NBA TRADE UPDATE : NENE, NICK YOUNG, JAVALE MCGEE, DERRICK FISHER
NBA TRANSACTIONS: WHICH PLAYERS DID YOUR TEAM GET?
The Denver Nuggets have traded Nene to the Washington Wizards in exchange for JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf. The Los Angeles Clippers, acting as a facilitator, agreed to sendBrian Cook and a future second-round pick to the Wizards in exchange for shooting guardNick Young.
The Clippers announced the trade Thursday night.
The trade marks a stunning reversal for the Nuggets, who had just committed five years, $67 million to keep Nene in December. The move provides salary-cap relief, however, as McGee is a restricted free agent after the season.
In Young, the Clippers get a dynamic young swingman for virtually nothing to replaceChauncey Billups, who was lost for the season with an Achilles injury in February. Young, a Los Angeles native, is an unrestricted free agent after this season.
It's the second consecutive season the Nuggets have orchestrated a deal at the deadline. They sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster deal in February 2011. That move ignited the Nuggets, who went 18-7 down the stretch before they lost to theOklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.
The Nuggets, who are in the thick of the playoff chase once again this season, are a team without a superstar. Instead, coach George Karl relies on superior depth to wear teams down, and McGee figures to help in that regard. Turiaf is on the mend after breaking his left hand on Jan. 1.
Cook hasn't cracked the Clippers' rotation since signing with the club before last season.
Young, a two-time all-conference standout at Southern California before becoming a consistent NBA scorer in five seasons with Washington, averaged 17.4 points per game last season and is averaging 16.6 this year.
Although Young is notorious for his reluctance to pass, the Clippers have plenty of playmakers with Chris Paul, Bledsoe and even Blake Griffin. Young will be asked to provide some added offense as the Clippers move toward their second playoff berth in 15 years and just their second winning season in two decades.
This represents Washington general manager Ernie Grunfeld's latest -- and perhaps last -- attempt to reconfigure the roster of a team that used to be built around All Stars Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler.
The Wizards are pretty much starting over again, constructing a team around point guardJohn Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Having already fired coach Flip Saunders this season, Washington was 9-32 heading into its game at New Orleans on Thursday night. Young was their second-leading scorer, and McGee was their leading rebounder, averaging 8.8, along with 11.9 points.
Young and McGee were considered potential building blocks for Washington. But their play often has been selfish or undisciplined, and the Wizards decided to move on. SOURCE
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-player deal that will bring the Cavs the Lakers' 2012 first-round pick, according to league sources.
The Cavs also will send young wing playerChristian Eyenga to the Lakers and veteran forward Luke Walton will be going to the Cavs. The Lakers' will keep their draft pick this year if they miss the playoffs. As part of the deal, the Lakers also will have the right to swap first-round draft position in 2013 with the Miami Heat's first round pick, which the Cavs own.
Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavs this season and fills a need for the Lakers, who have been in the market for a true point guard. Sessions is earning $4.2 million this season and is scheduled to earn $4.5 million next season, which is his option.
Walton, who has battled injuries over the last several years, has one year and $6.1 million left on his contract -- he's played in just nine games this year. Eyenga has played in just six games and has spent time in the D-League. SOURCE
Wallace is a player long admired by Orlando and was part of the three-team trade construction lined up by the Nets in December that nearly brought Dwight Howard to the Nets before the season even started. In that three-team scenario, Orlando would have received Wallace, Nets center Brook Lopez and at least one future first-round pick, while also shedding the contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon.
To push this latest deal through involving Wallace, New Jersey and Portland must submit a trade agreement to the league office before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
New Jersey's strategy, sources say, is to stockpile as many players and draft picks as possible -- as well as maintaining salary-cap space -- to make another trade run at Howard or another star to be determined in conjunction with the June draft -- before star guardDeron Williams can become a free agent July 1. SOURCE
The Memphis Grizzlies have traded swingman Sam Young to the Philadelphia 76ers for future considerations, according to a source.
Young was taken in the second round of the 2009 Draft by Memphis but had fallen out of the Grizzlies’ regular rotation this season, and is the last of the three Draft picks Memphis took that season to be traded within three years. The Grizzlies traded center Hasheem Thabeet, taken second overall that year, and forward DeMarre Carroll (taken 27th in the first round) to Houston for forward Shane Battier last season.
Young is expected to be put into the 76ers’ $2.7 million trade exception the team received as part of the trade in January that sent forward Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies. SOURCE
SPURS - WARRIORS
After acquiring guard Stephen Jackson two days ago, the Golden State Warriors agreed to a deal to send him to the San Antonio Spurs for Richard Jefferson, league sources told ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst.
The Spurs will also sent their first-round draft pick this year as part of the package. Sources say that pick is lottery protected.
Jackson hasn't played since Feb. 19, recently sitting out with what the team has described as a hamstring injury. Bucks coach Scott Skiles benched him for a game in January after he missed a shootaround, and he was suspended one game by the NBA for verbally abusing an official. His playing time has been limited ever since.
The deal brings the enigmatic "Captain Jack" back to the Bay Area. He helped lead the team's only playoff run since 1994, a surprising trip to the second round in 2007. In October 2009, the disgruntled Golden State star asked to relinquish his captain's title and was traded to Charlotte the next month.
Jefferson is averaging career lows of 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his third season with the Spurs. He is a career 16.0 points per game scorer, but his average has gone down in each of the last four seasons. SOURCE
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers are adding scoring punch and veteran leadership to their backcourt for what they hope will be an extended playoff run.
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send guards Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round draft pick, a person close to the situation said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. The Pacers declined to comment.
Barbosa, a shooting guard from Brazil, has averaged 12.6 points per game in his nine-year career. The 29-year-old averaged 12.2 points per game this season as a reserve for the Raptors.
Barbosa long has been one of the NBA's most explosive reserves. He was the league's 2006-07 Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 18.1 points per game for the Phoenix Sunsdespite starting just 18 times. He is a career 39-percent 3-point shooter who has made more than 800 triples in his career.
He adds another weapon to an already strong bench for the Pacers, joining a group that includes Tyler Hansbrough, George Hill, Lou Amundson and A.J. Price. He likely will back upPaul George, an emerging second-year player.
Carter, a 36-year-old point guard, has played in 24 games this season, averaging two points per game as a reserve. He has averaged four points per game in a career that began in 1999 with the Miami Heat. He averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 assists for Denver in 2007-08. SOURCE
The deal that has been submitted to the league office for approval, sources said, calls for Houston to send guard Jonny Flynn, center Hasheem Thabeet and a future second-round pick to the Blazers for Camby, who has maintained an offseason residence in Houston for some time and has always liked the idea of playing for the Rockets. SOURCE