NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The NBA’s trade deadline passed Thursday afternoon without the struggling Knicks and Nets making any deals.
The Knicks, 23-32 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, most needed help in the backcourt, but they lacked much trade ammo, although point guard Jose Calderon and power forward Kyle O’Quinn were reportedly on the block.
The Nets also failed to make a trade, but they did make a blockbuster move Thursday by hiring San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks to be their new general manager.
The timing of the hiring obviously made it difficult, if not impossible, for Marks to orchestrate a deal. Assistant general manager Frank Zanin had been filling in since former GM Billy King was reassigned Jan. 10.
There had been trade rumors reported involving Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Andrea Bargnani.
The Nets are 14-40, the second-worst record in the East.
In other deadline deals around the NBA:
• The Memphis Grizzlies traded forward Jeff Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Lance Stephenson, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
• A week after scuffling with a teammate, forward Markieff Morris was traded by the free-falling Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards, a team hoping to boost its chances of making the playoffs. Phoenix received a first-round draft pick and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair in exchange for the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Morris, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.
• The Utah Jazz agreed to trade for backup point guard Shelvin Mack from Atlanta, sending the Hawks a second-round pick in the deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
• The Cavaliers acquired forward Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic in exchange for center Anderson Varejao, two people with knowledge of the deal told the AP.
• Memphis traded shooting guard Courtney Lee to the Charlotte Hornets as part of a three-way trade that also included the Miami Heat.
• The Denver Nuggets have agreed to send shooting guard Randy Foye to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Steve Novak and D.J. Augustin.
• The New Orleans Pelicans acquired forward Jarnell Stokes and cash from the Heat in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.
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