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N.B.A. Trades: The Stars Stay Put as Deadline Passes

February 24, 2017 2:11 AM
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As the clock passed the 3 p.m. trade deadline, N.B.A. fans were waiting impatiently for the blockbuster deals that had been discussed for weeks. One major deal went down: Nerlens Noel is heading to Dallas from Philadelphia.

Some lesser deals were also concluded, but the trades that would remake teams did not materialize.

The Knicks kept Carmelo Anthony, despite speculation otherwise, and a deal that would have sent Derrick Rose to the Timberwolves for Ricky Rubio fell through.

The player who was probably the most talked about over the last week, Paul George, looked like he would be staying with the Pacers even though he can opt out of his contract in 2018.

George, 26, has been with the Pacers for seven seasons, four of them as an All-Star, and two trips to the conference finals. He bounced back from a serious leg injury on national team duty to once again average 20 points a game the last two seasons. Losing him would have been be a blow to Pacers fans.

The 76ers are getting trade deadline day started by swapping one of their big men. But it’s not Jahlil Okafor who is leaving town, as many expected. Instead, it’s the defensive ace Nerlens Noel who will go to Dallas. In return, the Sixers will get center Andrew Bogut, 32; swingman Justin Anderson; and a protected first-round pick, according to multiple news media reports citing anonymous sources.

Bogut is in the last year of his contract, and doesn’t seem like a candidate for a long-term stay in Philly.

After a brief experiment with winning some games, the Sixers seem to have returned to the days of dumping assets. They traded Ersan Ilyasova, their second leading scorer, to the Hawks on Wednesday. In return they got 32-year-old Tiago Splitter, who is injured and hasn’t played this season. Okafor could still go, too, maybe to the Bulls. Somewhere, Sam Hinkie is smiling.

Dallas has had a tough year, but with Dirk Nowitzki playing again and a 22-year-old center of promise like Noel joining the team, things could be looking up.

After weeks of breathless speculation about his future, Carmelo Anthony is sticking with the Knicks.

Thursday afternoon’s N.B.A. trade deadline passed without movement involving Anthony, despite the team’s willingness to engage potential trade partners. Any potential deals for Anthony would have been complicated by the no-trade clause he has in his contract, meaning he would have needed to approve the deal.

Anthony, 32, is averaging 23.4 points and 6 rebounds a game this season while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. But he has had a turbulent relationship with Phil Jackson, the team president, who had indicated through social media posts that he was willing to move on from Anthony and rebuild around a young core headlined by Kristaps Porzingis, their 21-year-old power forward.

The Knicks, who have been struggling again this season, were 23-34 ahead of their game Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony was expected to be in uniform.

The second biggest deal of the day was a multiplayer deal between The Thunder and Bulls. Oklahoma City gets starting forward Taj Gibson and a backup, Doug McDermott. Chicago gets rookie Cameron Payne, plus backups Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, Yahoo Sports reported. Also, Deron Williams, 32, was waived by the Dallas Mavericks and was said to be looking to join the Cavaliers.

■ The Cavaliers did not make a major deal to give LeBron James some more help for the playoffs.


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