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11:25 am

A person familiar with the negotiations said late on Wednesday that Washington has decided to trade Markieff Morris to the New Orleans pelicans for Wesley Johnson.

There will also be design considerations in the deal, according to the person who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call was pending.

The move will help the future tax issues of the Wizards and comes on a day when Washington also agreed to Otto Porter Jr. to move to Chicago for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.

– AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds in Miami


10:45 am

Two people familiar with the negotiations say the refurbishment of the Dallas Mavericks continues, with the team basically agreeing Wednesday night to send Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade still requires NBA approval.

Barnes was taken out of the Dallas-Charlotte game late in the third quarter and remained on the Mavs bank for the remainder of the match, even when there were reports about his upcoming walk to the Kings. The deal comes just days after Dallas Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. from the New York Knicks landed.

The Kings hope to save Barnes next season and add him to a young and promising nucleus. Barnes has a player option for $ 25.1 million.

– AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas and AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami


20:40 hours

Someone familiar with the situation says that the Chicago Bulls Otto Porter Jr. have taken over the Washington Wizards for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Athletic reported the deal for the first time.

The movement signals Washington's intention to change things in the aftermath of news that All-Star point guard John Wall needs surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Wall is expected to miss a lot – if not all – of the next season. He was already sidelined for the rest of the season due to an operation on his left link.

It also ends a failed experiment for Chicago after Parker signed with his hometown team.

– AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago.



Two people with knowledge of the deal say that Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland will end a trade that will send Iman Shumpert from the kings to the rockets in particular.

Houston sends Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks – now traded for the second time this season, after the start of the year in Utah – will go from the Cavaliers to the kings.

In a separate transaction, the Cavs send Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, both of whom were taken from Portland in the deal that Rodney Hood sent to the Trail Blazers, to Houston. It remains unclear how they end up in the plans of the missiles.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call has not yet been completed.

Shumpert is a 3-point shooter with a career of 39 percent, which is appreciated by the Rockets. Houston is on pace to break the record for most 3-pointers in a season, something it did in each of the last two seasons.

– AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds in Miami and AP Sports writer Tom Withers in Cleveland


14.35 hours

Someone with knowledge of the negotiations says that Miami's deal with Phoenix also includes Wayne Ellington and Ryan Anderson.

Ellington would go to the Suns and Anderson to the Heat. Tyler Johnson was previously known as part of the Heat-Suns deal.

The move helps to clear a roster logjam that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had to deal with. It also significantly lowers Miami's anticipated luxury tax bill, but it does not completely eliminate what the heat may ultimately be at the end of the season.

– AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds in Miami


16.05 hours

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says that the Phoenix Suns agreed with the Miami Heat about a deal that will also include Tyler Johnson.

Johnson is in the third year of a deal of four years, one that pays him about $ 19 million this season and next season. He has an average of 10.8 points this season in 44 games for Miami this season.

The person says the teams are working on other parts of the deal, in the hope that it will be completed on Wednesday. The person spoke with on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been completed.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

– Report by AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds


3.30 pm

A person familiar with the situation says that the NBA-lead Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade center Thon Maker on the Detroit Pistons for ahead of Stanley Johnson.

The person spoke on Wednesday with on condition of anonymity because the deal was not publicly announced. Johnson and Maker are both recent lottery choices that struggled to make a consistent impact. Now they will both have a different environment.

The pistons won Johnson with the No. 8 choice from the 2015 design. He has an average of 7.5 points per game this season and plays mainly in a backup roll, but he is only a 29-percent shooter from 3- point range for his career.

The 7-foot-1 Maker was the 10th choice in 2016. He started 34 games as a rookie in 2016-17, but since then he has largely left the bank.

– Report by AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds.


14:15 o'clock

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken over Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons for rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk.

Bullock is a professional of the sixth year who started his career in the city with the Clippers. He averages 12.1 points per game and gets 38.8 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Pistons this season.

His outdoor shooting will fulfill a great need for the struggling Lakers, who are the second worst NBA shooting team with 33.4 percent.

Bullock is also a good friend of Lakers swingman Brandon Ingram. They both come from small Kinston, North Carolina.

Mykhailiuk was a second choice by the Lakers from Kansas. The Ukrainian shooter averaged 3.2 points in 39 games.



The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to send Los Angeles Clippers Tobias Harris forward as the center of a four-player pick-trade, which they hope can exaggerate them in the East.

A person familiar with the trade says that the Sixers have also taken center Boban Marjanovic and have forwarded Mike Scott as part of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced.

The Clippers refilled the selection with pieces for the future. The Sixers sent rookie guard Landry Shamet and four towing hooks to the Clippers. The Sixers also exchanged Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala to the Clippers.

The 26-year-old Harris has an outbreak season with the Clippers. He averages 20.9 points and shoots 42 percent of the 3-point range and will start with All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick to become one of the best starting fives in the Eastern Conference. form.

Sixer-general manager Elton Brand traded in Butler earlier this season, a quadruple All-Star, and again showed that he is not afraid to make a bold move for the win-now franchise. Harris and Butler will both be free agents this summer.

The Six Pickers sent to the Clippers are: their first-round pick from 2020, a 2021 first-rounder, a second round of 2021 and a second round of 2023, protected by lotteries.

The Sixers are 34-20 and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers are 30-25 and the eighth in the West and have paid the salary needed to make them players for big free agents in the summer.

– Reporting by AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston


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