The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more bold move before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana agreed to a trade that will send former All-Star Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick in 2014 to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward-center Lavoy Allen, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the deal was still pending league approval.
If the deal goes through, as expected, the Pacers would get two more young forwards — players who could help them dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title.
The rebuilding 76ers, meanwhile, are getting an injury-prone, 30-year-old forward, his expiring contract, and another pick in a draft many believe will be rife with talent.
The trade also could help teams on both ends of the NBA’s spectrum.
Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month — Bynum, Turner, and Allen — in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami.
Turner, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, was averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. He could become a free agent after this season.
Granger was averaging 8.3 points since returning from a strained left calf in mid-December.
Nuggets deal Miller
The Wizards, pushing for their first playoff berth since 2008, acquired disgruntled point guard Andre Miller from the Nuggets in a three-way trade that also involves the 76ers.
The Wizards gave up two seldom-used players — forward Jan Vesely and point guard Eric Maynor. Vesely goes to the Nuggets, while Maynor gets shipped to the 76ers.
Philadelphia receives two second-round draft picks, one from the Wizards in 2015 and one from the Nuggets in 2016. Washington receives a protected 2014 second-round pick from the 76ers.
Miller hasn’t played since his shouting match with coach Brian Shaw in the waning minutes of a loss to the 76ers on New Year’s Day.
The Nuggets initially suspended Miller for two games, then rescinded the suspension and announced that he would instead be excused from all team activities for personal reasons.
Miller, who turns 38 next month, has played with five teams over 15 NBA seasons. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 assists for the Nuggets this season.
The Nuggets also dealt forward Jordan Hamilton to the Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks.
Jamison a Hawk
The Hawks, looking for more frontline help, acquired 37-year-old forward Antawn Jamison from the Clippers, who received the rights to shooting guard Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick now playing in Turkey. Jamison has appeared in only 22 games this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds . . . The Spurs traded guard Nando De Colo to the Raptors for former first-round pick Austin Daye, who signed with Toronto last summer and appeared in just eight games . . . The Cavaliers acquired center Spencer Hawes from the 76ers for forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims, and two second-round draft picks . . . The Heat traded shooting guard Roger Mason Jr. to the Kings for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick and cash. Mason is expected to be waived by Sacramento . . . The Bobcats, trying to bolster their 3-point shooting for the stretch run, acquired guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal from the Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien.