NBA Trade Roundup: Hawks land Antawn Jamison
L.A. receives negotiating rights to Cenk Akyol, playing pro in Turkey
The Atlanta Hawks, looking for more front-line help as they attempt to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race, acquired 37-year-old forward Antawn Jamison from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
The Clippers received the rights to shooting guard Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick now playing in Turkey.
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry was Cleveland's GM when Jamison played for the Cavaliers in the 2009-10 season.
"He is and always has been the ultimate professional and high-class guy," Ferry said. "That's his trademark within the NBA."
Ferry said he'll talk with Jamison within the next two days to determine the forward's interest in playing with the Hawks.
Jamison has not played in 16 of the last 17 games with the Clippers. He has appeared in only 22 games this season, averaging 11.4 minutes, 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds.
For his career, the 6-foot-9 Jamison has averaged 18.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 16 seasons with Golden State, Washington, Cleveland, the Lakers and the Clippers.
By trading the rights to Akyol, the depleted Hawks made an inexpensive gamble that Jamison could give the team a much-needed boost.
The Hawks, hurt by injuries, have lost seven straight, falling from third to seventh in the Eastern Conference race.
Atlanta had only nine players in uniform for Wednesday night's 114-97 loss to Washington.
The most critical depth shortage is centre, where the team is down to its fourth starter. Al Horford was lost for the season on Dec. 26 with a torn right pectoral muscle. Backup Pero Antic is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right ankle.
The Hawks' third starting centre, Gustavo Ayon, didn't play against the Wizards after hurting his right shoulder in Tuesday night's loss at Indiana.
Ferry said Ayon will miss at least two more games.
"That's very tough for our group," Ferry said. "We're going to be undersized most nights."
Ferry said the return of Antic or Ayon would "get our group more whole," but he added "we won't be completely whole the rest of the year."
"In the NBA, injuries are part of it. You can't use them as excuses but there's also reality to that," Ferry said.
Also, starting guard DeMarre Carroll has missed three straight games with a left hamstring strain. Point guard Jeff Teague tweaked his left ankle in Wednesday night's game and is with the team for Friday night's game at Detroit.
Ferry acknowledged the injuries have changed the way he views the Hawks' outlook in the weak Eastern Conference.
"Teams are in different phases of their building stages, but it seems a lot of teams in the East, probably other than Miami and Indiana, were in that phase of trying to really build up," Ferry said.
"For us, we felt we were in an opportunistic period if healthy to capitalize on that. Obviously with the injuries we've had, especially losing Al, we've taken a broader perspective on our team's season and our team's future and the decisions that we'll make."
Elton Brand, 34, started at center against Washington and had 20 points and 11 rebounds. He set season highs for points and minutes played (35) while matching his high for rebounds. But Brand had been averaging only 16 minutes per game.
Atlanta waived forward Cartier Martin to clear a roster spot for Jamison. Martin signed two 10-day contracts with the Hawks. He started in Wednesday night's loss to the Wizards and scored four points.
Jamison held scoring averages in double figures in 13 consecutive seasons, most recently in the 2011-12 season, when he averaged 17.2 points with Cleveland. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 76 games with the Lakers last season.
He is one of 20 players in NBA history to have 20,000 points along with 8,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.
Cavaliers offer up plenty for Hawes
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired centre Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Earl Clark, centre Henry Sims and two second-round draft picks.
The 7-foot-1 Hawes, who is in the final year of his contract, is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 per cent from 3-point range. The 25-year-old Hawes is in his seventh NBA season.
Cleveland has won six straight games, its longest winning streak since March of 2010, which was LeBron James' final season with the team and the last time the Cavaliers made the playoffs. Cleveland (22-33) is in 10th place and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We have a group that's obviously trending in the right direction and we want to carry that momentum forward," acting general manager David Griffin said. "We feel like this move goes a great length towards doing that."
Hawes, who is expected to be active for Friday night's game in Toronto, said on his Twitter account, "Time for the next stage of my career, and I can't wait to get started in Cleveland."
Center Anderson Varejao has missed the last four games with a sore back. He also missed time earlier in the season with a knee injury and no timetable has been given for his return. Varejao played in only 81 games the last three seasons because of numerous injuries.
Griffin said the trade isn't related to concerns about Varejao's health, but the deal will allow coach Mike Brown to cut down on the veteran centre's minutes.
"Anderson gives you everything he has every second he's on the floor," Griffin said. "That's what you love about him, but we also need to be pragmatic about the fact that we need to put a group of bigs out there that can sustain when Anderson sits down. We would like to give him fewer minutes and pair him with things that make his life easier, too. That's what a big part of this is about."
Griffin, who replaced the fired Chris Grant on Feb. 6, indicated after the promotion the Cavaliers would be buyers rather than sellers at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers were linked to talks that involved forward Luol Deng and guard Jarrett Jack, but both remained with the team.
Deng can be a free agent after the season and it's unclear if he will remain with the Cavaliers.
"I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't hear what interest there is in our players," Griffin said. "I did that. At no time did we shop Luol. We weren't attempting to trade Luol."
Varejao, along with guards Dion Waiters (hyperextended left knee) and C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle) didn't make the trip to Toronto.
Clark is 6-foot-10 and can play both forward positions. The five-year veteran, who signed a one-year contract with a club option in July, is averaging 5.2 points in 45 games. The 6-10 Sims is averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 games. He's in his second season in the league.
The Sixers (15-40) have lost nine straight and 19 of 22.
Neal, Ridnour become Bobcats
The Charlotte Bobcats are trying to bolster their three-point shooting for the playoff stretch run.
The Bobcats acquired guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien just hours before the NBA trade deadline Thursday, both teams announced.
The trade is expected to give Charlotte's outside shooting a boost as the Bobcats make a push for the playoffs.
Neal, a career 43 per cent three-point shooter, should help a team that lacks a true shooting guard. Session was a valuable backup point guard for Charlotte but Ridnour should help to fill that void.
Neal spent three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before signing this past off-season with the Bucks as a free agent. He's averaging 10 points per game and shooting 39 per cent from three-point range.
Ridnour, in his 11th NBA season, can play both guard spots. He's played in 36 games this season and is averaging 5.7 points and 3.4 assists per game in 21.2 minutes. He's averaging 9.8 points per game for his career.
"We are excited to add a pair of quality players to our backcourt," Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in a press release Thursday. "Gary is an exceptional shooter and Luke is a veteran point guard who can help us off the bench. They both have significant post-season experience so they know how to get where we're trying to go. We look forward to adding them to our rotation."
Sessions was having a successful second season with the Bobcats, averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists per game. He started seven games with point guard Kemba Walker out with a sprained ankle and filled in well.
Sessions, who likes to drive to the hole and draw contact, has averaged at least 10 points per game in each of his last five seasons.
Adrien has seen limited action for the Bobcats and hasn't been in their rotation much in recent weeks. He has played in 25 games and averaged 2.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
The Bucks acquire two expiring contracts in the deal and will avoid paying Neal $3.5 million next season.
Charlotte was eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, 2 1/2 games ahead of Detroit, after Wednesday's games. The Bucks have the worst record in the NBA.
Granger headed to 76ers
The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more bold move before Thursday's trading deadline.
Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana sent Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen.
The teams confirmed the deal late Thursday after the NBA's league office approved it. The draft pick originally belonged to Golden State.
Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.
Indiana now adds two young forwards — players who could help them as they attempt to dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title. But they had to give up Granger, a fan favorite who was once considered the face of the franchise.
"We thank Danny for his 8 1/2 seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here," president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. "We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring."
What the rebuilding 76ers are getting is 30-year-old forward who missed all but five games last season with a knee injury and almost the first two months of this season with a strained left calf. Granger, who led Indiana in scoring for the five straight seasons before his knee injury, also has an expiring contract, and Philadelphia will get another pick in a draft many believe will be rife with talent.
The trade also could help teams on both ends of the NBA's spectrum.
Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month — Bynum, Turner and Allen — in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami. The Pacers already have the best record in the East (41-13) and lead the Heat by two games in the chase for home-court advantage.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, went into Thursday with the second-worst record in the league at 15-40 and now appears poised to make a run at surpassing Milwaukee for the worst mark in the NBA.
In a flurry of moves, the 76ers picked up a handful of draft picks, a few veterans and lost two of their top four scorers.
Turner, a 6-foot-7 guard, was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 after winning college basketball's player of the year award. He was averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists and could become a free agent after this season. He has averaged of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 3 1/2 NBA seasons.
Granger was averaging 8.3 points since returning from a strained left calf in mid-December, but he has career averages of 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He played in the 2009 all-star game and was voted the league's most improved player in 2008-09.
The 76ers also sent Spencer Hawes, their top rebounder, to Cleveland earlier in the day. He was averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the final year of his contract.
But Philadelphia certainly loaded up on second-round picks.
In addition to getting Indiana's choice, the 76ers also acquired two second-round picks, forward Earl Clark and center Henry Sims in the deal with Cleveland and added guard Eric Maynor from Washington in a three-way deal that netted a 2016 second-round pick from Denver and a 2015- second-round pick from New Orleans.
And the usually cost-conscious Pacers now look like they are loading up on big bodies for the playoffs.
They've added the 7-foot Bynum, a former All-Star who missed all of last season in Philly because of knee injuries. This season, he signed with Cleveland as a free agent before getting traded to Chicago and then released. Indiana signed Bynum on Feb. 1 and though he has not played, coach Frank Vogel said he didn't expect Bynum to play for a few weeks.
Allen, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward, was averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds with Philadelphia.
To clear room on the roster, Indiana waived Orlando Johnson, a second-year guard they obtained in a draft night trade in 2012.
"Orlando is a great kid," said Bird. "We appreciate everything he's done for us and hope he has a long and successful career."
Brooks, Hamilton trading places
The Houston Rockets have traded Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets for Jordan Hamilton.
Hamilton has averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 39 games for the Nuggets this season. Hamilton, who went to the University of Texas, has started 11 games this season.
Brooks, a reserve point guard, was in his second stint with the Rockets. He was averaging 7 points in 43 games this season for Houston.
The deal will be complete once both players pass physicals.
No Kings ransom for Mason Jr.
The Miami Heat have traded Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick and cash.
The Heat announced the deal less than two hours before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. The move allowed Miami to open up another roster spot, while the Kings got an undisclosed amount of money.
Mason, who averaged three points in 25 games for the Heat, is expected to be waived by Sacramento. It's the fourth trade the rebuilding Kings have made since the season started.
Sacramento sent Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26, acquired Rudy Gay in a seven-player deal with Toronto on Dec. 9 and traded Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday.