Deadline Passes

Feb 22 - The trade deadline came and went without any major names changing addresses. Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Mike Bibby, Pau Gasol and number of other stars had been mentioned for weeks as players that may be on the move, but they all stayed put.

The biggest move of the day was made by the Raptors and Trail Blazers, who exchanged guards. Juan Dixon was sent to Toronto in exchange for Fred Jones. The Jazz acquired some depth for their frontcourt, which is still without the injured Carlos Boozer, as they added veteran Alan Henderson from Philadelphia in exchange for swapping second-round picks in this year's NBA Draft. The Hawks also made a move, picking up veteran point guard Anthony Johnson from Dallas for a second-round draft pick.

Raptors Making a Move
Posted by: John Schuhmann on Feb. 22, 2007, 1:30 p.m. ET

I'm not sure why Fred Jones didn't work out in Toronto, but I like that Bryan Colangelo is being proactive: ESPN is reporting that they've dealt Jones for Juan Dixon.

Kidd's Agent Doesn't Expect a Deal
Posted by: John Schuhmann on Feb. 22, 2007, 1:05 p.m. ET

ESPN's Chad Ford got Jason Kidd's agent on the horn. There are still a couple of hours to go, but Jeff Schwartz believes his client will be in a Nets uniform tomorrow night.

First Deal of the Day
Posted on Feb. 22, 2007, 12:45 p.m. ET

Hawks Acquire Anthony Johnson From Dallas: The Atlanta Hawks today acquired guard Anthony Johnson from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Hawks’ 2007 second-round draft pick.

One Day Away
Posted by: Dave McMenamin on Feb. 21, 2007, 1:45 p.m. ET

NBC should cancel its programming for the next 25 hours, hook a Starbucks-filled IV up to Howie Mandel and get the NBA’s 30 general managers on the set for a special trade deadline edition of Deal or No Deal.

As Bill Simmons says, "I would watch this."

I started scanning through my favorite links to see what trade rumors the sports writers and bloggers are latching onto about one full day before the trade deadline (Thursday at 3 p.m. ET) and my worst fears came true: the only activity is inactivity.

Ken Berger of Newsday writes that the Nets are unlikely to move Jason Kidd and Vince Carter. So much for my visions of J-Kidd feeding Kobe or LeBron on the break and Vince teaming up with Dwight and getting another chance to redeem himself in the playoffs.

Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian reminds us that while in NBA Live it might be easy to swap players, in the real-life NBA the economics of players’ contracts make last-minute deals difficult to pull off.

Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives me some hope to see some shakeup and breaks down the potential for the Bulls obtaining Pau Gasol or Zach Randolph, or using the expiring contract of P.J. Brown as a carrot to strike a lesser deal.

The old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” which explains why Paul Coro writes in the Arizona Republic that the Suns won’t make a move unless it’s the, "right fit.”

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune sees John Paxson telling the Banker, "No Deal,” if he was on the show.

So everything looks pretty tame right now, but let's hope it’s just the calm before the storm.

On the Nets
Posted by: John Schuhmann on Feb. 20, 2007, 2:30 p.m. ET

So, we're back in Secaucus after All-Star, trying to get our (weary) heads around all the deadline talk. We'll keep you updated here with everything we come across.

Jeff already chimed in on some of the rumors, mostly involving the Nets. Personally, I wouldn't deal Jason Kidd to LA if Andrew Bynum is not coming back to Jersey. I like Jordan Farmar, but if I already have Marcus Williams, Farmar doesn't make the deal for me. Heck, the Nets drafted Williams (and Josh Boone) when Farmar was still on the board. And Jason Kidd is still at the top of his game.

Of course, I can understand why LA wouldn't want to include Bynum either. So, unless a third team is involved, I'm not sure I can see Kidd becoming a Laker by Thursday.

And any thoughts of Vince Carter being dealt to Orlando might be put to rest by a simple, one-word answer from Magic GM Otis Smith.

From everything I hear and read, the Nets would rather deal Carter than Kidd, but Carter's market value is not nearly that of Kidd. With his contract situation, a Carter deal is far more likely to happen this summer ... and Michael Jordan says the Bobcats will be willing to spend some money.

The Cavs want a point guard.
Chad Ford has fun with the Trade Checker. (Insider only)
Ben Gordon thinks the Bulls could use some help on the interior.

Trade Winds are Blowing

Feb 20 -- The deadline for teams to make trades is fast approaching, and many big names are being mentioned as possibilities to be moved by the Feb. 22, 3 p.m. ET deadline. Several teams pulled triggers on blockbusters well in advance of the deadline. Allen Iverson was sent from Philadelphia to Denver in exchange for Andre Miller and Joe Smith on Dec. 19. The Warriors and Pacers stole the headlines on Jan. 17 when they made an eight-player swap.

But there has been only smoke since the fire from those deals receded. The trade front had remained relatively calm until several smaller deals started to trickle in this week. Memphis acquired Scott Padgett from Houston for Jake Tsakalidis, while San Antonio picked up Melvin Ely from Charlotte for Eric Williams.

The recent spurt of activity may just be a sign of things to come as team excecutives had plenty of time on their hands over the All-Star break to discuss possible moves. There have been numerous big names mentioned in trade rumors, ranging from New Jersey's duo of Jason Kidd and Vince Carter to Seattle's Ray Allen and Memphis' Pau Gasol.

Last year's deadline came and passed without any marquee names switching teams on the final day. Only time will tell if Thursday will resemble 2006 or 2005, when notable names such as Gary Payton, Antoine Walker, Baron Davis and Mike James found new homes.

Thursday's Articles:

Newark Star-Ledger: The deadline to make an NBA trade has come down to its final hours, and the Nets are still finding themselves with the same old options, and very little incentive to pursue them. After another full day spent with a phone attached to his ear, Rod Thorn arrived at the same conclusions he had reached a week ago: "I'd be very surprised if anything happened with us," the Nets president said last night. "There's still time, but I'd be surprised."

Sacramento Bee: With the trading deadline at noon PST today, the Kings have been actively trying to exchange point guard Mike Bibby for the right building pieces, and Cleveland continues to appear the most likely option. The Cavaliers have been aggressively trying to acquire Bibby in what they see as a vital piece toward a title run. Trades have been discussed involving three or more teams, though a Kings official said none of the talks had reached the point where deals were being turned down.

Chicago Sun-Times: Actually, it's all but certain that neither Luol Deng nor any of the other members of the Bulls' young core -- Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni -- will be headed to Memphis in exchange for 7-foot forward Pau Gasol. A deal still could be made for Gasol, who would fill the Bulls' interior scoring needs, if Grizzlies president Jerry West lowers his asking price, which is believed to include at least two of the four core players and a first-round draft pick. One name that has surfaced lately in connection with the Bulls' trade talks is Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a 6-9, 245-pound forward for the Sacramento Kings.

Contra Costa Times: The NBA's trade deadline was 18 hours away, but swingman Mickael Pietrus -- the Warrior most likely to be dealt -- showed a serene facade Wednesday night. The fourth-year player, whose status as an impending restricted free agent after the season makes him difficult for the cash-strapped Warriors to retain, wasn't sweating things in the run-up to today's noon deadline. "If something happens, something happens. I don't really mind," Pietrus said.

Wednesday's Articles:

Newark Star-Ledger: There are only hours remaining before the market closes, but Rod Thorn is going to make it easy for you. "I've been on the phone a fair amount -- probably 15 calls or so. And nothing has transpired whatsoever, just a lot of talk," the Nets president said yesterday. So the perception that Jason Kidd and/or Vince Carter will soon be wearing some other team's colors was ... what, media hysteria? "You might say that, yes," Thorn said, chuckling.

New York Post: While several NBA execs put a damper on the possibility of Jason Kidd moving anywhere by tomorrow's 3 p.m. deadline - one labeled a potential deal as "highly doubtful" - other league sources claimed new talks were initiated regarding Vince Carter, despite his ability to opt out of his contract at season's end. One exec said there was a 50-50 chance of a trade.

Chicago Sun-Times: The unsubstantiated talk was that a package including Chris Duhon, Tyrus Thomas, Andres Nocioni, and a first-round draft pick could seal a deal for Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol. As for a report that the Bulls could get Zach Randolph from the Portland Trail Blazers without losing a young talent such as Ben Gordon or Luol Deng, Blazers president Steve Patterson laughed before telling the Portland Tribune, ''Guess again.''

Toronto Sun: The NBA trade deadline arrives tomorrow at 3 p.m. and Sam Mitchell would prefer not to even talk about it. "I don't even go there because if there is something out there that can help us improve, then Bryan (Colangelo) is going to do that. That's his job," Mitchell said. Mitchell summed up his thoughts on the deadline saying, "If Bryan doesn't make a move it will be because there's nothing out there to improve us."

Tuesday's Articles:

New York Post: Pau Gasol's exodus from Memphis has lost momentum. If the Grizzlies can't wheedle Ben Gordon and Luol Deng from the Bulls, he's not going anywhere, it says here. Meaning Gasol is staying put.

New York Daily News: Jason Kidd made it clear last night that he'd prefer to stay with the Nets. Vince Carter made it clear that he doesn't want to talk about his future, at least not yet and certainly not to the media. On their first day back at practice after attending All-Star festivities in Las Vegas over the weekend both Kidd and Carter addressed their status with the team, which may or may not change prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

USA Today: The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday, and some big names could move. But don't expect Kevin Garnett to be among them. Although the Minnesota Timberwolves are struggling, Garnett is happy where he is and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale maintain that they aren't interested in moving the former MVP and one of the league's best all-around players, even though there are plenty of suitors.

Sports Illustrated: The consensus around the league is that this trade deadline could be one of the busier ones in recent memory. With the Eastern Conference race still wide open, there is ample incentive for teams to make moves. The Bulls, Nets, Cavs, Clippers, Warriors and Nuggets are among those said to be most active. So how will it all shake out? Here's a look at some of the bigger names who might be wearing a new uniform at week's end.

Pau is staying put.

NBA TV's Fred Carter on Kidd rumors
Fred Carter says the Nets should part with star Jason Kidd in the right trade.
Warriors-Pacers trade
A look at the eight-player trade between the Pacers and Warriors.
Press Conference from Philadelphia
The Philadelphia 76ers announce the trade in which they acquired Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two draft picks from the Denver Nuggets.

Chicago Tribune: Is Deng untouchable?
Orlando Sentinel: Grant Hill staying put
New York Post: Kidd to Lakers?