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The smaller deals: A trade rumor update as deadline nears

Feb 19, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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We told you, the big deals we love to talk about are not as likely to happen this year. There’s a lot of buzz about the Celtics but if you were around Kevin Garnett at all All-Star weekend you saw a guy adamant he is not waiving he no trade clause. The Lakers are not moving Dwight Howard and nobody is taking the injured Pau Gasol. The Clippers likely hold on to Eric Bledsoe. And so on and so on….

But there will be a lot of smaller deals as the deadline nears. Here is a Tuesday morning roundup of things you might be on the lookout for.

• The Thunder are shopping backup point guard Eric Maynor around, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. While he has struggled and been injured the past couple seasons he has potential and is a restricted free agent this summer — some team is going to offer more tan the Thunder are willing to pay for him. So they are trying to move him now.

• The Magic will move J.J. Redick before the deadline but the price is a first round pick, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

• There have been multiple reports in recent days that the Timberwolves have been aggressive in trying to add a veteran or two to the roster.

• The Chicago Bulls are just over the luxury tax line and may trade to get under it for a year, especially with uncertainty as to when Derrick Rose returns, reports CBS’s Berger. This is that fear of the repeater tax again and they are putting Richard Hamilton on the block.

• If the Lakers are going to make a move it is likely a small one, and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni would like it to be for Raja Bell, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Not sure that happens, however.

• Golden State is about $1 million over the tax line. With a repeater tax kicking in starting next summer, look for them to make a small move to shed a little salary and get under the line, reports CBS’s Berger.

• If you’re looking for guard help some other guys available are Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour, Phoenix’s Sebastian Telfair and Washington’s Jordan Crawford, according to ESPN’s Stein.

  1. pudgalvin - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Rip Hamilton forgot his jumper in Detroit. Hard to believe the Bulls could move him.

    • dangernearing - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Dont know what you are talking abt his numbers percentage wise are on par with his career averages outside of points per game. And even then he is coming off the bench logging abt 20-25 min per at almost 11pg. Maybe your expectations were out of whack.

      • dangernearing - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        *was

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        You *were right the first time lmao

  2. fballlvr22 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    What else is knew? The Bulls of course need more offense, and they are trying to move one of their offensive threats.

  3. broncobeta - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    “…some team is going to offer more tan the Thunder are willing to pay for him.”

    More tan?

    So Miami?

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