Brian Mahoney / AP/Basketball Writer
Point guards Goran Dragic, Michael Carter-Williams, Reggie Jackson and Brandon Knight all were dealt Thursday in the final hours that NBA trades were allowed.
Kevin Garnett also has a new address—his original NBA one. The Timberwolves brought him back to Minnesota by sending Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn.
There were so many players on the move in deals agreed to shortly before the 3 p.m. EST deadline that most of the transactions were still awaiting NBA approval hours later.
Dragic and Jackson were two players to watch on deadline day, because neither was expected to remain with his team after this season. Both their teams opted to move them rather than risk losing them for nothing.
Phoenix sent Dragic to Miami, getting two first-round picks and a package of players for the Slovenian, a third-team All-NBA selection last season. The Suns filled his spot by acquiring Knight from Milwaukee in a three-team deal with Philadelphia, which sent Carter-Williams to the Bucks.
“I did feel it was time to find a better fit,” Dragic wrote on Twitter, adding “NOW it’s #heatnation time and I’m excited to bring the Dragon’s fire to Miami!!”
Zoran Dragic, Goran’s brother, also went from Phoenix to Miami.
Jackson, who began the season replacing an injured Russell Westbrook at Oklahoma City, will now step in for the sidelined Brandon Jennings in Detroit. The Thunder sent Jackson to the Pistons in a three-way trade that included Utah.
Even backup point guards seemed in demand, with players such as Isaiah Thomas (Boston), Ramon Sessions (Washington), Andre Miller (Sacramento), D.J. Augustin (Oklahoma City), Norris Cole (New Orleans) and Pablo Prigioni (Houston) getting new homes.
Some big guys were also in demands, with Enes Kanter getting his wish to leave Utah when he ended up in Oklahoma City as Kendrick Perkins’ replacement.