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What's the latest trade talk? Ball Don't Lie is on the case like Bunk and McNulty. We'll update this post through Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline with Twitter feeds, columns and Yahoo! messages from some of the best basketball reporters and bloggers around. Refresh 'til you drop, friends.

Chad Ford, ESPN: "The New York Knicks traded Darko Milicic(notes) to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Brian Cardinal(notes) on Wednesday. The Timberwolves also received cash considerations in the deal that was completed Wednesday night. The trade will save the Knicks $1.8 million and give the Wolves a center to audition for the rest of the season. Milicic has been mired at the end of Mike D'Antoni's bench for months and has publicly said he's likely to return to Europe to play basketball when his contract expires this summer. 'He understandably was frustrated and he may feel that way now,' David Kahn, Minnesota's president of basketball operations, said at halftime of the Timberwolves' game at Washington. 'I'm hopeful he clears his mind of that for the next couple of months,' Kahn said. The Knicks plan to waive Cardinal in an attempt to clear another roster spot to facilitate a potential deal that would send Nate Robinson(notes) to Boston." (9:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski, Y! Sports: "The Milwaukee Bucks expect to complete a trade for Chicago Bulls swingman John Salmons(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls kept Salmons at their team hotel Wednesday night in preparation for a trade while they left to play the New York Knicks. The Bucks are expected to send centers Francisco Elson(notes) and another player to the Bulls, possibly Kurt Thomas(notes), for Salmons." (8:58 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Spears, Y! Sports: "Boston Celtics guard Eddie House(notes) did not attend the team's practice on Wednesday, and was told by his agent that he will likely be traded to the New York Knicks for Nate Robinson on Thursday. 'Tough situation giving Eddie up,' said Mark Bartelstein, House's agent. '[Knicks coach Mike] D'Antoni coached him in Phoenix. If it does happen, Eddie is leaving a place where he has great memories to a place where he was really wanted.' Robinson's base-year compensation status makes a trade complicated, but the Celtics and Knicks both think a deal will be finalized with the league office before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. Robinson was scratched from Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls." (8:25 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News: "According to multiple NBA sources, the Warriors rejected Memphis' intriguing offer of OJ Mayo(notes) + contract-filler. This deal was first offered at the start of the season and possibly is still on the table, in Memphis' view, and still rejected by the Warriors. Now, unless there are humongous chemistry issues with Mayo, I don't know how the Warriors could do much better in an Ellis deal. [...] Mayo is 6-4 and listed at 210 pounds, 20 or 30 pounds heavier than Ellis, easily. He's explosive, long, and a truer shooting guard with some ball-handling skills who would seem to have a better shot at blending with Curry. But Mayo, of course, is far from perfect: His defense, according to one source, has been 'dreadful' this season, and he does like to have the ball in his hands almost as much as Ellis. You can see why the W's wouldn't do this." (7:42 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Wojnarowski, Y! Sports: "The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached agreement on a six-player, three-team trade that lands them former All-Star forward Antawn Jamison(notes), league sources with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo! Sports. The Cavaliers are sending center Zydrunas Ilgauskas(notes) and a first-round pick to the Wizards. The Wizards also will receive Brian Skinner(notes) and Al Thornton(notes) from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Cavaliers will get point guard Sebastian Telfair(notes) from the Clippers. The Wizards will send Drew Gooden(notes) to the Clippers. The Washington Post first reported the Wizards had agreed to send Jamison to the Cavaliers." (6:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Alexa Steele, The Washington Post: "The Washington Wizards are closing in on a three-team trade that would send Antawn Jamison to Cleveland and Drew Gooden to an undisclosed Western Conference team, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The pieces that are being exchanged are unknown, but the Wizards are believed to be receiving Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round pick. More to come." (6:40 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Ford, TrueHoop: "It's rare that you hear a new name pop up on the trade front this late in the game, but two sources have told ESPN.com that the Grizzlies have let teams know Mike Conley(notes) can be had in exchange for cap relief and a good first-round pick. The Grizzlies have had an on-again, off-again relationship with Conley since his rookie season. And with Jamaal Tinsley(notes) in place, and O.J. Mayo capable of swinging to the point, it sounds like they're ready to cut bait if the right deal comes along." (5:12 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer: "Amare's agent tells AP that he expects Stoudemire to be traded. That is in his best interest, tho, b/c extension talks went nowhere. [...] This could be ploy by agent to force deal. Been some belief that b/c Suns are playing well they may hold off and attempt to deal in summer. [...] There are some indications out there that the Suns are getting close to giving Cavs an answer on Amar'e. As in very soon." (4:29 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Wojnarowski, Y! Sports: "After listening to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich disparage them over Pau Gasol's(notes) trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, would the Memphis Grizzlies be hesitant on making a deal with the Spurs? After all, veteran shooter Roger Mason(notes) is available in San Antonio and Memphis needs some scoring off its bench. Yes, sources say, the Grizzlies do have an interest with Mason and have the cap space to absorb much of his $3.7 million salary. But a league source says Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace still needs the OK from owner Michael Heisley to take on the contract. Mason has fallen out of the Spurs' rotation and the organization is working with his agent, Mark Bartelstein, to find a trade." (3:35 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Howard Beck, New York Times: "If the Knicks and the Houston Rockets consummate their proposed deal for Tracy McGrady(notes), the winner will probably be the Utah Jazz. The Jazz owns the Knicks' first-round pick in June. It will probably be a lottery pick, perhaps a high one. McGrady, if he becomes a Knick, will be counted on to change that outcome. But that is a tall order. [...] Without [Jared] Jeffries, Coach Mike D'Antoni would probably shift Wilson Chandler(notes) to power forward, which may be Chandler's best position anyway. McGrady would take Chandler's spot in the backcourt. Still, for all of McGrady's talent, he will make the Knicks worse on defense, not better. It will take him time to adjust to new teammates and a new system. And the toughest part of the Knicks' schedule awaits them. Every Knicks loss means more Ping-Pong balls for Utah, and a better chance of winning the No. 1 pick. If this trade goes through, Jazz officials may have a tough time containing their glee." (3:31 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Larry Coon, CBA Guru: "NY can take in $2,625,223 for Nate due to BYC, House makes $2,862,000. So NY needs to send out more. [...] Conversely, BOS can accept up to $3,677,750 for House, and Nate would be $4 million incoming. BOS needs to send out more too." (2:51 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Wojnarowski, Y! Sports: "Knicks and Celtics still talking on Nate Robinson-Eddie House, three sources say, but may not be a deal until tomorrow. [...] 'D'Antoni wants House, and (Boston) really wants Nate, so everyone is motivated here,' one source told Y! Sports." (2:25 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Alan Hahn, Newsday: "Nate Robinson trade with #Celtics done, I'm told. Getting details now ..." (2:11 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel: "I spoke briefly with Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith a few minutes ago, and he said nothing's changed since he spoke with the Sentinel's Brian Schmitz yesterday. In other words, Smith said he's still not inclined to make any deals before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. Of course, as Brian noted in his story today, Smith has proven to be an adept poker player. In the meantime, several Magic players were asked whether they follow the trade rumors that involve other teams. [...] 'I don't think you can, really,' [Ryan] Anderson said. 'There are so many different rumors that go on. Like last year with my trade, I had no idea I was going to be traded, because I'm not following it.'" (1:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Alex Kennedy: "While C.J. Watson(notes) to Orlando has been rumored, his camp hasn't heard anything and doubts that a deal will take place." (1:27 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Frank Isola, The New York Daily News: "A deal that would send Nate Robinson to Boston is 'getting close' according to a person close to the negotiations. The proposed trade would have Eddie House returning to the Knicks but the deal is complicated by the fact that Robinson's salary does not match with House's deal. Other players, draft picks and/or trade exceptions may have to be included in the deal. If the Knicks get a first-round pick out of the Celtics that could help them in their pursuit of Tracy McGrady. The Houston Rockets want first-round picks and in the proposed deal with the Knicks, Donnie Walsh would be sending Houston a 2012 first-round pick. The two teams would also flip flop first-round picks in 2011." (1:05 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Chris Mannix, SI: "Bobcats, Bucks high on Gooden's trade list, should the Wizards choose to deal him, source says." (12:54 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Ken Berger, CBSSports.com: "The Suns are positioned nicely, having the chance to shop Cleveland's offer of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, J.J. Hickson(notes) and a first-round pick to Miami and elsewhere in the hopes of squeezing out the best deal by 3 p.m. ET Thursday. Due to Jamison's age (33) and the $28 million left on his contract, Cleveland may not have to give up Hickson to get him. There's also leverage on the other side of the discussions, given that Phoenix's potential trade partners know there's virtually no chance Stoudemire will agree to an extension with the Suns. Given the nearly $10 million swing in luxury tax payments the Suns would experience by trading Stoudemire, plus the uncertainty presented by his early termination option, Phoenix also us under pressure to make a deal." (12:50 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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The Detroit News: "Tom Wilson has resigned his position as president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, a source told The Detroit News on Wednesday. Chief operating officer Alan Ostfield will take over Wilson's position, according to ClickOnDetroit.com. Wilson was not at his usual seat at The Palace Tuesday night during the Pistons' game against Minnesota." (12:42 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Zach Lowe, CelticsHub.com: "Alan Hahn, Newsday's outstanding Knicks beat guy, just Tweeted this: 'Just heard the Celtics/Nate Robinson situation getting warmer: Searching for 3rd team to make the deal happen because of N8's BYC contract.' And, then, this: 'Knicks will likely secure a draft pick in the Robinson swap with the Celtics. At least that's the goal here. Eddie House likely in the deal.' BYC=base-year compensation, and we covered it here last night. The Celtics need a third a team to take on salary they must send out to make the deal work but which the Knicks, because of Robinson's BYC status, cannot take onto their books. Memphis is a prime candidate for this role, and they would likely demand a sweetener for the right to essentially rent their cap space for the rest of the season. Knowing Memphis, that sweetener would likely be cash." (12:34 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk: "Julian Wright's name has not been coming up in trade talk, but he wishes it was. At least that's what he said on Twitter. 'Off to practice, thinking bout how I'm jealous of all these players that managed to get traded before Thursday ... Just saying, might need a change of scenery, of course I love New Orleans! Bought a house here. Not bout blaming anyone. Just thinkin bout the C. Fryes, S. Browns, and the G. Wallaces, of the league who just needed a change of scenery.'" (12:31 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Chris Mannix, SI: "The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the most proactive teams in trade talks over the last two weeks, but indications around the league are that the struggling Sixers may be pulling back before the deadline. Sources say Philadelphia — which has dangled Samuel Dalembert(notes), Andre Iguodala(notes) and Elton Brand(notes) in various deals — has been less involved in trade discussions over the last 48 hours. According to one source, Philadelphia's chances of making a deal before Thursday's deadline are '50-50' and that the team will not hold a fire sale for its available talent." (12:09 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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Spears, Y! Sports: "If the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets work out an agreement for Tracy McGrady, Knicks rookie Jordan Hill(notes) expects to be in the deal, a source close to him said. The Knicks have made it clear they'll be willing to include Hill if it helps them move Jared Jeffries'(notes) contract. Trading Hill and Jeffries would clear more than $9 million in salary-cap space, allowing the Knicks to possibly sign two max-level free agents this summer." (12:04 p.m. ET, Feb. 17)

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