NEW YORK – The only trade involving Dwight Howard came last summer. The potent scorers who moved did so long ago.
There was no eye-catching activity left for deadline day, resulting in minor deals Thursday to the disappointment of those hoping for a frenzy.
Josh Smith stayed put and the Boston Celtics’ core stayed together, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be traded.
There were nine moves, nothing approaching a blockbuster and none to jump-start the Lakers.
I don’t think I’ve seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever, said Houston general manager Daryl Morey, who completed two trades Wednesday. But I think it’s a one-year blip.
Atlanta held onto Smith, and Utah kept both Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson on a day when much attention was focused on both situations, since those players have value and could leave their teams this summer as free agents.
The long-shot deals never materialized. Howard remained in Los Angeles, just what Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak repeatedly said would happen.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will continue wearing Celtic green, as will Rajon Rondo when he’s healthy.
The Celtics made one deal, acquiring guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for center Jason Collins and injured guard Leandro Barbosa.
Golden State sent forward Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta and guard Charles Jenkins to Philadelphia in separate deals, slicing more than $1.5 million off its payroll after beginning the day about $1.2 million over the league’s $70,307,000 luxury tax.
Rebuilding after trading Howard, the Magic decided Redick wasn’t in their plans while averaging career highs in points (15.1) and field goal percentage (45.0). He was traded along with center Gustavo Ayon and reserve point guard Ish Smith to the Bucks in exchange for guards Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, and forward Tobias Harris.
The New York Knicks traded Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City to open a roster spot that will be used to give Kenyon Martin a 10-day contract. The Hawks couldn’t find a good enough deal for Smith, who had largely been considered the biggest name that would move, and settled for sending Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones.
Morey may have pulled off the most intriguing move this week when he acquired Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft, from Sacramento.
HEAT 86, BULLS 67: In Chicago, LeBron James scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Miami extended its winning streak to nine.
James also had seven assists in another big performance after seeing his franchise-record run of scoring at least 30 end at seven games Wednesday night in Atlanta.