Okay, folks, I figure it makes sense to have an open thread for today’s NBA Trade Deadline.
So far, the biggest news is that Dwight Howard is, indeed, opting in for one more year in Orlando. Of course, that only means that he cannot sign with another team as a free agent this offseason. It does not mean that the Magic might be forced to trade him after this season, whether in the offseason or during next year’s trade deadline.
The Nets, for one, believe that they still have a shot at Howard during the summer. To that end, they are trying to trade Mehmet Okur, Extra E Williams (or Petro) and a Top 3 protected first rounder to Portland for Gerald Wallace. Risky move there, if it goes down.
The Lakers are apparently close to a deal for Michael Beasley, in a three-way deal with Minnesota and Portland, where Jamal Crawford ends up in Minny and Steve Blake ends up in Portland (along with the Mavericks’ 1st rounder). That is not a done deal yet.
Leandro Barbosa was traded to the Pacers for a pick.
Sam Young was traded to Philly for the rights to Ricky Sanchez, a Philly second-rounder from a few years back.
That’s it so far! But I’m sure there will be more to come, and you can talk about it here.