Odds & Ends: Onuaku, Collins, Johnson, Faried

Danny Granger was the biggest name involved in a deadline deal and Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee explains why that might have been the case.  “We’ve seen a trend toward teams being much more cautious and careful about how aggressive they are about trading for longer-term contracts, and that’s because of the luxury tax,” Tom Penn, an ESPN analyst and former Blazers vice president of basketball operations told Jones. “The other major change in the new deal is draft picks have become more coveted, and that’s because teams can no longer throw cash into trades as aggressively.”  The old CBA allowed clubs to include as much as $3MM in a trade.  The current CBA says that teams can only trade up to $3.2MM on the year.  More from around the league..

  • The Cavs announced that they have recalled Arinze Onuaku from the Canton Charge of the D-League.  Onuaku has appeared in 27 games for the Charge this season with averages of 14.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 1.0 BPG in 24.2 MPG.
  • Even with the Nets‘ signing of Jason Collins and the Clippers’ agreement with Glen Davis, those teams are still possible destinations for Ivan Johnson, tweets Shams Charania of RealGM.com.
  • Charania spoke with Kenneth Faried about all the trade talk surrounding him leading up to the trade deadline on Thursday.  “I’m not surprised at all that my name was in trade situations, because I am a good player and people do want me,” the Nuggets forward said. “It just makes me that much more aware of how many other teams want me and like me.
  • Sometimes, the best moves are the ones that you don’t make.  Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders argues that the Rockets didn’t need a blockbuster deal at the deadline.
  • Keith Schlosser of Knicks Journal wonders if the Knicks would have signed Collins.
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