Danny Granger’s trade from the Indiana Pacers to the Philadelphia 76ers was the most significant on Thursday as big names rumoured to be on the move went nowhere before the National Basketball Association’s trade deadline.
The Sixers picked up Granger and a second-round pick in exchange for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen just before the trade window shut at 3 p.m. ET, with other teams opting for roster tweaks rather than blockbuster deals.
The 30-year-old Granger, an All-Star in 2009, has been hampered by injuries in recent years and missed most of last season after undergoing knee surgery. He lost his prominent role in Indianapolis with the emergence of Paul George.
This season, Granger has played in only 29 games because of a calf injury and is averaging 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Pacers.
Among the high-priced talent rumoured to shopped around in potential moves ahead of Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers centre Pau Gasol and New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert both remained in their current uniforms as the deadline passed.
The Miami Heat made one of the first moves of the day, sending guard Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a protected 2015 second-round pick and cash.
Mason, who averaged three points in 25 games for the Heat this season, is expected to be bought out by the Kings to free up a roster spot ahead of the March 1 buyout deadline.
In other moves, the 76ers traded centre Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round draft picks, forward Earl Clark and centre Henry Sims.
Hawes, 25, has averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Sixers this season and would give the Cavaliers an inside-outside scoring threat.
The Clippers traded former All-Star forward Antawn Jamison to the Atlanta Hawks, while the Denver Nuggets shipped veteran point guard Andre Miller to the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team deal.
Miller has not played since he was suspended by the Nuggets last month after an altercation with coach Brian Shaw.
Miller, who turns 38 next month, has played with five teams over 15 NBA seasons. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 assists for the Nuggets this season.
The Wizards are under pressure from owner Ted Leonsis to end their playoff drought, with both team president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman in the final year of their contracts. Washington is currently fifth in the watered-down Eastern Conference, but the team has lost five of seven to fall two games under .500.
The Wizards will be counting on Miller to add depth to a rotation that has been shrinking during the season, with Wittman asking more from All-Star John Wall and other starters while relying less on the bench. Maynor, acquired last summer to be Wall’s backup, has disappeared almost entirely, having played just seven minutes in the last 27 games.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Bobcats acquired guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien.
The Toronto Raptors were active on the margins of the day’s activity, acquiring guard Nando De Colo from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for seldom-used guard/forward Austin Daye.
With a report from The Associated Press