class headed by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be available. Hughes's contract ($13.6 million next season) expires in 2010; Wilcox is a free agent after this season. Chicago also maintains flexibility in 2010 by acquiring the contracts of Thomas, James and Roberson--all of which expire in 2010. Read more

Bulls trade Sefolosha to Thunder

Oklahoma City gets: G Thabo Sefolosha
Chicago gets: First-round draft pick

The Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, who had a logjam at the position after acquiring John Salmons from Sacramento earlier in the week.

The Thunder sent a first-round pick in this June's draft to the Bulls for Sefolosha, who could fill a hole in Oklahoma City's backcourt. The Thunder also get cash in the deal. Read more

Aldridge: Raptors acquire backup center O'Bryant

Toronto gets: C Patrick O'Bryant
Sacramento gets: G Will Solomon
Boston gets: Future draft pick

Celtics backup center Patrick O'Bryant will go from Boston to Toronto. The Raptors are sending guard Will Solomon and cash to Sacramento. The Kings will send a future draft pick to Boston.

O'Bryant, who was selected ninth overall by the Warriors in the 2006 Draft, has appeared in 26 games with the Celtics. He is averaging 1.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 4.2 minutes per game.

Solomon, who has appeared in 39 games this season, is averaging 4.9 ppg and 3.2 apg in 13.9 minutes per game.

Report: Wolves, Kings trade former lottery picks

Minnesota gets: F Sheldon Williams, G Bobby Brown
Sacramento gets: G Rashad McCants, C Calvin Booth

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade guard Rashad McCants to the Sacramento Kings for forward Shelden Williams in a swap of disappointing lottery picks, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

The Wolves also got rookie guard Bobby Brown from the Kings and sent rarely used center Calvin Booth to Sacramento.

McCants was the 14th overall pick in 2005. He is averaging 9.1 points per game, but has appeared in only six games since Jan. 1.

Williams was the fifth overall pick in 2006 by Atlanta. He has never fulfilled the promise he showed while at Duke and is averaging just 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Kings. Read more

Kings trim salary, send Miller, Salmons to Bulls for Nocioni, Gooden

Chicago gets: F/C Brad Miller, G/F John Salmons
Sacramento gets: F Andres Nocioni, F Drew Gooden, F Michael Ruffin and F Cedric Simmons
Portland gets: F Michael Ruffin, F Ike Diogu

The Sacramento Kings are the latest NBA team to engage in cost-cutting moves that will pare money from the team's books next season.

The Kings agreed on Wednesday to a trade that sends forward John Salmons and center Brad Miller to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forwards Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni, according to league sources. The deal will reduce Sacramento's obligations next season, saving the Kings millions on the salary cap and keeping them well under any potential luxury tax payments. Gooden, making $7.15 million this season, will likely come off the team's cap after this year, and now, the team is free of the $5.4 million due to Salmons in 2009 and the $12 million due to Miller in '09. Read more

Lakers free up payroll, send Mihm to Grizzlies

Sacramento also got Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons in the deal, but immediately traded Ruffin to the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Ike Diogu and cash. The Kings then waived guard Quincy Douby and veteran Sam Cassell, acquired on Tuesday from Boston,

Mihm appeared in 18 games for the Lakers this season, averaging two points and 1.9 rebounds while playing 4.8 minutes per game for the overall NBA leaders. Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson indicated the club made the deal largely to trim its payroll while helping Mihm's chances of landing a better job next season.

Mihm, the seventh overall pick in the 2000 draft, couldn't consistently crack Jackson's playing rotation despite the injury absence of fellow 7-footer Andrew Bynum, who could be out until May after tearing a ligament in his right knee Jan. 31. Mihm played 17 minutes in the Lakers' win over Atlanta on Tuesday night, but didn't play at all in Los Angeles' final game before the All-Star break. Read more

Hornets trade Chandler to Thunder

New Orleans gets: F Chris Wilcox, F Joe Smith
Oklahoma City gets: C Tyson Chandler

NOTE: This trade has since been rescinded.

All-Star point guard Chris Paul could knife his way into the lane, lob the ball up in the air and, almost without fail, Tyson Chandler would be there to slam it down with two hands.

It was the signature move of New Orleans' thrilling young inside-outside tandem, with the two teaming up for more than 100 alley-oops last season during the Hornets' surprising run to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and a spot in the conference semifinals.

Now, the Hornets will have to find a new crowd-pleasing calling card.

Chandler was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday in a trade that brings veterans Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox to the Hornets and could give New Orleans some cap room next season heading into the first year of Paul's new four-year, $68 million contract. Chandler is due to make about $12 million next season. Read more

Celtics trade Cassell to Kings

Boston gets: Conditional second-round pick in 2015
Sacramento gets: G Sam Cassell

The 39-year-old Cassell hasn't played this season for the Celtics, who acquired him in early March before their run to the NBA title. He essentially served as another assistant coach this season with Boston, which also sent cash considerations to Sacramento in the trade. Read more

Pistons trade Acker to Clippers

Pistons get: Second-round pick in 2011, conditional second-rounder in 2013
Clippers get: G Alex Acker

The Detroit Pistons traded Alex Acker to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, creating salary-cap space for moves the next two offseasons.

Detroit dealt the seldom-used guard and its second-round pick in 2011 for a conditional second-round selection in 2013 from the Clippers. Los Angeles also waived center Cheikh Samb.

The Pistons will have about $23 million in salary-cap space, giving them a lot of money to retool their team during the next two years after slipping from an Eastern Conference power to a middle-of-the pack team. Read more

Raptors send O'Neal, Moon to Heat for Marion, Banks

Miami gets: C Jermaine O'Neal, F Jamario Moon, future first-round draft pick
Toronto gets: F Shawn Marion, G Marcus Banks, cash considerations

The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors completed a long-discussed trade Feb. 13, with the Heat sending forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks to Toronto in exchange for forward/center Jermaine O'Neal and guard Jamario Moon.

The Heat also receive a future first-round draft pick, to come sometime between 2010 and 2015.

It's lottery-protected, essentially meaning the first time the Raptors make the playoffs after this season, their first-rounder goes to Miami. If Miami does not get that first-round pick in 2010, it will get an additional second-round pick that year. Read more

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