All of the rumors and conjecture regarding potential NBA blockbuster trades came to a merciful and uneventful end today at 12 EST.
The biggest news of the day involved the failed deal between the New Orleans Hornets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal was completed Tuesday but was rescinded last night after Tyson Chandler failed his physical. Today, the Thunder said that concerns over Chandler’s toe caused the deal to be voided.
Rafer Alston headed to Orlando, Kyle Lowery headed to Houston in deal involving Memphis
This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it appears that the Magic have acquired Rafer Alston from the Rockets by sending Brian Cook and a 2009 first-round pick to the Grizzlies. The Rockets then acquired Cook and Kyle Lowery from Memphis. Alston will give the Magic stability at point guard, while Lowery will compete with Aaron Brooks for playing time in Houston. Stay tuned, because this isn’t official yet.
Hughes freed from basketball prison, heading to NYC
The Bulls sent disgruntled G/F Larry Hughes to the Knicks for often-disgruntled F Tim Thomas, C Jerome James, and G Anthony Roberson. Hughes has been inactive for almost three weeks and had been leaving practices early. Thomas has seen a reduction in minutes in recent weeks, while James has made 6.6 million these season despite appearing in only two games. He has a torn achilles’ tendon and will probably never play for the Bulls. Hughes’ shoot-first shoot-second shoot-third mentality will clash with Knicks star Al Harrington. Meanwhile, Thomas played only three games for the Bulls in 2005 before being suspended and then traded. This should be fun.
Chris Wilcox also headed to NYC
Hours after learning that he would no longer be heading to Mardi Gras, Chris Wilcox learned that he would be lucky enough to join the Knicks. The Thunder acquired Malik Rose, who apparently still plays in the NBA. Wilcox will probably not see big minutes in NYC, but who knows.
McCants headed to Sacramento
The T-Wolves sent former UNC star Rashard McCants to Sacramento along with Calvin Booth in exchange for Candice Parker’s husband Sheldon Williams and former R&B star Bobby Brown.
Bulls acquire first-round pick from Thunder
The Bulls somehow tricked OKC into sending a low first-round pick in the 2009 draft to Chicago in exchange for G/F Thabo Sefolosha. This one makes no sense, because Sefolosha hasn’t improved since joining the NBA two years ago and has shown little potential to get better.
3-team deal between Raptors, Celtics, and Kings
The Celtics traded Patrick O’Bryant to Toronto, the Raptors sent Will Solomon to the Kings, and the Kings sent a second-round pick to Boston to acquire Sam Cassell. The Kings then waived Cassell, Quincy Douby, and Mikki Moore.
Nocioni to stay in Sacramento, Bell to stay in Charlotte
Yahoo Sports! reported this afternoon that the Kings received calls from several teams regarding newly-acquired F Andres Nocioni. The Celtics showed strong interest in Nocioni, but the Kings were unwilling to part with the Argentinian. The Celtics also expressed interest in Charlotte’s Raja Bell, but were unable to make a deal.