The only trade involving Dwight Howard came last summer. The potent scorers that changed teams did so long ago. There was no eye-catching activity left for the NBA’s trade deadline Thursday, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt by Orlando to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be moved.
The Magic agreed to trade the veteran shooting guard, center Gustavo Ayon, and reserve point guard Ish Smith for guards Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih, as well as forward Tobias Harris.
In his seventh season Redick, a former first-round pick, was a coveted name on the trade market. A 2006 Orlando draft selection, he is averaging career highs in points (15.1) and field goal percentage (45.0). He is also in the final year of a three-year contract.
The Magic also dealt 6-foot-10-inch Josh McRoberts to Charlotte for 30-year-old forward Hakim Warrick. The Bobcats were unable to unload veteran guard Ben Gordon, who is due $13 million under next year’s salary cap.
Telfair shipped off again
The Suns traded point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors, the guard’s seventh team in nine seasons, for center Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. Telfair lost his job as backup to Goran Dragic when the Suns parted ways with coach Alvin Gentry, and interim coach Lindsey Hunter opted for rookie Kendall Marshall. Haddadi is a 7-foot-2-inch Iranian who was dealt to Toronto by Memphis as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors.
The Suns again have a set of twins on their roster after making a trade to bring Marcus Morris from the Rockets. The move unites Marcus with identical twin brother Markieff in Phoenix. Only once before in NBA history have twins played for the same team, when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77. The Suns sent a 2013 second-round draft pick to Houston to get Marcus, who was the 14th pick in the 2011 draft — a spot after Markieff.
Make room for Martin
The Knicks traded swingman Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder, opening a roster spot that will be used to sign veteran forward Kenyon Martin. Team president Glen Grunwald said the 35-year-old forward will be signed to a 10-day contract with the hopes that he could stay with the team for the remainder of the season . . . The Heat sent backup center Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick in this year’s draft to the Grizzlies for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez, who is playing in Argentina.