Stars stay home as trade deadline passes
Two dozen players changed teams at the NBA trading deadline Thursday, and none of them was named Dwight Howard or Josh Smith. Few of them even...
Two dozen players changed teams at the NBA trading deadline Thursday, and none of them was named Dwight Howard or Josh Smith. Few of them even had names worth remembering.
No stars were dealt. Indeed, no full-time starters were dealt as a wave of caution and fiscal conservatism swept the league, which is adjusting to a highly restrictive new labor deal.
There was also some faith at work.
The Los Angeles Lakers kept Howard, their moody, noncommittal star center, in the firm belief they can re-sign him this summer. The Atlanta Hawks kept Smith, their volatile forward, although he, too, can leave in July. And the Boston Celtics kept every member of their core, giving Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett one more shot at a championship run.
So the day and the headlines belonged to J.J. Redick, a sweet-shooting veteran guard who was sent from Orlando to Milwaukee in what qualified as the biggest deal on a dreary day. Redick is averaging 15.1 points and 4.4 assists while converting 39 percent of his three-pointers, mostly as a bench player. The Bucks sorely need bench scoring as they try to hang onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
The Bucks also acquired center Gustavo Ayon and guard Ish Smith from Orlando while sending guards Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb and forward Tobias Harris to the Magic.
The Oklahoma City Thunder moved to bolster its perimeter defense by acquiring Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a second-round pick. The Thunder also sent Eric Maynor, a backup point guard, to the Portland Trail Blazers.
• LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the host Chicago Bulls 86-67 for their season-high ninth straight win. James also had seven assists in another big performance after ending his franchise-record seven-game streak of scoring at least 30 the previous night in Atlanta.
• The New York Knicks signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract and hope to keep him all season.