- The 2018 NBA trade deadline has come and gone. The Crossover rounded up the latest rumors and buzz and dished live analysis on everything that happened around the league.
The 2018 NBA trade deadline has come and gone.
After a number of big names were rumored to possibly change teams, from DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker to Tyreke Evans, the Cleveland Cavaliers stole the show, trading seven players to four different teams and completely overhauling their roster.
With a limited number of teams expected to have salary cap space this summer, the trade deadline featured several different types of moves. Many organizations looked to shed dollars off their cap sheets and tax bill, while others looked to retool for the postseason or buy low on younger players to add into development programs.
The Crossover's live blog kept up-to-the-minute updates on the latest news and provided instant analysis from our staff of writers and NBA experts. The following is a reverse-chronological running diary of deadline day. For more rumors on the impending buyout market, click here. To check out every completed trade, click here.
3:20 p.m.: Trade deadline closes: DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker, Tyreke Evans stay put
As the buzzer sounded at 3 p.m. ET., Thursday's trade activity came to a resounding hush during the activity's final hour. The Clippers opted to keep DeAndre Jordan, who will likely decline his player option for next season and enter free agency. In the most surprising development of the day, the Grizzlies ultimately held on to Tyreke Evans, unable to draw a first-round pick that once appeared highly like towards the end of last week. Memphis began telling teams around 2:45 ET they were keeping Evans. The Hornets remained quiet after Kemba Walker, Nic Batum and Jeremy Lamb were heavily rumored and discussed leading up to the deadline. During the final 50 minutes before the deadline, the buyout market emerged as more attractive to many teams rather than sacrificing a future pick to add reinforcements. Joe Johnson, Johnny O'Bryant, Willie Reed, Okaro White, Brice Johnson, Derrick Rose, Rashad Vaughn and Sheldon Mac are all players dealt before the deadline that could reach a buyout agreement with their new teams and hit free agency. Unmoved Players like Marco Bellineli, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Courtney Lee and Shabazz Muhammad are also buyout candidates. Teams have until Mar. 1 to sign a bought-out player before he loses playoff eligibility. The next three weeks could ultimately play a large factor in shaping the postseason picture. — Jake Fischer
2:06 p.m.: Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks
The Knicks, Mavericks and Nuggets have agreed on a three-team deal that will send Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will also land Devin Harris in Denver and Doug McDermott in Dallas. This deal makes sense for Denver, who realized Mudiay was not the point guard of the future and needed a solid backup. For McDermott, a former first-round pick of the Bulls, this could mean more opportunity on a Dallas team that is clearly rebuilding. – DeAntae Prince
1:50 p.m.: Bruno Caboclo is heading to the Kings
Finally we can take a bit of a breather and discuss a trade that doesn't involve the Cleveland facelift. Bruno Caboclo was a longtime pipe dream for Raptors fans, who saw his youth and athleticism as a major upside. Malachi Richardson, a 6'6" guard who lit up the NCAA tournament, was in a similar situation. The Kings picked him in the first round but he rarely played. Perhaps a change of scenery will benefit both players. – DeAntae Prince
1:07 p.m.: Dwyane Wade back to Miami?!?
The Cavaliers are absolutely cleaning house. At this rate, LeBron James will have an entirely new roster when he returns to the court after the trade deadline. Dwyane Wade is yet another player the Cavaliers have shipped away. Wade, a legend with the Miami Heat, will return to South Beach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Heat will send a heavily protected second-round pick to Cleveland in return. The Cavaliers, a team full of veterans at the start of the season, have made it clear that their priority is to add young wings. – DeAntae Prince
1:02 p.m.: Cavs acquire George Hill and Rodney Hood in three-team deal with Kings, Jazz
After the first gigantic move of deadline day, the Cavs added George Hill and Rodney Hood to their artillery of sharp-shooting guards and defensive wings that surround LeBron James. It's a massive deal with a lot of moving parts, adding a lot of context to why the Hill-to-Cleveland talks stalled. Cavs fans may have been annoyed about the delay, but Cleveland was certainly wise to be patient and smooth out each wrinkle of this deal.
Utah will also send Joe Johnson to Sacramento, and Cleveland will send Jae Crowder and Derek Rose to Utah, league sources tell ESPN. Sacramento sends George Hill to the Cavs.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose were, to put it politely, struggling mightily to perform in Cleveland. To replace those two essentially with Hill and Hood is a massive upgrade for the Cavs. It appears that Iman Shumpert will also head to the Kings, with Cleveland receiving a 2020 second-round pick (via Miami) as part of the three-team deal. Once the deal is finished, the Jazz are likely to waive Rose, according to Shams Charania. He could land in Minnesota with Tom Thibodeau, who coached him in Chicago, Marc Stein reports. – Jake Fischer
12:22 p.m.: Pistons trade Brice Johnson for James Ennis, not Dante Cunningham
After the Pistons and Pelicans were in serious talks to swap Brice Johnson and a second-round pick for Dante Cunningham, Detroit ultimately swapped that package for a younger, more versatile, and arguably more talented wing.
Memphis has traded James Ennis to Detroit for Brice Johnson and a second-round pick, league sources tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
It's a very solid move for Detroit, a team that was desperate for greater wing depth and shooting to compliment their frontcourt tandem of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Ennis is a career 36.9% three-point shooter and a long, 6-7 wing that can guard multiple positions. – Jake Fischer
12:05 p.m.: Cleveland trades Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance
Everyone in the league and their mother knew the Lakers were trying to get off Jordan Clarkson's contract, and were willing to attach Larry Nance as a sweetener. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first to break the news. The Cavs sent an interesting package to Los Angeles that includes Isaiah Thomas, whose short time with the Cavaliers was riddled with drama and losses. Veteran Channing Frye will also head to Los Angeles in the trade.
I'm hearing it's Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cavs first to Lakers for Clarkson and Nance.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 8, 2018
It's a deal that makes sense for both sides. Thomas has not returned to his All-Star play since recovering from offseason hip surgery and his expiring contract helps the Lakers get off money for their pursuit of 2018 free agency. The Cavs absorbing Clarkson's contract affirms their commitment to build around LeBron James for the immediate future and, for Cleveland, hopefully beyond. – Jake Fischer
11:55 a.m.: Cavs courting Kemba Walker
Cleveland is staying persistent in trying to construct a Kemba Walker deal, but there remains no traction there, league sources tell ESPN. MIchael Jordan isn't easily parting with Walker.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Due to their recent string of losses, the Cavaliers were expected to be active at the trade deadline. It doesn't seem like they'll disappoint. They're pushing to add Kemba Walker at the trade deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. One thing to keep in mind: Hornets owner Michael Jordan said he wanted an All-Star back in return for Walker. Who would the Cavaliers be willing to part with? We could soon see. – DeAntae Prince
11:16 a.m.: Pistons talking Dante Cunningham
Pistons also in discussions to acquire Dante Cunningham from the Pelicans for Brice Johnson and a 2nd round pick— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) February 8, 2018
League sources told The Crossover on Wednesday night that Dante Cunningham requested a trade. Sources confirmed the talks ongoing between Detroit and New Orleans on Thursday. It is unclear if the Pelicans would keep Johnson at this time. – Jake Fischer
11:08 a.m.: Sound the Trade Alarm!!
Chicago is trading guard Jameer Nelson to Detroit, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2018
Willie Reed, who is serving a suspension, will reportedly head to Chicago in the deal. The trade reunites Stan Van Gundy with Nelson, who coached the guard on his 2009 Orlando Magic team that made the Finals. The Pistons are putting together a squad that should challenge for a playoff spot in the East. (Detroit entered Thursday one game out.) Let the trades begin! – Rohan Nadkarni
10:45 a.m.: Booooooooo
Several teams tell ESPN that they're already easing out of the trade market today to focus on filling needs with what is expected to be a strong post-deadline pool of free agents in the buyout market.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
The worst trade deadlines are the ones with no trades. The NBA is just in a weird spot right now because of the static nature of the salary cap. It looks like it’s hard to move contracts, and teams are reluctant to give up first-round picks. Let’s see if this is just posturing, though. – Rohan Nadkarni
10:09 a.m.: Rodney Hood is the Most Popular Kid in School
Watching Utah today will be fascinating, with some 20 teams said to have inquired about Rodney Hood. Does Dennis Lindsey resist the interest and keep Hood ... but also allow him to become a restricted free agent July 1?— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 8, 2018
Whoa! Hood is a young player with the potential to grow into a pretty solid perimeter piece. He’ll be a restricted free-agent this summer, which means he could be a little expensive to retain in the summer. Still, he would certainly be a nice pickup for numerous teams, so the interest makes sense. The Jazz still have a nice core in place, and loading up for this year's draft is their best long-term play. – Rohan Nadkarni
9:20 a.m.: Spurs, Nuggets Making Noises
This is the extremely good stuff. The Spurs are still in on Avery Bradley, according to Marc Stein. A potential framework for the deal could send Danny Green and a first-round pick to the Clippers for Bradley. I’m not sure how I feel about that move. That seems...lateral at best? Why give up a pick in that situation? The trade only really makes sense if the Spurs are trying to clear cap space for the summer. Hm, I wonder if anyone notable is going to be a free agent?
Meanwhile, Woj says the Denver Nuggets are working the phones on a number of moves. Denver is in on the Tyreke Evans sweeptakes, and are also looking at trades involving Emmanuel Mudiay, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. I would love to see the Nuggets make a move. They desperately need another ball-handler off the bench, and moving Wilson Chandler would open up space in the lineup for Paul Millsap when he returns from injury. We may have some moves yet! – Rohan Nadkarni
8:52 a.m.: The Cavs Are Still Trying?
God bless the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are apparently still trying to win a title this season despite their comically inept defense. The latest scuttlebutt has the Cavs trying to improve that defense with DeAndre Jordan, according to Woj. The DeAndre-to-Cleveland deal has been in the trade ethers for much of the season, and if you squint, it makes sense for the Cavs. They need something—anything—to improve their defense. It won’t bring them closer to the Warriors, but at least a trade would signal to LeBron that Cleveland isn’t going to throw in the towel.
Some 2nd rd. picks to keep an eye on today:— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 8, 2018
Denver- 48, 60
OKC- 52, 58
Philly- 37, 42, 47 and 59
Things are heating up! – Rohan Nadkarni
8:25 a.m.: Paul George is staying put
There's been chatter this season that if the Thunder struggled they might look into trading Paul George before the deadline (and his summer free agency). But with OKC at 31–24 and building some positive momentum (including a recent win over the Warriors), it appears Paul George is staying put for the rest of the season. USA Today's Sam Amick is reporting George is "untouchable" ahead of today's deadline.
With George clicking on offense and turning in a DPOY-worthy campaign, it makes sense for the Thunder to roll the dice on keeping George. They're unlikely to find another star as talented as PG-13 to pair with Westbrook and all signs indicate George is enjoying his time in OKC. — Matt Dollinger
6:50 a.m.: Less talk, more movement!
If you're just waking up, I hate to disappoint you, but there were no blockbuster trades while you were sleeping. Nevertheless, our good friend Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN did reveal some interesting chatter going on around the league while we were all catching some z's:
So far, the Lakers have turned down several teams offering second-round picks for Julius Randle, league sources tell ESPN. No one will offer a first with him headed into restricted free agency.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Teams reaching out to Memphis on Marc Gasol have been consistently shut down, league sources tell ESPN. Grizzlies refuse to discuss trades on the franchise center.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
In addition to the Marc Gasol and Julius Randle non-news, Woj also reports that the Pacers are actively looking to acquire a first-round pick in exchange for absorbing a bad contract (and sending Al Jefferson back as filler). He also tweeted that Memphis is holding out for a first-round pick for Tyreke Evans, but has come up dry so far. It seems like teams are really holding their draft picks tight this year, which could lead to a stagnant (or at least uneventful) deadline.
And in case you thought everything was fine after the Cavaliers' thrilling OT victory last night—well, you were really, really wrong. Isaiah Thomas had to tell reporters after the game that he does not want to be dealt—"I'm tired of being traded"—despite being only 15 games into his Cavaliers career.
The Crossover will keep the updates rolling all day. Be sure to check back! — Matt Dollinger
Midnight: Let the games begin
Welcome to The Crossover’s trade deadline live blog! It’s like Twitter, but not really! In all seriousness, deadline day can be the most exciting day of the NBA season, but it can also be the most frustrating, and it’s the sheer unpredictability of the deadline that makes it so exciting. Two dominos are already off the board (do people put dominos on boards?) with Blake Griffin finding a new home in Detroit, and Lou Williams—an oft-rumored target—staying put in L.A. Here’s how things stand in the first hour of Thursday:
The Spurs are interested in Avery Bradley, reports Marc Stein. The price for Bradley is apparently a first-round pick, but the Spurs would also have to match salary in the deal—would they really give away Danny Green or Rudy Gay to acquire Bradley? I’m not quite sure how San Antonio would make this one work, but the thought of Bradley, Green and eventually Kawhi Leonard roaming the perimeter on defense sounds pretty exciting (Bradley’s troubling on-off numbers notwithstanding.)
There isn’t much else in terms of hot goss at midnight, but there should be many more rumors in the hours to come. If you need badly need a hit, make sure to check out Jake Fischer’s trade deadline FAQ.
Happy trading! — Rohan Nadkarni
Entering Thursday, we've already had a flurry of activity surrounding the trade deadline. In case you've forgotten: