BOSTON (CBS) – It’s deadline day in the NBA, and CBSBostonsports.com will have all your updates before and after the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
3:05 p.m.: The 2012-13 NBA Trade deadline has come and gone, and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still members of the Boston Celtics.
It’s unlikely it’s from a lack of trying by Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge, but rather no one offered him the bounty he was looking for. Both Garnett (who you may have heard has a no-trade clause) and Pierce were rumored in deals, but in the end the return for Boston wasn’t enough for Ainge to push down the detonator and blow up the Celtics.
That’s if those rumors were even true, and we probably won’t find out about that until after the season.
The Celtics did make a minor move, picking up guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for injured guard Leandro Barbosa. Crawford had fallen out of favor in Washington and found his way to the bench the last two weeks, but it was a low-risk move that could give the Celtics another scorer off the bench.
Just one minor update: The Celtics will also send center Jason Collins to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford.
That means rookie Fab Melo, who was rumored to be in the Crawford swap, will likely get some more minutes down the stretch. Not so sure how to react to that part of the equation….
3:00 p.m.: The deadline is here, and it doesn’t look like Josh Smith is heading to Milwaukee. But sharpshooter JJ Redick is according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
Some more deals could trickle in over the next 15-20 minutes, so stay tuned for any last second updates.
2:57 p.m.: Unless you like trades for backup point guards, this trade deadline isn’t for you:
The Milwaukee Bucks are still reportedly working on a deal for Atlanta’s Josh Smith, so that could be the big blockbuster of the day. We’ll know in the next few minutes…
2:33 p.m.: All is quiet on the Celtics front with the deadline less than half-an-hour away.
It looks like teams are working on deals for Atlanta’s Josh Smith and Orlando’s JJ Redick rather than focusing on the Celtics veterans.
1:53 p.m.: The Celtics have reportedly landed guard Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.
The C’s are reportedly sending injured guard Leandro Barbosa to Washington.
The trade gives Boston some more scoring off the bench, as Crawford is averaging 13.2 points and shooting 43-percent in 43 games (including 12 starts) this season.
It’s not the major trade everyone was looking for, but a nice little pickup for the Celtics.
More to come as the deadline is just an hour away…
1:26 p.m.: We have some more rumblings on the Jordan Crawford front, thanks to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
USA Today’s Sam Amaker added that the Dallas Mavericks are also in the hunt for Crawford.
Bringing Crawford to Boston for Melo would be a good move for the Celtics, turning a project for the future into some solid bench scoring. Crawford is a very raw player, but can put up points in bunches.
1:23 p.m: Celtics fans are keeping their eyes on the Clippers today, but TNT’s David Aldrige reports they are unlikely to pull off any big trades.
Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles also chimed in, adding what we already knew: Garnett probably wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause anyways.
CBS Sports’ Ken Berger added that there has been no new push by the Clippers for Garnett.
So, for now, it looks like the Celtics will remain fairly intact. There is still a chance they add a player or two for depth, but the likelihood of Ainge blowing the team up and beginning the rebuilding process is looking slim.
But as we keep saying, you never know until 3 p.m. comes….
1:00 p.m.: With two hours left until the deadline, it doesn’t look like much will go down — at least not right now.
SI’s Chris Mannix just joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak, and didn’t have many deals to talk about.
“I think there’s going to be more smoke than fire at this point,” said Mannix. “As far as I can tell, there are not many big moves out there.”
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