One of the more crazy trade deadlines has finished, with some mind boggling deals going down at the death. Here’s a really quick snapshot of the reported trades that have happened overnight
With the NBA Draft being just shy of 3 weeks away, the inevitable rumour mill is in full swing.
The source added that C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his staff are at least momentarily focused on investigating players who will be available at No. 6, with a series of high-profiled workouts scheduled for next Thursday and Friday.
Ainge reportedly also has contacted two unspecified teams in the five slots above his pick about trading up for the most intriguing prospects in the draft. He has also taken a marginal number of calls from teams interested in the sixth pick.
Interesting quote to say the least, and it would be anyones guess as to what Danny would intend to use that higher pick for. A potential Top 3 pick to keep and hopefully make an immediate impact? Or is the Top 3 pick, what is needed to to include somewhere to dangle in front of the Timberwolves in the hope of landing Kevin Love?
Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy also wrote that:
The Celtics, as of yesterday, had yet to make an offer, though they are prepared to do so.
What’s unclear is whether that would be a package including the current #6 pick as well as other assets or is trading up to Top 3 all in aid of capturing Love?
Either way? I don’t think draft night will be a quiet one for C’s fans.
Rudy Gay has been traded from the Toronto Raptors in a multi-player deal to the Sacramento Kings, reported Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski yesterday. As part of the deal Gay will head to the Kings alongside ex-Toronto team mates Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, while the Raptors will receive forward John Salmons, guard Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes.
Following a 6-12 start to the season, the Raptors have seemingly elected to dump the salary of Rudy Gay, owed $17.8 million this season and $19.3m (player option) the next, and begin the rebuilding process with a clean slate. GM Masai Ujiri has also been able to unload the contracts of Gray and Acy in the deal, clearing approximately $3.5 million extra in cap room. Of the incoming players, Chuck Hayes is owed $6 million, while John Salmons is only guaranteed $1 million of his $7 million contract. Toronto has cleared the books, taking on board only expiring contracts while also clearing the quagmire that was Rudy Gay’s deal and can now stake their claim via a solid rebuild.
The Kings have now added another name to their roster of talented stars including DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and rookie Ben McLemore, and should fit in well with the 5-13 Pacific Division cellar dwellers. Gay, who was traded by the Grizzlies to Toronto before the trade deadline last season, is averaging a respectable 19 points (38% shooting), 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game in 2013/14 and while his shot selection is often questionable, is a good addition to an already talented group. Is he the answer? Probably not, but the Kings now have another name which will help put bums on seats at Sleep Train Arena.
Deadline day in the NBA has now been and passed.
While the rumours flowed thick and fast, some may say the transactions were not as exciting as the rumours suggested.
There was some activity, and without further ado here is the complete list of the activity of Deadline Day 21st March 2013 –
|MILWAUKEE BUCKS GET:||ORLANDO MAGIC GET:|
|G J.J. Redick
F Gustavo Ayon
F Ish Smith
|G Beno Udrih
F Tobias Harris
G Doron Lamb
|PHILADELPHIA 76ERS GET:||GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS GET:|
|G Charles Jenkins||Future draft pick|
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