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The NBA trade deadline was Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and while there where some moves made none of the big name players that where rumored to be traded where. After all the talk and b.s. reporting that went on Carmelo Anthony is still with the New York Knicks. Jimmy Butler is still with the Chicago Bulls and Paul George is still with the Indiana Pacers. As it turned out the only superstar that ended up being traded was DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings swore up and down that they wouldn’t be dealing him.

Now the rumors on Anthony had cooled greatly as the deadline got closer; so it’s no surprise at all he’s still with the Knicks. There are very few places to even try and deal Anthony and with his no-trade clause he doesn’t have to accept any type of deal. Once there was no deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers there was talk about the Los Angeles Clippers and even some rumors of a deal with the Boston Celtics, but in the end none of those happened. Maybe if Kevin Love was healthy there would of been more movement on an Anthony deal. Now I guess we’ll have to listen to the rumors heading into the off season.

Now the Bulls made a deal sending Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and a 2018 2nd round pick, but Butler stayed put. While Butler’s name came up quite a bit the only team he was ever really linked to going with was the Boston Celtics. Maybe this is another deal that heats up when the draft pick the Celtics own that used to belong to the Brooklyn Nets has a draft spot associated with it.

Paul George’s name came up very late in the trade deadline rumors and George came out and said that he wouldn’t re-sign if he was traded; so you have to think that pretty much killed any deal involving him. At first the trade talk was that the Pacers would be looking to add pieces around George, but as the deadline approached the talk started to turn that the Pacers might look to deal George instead of acquire players to put around him. When was all was said and done Indiana did nothing at the deadline.

Now there where a couple of trades made at the deadline just not that blockbuster that was talked about. The Philadelphia 76ers decided to finally deal one of there big men as Nerlens Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected 1st round pick. It’s been reported that the 76ers will buy Bogut out; so he’ll be a free agent. The Mavericks also waived Deron Williams. Remember on Valentine’s Day the Toronto Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st round pick. Well at the trade deadline the Raptors acquired P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns for Jared Sullinger and a 2nd round draft pick in 2017 and 2018. While Tucker isn’t a big time scorer he is a very good defender who could be used to match up in a playoff series with LeBron James if those teams met. In the end the big winners at the trade deadline may end up being the Cavaliers. While the Cavaliers didn’t make a trade at the deadline the reports are that they’ll sign Bogut and Williams as free agents. James complained weeks ago that the Cavaliers needed another playmaker at the point guard position and while he’s not the player he use to be Williams would definitely fit that roll. By adding Bogut they’d be getting a solid big man to come off the bench with championship series experience. How did your favorite team do at the trade deadline?

With the NBA trade deadline past it’s time for the NHL to head towards there trade deadline. The NHL trade deadline is this Monday February 29th. There where a couple of moves made yesterday as teams look towards the deadline.

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Patrick Eaves from the Dallas Stars for a conditional 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Eaves is 32 years old and was tied for the Stars lead with 21 goals, including 11 on the power play, which ranked fourth in the NHL. His 37 points in 59 games are an NHL career high. Eaves can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The other deal saw the Chicago Blackhawks send a 3rd round pick in the 2017 NHL draft to the Detroit Red Wings for Tomas Jurco. Jurco turned 24 in December and had no points and two penalty minutes in 16 games with the Red Wings this season. He had 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 159 NHL games over four seasons with Detroit, including eight goals in 36 games during the  2013-14 season. Jurco has been described as a “project”, but the Blackhawks are hoping that a change of scenery helps Jurco like it did Richard Panik after they picked him up at the trade deadline last season.

Just like with the NBA there will be some big names that will come up in trade rumors. Brian Boyle of the Tampa bay Lighting, Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak are some of the names out there. It also appears that the St. Louis Blues would be willing to move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a rent a type player. Shattenkirk’s names recently came up as a possible trade candidate after he turned down a long term deal from St. Louis. Who knows if we’ll see any of these players dealt, but by Monday we’ll have the answer.

On the ice Friday night the Washington Capitals picked up there 13th straight home win by beating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. Tom Wilson and Justin Williams scored the goals for Washington and Braden Holtby made 30 saves in goal as the Capitals tied their record for consecutive home wins. Washington is headed out for two games on the road; so they won’t be able to break their record for consecutive home wins until March 2nd when they host the New Jersey Devils.

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The NBA trading deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. and while there hasn’t been a lot of player movement just yet; there are a ton of rumors out there. It should be interesting to see who goes where or if it was just a bunch of talk.

The one official deal we have right now has DeMarcus Cousin and Omar Casspi going to the New Orleans Pelicans. While the Sacramento Kings will receive Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a 2017 1st round pick and a 2017 2nd round pick.

Now it is being reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets have made a deal. The reports have Lou Williams going to the Rockets while the Lakers will receive Corey Brewer and a future draft pick.

Now the Lakers did make some big changes in the front office earlier in the week. Magic Johnson has taken over as President of basketball operations. Johnson’s first move was the fire General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Vice President of Public Relations John Black. Now Jim Buss will also leave his position as Executive Vice President of basketball operations. Since Buss is part owner of the team I’m not sure if this qualifies as him being fired, but wither way he won’t be making basketball decisions any more. Since Johnson pretty much cleared out the Lakers front office it looks as he’ll be in charge of any trades the team will make between and Thursday’s deadline.

Let’s take a look at some of the trade rumors out there. The Utah Jazz have talked top the Dallas Mavericks about guard Deron Williams. Williams is averaging 13.1 points per game and handing out 6.9 assists per game for the Mavericks this season. Williams was originally drafted by the Jazz in 2005 when he was the #3 pick.

The Indiana Pacers have spoken to the Philadelphia 76ers about Jahlil Okafor. The 76ers have quite a few front court players and there has been a lot of talks about them moving one of them. Since Joel Embiid has been the break out big man for Philadelphia you’d have to think that Okafor or Nerlens Noel would be traded.

The Boston Celtics have had talks with the Los Angeles Clippers about acquiring Blake Griffin. While this could be an interesting deal the Clippers are asking for quite a haul. The Clippers are looking for draft picks along with Jae Crowder and either Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley in return for Griffin. While Boston does have the draft picks to trade that would be a lot to give up for a player who’s contract expires at the end of the season.

The Brooklyn Nets are the worst team in the NBA and they don’t have the draft picks to rebuild the team with. They’ve made it known that they’re willing to trade there best player Brook Lopez. At first the Nets wanted two 1st round draft picks for Lopez, but they made it known this week that they would accept a 1st and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Lopez. Everyone is saying that the 2017 draft is one of the strongest draft in recent years and the more picks the Nets could get in it the better off they are.

Jimmy Butler’s name has come up multiple times in trade rumors, but now it seems as though the Bulls have decided to hold onto him. There are reports out there that the Chicago Bulls have made the entire roster available, but most of the stories I’ve heard have them looking to deal Nikola Mirotic. Taj Gibson’s name has also been mentioned in some trade talks; so maybe he’s the Chicago player traded.

Another deal that has come up had Derrick Rose reuniting with hos former head coach Tom Thibodeau as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In return for Rose the New York Knicks would receive Rickey Rubio from the Timberwolves. Rubio’s name has been mentioned a few times in different trade rumors, but this is the first time Rose’s name has come up. Rose is also in the final year of his contract; so he’d come right off the books for any team that would deal for him.

While we’re on the Knicks. There hasn’t been a lot of Carmelo Anthony trade talk; so it appears as though he’ll be staying with New York at least through the end of this season. Once the Cleveland Cavaliers said they had no interest in dealing for Anthony there wasn’t really another good match up for the Knicks out there. Now if Rose is dealt they could send Anthony to the Clippers for Griffin, but that’s only if Anthony would accept that deal. Remember Anthony has a no trade clause in his contract.

I guess will have to wait until Thursday to see if any of these plyers have new teams or who else might get traded by the deadline. Sometimes it’s the smaller moves that can really help teams. There’s also the teams that are looking for some salary cap relief and might try to move some guys so they could be a player in free agency this coming off season.

Rob Manfred the commissioner of Major League Baseball held a press conference yesterday to discuss speeding up the pace of play in baseball. Now MLB was unable to make a lot of the changes they where talking about because they couldn’t come to an agreement with the players union on them, but they did make one change. The intentional walk rule is going from the traditional four pitch walk to a dugout signal. I’m not sure how much of a difference this will make, but by getting rid of the old fashioned intentional walk would eliminate about a minute of dead time per walk. Last season in MLB there where 932 intentional walks. So that means there was 1 intentional walk for every 2.6 games played. I’m not sure how big of an impact this rule change will have, but it’s looks to be the start of baseball making changes to try and make the games faster.

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