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Posted by Jeff Dengate on Feb. 24, 2006 11:00 a.m. ET

Left scratching your head and wondering what happened, or, more appropriately, didn't happen yesterday? Well, you're not alone.

Kenyon Martin's still in Denver.
[Denver Post]

Paul Pierce still wears Celtics green.
[Boston Globe]

Allen Iverson stayed put.
[Philadelphia Inquirer]

The Pistons didn't even grab a backup point guard.
[Detroit Free Press]

So, then, just what did happen? Well, not much, really.

Sure, one of the largest trades ever -- solely in terms of bodies -- went down, but it can hardly be called a blockbuster when Earl Watson was the centerpiece. That's not a knock on Watson, but he's a career-backup with rather pedestrian numbers.
[Tacoma News Tribune]

Basically, this year's deadline lacked the excitement we've grown accustomed to the last few years: Chris Webber and Baron Davis last year, Rasheed Wallace in 2004, Ray Allen and Gary Payton in 2003 and Dikembe Mutombo in 2001, among others.

Of course, we're not forgetting the Steve Francis deal from Wednesday. (More head scratching, of course.) The New York scribes are still weighing in on the matter: Vecsey | Beck | Berman | Isola
[New York Post, New York Times, New York Daily News, Reg. req'd]

An aside: With the team assembled in the Garden, don't you think it's best to let that team race up and down the floor? We've floated the idea around the office here, and now Marbury's doing the same thing at his place of work. But let's be real, Larry Brown is still the coach there, which means plenty of play-calling is likely to ensue.
[New York Post, Reg. req'd]

Elsewhere, the Cavaliers swung two deals on the day, bringing in Flip Murray and Lee Nailon.
[Akron Beacon Journal]

And the Heat netted Derek Anderson for the right price.
[Miami Herald]

But other than that, the day will likely be remembered for the deals that didn't happen.

The Bulls didn't trade Tim Thomas, but that doesn't mean he staying in Chicago.
[Chicago Sun-Times]

Even the Hornets two trades may be overshadowed by a deal that didn't go down: J.R. Smith to the Spurs for Brent Barry.
[San Antonio Express-News]

Smith and coach Byron Scott haven't been on speaking terms in almost two months.
[New Orleans Times-Picayune]

And while two months is about all that's left to the 2005-06 season, for some players it's all that's left for them with their current teams. For now, the Paul Pierces and Allen Iversons of the world have a few days to breathe easy before the trade rumors start back up. As for the players in New York, well, they're not so fortunate.
[New York Daily News]

Posted by John Schuhmann on Feb. 23, 2006 10:00 a.m. ET

February 23 is finally here. It's time to make a decision. "Kickin' or stickin'?" as we used to say in street football on my block growing up. The deadline to make trades is 3 p.m. ET today and nobody knows what exactly is going to happen between now and then.

We do know one thing though. Isiah Thomas isn't shy when it comes to blockbuster deals. The Knicks traded Trevor Ariza and Anfernee Hardaway to Orlando for Steve Francis yesterday.
-- [NYKnicks.com]

It will be very interesting to see how the backcourt of Francis and Stephon Marbury plays together. Marbury thinks they'll be just fine. Francis and coach Larry Brown agree, but others aren't so optimistic.
-- [New York Post]

Yes, the general consensus among the columnists is that this doesn't solve the Knicks' problems and that it's another mistake by Isiah Thomas. And it's not only the writers, Scottie Pippen doesn't understand what's going on in New York either.
-- [New York Daily News, NBA.com]

What may be a little surprising is that Francis' former coach in Houston thinks the Knicks got a steal.
-- [New York Daily News]

For Orlando, it may be tough to look back at what they got out of the Tracy McGrady trade, but the team is ready to look forward to the Dwight Howard era.
[Orlando Sentinel]

So the Knicks and Magic got us started, but what can we expect from today?

Well, don't expect the Sixers to be dealing Allen Iverson. It looks like they're stuck with what they got.
-- [Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Don't be suprised if Denver moves both Earl Watson and Voshon Lenard or if Houston moves Derek Anderson.
-- [Denver Post, Houston Chronicle]

Watson could be on his way to Seattle for Flip Murray and Vitaly Potapenko. If that doesn't work out, the Sonics may turn to Minnesota for help at the point.
-- [Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Times]

The Hornets are looking for some help on the frontline.
-- [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

The Nets have been looking to add a big for a while, but now they may be subtracting one in order to save some money.
-- [New York Post]

New Jersey may be a team that would look at Tim Thomas if he is waved by Chicago though.
-- [Chicago Sun-Times]

Speaking of the Bulls, there were rumors that they were willing to deal Ben Gordon, which would be a mistake according to one writer.
-- [Chicago Tribune]

Add the Cavaliers, Kings, Timberwolves and Warriors to yesterday's list of teams that say nothing is happening.
-- [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sacramento Bee, St. Paul Pioneer Press, San Francisco Chronicle]

Posted by John Schuhmann on Feb. 22, 2006 11:00 a.m. ET

After going five days without talking about the Knicks on this page ... they're BAA-AACK!!

The deadline is tomorrow and Isiah Thomas says he has been on the phone with 28 of the 29 other teams in the league over the past few days.
-- [NYKnicks.com]

The Knicks are confident that they will deal Penny Hardaway's expiring contract by tomorrow's 3 p.m. deadline, either to Denver for Kenyon Martin, or to Orlando for Steve Francis. Theo Ratliff of Portland is also a possibility.
-- [New York Daily News]

The Knicks could also get Francis without using Hardaway's contract by sending Jamal Crawford, Maurice Taylor and Trevor Ariza to Orlando for Francis and Pat Garrity.
-- [New York Times (Reg. req'd)]

Either way, Isiah Thomas seems to be admitting that the team he has put together is not working well with coach Larry Brown.
-- [Newark Star-Ledger]

The Nuggets reportedly inquired about Allen Iverson, but that didn't exactly go far with the Sixers.
-- [Denver Post]

Several teams (like the Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Grizzlies, Nets, Raptors, Jazz and Wizards) say that nothing is happening on their end. Of course, the deals that usually go through are the ones that nobody has heard about. So stay tuned ...
-- [Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Los Angeles Times, Memphis Commercial Appeal (Reg. req'd), New York Post, Toronto Star, Salt Lake Tribune, Washington Post]

Posted by Brad Friedman on February 21, 2006 11:44 a.m. ET

Al Harrington becomes a free agent this summer, and given the career numbers he has put together this season, the 6-8 forward will surely be one of the most coveted players on the market.

If he bolts from the Hawks, Atlanta will have nothing to show for it, which is why the organization has to at least consider trade offers for Harrington before the deadline to make exchanges comes this Thursday. Atlanta has a surplus of small forwards under contract for the future, including Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Josh Childress and Marvin Williams.
-- [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reg, req'd]

Hawks coach Mike Woodsen says it's something Harrington "will work through" with general manager Billy Knight and the owners, so they can assess his desire to stay in Atlanta, but right now "there is nothing on the table as far as a trade."
-- [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reg, req'd]

Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe also said nothing was imminent for his club, but expects trade talk to pick up in the next few days. Many believe Denver is the team in the league most likely to make a deal along with the Knicks. Reportedly the Nuggets are discussing a deal that would send center Nene to Portland for forward Travis Outlaw and center Joel Przybilla.
-- [Rocky Mountain News]

After sending Carlos Arroyo to the Magic in the Darko trade, many anticipated that Pistons president Joe Dumars might have had another deal on the table that would add a new backup point guard. But it looks as though Dumars isn't desperate to find an Arroyo replacement, and is prepared to move forward with rookie Alex Acker and veteran Lindsey Hunter.
-- [Detroit News]

New Jersey Nets president Rod Thorn doesn't see anything happening for his own team.
-- [Newark Star-Ledger]

Finally, be sure to check out Ian Thomsen's trade rundown.
-- [SI.com]

Posted by Brad Friedman on February 16, 2006 1:25 p.m. ET

The difference between the headlines in the morning papers said it all.

The Detroit Free Press' accounts of Darko Milicic's trade to Orlando read: "DARKO DUMPED: Milicic, Arroyo traded to Orlando" and "With clock ticking, Darko had to go".
-- [Detroit Free Press]

Meanwhile the Orlando Sentinel led with:
"Magic tout big hope for 7-footer Milicic"
-- [Orlando Sentinel]

It's difficult to paint this trade in any one particular way. On one hand, Milicic , the No. 2 overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft, has never produced -- he's averaging just just 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.6 minutes this season, offering critics plenty of fire power.
-- [Detroit Free Press]

On the other hand, Detroit has always had a log-jam at the forward and center positions during his three year career in Motown, making playing time understandably hard to come by. Furthermore, the attributes that made Milicic so attractive in the first place -- his size, agility and raw talent -- remain intact. But does his confidence remain intact as well?

Hopefully, for Milicic, Orlando will provide him with the fresh start and minutes he needs to be successful. Pistons fans still believe he can be just that. They also seem concerned about the loss of backup point guard Carlos Arroyo, who was included in the exchange that sent Kelvin Cato and a first-rounder in return.
-- [Detroit News]

With only Lindsey Hunter to spell Chauncey Billups off the bench, Joe D. might make a run at quarterbacks Speedy Claxton, Tyronn Lue and Brevin Knight.
-- [Detroit News]

The other deal that went down over the last two days was a Vladimir Radmanovic-Chris Wilcox swap. Radmanovic is happy to be in L.A.. His new teammate, Elton Brand, said Wilcox "gave his best at times, but maybe not all the time."
-- [LA Times, Reg req'd], [Seattle Times]

Meanwhile, the Knicks chances of landing Steve Francis appear to be fading.
-- [Newark Star Ledger]

It's not completely dead yet, however, and many still believe the Knicks will make some sort of move. If there is one, Jamal Crawford expects to be out the door, based on all the rumors.
-- [New York Daily News]

A pair of league execs say the Cavs are also busy. A reported target of the Knicks, Nuggets guard Earl Watson, as well as Golden State guard Derek Fisher, have been discussed in talks for forward Drew Gooden.
-- [Akron Beacon Journal]

Those team representatives aren't the only ones talking to the press. Well, sort of. Check out this quote by Blazers swingman Ruben Patterson: "The team needs to make a deal. There are a lot of guys who are unhappy here. You know, itís just time to make some moves... I think Iím going to shut up now."
-- [The Oklahoman, Reg. req'd]

Posted by Jeff Dengate on February 14, 2006 11:30 p.m. ET

He loves me ... He loves me, not ... Sounds like the continually changing trade rumors -- "They're interested ..." becomes "No, we're not ..." The one constant: The Knicks will be mentioned daily between now and Feb. 23.

Just exactly how are you expected to believe all the different Knicks trade scenarios floating around out there?
-- [New York Post, Reg, req'd]

Well, the best place to start might be to filter out any deals that package Channing Frye. Reluctant to move his rookies, Isiah Thomas seems intent on hanging on to the one player teams are interested in most.
-- [New York Daily News]

Then you can begin to entertain any of the remaining rumors that have mentions of Penny Hardaway's expiring contract.
-- [New York Post, Reg, req'd]

Only time will tell what kind of move Zeke can swing, but back in his old stomping grounds, some are thinking the next bags to be packed could belong to the Hall of Famer.
-- [Detroit News]

Meanwhile, Zeke's old backcourt mate might be looking to shake things up as well. Could the Darko days be coming to an end in the D?
-- [Detroit News]

An aside, if you want a sense of the emotion and work being put into trades by the teams' execs at this time of year, I recommend you clicking on the link above.

Moving down to Big D, Mark Cuban is saying no Mavericks player is going anywhere, despite what you may have heard.
-- [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

And why should the team be looking to alter its winning formula? The Mavericks have more wins than the Blazers and Bobcats combined, which is why those two squads should look to shake things up a little.
-- [The Oregonian]

Posted by Brad Friedman on February 13, 2006 12:39 p.m. ET

Paul Pierce has to be tired of hearing his name in the papers. So if you're reading this, sorry, Paul. But we have to point out that Sam Smith reports most executives around the NBA believe the Celtics will trade you, though perhaps not before the Feb. 23 deadline.
-- [Chicago Tribune, Reg, req'd]

And according to Smith, one executive believes Danny Ainge is holding out for Kevin Garnett.
-- [Chicago Tribune, Reg, req'd]

Could an Antonio Davis-Keith Van Horn swap also be in the works?
-- [Chicago Tribune, Reg, req'd]

In your daily Knicks trade rumor, Isiah Thomas is reportedly speaking to Seattle about Reggie Evans and Danny Fortson. The trade bait? Perhaps Trevor Ariza and Malik Rose.
-- [New York Daily News]

A quick update on the Steve Francis-to-Denver rumors. Well, Kiki is saying he doesn't believe the Nuggets are close to a deal for Francis, or anyone for that matter, right now.
-- [Denver Post]

Orlando reportedly is chasing Darko Milicic in a deal that would bring the former No. 2 selection and Carlos Arroyo to Orlando for Kelvin Cato.
-- [MLive.com]

Posted by Brad Friedman on February 10, 2006 11:15 a.m. ET

Yesterday we told you that Isiah Thomas appears to be looking to his head coach for personnel input. Well, Larry Brown revealed exactly what he told his boss following practice on Thursday. Not surprisingly, most of his desires were defensive-oriented -- players who can pressure the ball, guard different positions and defend the post.
-- [New York Daily News]

Given New York's pursuit of offensive-minded scorers under the Thomas regime (see Quentin Richardson, Jamal Crawford, Eddy Curry, Stephon Marbury), the makeup of the Knicks hasn't always jived with Larry's preferences. Brown also added, "I'd trade (ability) for (toughness and character) any day."
-- [New York Daily News]

Meanwhile, Peter Vescey writes that the Kenyon Martin trade rumors were leaked to the media by New York with the hope that Martin would get upset and demand a trade.
-- [New York Post, Reg r'qd]

Rockets big wig Carol Dawson gave insight into the Keith Bogans deal that went down Thursday. With Derek Anderson and Jon Barry having missed over 60 games combined this season, Houston was one-man deep at the two guard position.
-- [Houston Chronicle]

In Minnesota, the Timberwolves are reportedly looking for a big man to support Garnett in the paint in terms of hitting the glass. Could Marko Jaric be part of a deal?
-- [Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reg r'qd]

Posted by Brad Friedman on February 10, 2006 11:48 a.m. ET

The Knicks always seem to be the center of trade rumors, and this season's trade deadline has brought more of the same.

Denver is reportedly shopping Kenyon Martin around the league, and could be included in a package deal with the Knicks involving Earl Watson, who would give New York the true point guard Larry Brown loves. Isiah appears to be looking to his head coach for personnel input nowadays.
-- [New York Daily News]

We also keep hearing that Isiah has vowed not to trade any of the rookies (see Wednesday's entry), or at least not Channing Frye, but Denver not surprisingly is pushing for the talented former Arizona Wildcat. That could mean the Knicks push for Nene in return.
-- [New York Times], [New York Daily News]

Conversely, it's also being reported that the Knicks would not take on Martin or his salary cap obligations because he's a "health-risk."
-- [Newsday]

One trade that is going through is a Rockets-Bobcats swap that will bring Keith Bogans to Houston. In return, the Bobcats, with frontcourt injuries and all, will get bruising forward Lonny Baxer.
-- [NBA.com]

One trade that isn't going through is the Steven Hunter deal between the Sixers and Hornets. New Orleans balked on the trade for Hunter "because of an "undisclosed medical condition." The deadline for the exchange was pushed back five times as the Hornets contemplated whether to hold onto Hunter despite their concerns.
-- [Philadelphia Daily News]

Posted by John Schuhmann on February 8, 2006 3:30 p.m. ET

Several teams are looking to shake things up, and Wednesday brings even more rumors to the web...

The Knicks real target in Denver looks to be Earl Watson, but the Nuggets may want to send Kenyon Martin to New York in a package deal.
-- [Newark Star-Ledger]

The Knicks are also looking at Portland center Theo Ratliff and Isiah Thomas has apparently taken back his vow not to deal one of the rookies.
-- [New York Daily News, New York Post]

The rumored three-way deal that would have sent Steve Francis to Denver and Jamal Crawford to Orlando seems to have been too much luxury tax for the Nuggets to handle though.
-- [New York Newsday]

In Toronto, folks are already looking forward to free-agent season.
-- [Toronto Star]

Believe it or not, Danny Ainge just may stand pat for now.
-- [Boston Globe]

New Jersey would love to add a big body, but they're waiting for the right deal. It doesn't help that their Clipper pick has a lot less value than everyone thought it would a few months ago.
-- [Newark Star-Ledger]

There might be something to the Duhon for Gooden rumors, but it doesn't bother the Cleveland power forward.
-- [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

And Stephen Hunter is still stuck somewhere between Philadelphia and Oklahoma City. Let's just hope that he doesn't have to sit around as long as Tim Thomas has. It seems like Thomas will not be dealt before the Feb. 23 deadline.
-- [Philadelphia Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times]

Posted by Jeff Dengate on February 7, 2006 2:00 p.m. ET

The Pacers' desires to trade Ron Artest were really no secret. The same can't be said for any upcoming deals that may be made between now and the Feb. 23 trading deadline. I use "secret" loosely. The rumors are rampant and will only continue to intensify over the next 16 days.

A number of teams have gotten an early start on the Deadline shopping season, picking up pieces that could help their teams, and many more are believed to want in on the action or just window shop over the coming few weeks.

But why wait for the official word from the teams on who may or may not be up for grabs? Speculation is half the fun of being a sports fan, so let's turn our attention to a few of the scenarios currently getting some ink in the dailies.

Of course, what's a good trade rumor if New York isn't involved? The Knicks last week swapped Antonio Davis for Jalen Rose, and now it sounds like they're interested in bringing a K-Mart to Manhattan.
-- [N.Y. Daily News]

Who or what would they send back in return? One cent, er, a Penny -- as in Penny Hardaway's expiring contract. If not Hardaway, we'd have to wait and see because Isiah Thomas has said he's reluctant to move one of his youngsters and Stephon Marbury's latest setback makes trading him less likely.
-- [N.J. Star-Ledger]

Even if the latest move and any subsequent deals have the Knicks smelling more like a rose, the Bulls are likely hoping the Knicks continue to stink. Chicago gets New York's first rounder this year and could swap picks next season.
-- [Chicago Tribune, Reg. req'd]

But are the Bulls waiting until late June to make any roster changes? Maybe not, according to some folks who believe the team may be interested in Cleveland's Drew Gooden.
-- [Akron Beacon Journal]

Meanwhile, up in Toronto, some folks are thinking the Raps aren't done dealing either and have recently given time to Eric Williams so interested parties can have a look.
-- [Toronto Sun]

Elsewhere, one writer is thinking it's probably not in the team's best interest to look for help.
-- [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reg. req'd]

So, as the trade winds continue to swirl, we have to remind you that any of the above possibilities or those we point out in the coming days are merely hearsay at this point. A done-deal's not really done until it's done, even when it's believed to be done.
-- [The Oklahoman]

And one final note to those players keeping an open suitcase at the foot of their bed: It's only business and it doesn't help to get upset.
-- [Orlando Sentinel]