NBA trade deadline tracker: Former MVP Kevin Durant moved to Suns in blockbuster
Star guard Kyrie Irving threw the NBA trade deadline into chaos on Friday with his request to be moved from the Brooklyn Nets to another team before Thursday’s deadline.
The Nets didn't wait long to trade the sought-after All-Star. The Mavs reached a deal to acquire Irving, who has three Finals appearances, a championship, eight All-Star appearances and is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season.
That won't be the only major deal. There is plenty of attention on Phoenix, Toronto, Memphis, New Orleans, Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah.
Will the Jazz continue selling to accelerate their rebuild? Do the Raptors get a haul of first-round picks in return for OG Anunoby? Can the Lakers salvage their season amid LeBron James' pursuit of the NBA's all-time scoring record?
Some teams are buyers, some are sellers and some are trying to figure out what they want to be.
With so many teams bunched close enough in the Eastern and Western conference standings and a belief that no one contender is considerably better than another, deals will be made.
Let’s take a look at the trades that have happened this season. USA TODAY Sports will keep you updated as deals happen this week:
Nets trade Kevin Durant to Suns
The Phoenix Suns are acquiring NBA superstar Kevin Durant in a blockbuster trade with the Brooklyn Nets, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until the deal is official.
The deal will send Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and four first-round picks to the Nets, in addition to a pick swap in 2028. The Suns will getting Durant – a 13-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP – and forward T.J. Warren.
Spurs trade Jakob Poeltl back to Raptors
Feb. 8: The Toronto Raptors have reached a deal to acquire San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl for Khem Birch, a protected 2024 first-round draft pick and two second-round picks, according to ESPN. The Raptors drafted Poeltl, 27, with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft and he played two seasons with the Raptors before he was traded to the Spurs as part of the deal that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.
Knicks trade Cam Reddish for Josh Hart
Feb. 8: The New York Knicks are trading for shooting guard Josh Hart. In exchange the Knicks are sending small forward Cam Reddish and a protected future first-round draft pick to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN.
Lakers trade Russell Westbrook, acquire D'Angelo Russell
Feb. 8: In a three-team trade, the Los Angeles Lakers reached a deal to trade guard Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz and acquire guard D’Angelo Russell from Minnesota in a deal that also includes Utah sending guard Mike Conley to the Timberwolves. The Lakers will also get Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt from Utah. Minnesota also will receive Nickeil Alexander-Walker and picks, and the Jazz will get Juan Toscano-Anderson and a first-round draft pick from the Lakers.
Kings trade for Kessler Edwards
Feb. 7: The Brooklyn Nets acquired the draft rights to David Michineau (39th pick in the 2016 draft) from the Sacramento Kings for forward Kessler Edwards and cash considerations.
Spurs acquire Dewayne Dedmon from Heat
Feb. 7: The Miami Heat traded center Dewayne Dedmon and a 2028 second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for cash considerations. This deal gives the Heat additional room under the luxury and two open roster spots if they want to make another deal before the deadline.
Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks
Feb. 5: Kyrie Irving got his wish. Two days after asking for a trade from Brooklyn, the Nets sent him and Markieff Morris to Dallas for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and 2027 and 2029 second-round picks.
Rui Hachimura to the Lakers
Jan. 23: The Washington Wizards traded Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kendrick Nunn and two second-round draft picks.
Noah Vonleh to the Spurs
Jan. 5: The Boston Celtics traded Noah Vonleh and cash considerations to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round pick.
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