NBA Trade Deadline Watch: Counting Down to 3 p.m. with the Still-Middling Sixers

NBA Trade Deadline Watch: Counting Down to 3 p.m. with the Still-Middling Sixers

The NBA trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. this afternoon.

This, typically, is one of my favorite days of the year, because there's nothing I love more than professional basketball teams trading troubled baggage.

Remember 2009 — when Raef LaFrentz's $13 million expiring contract was the most valuable asset on the market? That's the kind of world I want to live in all the time.

Dealings have been slow thus far, with only the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns getting together to (in order) acquire the No. 5 selection in last year's draft, shed some salary and reunite the Philly-born Morris twins for the price of a second-round pick.

And so, with mere hours to go, which of your Philadelphia 76ers is on the trade block? Kind of the whole team aside from Jrue Holiday. Grantland's Chris Ryan wants to restart the Andre Iguodala era with this fictional offer for Danny Granger.

Then again, no one would be surprised if the Sixers held steady until 3 p.m. As of last night, the team's phones were "pretty quiet."  As Adrian Wojnarowski just put it:



Either way, just for fun, here are five potential candidates to get shipped:

Nick Young: Swaggy is on a one-year, $6 million deal and has seemingly matured enough under Doug Collins that a team in need of scoring depth could want him to play for his fourth team in the last two seasons.

Dorell Wright: A similar circumstance. Dorell's $4 million comes off the books this summer and he's been less and less a factor for the Sixers as the season has gone on. Wright remains highly versatile and its unclear as to why he falls in and out of favor with head coach Doug Collins, but he's certainly not the first to have that happen. Wright is a cheap enough option with upside for the next few months.

Spencer Hawes: Teams are always in need of functional bigs, and Hawes is wrapped up in a neat little two-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million this year and next. Hawes isn't anyone's savior, but he's young and he's shown enough in flashes to entice some playoff-bound teams in need of short-term, cost-effective help in their frontcourt.

Royal Ivey/Damian Wilkins: Expiring throw-ins.

Really, unless they're called with something tempting, the Sixers are probably better off holding onto their own EC's to generate their own cap space.

The elephant in the room here is obviously Andrew Bynum, but his fate will be decided this summer and not this afternoon. The most likely scenario remains the Sixers staying put, continuing to wait for Bynum, and hoping they learn something from watching him play with this roster for a even a handful of games.

If the Sixers don't do anything today, they'll have almost $29 million (including Bynum) coming off the books this summer.

That sounds like good news, but here's the real question: Do you trust the Sixers, assuming they do not reach a new agreement with Bynum, with that kind of cap space?

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jaylen Brown sank a 3-pointer from the right corner while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, part of a five-point possession for Boston that lifted the Celtics to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

The Celtics were down 96-95 when Brown connected while being fouled by Marcus Morris. Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but Detroit couldn't come up with the rebound, and Tobias Harris was called for a loose-ball foul. Marcus Smart added two free throws to put Boston up 100-96.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, but he went 1 of 11 on free throws and was taken out for some key possessions toward the end to prevent Boston from fouling him.

Lakers crushed by Spurs in first home game since front office shakeup
LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers 119-98 on Sunday in Los Angeles' first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise's basketball operations.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight and nine of 11.

Pau Gasol added 15 points against his former team, and the Southwest Division leaders had little trouble with the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.

Five days after owner Jeanie Buss put Johnson in charge of basketball operations, the Lakers' dismal season still hasn't changed much, although new Lakers acquisitions Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis got limited playing time.

Rookie Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 22 points as the Lakers fell to 19-41, ensuring their fourth consecutive non-winning season (see full recap).

Antetokounmpo scores 28 as Bucks hold off Suns
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, Tony Snell made a clinching 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Phoenix Suns, 100-96 on Sunday.

Michael Beasley added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 as the Bucks swept the two-game season series with the Suns. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and Snell had 13.

TJ Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points and tied his season high with 15 rebounds, while Devin Booker added 15 points and Eric Bledsoe had 11.

Clinging to a one-point lead, the Bucks came out of timeout with Monroe inbounding the ball to Antetokounmpo. He dribbled the clock down before passing to Brogdon, who whipped the ball to Snell in the corner. Snell hit a 3 with a defender flying at him.

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.

The Kings will pair Bishop with Jonathan Quick in a remarkable veteran goaltending tandem down the stretch of the regular season. Quick returned only Saturday from a 59-game absence with a serious groin injury.

The Kings gave up Budaj, junior defenseman Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and another conditional pick. Los Angeles received Bishop and Tampa Bay's 2017 fifth-round pick.

Both teams are scrapping to get into playoff position over the next six weeks. The Kings (30-27-4) are just outside the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference, while the Lightning (27-25-8) are seven points back of a playoff spot (see full story).

Report: Wild get Martin Hanzal from Coyotes
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Details on the return to Arizona were not immediately available.

Hanzal was considered one of the top rental players available ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.

The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks.