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NBA: Wizards acquire Nene, move JaVale McGee, Nick Young in three-way deal (SportingNews)

March 15, 2012

The Washington Wizards have acquired Nene from the Denver Nuggets in a three-way deal that sends JaVale McGee to Denver and Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Washington Post, reporting that the trade was close, says the deal would also send Wizards forward Ronny Turiaf to Denver and Clippers forward Brian Cook and a draft pick to Washington. 

Nene, 29, is averaging 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds so far this season after passing on several other offers in free agency to sign a five-year, $67 deal with the Nuggets. Last season, the 6-11 power forward led the NBA in field-goal percentage.

"I understood it's a business but friends, family, trust, care, you're not going to find in another place," Nene said at the time. "(Owner) Josh (Kroenke) and (GM) Masai (Ujiri), they told me you're very important and they showed me. I sat down with my family, with my friends and we made the smart decision.

"I feel good here. I love Denver. I've said in the past I wanted to be here and here I am. I feel like a rookie right now and it's exciting to think about reaching another big goal and bringing the Denver Nuggets to the top."

McGee, 23, is an extremely talented 7-footer who, at times, seems to make inexplicable decisions; this season alone, he has run back on defense while his team had the ball; thrown an alley-oop to himself on a fast break; and goaltended a ball several rows into the stands.

The Wizards, according to multiple reports, had quietly made the former first-round pick available in recent days. He's averaging 11.8 pounds, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

Young, 26, is another former first-round pick who has produced (16.6 points per game) with serious asterisks (.406 field-goal percentage). He'll attempt to fill the Clippers' hole at shooting guard created by Chancey Billups' injury.

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NBA: Lakers trade Derek Fisher to Rockets for Jordan Hill (SPORTINGNEWS)

March 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers have sent longtime point guard Derek Fisher and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for power forward Jordan Hill, according to multiple reports.

The deal was first reported by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle

Derek Fisher, right, is headed to the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)

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The move comes in the wake of Los Angeles' acquisition of point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fisher, drafted in 1996 along with Kobe Bryant, has played all but three of his NBA seasons for the Lakers and has won five NBA championships with the franchise.

Hill, 23, is averaging 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Rockets this season. He was the No. 8 pick in 2009 by the New York Knicks, who traded him to Houston midway through his rookie year. His career averages are 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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NBA: Warriors trade Stephen Jackson to Spurs for Richard Jefferson (Boston Herald)

March 15, 2012

OAKLAND, Calif. — A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Golden State Warriors have agreed to trade Stephen Jackson to the San Antonio Spurs for small forward Richard Jefferson.

Golden State acquired Jackson — who helped the Warriors reach the second round of the playoffs in 2007 — and center Andrew Bogut from the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. There was immediate thought that the Warriors would then try to deal Jackson by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

The 31-year-old Jefferson is averaging 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season for the Spurs.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/other_nba/view/20120315source_warriors_trade_stephen_jackson_to_spurs_for_richard_jefferson/srvc=sports&position=also

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NBA: Dwight Howard staying with Magic (YAHOO)

March 15, 2012

By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

Dwight Howard will remain with the Orlando Magic for at least one more season after formally waiving the early termination option in his contract, team officials told Yahoo! Sports.

Howard’s decision is a big victory for the Magic and capped a wild week that saw Howard flip-flop about his future intentions until the final hours before the NBA’s trade deadline. By waiving the option, Howard will remain under contract with the Magic through the 2012-13 season and postpone his free agency for at least one more summer.

Way back in training camp, Howard had asked the Magic to trade him and gave them three preferred destinations: the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets had always ranked first on Howard’s list, league sources said, until he started second-guessing his desire to leave Orlando.

After Howard repeatedly changed his mind Wednesday on whether to sign a waiver for his contract’s early termination option for the 2012-13 season – he told Magic officials he would be back next season then told them later in the day he wouldn’t commit to signing the waiver, allowing him to enter free agency on July 1 – he delivered a late-night interview to a basketball website that incredibly reversed course again.

Howard told RealGM he would sign the paperwork for the waiver to remain with the Magic through the 2012-13 season and forgo free agency.

“Man, listen, you know my heart, my soul and everything I have is in Orlando,” Howard told RealGM. “I just can’t leave it behind.”

Howard also said in the interview that he had received “bad advice” in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

“I apologize for this circus I have caused to the fans of our city,” he said. “They didn’t deserve none of this.”

[ Also: Mike D’Antoni resigns as Knicks coach after skid ]

Several of Howard’s advisers and other members of his inner circle were unaware of his change of heart until early Thursday morning.

Prior to Howard’s interview, the Magic hurriedly explored the trade options for their All-Star center and engaged the New Jersey Nets on a potential blockbuster deal, sources said. The Magic weren’t willing to end trade discussions until Howard made a commitment to stay long-term with the franchise. They fear losing him in free agency without receiving any real compensation. Orlando officials weren’t expected to suspend trade talks until Howard followed through with his pledge to sign the waiver form.

As one Western Conference executive told Yahoo! Sports. “This is a historic debacle.”

After telling reporters Tuesday night that he hoped to remain with the Magic through the end of the season, Howard reiterated the same message to teammates at a meeting in San Antonio on Wednesday. Howard told teammates that he was “all in” for the rest of the season then proceeded to tell each player what he needed to do for the Magic to win the championship this season, three players told Y! Sports. Howard didn’t commit in the meeting to staying beyond this season.

Howard later had lunch with three teammates in which he told them he planned to opt into the final year of his contract and would remain with the team through next season, a league source said. Howard called Magic CEO Alex Martins from the table and also informed him of his intentions, the source said.

For Howard to eliminate the early termination option from his contract, both he and his agent, Dan Fegan, had to sign waiver paperwork. Before the Magic’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Howard told team officials he wouldn’t be signing the forms.

“Dwight doesn’t want to be the bad guy,” one source involved in the process said of Howard’s past 24 hours. “He doesn’t want to be unpopular. He flaked out.”

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_dwight_howard_magic_031412

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NBA: Wallace Trade Fits Portland Plan (HoopsWorld)

March 15, 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets have agreed in principle (pending league approval) to send forward Gerald Wallace to the Nets in exchange for injured center Mehmet Okur, forward Shawne Williams, and a protected 2012 first-round pick.

The deal was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The pick is New Jersey’s own, top-three protected.

The Blazers came into this trade deadline with the plan to clear the contracts of players not part of their future from their 2012-13 cap. Wallace has a $9.5 Player Option he could exercise. Williams also has a Player Option, but for only $3.1 million.

The net result for the Blazers is they have a higher cap figure for 2011-12 (an additional $4.1 million, putting them just under the luxury tax line) but clear an additional $6.4 million for next season (the difference between Wallace and Williams) while also getting themselves a lottery pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent history.

Depending on how Williams fits in the rest of this season, he may be encouraged to decline invoking his Player Option and become a free agent this July.

If Williams stays with the Blazers they will be roughly $22 million under the cap this summer before they re-sign Nicolas Batum and pay two first-round picks (their own and this one from Jersey). They are still trying to trade Jamal Crawford’s $5.2 million Player Option in 2012-13 for an ending contract as well, which would clear more cap space.

The short-term lineup impact for the Blazers will have Batum moving back his natural small forward position in the starting lineup and Wesley Matthews should move back to starting at shooting guard. Okur, who hasn’t played since January 25th with back issues, likely won’t figure too much into Portland’s rotation, at least initially. Williams will come off the bench behind Batum, but the Blazers may decide to see what second-year forward Luke Babbitt can give them on a nightly basis, forcing Williams to compete for minutes.

Portland will have to waive a player to clear a roster spot. It could be Okur, injured center Greg Oden, or reserve forward Chris Johnson.

Stay tuned – Portland probably isn’t done yet.

From a New Jersey perspective, this fits their goals too. With Dwight Howard no longer a trade possibility and not a free agent until 2013, they need to add talent to Deron Williams to keep him around and defer their potential cap space to 2013. Adding Wallace works to that end, but the cost of the lottery pick has to be considered high, though they do still have Houston’s 2012 first-round pick (top-14 protected).

A healthy lineup of Williams, rookie MarShon Brooks, Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez isn’t a team to discount in the East, if they do in fact put that team on the floor. The Nets may not be done yet either.

FROM: http://www.hoopsworld.com/wallace-trade-fits-portland-plan

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NBA: Ramon Sessions to Lakers (ESPN)

March 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-player deal that will bring the Cavs the Lakers' 2012 first-round pick, according to league sources.

The Cavs also will send young wing player Christian Eyenga to the Lakers and veteran forward Luke Walton will be going to the Cavs. The Lakers' will keep their draft pick this year if they miss the playoffs. As part of the deal, the Lakers also will have the right to swap first-round draft position in 2013 with the Miami Heat's first round pick, which the Cavs own.

Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavs this season and fills a need for the Lakers, who have been in the market for a true point guard. Sessions is earning $4.2 million this season and is scheduled to earn $4.5 million next season, which is his option.

Walton, who has battled injuries over the last several years, has one year and $6.1 million left on his contract -- he's played in just nine games this year. Eyenga has played in just six games and has spent time in the D-League.

FROM: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7691006/sources-los-angeles-lakers-get-pg-ramon-sessions-cleveland-cavaliers

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NBA: Saints add OG Ben Grubbs (ESPN)

March 15, 2012

The New Orleans Saints have found their replacement for Carl Nicks.

The Saints on Thursday signed former Baltimore Ravens guard Ben Grubbs to a five-year, $36 million deal that includes a $10 million signing bonus and $16 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Nicks on Wednesday left the Saints to sign a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the division-rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Ravens tried to re-sign Grubbs before he hit free agency, but Grubbs knew the demand for him would be high. The Ravens, perhaps prepared to lose Grubbs, are hosting Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis for a free-agent visit on Thursday.

Quarterback Drew Brees told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was disappointed to lose Nicks.

"That's tough. Tough to lose him, period -- even tougher to watch him go to a divisional opponent in Tampa," Brees said. "He's been a mainstay for four years on the offensive line, a huge part of that Super Bowl run, and you're happy for a guy like that who's certainly worked hard. You hate to see him go, but that's the nature of our league and this business, and when you draft guys and they become great players, I guess it's impossible to keep them all."

Nicks made the Pro Bowl in New Orleans the past two seasons and is considered one of the best pass blockers in the NFL. He said Wednesday that he's excited that Bucs coach Greg Schiano's blueprint for success revolves around what the coach hopes will be a productive running game that'll take some of the pressure off quarterback Josh Freeman.

"We were pass first, pass second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth," Nicks said, adding that it will be "interesting" facing his old team twice a year in the NFC South.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7690001/new-orleans-saints-replace-carl-nicks-og-ben-grubbs-source-says

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NBA: D’Antoni Resigns as Knicks’ Coach (NY Times)

March 14, 2012

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the Knicks, a move that comes as the team has spiraled downward in a losing streak that threatens its chances of qualifying for the N.B.A. playoffs.

D’Antoni was in his fourth season as the team’s coach and just weeks ago was jubilant over the surprise emergence of Jeremy Lin as a point guard who could orchestrate the team’s offense in the up-tempo way that D’Antoni envisioned.

But the subsequent return from injury of Carmelo Anthony, a star player who never seemed in sync with D’Antoni’s vision that no one offensive player should dominate the ball, quickly soured the Knicks’ situation.

Instead of Linsanity, and Sports Illustrated covers devoted to Lin, there was the old, and familiar, intrigue about whether Anthony and D’Antoni could co-exist. On Wednesday morning, Anthony denied to reporters that he was asking the Knicks for a trade. Instead, hours later, D’Antoni resigned.

FROM: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/sports/basketball/mike-dantoni-resigns-as-knicks-coach.html

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NBA: Bucks Trade Jackson, Bogut to Warriors, Monta Ellis to Bucks (ABC/AP Source)

March 13, 2012

By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer

 A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors.

The Bucks will receive guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, the person confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the deal on its website Tuesday night.

The trade represents a parting of the ways between the Bucks and Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft who has struggled with injuries. It also allows the Bucks to rid themselves of Jackson, who had fallen out of favor with coach Scott Skiles.

FROM: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/ap-source-bucks-trade-jackson-bogut-warriors-15914664#.T1_wK3miZWA

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NBA: Magic Still Trying To Sign Dwight Howard, Not Prepared To Trade Him

March 2, 2012

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins told Yahoo! Sports that they are still attempting to convince center Dwight Howard to sign a long-term deal with the club, and have not yet begun the process of preparing to trade him. (MORE>>>)

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NBA: LeBron James 38 Points vs Blazers Highlights 3-1-2012 (VIDEO)

March 2, 2012

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NBA: Dwyane Wade 33 points vs Blazers Highlights 3-1-2012 (VIDEO)

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NBA: Kevin Durant 38 Points vs Magic Highlights 3-2-2012 (VIDEO)

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NBA: Dwight Howard Asks Magic For PG Steve Nash

March 1, 2012

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has asked the front office to pursue 16-year veteran and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, according to CBS Sports.

Sources close to the situation say that Howard will not exercise his early termination option if the Magic are able to acquire Nash.

Howard made headlines prior to the season when he requested that the Magic trade him. Prior to that demand, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year stated that if Orlando is unable to surround him with a  championship caliber team, that he would opt out of his existing contract and become a free-agent this offseason. The Magic made the decision not to move Howard in December with the hopes that they could convince him to stay. (MORE>>>)

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NBA: Dwight Howard and other deal ideas

January 31, 2012

ESPN- February is on our doorstep, yet we're still waiting and watching to see if and when Dwight Howard will be dealt. In addition to a prospective Superman swap, our 5-on-5 crew takes a look at some potential deals.

1. Should the Magic trade Dwight Howard by the March 15 deadline?...(MORE>>>)

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