The rumors of blockbuster trades turned out to be just that – rumors – as the NBA trade deadline passed with a handful of minor swaps.
There were reports of Kevin Garnett, Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, among others, possibly changing teams but those proposed deals fell through.
“I don’t think I’ve seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever,” Houston general manager Daryl Morey said. “But I think it’s a one-year blip.”
The Suns acquired forward Marcus Morris from the Rockets for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
Morris joins his identical twin Markieff in Phoenix.
That’s not unusual for the Suns – once before in NBA history have twins played for the same team, and that’s when Dick and Tom Van Arsdale were together with the Suns in 1976-77.
Other noteworthy trades:
• Sacramento sent rookie center Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick, and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to the Rockets for forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and guard Toney Douglas.
• The Magic sent guards J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Bucks for guards Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih and forward Tobias Harris.
• The Wizards traded mercurial guard Jordan Crawford, who led the Wizards in scoring 17 times this season, to the Celtics for center Jason Collins and guard Leandro Barbosa.