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NBA trade deadline tracker: Who is moving where? Which teams got help?

Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
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An NBA season with random results has altered how teams approach the trade deadline. Do they have the team that can make a deep run in the playoffs if they add another player or two? Or perhaps the season hasn’t gone as expected, and it might be time to look beyond this season.

And do the injuries to Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis impact how teams conduct business this week? Utah, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers might find it’s time to make the kind of moves that elevate their chances.

The Clippers definitely want backcourt help and are canvassing the league.

The deadline is 3 p.m. ET Thursday.

Minnesota wanted to win this season. That’s not happening so the Timberwolves might be willing part ways with players not named Karl-Antony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards.

Miami had a slow start for lots of reasons, but the Heat have been one of the league’s better teams the past two months, playing like the team that made last season’s NBA Finals.

Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 13.7 point this season.
Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 13.7 point this season.

Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has often been mention as a trade candidate and he can provide value given his championship experience. Executives around the league won’t be surprised no matter what happens – some see him being dealt and others see him staying with Toronto through the end of the season and perhaps beyond that. Miami would love to add to Lowry who is friends with Heat star Jimmy Butler.

San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Cleveland’s Andre Drummond are on the trade block, but teams are hesitant to take on the remaining salary that both players are owed. With that said, both players are in the final year of their deals. Contenders may not have the flexibility to acquire either in a trade, so the buyout market may be the more likely option.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, who was drafted by the Magic in 2014, has sought a fresh start, but Orlando has had trouble finding a deal that yields a serviceable return for Gordon. The Magic might be closer to finding that deal. There are suitors for Gordon, including Denver, Boston and Houston, with the Celtics making the best offer at this point. If the Magic really wanted to look ahead, they could get a nice trade package for Nikola Vucevic, who teams are interested in acquiring.

New Orleans’ Lonzo Ball is an interesting trade prospect. He’s at the end of his rookie scale contract, making him a restricted free agent after this season. Will he be part of New Orleans’ future? Do the Pelicans want to pay him the kind of money it will take to keep him?

Houston traded for Victor Oladipo in the massive James Harden deal but he doesn’t look like a long-term fit with the Rockets? Oladipo becomes a free agent this summer, leaving teams reluctant to make a big offer not knowing for certain if he will re-sign.

Cleveland and Detroit are willing to liquidate portions of their rosters.

Trade deadline tracker

March 22

The Los Angeles Clippers sent Mfiondu Kabengele to Sacramento for a future second-round pick and cash considerations.

March 19

Milwaukee acquired P.J. Tucker and Rodions Kurucs from Houston for D.J. Wilson and D.J. Augustin. The Bucks also received a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 first-round pick, and the Rockets got a 2021 first-round pick and 2023 first-round pick.

March 18

Milwaukee traded Torrey Craig to Phoenix for cash considerations.

March 17

Oklahoma City acquired Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second-round pick from Miami for Trevor Ariza.

March 13

Detroit acquired Hamidou Diallo from Oklahoma City for Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2027 second-round pick.

Feb. 8

New York received Derrick Rose from Detroit for Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2021 second-round pick.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA trade deadline tracker: Who is moving where? Which teams got help?