NBA teams rushed to beat the trade deadline on Thursday (Feb. 19), and many made moves.
One of the biggest trades included Phoenix Suns star guard Goran Dragic, who was shipped to the Miami Heat.
The 28-year-old hit the trading block this week after he told the team he wouldn’t re-sign this summer. According to Yahoo Sports, Dragic was sent to Miami in exchange for Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and two first-round picks.
The Suns also completed a trade with the Boston Celtics, who get point guard Isaiah Thomas in exchange for shooting guard Marcus Thornton and a first-round draft pick.
With both Thomas and Dragic out of the way, guard Eric Bledsoe will become THE point guard for the Suns.
One of the other big moves comes from the Brooklyn Nets, who ship veteran Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves… the team he began his career with. KG goes to Minnesota in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Garnett was drafted out of high school in 1995 by the T-Wolves, where it looks like he’ll play out what may be his final NBA season.
Elsewhere around the league, Oklahoma City Thunder Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal. The Thunder get Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak, Pistons forward Kyle Singler and guard D.J. Augustin, while OKC center Kendrick Perkins is shipped to the Jazz.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns have also completed a three-team deal, in which Brandon Knight will be sent to Phoenix, Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis to Milwaukee and draft picks to Philadelphia.
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Arron Afflalo from the Denver Nuggets, as part of a package involving five players and a first-round draft pick. In exchange the Blazers will send Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, Victor Claver and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Nuggets for Afflalo and Alonzo Gee.
In a separate trade, the Nuggets traded JaVale McGee to the Philadelphia 76ers, to help clear up more salary space. By unloading the big man, it creates an $11.2 million trade exception for the Nuggets, who will also clear the $12 million McGee had coming to him next season from their books. To get the deal done, the 76ers will acquire the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2015 first-round pick, which the Nuggets got in an earlier trade for Timofey Mozgov.
The Sacramento Kings swapped backup point guards with the Washington Wizards, sending Ramon Sessions to D.C. in exchange for Andre Miller.
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