NBA trade deadline 2019 live: Every major move | Lakers, Anthony Davis
The wheeling and dealing between NBA teams is expected to reach a frenzy as the trade deadline approaches. Follow every major move in our live coverage.
Will Anthony Davis find his way out of New Orleans? Which LA team — the Lakers or Clippers — can pull off a major signing?
Are the Raptors and Bucks done making moves as they ready themselves to battle for the East? What about Houston?
All these questions will be answered ahead of the NBA trade deadline, Friday 7am (AEDT).
Heat send two players to Suns
Miami is trading Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to Phoenix for veteran forward Ryan Anderson.
The move helps free up a roster logjam that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been dealing with. It also lowers Miami’s expected luxury tax bill considerably, though does not completely eliminate what the Heat may end up owing at season’s end. ESPN first reported the agreement.
Lakers make their first move
The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk.
Bullock is a sixth-year pro who began his career across town with the Clippers. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and hitting 38.8 per cent of his three-point attempts this season for the Pistons.
Bullock also is a close friend of Lakers swingman Brandon Ingram. They are both from tiny Kinston, North Carolina.
Mykhailiuk was a second-round pick by the Lakers out of Kansas. The Ukrainian shooter averaged 3.2 points in 39 games.
Thon gone from Bucks
Australian big man Thon Maker is headed to the Detroit Pistons and Ben Simmons’ Philadelphia 76ers have added elite Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris to put themselves in position to claim the NBA title.
Maker has been pushing for a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks despite the team holding the best record in the NBA.
The Pistons, who according to ESPN are offering forward Stanley Johnson for the athletic, 216cm tall Maker, are in ninth in the weak Eastern Conference and may miss the playoffs.
Maker wants more court time after watching his minutes dwindle at the Bucks since with the arrival of head coach Mike Budenholzer.
Maker’s pending departure rocked the Bucks’ leader Giannis Antetokounmpo. “Thon is like my little brother, this one hurts more than any trade that happened that I’ve been a part of but this is the business we work in,” he told ESPN.
Meanwhile, Ben Simmons’ 76ers says they are in a “position to contend now” after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a multiplayer deal.
The Sixers acquired Harris, 221cm tall centre Boban Marjanovic and journeyman forward Mike Scott from the Clippers in exchange for veteran swingman Wilson Chandler, big man Mike Muscala, rookie guard Landry Shamet and multiple draft picks.
“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said in a statement Wednesday.
“Tobias is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and possesses an innate ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while Boban and Mike provide valuable skillsets, size and depth to our team.”
Harris, 26, joins a strong Philadelphia line-up featuring All-Stars Joel Embiid, Simmons and Jimmy Butler.
Originally published as Live: Heat flick $19m star as deadline nears