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Deadline deals bolster Eastern Conference contenders

Former All-Star center Marc Gasol (left) adds another option for the Raptors.Seth Wenig/AP/Associated Press

Toronto, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his.

The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.

The Raptors are getting former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis. The 76ers, a day after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers, sent Markelle Fultz to Orlando and will hope Jonathan Simmons can provide some production where the former No. 1 pick couldn’t.

Two games back of the Bucks, the Raptors sent center Jonas Valanciunias to Memphis to acquire Gasol. Valanciunas had been coming off the bench and Toronto coach Nick Nurse will have to decide whether he uses Gasol in the same manner, or returns to a traditional bigger lineup with the former defensive player of the year in the middle.

‘‘[Gasol] is one of the best fives in the league for a long time now, perennial All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year,’’ Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. ‘‘Just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously we’re very excited about that.’’


The 76ers have made two major trades during the season, previously getting Jimmy Butler from Minnesota before the deal to bring in Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and forward Mike Scott. The 76ers also added well-traveled guard James Ennis from the Rockets in exchange for draft considerations.

‘‘We understand the team invested a lot in us,’’ Harris said. ‘‘It was a big move. It was a win-now move. That means a lot. This is already a winning culture and we look to bring our games to it and help as best we can.’’

Clippers deal Bradley

The Clippers acquired forward JaMychal Green and guard Garrett Temple from Memphis in exchange for former Celtics guard Avery Bradley. Green averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 41 games for Memphis this season. Bradley averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 49 games for the Clippers this season. The Clippers also waived center Marcin Gortat . . . A person familiar with the negotiations said Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac are changing teams but not home arenas, going from the Lakers to the Clippers. The Lakers will take back Mike Muscala, according to multiple media reports. It will open a roster spot for the Lakers . . . Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin are on the move yet again, this time going from the Rockets to the Pacers. The deal was done largely to get Houston under the luxury tax threshold, according to the person who spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. It has been an eventful stretch for Stauskas and Baldwin, who started the week with Portland, then were traded to Cleveland, then Houston, and now Indiana. And it remains unclear if the Pacers will keep them, meaning more moves for them are possible . . . The Grizzlies shipped Shelvin Mack to the Hawks, getting back guard Tyler Dorsey.


Kanter, Matthews waived

The Knicks waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run. The Knicks were unable to find a trade before Thursday’s deadline for Kanter, their former starting center who had fallen out of the rotation altogether with New York having the worst record in the league and focusing on its younger players. Matthews was acquired last week from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and played in two games. ESPN reported that Matthews, who averaged 13.1 points in 44 starts for the Mavericks, plans to sign with the Pacers.