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Trade Deadline: Every Move, All Day

Spend your entire day on Canis Hoopus as the writing staff goes through every move of the trade deadline.

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Greetings, folks. It’s time to take shelter at Canis Hoopus for the rest of the day. Keep refreshing CH and your Twitter feeds.

How poetic! A figurative and literal storm is headed our way. That is, the final hours before the NBA trade deadline passes—one that might see our beloved Spanish Unicorn moved to a new area code—and 6-12 inches of snow coming to the Twins Cities metro.

We are going to cover every single move throughout the day. Different members of the writing staff will be stopping by to update new trades and add their gut reactions. To get started, here’s a song by Al Green. I believe E-6 shared this in the comments section last week.

Let’s stay together.

Pre-Deadline Day Trades

Seven different trades were consummated before the clock struck midnight on February 23rd.

Bucks Ditch Miles Plumlee for Charlotte’s Hibbert and Hawes

Cleveland Trades “Birdman” and Cash to Charlotte for Salary Cap Relief

Mason Plumlee Heads to Denver for Nurkic and a 1st

Serge Ibaka Sent to Toronto

New Orleans Lands the Boogie Man

Rockets Ship Corey Brewer and a 1st for Lou Williams

Wiz Land Bogdanovic for Nicholson and a 1st

Analysis: This trade has a Wolves angle as on Tuesday the Wizards were reportedly inquiring about Shabazz Muhammad. Bogdanovic like Muhammad is an offense-centric wing in the final year of his rookie deal, headed for restricted free agency at season's end.

The Wizards acquired Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a lottery-protected 2017 first round pick. McCullough and Thornton can be seen as salary filler. The cost of Bogdanovic was a first and absorbing Nicholson’s contract. Before berating Thibs and Layden for missing out on a first round pick, it’s important to note the negative asset that is Andrew Nicholson. According to ESPN’s Trade Machine, Nicholson is worth -14 wins. That’s terrible and also not a joke.

Nicholson’s contract is also terrible. Hidden beneath the Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Timofey Mozgov bad contracts of this past off-season is Nicholson’s 4-year, $26 million deal. Taking on that type of long-term money is a hefty pill to swallow for Brooklyn. This all paints a vague picture of the market for Muhammad as a similar asset to Bogdanovic. If the Wolves trade him for picks today, the price will almost certainly be less than a first. Two second-round picks would be a coup. -Dane Moore (@NikolaPekovic)-

Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for Splitter and a 2nd

February 23rd: Deadline Day

7:30 am:

Morning brings us the sense that Ricky Rubio is not likely to be traded today, and the Wolves are likely to stand pat at the deadline, but we’ll see.

Meanwhile, the Wizards are trying to get a second rounder for Trey Burke’s expiring; good luck with that, and the Knicks apparently can’t give Derrick Rose away. —Eric in Madison.



Welp. This couldn’t end quietly.

UPDATE: 10:47 AM — Nerlens Noel is heading to Dallas

I like this move for both teams. Noel is a restricted free agent, so the Mavericks will have to retain his services—and I’m sure they will work to do that—for this to be a good deal. I don’t imagine Dallas would give up a promising wing prospect like Justin Anderson and a conditional pick (top 18 protected) to rent Noel for the rest of the season (which they will tank). Noel is a good player and this could end up being a great deal for him and the Mavericks. Everyone knew his career in Philadelphia was coming to and end. For the 76ers, Andrew Bogut is a non-factor in the move. He’s having his worst season ever at age 32 and his contract ($11,027,027) comes off the books at the end of the year. Picking up Anderson is a nice move to salvage their investment in Noel. I’m sure Brett Brown will like the burly 23-year-old wing who is in his second NBA season. His limited playing time in Dallas has been somewhat weird to see given the position of the Mavs, but it’s also probably stupid to question Rick Carlisle. Both teams come out pretty well here. I’m calling this a win-win trade. - JM / @thedailywolf

Another quick update:


Trade SZN

The trade deadline will be here before we know it. Should the Wolves make any moves?

Опубліковано Canis Hoopus 12 січня 2017 р.

Wolves Angle on Nerlens Noel Trade: Noel’s name has been bantered about all season in rumors, even to the Wolves. Whether you like the fit of Noel next to Towns or not, this trade, again, highlights the Wolves crux of being able to make a trade at the deadline.

The Wolves owe the Atlanta Hawks their 2018 first-round pick (lottery protected) for the “services” of Adreian Payne. Because teams are not allowed to trade their first-round pick in consecutive years, the Wolves can not offer their 2017 or 2019 trade in any trade offer. This almost eliminates the Wolves from landing any impactful young player.

A Shabazz Muhammad Trade Idea: #WolvesTwitter does not seem enthused about the idea of trading Muhammad for second-round picks. Another option is trading for a player who is also on a rookie scale contract. This type of player could financially be swapped for Muhammad and hold value beyond this season, unlike Muhammad.

In the Nerlens Noel trade, Philadelphia netted Justin Anderson in addition to two second-round picks. Noel like Muhammad is on an expiring rookie deal, but Anderson has two years left before hitting restricted free agency.

A few players on rookie contracts similar to Anderson’s:

Brice Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers), Bebe Nogueira (Toronto Raptors), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn Nets), Montrezl Harrell (Houston Rockets), Bobby Portis (Chicago Bulls). -DM @NikolaPekovic

UPDATE: This is good news.

UPDATE- 1:45PM K.J. McDaniels to Brooklyn

Analysis: This deal puts the Houston Rockets $3.3 million below the salary cap floor with an open roster spot. Rockets will be agressive in the buyout market.

UPDATE- 1:46pm McDermott and Gibson to OKC

Analysis: Taj Gibson is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Doug McDermott will be a restricted free agent after next season. Great move for the Thunder.

UPDATE- Hibbert Moves Again to Denver

UPDATE- Tyler Ennis to Lakers for Marcelo Huertas

UPDATE- Mike Scott Headed to Phoenix for Cash Considerations

UPDATE- P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors for Sullinger and Seconds