Deadline Day: Latest trade rumors

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Howard officially staying: Orlando center Dwight Howard has agreed to return to the Magic next season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. After reversing course numerous times in recent days and refusing to sign the necessary paperwork on Wednesday afternoon, Howard signed a waiver on the early termination option of his contract Thursday afternoon, thereby guaranteeing he will return for the final year of his deal (worth $19.5 million). His agent, Dan Fegan, was initially believed to be required to sign a separate document, as well, but sources say the NBA agreed to execute the waiver without any involvement from the agent. Specifically, it was a verification from the agent that no side deals were agreed upon as part of the ETO agreement. (Sam Amick,

Nets won’t deal Williams: The New Jersey Nets are telling teams that they absolutely, positively will not move Deron Williams before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline even if Dwight Howard goes through with his stated intention to lock himself into the 2012-13 season of his current contract with the Orlando Magic. Sources with knowledge of New Jersey’s thinking told on Thursday morning that the Nets’ position won’t change even if the Los Angeles Lakers offer them Pau Gasol in a package for Williams before the deadline. (Marc Stein,

Spurs send Jefferson to GSW:

Nene to Wizards in three-way deal:

Camby headed for Houston: The Houston Rockets have acquired center Marcus Camby from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Hasheem Thabeet, guard Jonny Flynn and a 2012 second-round pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. (Marc Spears)

Blazers send Wallace to Nets:

Derek Fisher to Rockets:

Sessions to Lakers:

Lakers send Fisher to Rockets:

Celtics’ O’Neal wants out:

Felton safe?

Nash staying put: 

Sixers acquire Young: So the Sixers decided to do something about that and acquired guard/forward Sam Young from the Memphis Grizzlies today, the Daily News has learned. The Sixers are expected to give up a second-round pick. The NBA trade deadline is at 3 p.m. today. (Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News)

Pacers land Barbosa: 

Celtics interested in Kaman: The Boston Celtics are very much in the market for a center and will certainly look to make a move prior to the trading deadline. But if the C’s fail to land a much-needed big man prior to tomorrow’s 3 p.m. deadline, all is not lost in their quest to add size. New Orleans center Chris Kaman has been on the trading block for a while, with the asking price seemingly dropping by the minute. If the Hornets can’t move him via trade, you can anticipate talks about a buy-out to begin soon. That would allow him to become a free agent and sign with any team of his choosing. According to a league source, Boston would be on his short list of potential destinations. (A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE)

Beasley trade talks heat up: The Lakers revisited talks to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley on Wednesday, multiple league sources told Several variations of the trade have been discussed. One would land Beasley on the Lakers in a three-team deal that would send Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford to the Wolves and Luke Ridnour from Minnesota to Portland. Los Angeles would give up one of its two 2012 first-round draft picks in the deal and use its $8.9 million trade exception, acquired when it traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December, to absorb Beasley’s approximate $6.3 million salary. Portland would also receive the Lakers’ first-round pick. As of late Wednesday night no deal was completed, but a source familiar with the negotiations said, “the sides have momentum.” (David McMenamin,

Grizzlies interested in Arenas: The Grizzlies are in the midst of a successful season so far but routinely acknowledge they could use more long-distance shooting and better productivity at backup point guard. They are weighing whether free-agent Gilbert Arenas could satisfy both needs, according to multiple NBA sources. Arenas, 30, remains unemployed after the Orlando Magic made him one of the first casualties of the amnesty clause provided in the NBA’s latest collective bargaining agreement. The Grizzlies can add Arenas because they employ a 14-man roster. Teams can carry 15 players. A source said the Grizzlies are in a conditional pursuit of Arenas. Memphis wants to see Arenas in a private workout before making a decision. The Griz originally sought to sign Arenas to a 10-day contract but the veteran combo guard is looking for a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season. (Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal)

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  • Published On 10:58am, Mar 15, 2012
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