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PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

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Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest.

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all times in this post are Eastern)

3:00 pm: DEADLINE. I’m having a beer. (Note, sometimes deals leak out at deadline, but there is confirmation of no deals for Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford or Chris Kaman).

2:59 pm: The Lakers traded Derek Fisher. Didn’t expect that. To the Rockets for Jordan Hill. The Lakers also sent off their other first round pick in the deal. Not a big thing on the court, but that is going to tick off Kobe Bryant.

2:49 pm: Multiple reports now say the three team deal — Lakers, Timberwolves and Blazers — that would have moved Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley appears to be dying if not already dead and lying in a ditch somewhere.

2:43: It appears the Hornets will not make a deal to move center Chris Kaman before the deadline, with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo confirming. Now, if the Hornets were a normal team they would try to reach a buyout deal with Kaman in the next few days. However, with the league owning the team that may well not happen. Why? Because the Miami Heat would be primary suitors of a free agent Kaman and the other owners don’t want that to happen. (Think I’m kidding? Remember the Chris Paul to the Lakers deal and how the other owners killed that?)

2:40 pm: Also on the Sessions to the Lakers deal — Los Angeles also will send Jason Kapono to Cleveland.

2:39 pm: Knew their had to be more, along with Richard Jefferson Golden State got a first round pick from the Spurs, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo.

2:34 pm: Now we have the details on the Marcus Camby to Houston trade: Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn and a second round pick go back to Portland. Before you think Portland got hosed here, Thabeet and Flynn have team options for next year, so the Blazers just cleared some cap space. Still, love this deal for Houston.

2:30 pm: The rumor has become official — Stephen Jackson has been traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Richard Jefferson. Marc Spears of Yahoo was first with the story. Curious to see if a pick is included because Jackson’s deal is expiring but Jefferson has one more year left.

2:25 pm: The Houston Rockets have gotten the center they wanted — Marcus Camby from the Portland Trail Blazers. Not sure yet what is headed back to the Pacific Northwest. But this is a good deal for Houston — they needed a defensive minded big in the paint. Tough out in the playoffs for whoever gets them.

2:18 pm: The Lakers getting Sessions would seem to mean they are ready to ship out Steve Blake in a three-team deal (Lakers get Michael Beasley, Minnesota gets Jamal Crawford). The Lakers also would have to send out a pick or some other kind of sweetener in that deal. The Lakers could stand to lose a point guard off the roster now. Reports are those talks are still going on.

2:03 pm: ESPN’s Ric Bucher is reporting that a Stephen Jackson for Richard Jefferson trade is being discussed. Not sure why the Spurs would do that, other than to save money.

2:00 pm: One hour remains until the trade deadline.

1:46 pm: The Lakers/Cavaliers deal actually shakes out to be Ramon sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers, Luke Walton and the Lakers first round pick to the Cavaliers. That may be more than the Lakers wanted to pay, but with a good point guard now they are maybe the second best team in the West. Or at least in that discussion.

1:32 pm: The Lakers have gotten a point guard by trading for Ramon Sessions of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. The cost is one of the Lakers first round draft picks this year (the Lakers have two, they keep the Dallas pick from the Lamar Odom trade).  L.A. was reluctant to give either of those up as they are key parts of their strategy to lower their salary levels and tax payments in future years. But they needed a point guard more. Sessions can opt out of his contract after this season.

1:25 pm: The Nets/Blazers trade we talked about earlier is not official (and is now officially the biggest trade of the day. The Nets get Gerald Wallace. The Trail Blazers get the expiring contract of Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 first round pick that is top three protected. Not a great trade for the Nets, but they did something and their starting five just got better.

Good enough to keep Deron Williams….. probably not. But that is another day.

1:02 pm: Boston is trying to trade Jermaine O’Neal — well, mostly his expiring contract — in a package deal. If it falls through, O’Neal wants the Celtics to buy him out. Reports are the Heat (desperate for a true big man due to playoff matchups) would have interest in picking him up if he does get bought out.

12:49 pm: The deal between the Blazers and Nets would be Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected 1st round pick to Portland; Gerald Wallace to the Nets. That according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That wouldn’t be bad for the Nets. When healthy their starting five would be Deron Williams, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. That’s a playoff team. Not a contender, but a playoff team in the East.

12:29 pm: The Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets are in serious discussions of a deal that would send Gerald Wallace to the Nets, reports Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Nets need to so something to help their roster out and convince Deron Williams to stay. The Trail Blazers would want picks and young players, things the Nets have. There may be a deal to be had there.

12:26 pm: ESPN’s Chris Broussard just said on SportsCenter that he got a text from Dwight Howard saying he signed the papers — he will stay with the Magic for another season.

Which means next trade deadline we may have to do this all over again (his contract will end in the summer of 2013, along with Chris Paul).

12:24 pm: Quick point guard note update: Looks like that Eric Bledsoe is staying put with Clippers. However, the Bobcats are listening to offers for D.J. Augustin. And if anyone is really desperate, Jonny Flynn is still out there.

12:22 pm: Dwight Howard update… there is no update. The Magic are waiting for him, however reportedly they are confident and are making plans for a press conference with him.

11:58: Quick update on the trade of Leandro Barbosa to the Pacers: The Raptors get back veteran guard Anthony Carter as well as a second round pick. The Pacers were going to cut Carter so he’s just a throw in the Raptors can use the rest of the season.

11:55 am: The Nets continue to reject all offers for Deron Williams — and that includes the idea of a Pau Gasol for D-Will trade, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. The Nets apparently rejected that before the season and said they would turn it down again now.

11:38 am: Couple interesting notes via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo:

The Celtics are getting a lot of offers for Ray Allen, some good young players and some first round picks (which teams are very slow to offer this year). The Celtics are holding out for both.

The Hornets had been demanding a first round pick for Chris Kaman and the market would not pay it. Now they are starting to lower their demands, making a deal before the deadline much more likely.

11:11 am: The Indiana Pacers have acquired backup point guard Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. I like it for the Pacers, who get a nice reserve guard who can push the tempo and give them solid minutes behind Darren Collison. The Raptors reportedly will get a second round draft pick in the deal.

11:04 am: One deal to watch, the Nets reportedly are trying to get the expiring contract of Boris Diaw from the Bobcats for Jordan Farmar and Johan Petro. The trade would give the Nets some cap relief this summer as Diaw is an expiring deal, the Bobcats get some players.

Don’t expect the Suns to make a move at the deadline, not with Steve Nash, not with anyone, so reports our own Brett Pollakoff.

10:58 am: We have our first trade of the day — Philadelphia will get Sam Young from the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to Ricky Sanchez, a 2005 second-round pick who currently plays in Argentina, according to Philly.com.

10:38 am: The New Jersey Nets are shooting down all requests for a trade involving Deron Williams, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. They may just try to convince him to stay this summer, in part because they need to — they need a star to open the Brooklyn arena — and in part they couldn’t come close to getting value back for him. Everyone expects him to opt out, the offers would be lowball ones.

10:05 am: We mentioned below that the Celtics have interest in getting J.J. Hickson from the Kings, but ProBasketballDraft is saying watch out for the Nets. (For the record, ProBasketballDraft has no affiliation with this site.)

Celtics GM Danny Ainge does not sound like a guy likely to make a trade today.

9:45 am: Here is where we stand as the morning kicks off:

• Dwight Howard wants to stay with Orlando, but the paperwork is not formally filed yet.

• A three-team trade that would send Jamal Crawford to the Timberwolves (from the Trail Blazers), Michael Beasley to the Lakers (from the Timberwolves) and Steve Blake plus a pick from the Lakers to the Trail Blazers is reportedly near completion. There have been some hang-ups about exactly what the pick would be, but this deal is close according to multiple reports from various teams involved. There have been reports the Lakers wanted Luke Ridnour in this deal, but with Ricky Rubio out for the season it’s hard to see Minnesota giving him up.

• The Pacers are going to try and make another run at getting Chris Kaman from the Hornets, according to the Indy Star.

• The Celtics are reportedly interested in getting J.J. Hickson out of Sacramento. Don’t bet on this one, hard deal to pull off, but they are talking.

• The Wizards are trying to move JaVale McGee, but are asking a high price, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. Which probably has other GMs laughing. Hard.

• It’s not a trade but we’ll put it here — the Grizzlies are going to work out and have interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to the Commercial-Appeal.

Report: Doc Rivers says Clippers not interested in moving Blake Griffin

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NBA general managers are vultures — if they see an opportunity to buy low on a player, they circle and hope to pick off a meal.

You can be sure Clippers’ GM Doc Rivers phone was full of those calls starting soon after the word leaked of Blake Griffin required surgery on his hand after punching a team employee. The vultures have called with lowball offers, and even when shot down some teams have made sure word of their call leaked out in a “look how hard we are working to get you a star” kind of way. It’s good for PR.

The Clippers are not looking to trade Blake Griffin. Right now, at least.

From Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.

Bolch expanded upon that in an article.

The Clippers have fielded calls involving various trade proposals but remain reluctant to part with a cornerstone of their franchise and a player who, at age 26, was having possibly his best season before he was sidelined by a quadriceps injury the day after Christmas and subsequently a broken hand sustained in a scuffle with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi.

Right now the vultures are circling, and lowball offers are all the Clippers will get — they couldn’t come close to getting value back. This season the Clippers will get Griffin healthy and hope they can make a deep playoff run.

If the Clippers are bounced in the first or second round this spring, they have some soul searching to do — can the core of Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan beat the Golden State Warriors? If they feel the answer is no, then they must consider changes. And if they were to shake up the core, Griffin may be the most movable piece — plus the Clippers have shown they can play well without him.

However, the Clippers may try to upgrade the pieces around that core and make one more run at the Warriors, then consider breaking things up in 2017 if it doesn’t work out. It’s hard to put together a core as good as the Clippers have right now, and breaking it up comes with great risk. They are not just going to leap blindly off that cliff.

The bottom line is, any Griffin trade rumors you hear up until Draft night, and likely beyond that, are more teams trying to look good to their fan bases than valid trade talks.

Robert Horry says Stephen Curry better offensively than peak Kobe Bryant

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Stephen Curry has a long road ahead to walk away from the game with the resume and legacy that Kobe Bryant will leave with come April.

But is he already a bigger threat on offense than Kobe ever was?

Former NBA player, Kobe teammate, and Lakers studio guy Robert Horry said yes, while on SiriusXM NBA Radio with host Justin Termine. Here is his quote (hat tip Hoopshype):

“Kobe in his prime really wasn’t that great of a three-point shooter. He was a drive, get-to-the-hole, dunk-on-you type of guy. Steph can drive and float you. He can shoot it from half court. You have to guard him at all times.”

Peak Kobe on offense (the 2006-07 season, I would say) averaged 31.6 points and 5.4 assists per game, with a true shooting percentage of 58 percent and a usage rate of 33.6. This season Curry is averaging 29.8 points and 6.4

This season Curry is averaging 29.8 points and 6.4 assists, with a true shooting percentage of 68.2 percent and a usage rate of 32.3.

There are a lot of difficulties in comparing the apples and oranges of those seasons, but we can safely say that because of the three ball Curry is a more efficient scorer than Kobe ever was. He is certainly more dangerous that way. I agree that Curry creates more problems on offense because of how his shooting stretches the defense, plus he can drive the lane.

Kobe, at his peak, was a better defender than Curry. (Curry is better than some critics want to give him credit for, he led the NBA in steals last season, but he does it more within a team system where he is solid, he is not the lock-down wing defender Bryant was back in the day.)

I hate comparing all-time greats and saying X is better than Y, because the game evolves and situations are different. Kobe will walk away from the game this summer one of the all-time greats, no question. We’re a long way from knowing Curry’s final legacy, but it will be as probably the greatest shooter and one of the greatest offensive forces the game has known. A guy built for today’s NBA rules and style.

Maybe we could just try to enjoy both and not compare.

Snowed-out Jazz/Wizards game rescheduled for Feb. 18

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We haven’t seen a back-to-back-to-back in the NBA since the lockout season, when the league tried to cram 66 games in after Christmas.

The Washington Wizards have one now.

The Utah at Washington game originally scheduled for Jan. 23, which was snowed out because of a major storm hitting the Eastern seaboard, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern at Verizon Center.

That makes the Wizards’ schedule:

Feb. 18: vs. Utah
Feb. 19: vs. Detroit
Feb. 20: at Miami

The Jazz have a back-to-back as well, facing Boston on the 19th.

Mike Conley does not crush Knicks free agent dreams, says everything on table

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When you talk about the most underrated players in the NBA, especially with the casual fan, Mike Conley is at the top of the list. The Grizzlies’ point guard has played at an All-Star level for a few seasons now but hasn’t gotten the recognition, in part because it’s Memphis and in part because the West is stacked with quality point guards.

The New York Knicks desperately need an upgrade at the point.

Which has led to the latest fantasy of seemingly every Knick fan (and talking head in the city) — the free agent Conley coming to New York this summer. When asked about it Friday before the Grizzlies and Knicks squared off, Conley didn’t kill the rumors (which in New York is like throwing gasoline on them). Here are his quotes, via Ian Begley of ESPN.

“I think everything will be on the table when that time comes,” Conley said Friday morning after the Grizzlies’ shootaround at Madison Square Garden. “I haven’t committed to anything…

“They’ve got talent, obviously,” he said. “I think [Kristaps] Porzingis surprised a lot of people. He’s going to be very, very good in this league. He already is pretty good. But he’s going to grow each year, and they already have one of the best small forward in Melo [Carmelo Anthony]. They’ve got a young team, so they’ve got a lot of room to improve.”

The smart money is on Conley staying in Memphis, the only NBA team he has ever played for. Conley was very active last summer in recruiting Marc Gasol to remain in Memphis, and has said it would be very difficult to leave him. Plus the Grizzlies can offer more money — one more guaranteed year plus larger raises.

The Knicks will need to lose some salary before July 1 just to offer Conley a max, which likely starts around $24 million (depends on the final salary cap number). What the Knicks can offer is a larger stage for his brand and the chance to bring that brand out of the shade of Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Conley — who is averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 assists per game, is shooting 35 percent from three, is good on the pick-and-roll, plus is one of the best defensive point guards in the game — will have plenty of other suitors as well. He’s one of the best players on the free agent market this summer.