Hakim Warrick

Eastern Notes: Bucks, Warrick, Ohlbrecht

The calm after the deadline storm has teams reconfiguring lineups and making minor moves to fill out open roster spots for the remainder of the season or simply the next 10 days. Let's catch up around the Eastern Conference for the latest news and stories making headlines.

  • The Bucks made the move to acquire J.J. Redick with the mindset of winning this season, according to ESPN.com (courtesy of the Associated Press). With a deep backcourt, Milwaukee will look to secure the seventh or eighth seed and shoot its way beyond the first round of the playoffs.
  • Don't expect Hakim Warrick to be out of work long if the Magic decide to release the former Syracuse star, writes Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). Bonnell points to the Celtics as a possible landing spot to help provide depth off the bench. 
  • D-League big man Tim Ohlbrecht reportedly turned down a 10-day contract from the Celtics, says Sportando. The German center has spent the season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers where he has averaged 13.3 PPG and 7.3 PPG.
  • Nets GM Billy King denies having had any interest in signing the newest member of the Knicks, Kenyon Martin, as the team already has enough frontcourt players at this point in the season, says Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Recap Of Deadline Trades

A complete recap of trades that were completed before Thursday's trade deadline:

Magic, Bobcats To Swap McRoberts, Warrick

The Magic and Bobcats have agreed to a trade that will send Josh McRoberts to Charlotte and Hakim Warrick to Orlando, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). The Magic are expected to waive Warrick after the deal becomes official, according to Sam Amick of SI.com (Twitter link). It's the second time Warrick has been dealt this season, as the Hornets traded him for Matt Carroll in November.

The Hornets and Warrick had been working on a buyout before the early-season trade, and it appears that's what the Magic will pursue as well. Warrick making $4MM this season, with a team option for $4MM that's likely to disappear unless another club claims him off waivers. McRoberts is making $3.135MM this season in the final year of an expiring deal, so the deal lines up well for salary-matching purposes.

Warrick was averaging 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 17.9 minutes per game with the Bobcats this season, and made 14 starts, but has appeared in only one game this month, as a reserve. McRoberts has put up 3.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG in 16.7 MPG this year for Orlando after coming over in the Dwight Howard blockbuster. The 6'10" power forward has shown versatility this season, guarding multiple positions, but he has seen his minutes cut recently as well, getting 14.8 MPG this month after seeing 21.4 MPG in January.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors contributed to this post.

Hakim Warrick, Hornets Were Working On Buyout

Soon after the Hornets traded Hakim Warrick to the Bobcats for Matt Carroll this week, Carroll and New Orleans began talks about a buyout for the swingman, who's making $3.5MM in the final season of his deal. Lang Greene of HoopsWorld reports the Hornets had been engaged in buyout discussions for Warrick, too.

Warrick, who's making $4MM this year on a contract with a team option for another $4MM next season, had trouble fitting into Hornets coach Monty Williams' style of play, according to Greene. He played in only one regular season game for New Orleans after averaging 14.4 minutes per game in 35 contests for the Suns last year. Warrick came to the Hornets as part of the Robin Lopez trade this summer. 

It's not entirely clear why New Orleans seems so intent on engineering a buyout. The Hornets have about $63.941MM in salary commitments this season, so a buyout for Warrick wouldn't have gotten them under the $58.044MM salary cap, just as a buyout for Carroll wouldn't. The team has 14 players on the roster, 12 of whom have fully guaranteed deals.

Odds & Ends: Udoh, Howard, Knicks, Warrick

The latest news and notes from around the NBA on Friday evening:

  • Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that Bucks center Ekpe Udoh is finding ways to contribute outside of the stat sheet.
  • Josh Howard is looking forward to helping the injury-plagued Timberwolves. (AP link via NBA.com)
  • Al Iannazzone of Newsday.com writes that the Knicks' age has worked in their favor so far as they've begun the season 6-0.
  • The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell believes that Hakim Warrick, acquired this week from the Hornets for Matt Carroll, can help the Bobcats this season.
  • Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer writes that the Cavs' Tristan Thompson has been more active this season.

Bobcats, Hornets Swap Carroll For Warrick

3:10pm: The Bobcats have officially acquired Warrick in exchange for Carroll, confirms B.J. Evans, the team's vice president of communications (Twitter link).

With Carroll not part of the Bobcats' rotation, president Rod Higgins viewed the move as a no-risk opportunity to upgrade the club's frontcourt depth, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer (Twitter link).

3:02pm: There is a trade "in the works" between the Bobcats and Hornets, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Stein reports (via Twitter) that the two sides are negotiating a swap involving Matt Carroll and Hakim Warrick, though it's not clear if a deal is imminent or just being discussed.

Both Carroll and Warrick are playing on similar expiring contracts, with Carroll earning $3.5MM in the final year of his deal, while Warrick is earning $4MM for the Hornets. Warrick also has a team option for next season, but it's not believed to include any guaranteed money, and almost certainly won't be picked up. Either way, New Orleans would be saving a little salary in the event of a deal.

A change of scenery could be beneficial for both players, who aren't seeing much playing time this season. After appearing in 53 contests for the Bobcats last season, Carroll has played just six minutes in one game this season. Warrick, meanwhile, saw seven minutes of action in his lone game for the Hornets last week.

Warrick has already been part of one trade this year, having been included by the Suns in the Hornets' sign-and-trade deal for Robin Lopez back in July.

Southwest Notes: Rockets, Hornets, Mavericks

Here's a roundup of tonight's links from the Southwest division…

Suns, Hornets, Wolves Complete Three-Team Trade

7:40pm: The amount of cash going to the Hornets from the Suns is about $1.15MM, tweets Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

12:16pm: The Suns, Hornets, and Timberwolves have officially completed a three-team trade that will send Robin Lopez to the Hornets and Wesley Johnson to the Suns, the teams announced today. Per a Hornets press release, the deal breaks down as follows:

  • Hornets acquire: Robin Lopez (from Suns), Hakim Warrick (from Suns), cash (from Suns)
  • Suns acquire: Wesley Johnson (from Timberwolves), Brad Miller (from Hornets), Jerome Dyson (from Hornets), 2013 first-round pick (from Timberwolves)
  • Timberwolves acquire: 2013 second-round pick (from Hornets), 2014 second-round pick (from Suns), 2016 second-round pick (from Hornets)

Lopez is the only player changing hands who was not previously under contract, so New Orleans receives him as part of a sign-and-trade. His contract is for three years and about $15.3MM, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Dyson's contract is non-guaranteed, and Miller, who has a partially-guaranteed deal, is expected to retire, so Phoenix will likely waive both of those players in the near future. The first-round pick the Suns acquire from the T-Wolves will be either the Wolves' or Grizzlies' pick depending on those teams' performances. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the details (via Twitter).

Two of the three picks the Timberwolves receive in the deal are ones they sent to the Hornets earlier this month. The 2013 second-rounder is Brooklyn's, the 2016 second-rounder is New Orleans', and the 2014 second-rounder is the Lakers, acquired by Phoenix in the Steve Nash trade.

Now that the trade is complete, Minnesota should have the cap space to finalize its signing of Andrei Kirilenko.

Kyler On Thunder, Howard, Crawford, Young

Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld wraps up his look at trade options for all 30 NBA clubs today, running alphabetically from Oklahoma City through Washington. You can find our recaps of the first two installments in the series here and here. Now, let's round up a few of the highlights from Kyler in part three….

  • The Thunder aren't actively engaged in any trade talks, but if they're concerned about Thabo Sefolosha's foot injury lingering, they could look into acquiring a defensive-minded replacement.
  • Sources close to the Dwight Howard process say the Magic are at least 50% sure they can keep D12 around for another season, if not longer. If that's the case, a blockbuster trade involving Howard is unlikely. Orlando is working hard to acquire pieces around its star center, though the team's lack of assets is making it a challenge.
  • Daniel Orton is "a safe bet" to be traded by the Magic.
  • While the 76ers have trade chips, they're unlikely to make a move before the deadline.
  • The Suns would gladly move Josh Childress, Hakim Warrick, or Robin Lopez.
  • Kyler hears from sources close to Jamal Crawford that the Blazers guard hasn't requested a trade, but that he wouldn't be opposed to being sent to a less chaotic situation.
  • The Spurs haven't had "meaningful discussions" with any potential trade partners, and will probably stand pat at the deadline.
  • The Raptors may be active in the next ten days, but Toronto continues to turn away proposals for Andrea Bargnani.
  • Although the Jazz have some strong trade assets, they probably would want to include Devin Harris in any deals, which could turn off potential suitors for other players.
  • Having accepted a qualifying offer from the Wizards this season, Nick Young can veto any deal that sends him out of town. However, Kyler hears that Young would welcome a move.