NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: 76ers add Buddy Hield; Miles Bridges staying put
NBA contenders reloaded before Thursday’s trade deadline — while other teams made moves with eyes toward the future.
Here is the Daily News’ NBA trade deadline tracker, to be updated through Thursday’s cutoff at 3 p.m. EDT.
76ERS ADD BUDDY HIELD
Injury-plagued Philadelphia added a much-needed 3-point specialist in Buddy Hield, sending veteran forward Marcus Morris, guard Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round picks to the Indiana Pacers to make it happen, according to ESPN.
Hield, a career 40.1% 3-point shooter averaging 12.0 points per game this season, joins a Sixers squad that entered Thursday ranked 27th in the NBA by making only 11.4 3-pointers per game.
The 31-year-old Hield offers another scoring option for the slumping 76ers, who will be without superstar center Joel Embiid for at least four weeks after a knee procedure.
THUNDER RETOOL WITH GORDON HAYWARD
Oklahoma City, which began Thursday in a three-way tie atop the Western Conference, added a veteran reinforcement in the oft-injured Gordon Hayward, who is still averaging a respectable 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists when he does play this season.
They’re shipping little-used backup point guard Tre Mann, even-littler-used sharpshooter Davis Bertans, guard Vasilije Micic and draft compensation to the 10-40 Hornets, ESPN reported.
Hayward, who hasn’t played in over a month due to multiple leg injuries, is in the final year of a four-year, $120 million deal.
MILES BRIDGES STAYING PUT
Despite receiving interest from contenders including the Suns, the high-scoring Miles Bridges decided to veto any trades and play out the season with lowly Charlotte, his agent told ESPN.
Doing so lets Bridges become an unrestricted free agent this summer and keeps his Bird Rights with Charlotte, which can exceed the salary cap and offer him a max deal in the offseason.
Bridges, who is averaging a career-high 21.9 points per game, did not play last season and was suspended the first 10 games of this one amid allegations of domestic violence.
MAVS BULK UP WITH DANIEL GAFFORD
Badly in need of center help, the Mavericks acquired Daniel Gafford from the Wizards in exchange for Richaun Holmes and undisclosed draft compensation, ESPN reported.
The 6-10 Gafford started all 45 of his games with Washington this season, averaging 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds. His 2.2 blocks per game rank seventh in the NBA.
Gafford joins a Mavericks front court that includes promising rookie center Dereck Lively, who was ruled out of his fifth consecutive game Thursday against the Knicks with a broken nose.
Despite the Mavericks’ depth issues, the veteran center Holmes averaged only 3.4 points in 10.3 minutes over 23 appearances this season, his first with Dallas.
RAPTORS STAY BUSY, ADD KELLY OLYNYK
The latest in-season Raptors deal was lower profile than the previous ones.
Toronto acquired veteran center Kelly Olynyk and 23-year-old guard Ochai Agbaji from the Jazz on Thursday for forward Otto Porter Jr., 22-year-old guard Kira Lewis Jr. and a 2024 first-round pick, according to The Athletic.
The first-rounder going back to Utah will reportedly be whichever of the Thunder, Clippers, Rockets or Jazz picks currently owned by Toronto ends up being the least desirable.
Thursday’s deal follows the Raptors trading OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa to the Knicks and Pascal Siakim to the Pacers.
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