- The Grizzlies were the team that offered for first-round picks to the Nets for forward Mikal Bridges, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. Bridges was acquired as part of the trade with the Suns for Kevin Durant.
- Star point guard Ja Morant expressed excitement about the trade that delivered shooting guard Luke Kennard from the Clippers. “He came in, had a little smile on his face, he was laughing with us,” Morant said, via Evan Barnes of the Commercial Appeal. “We had to welcome him to the team the right way.”
- Talks surrounding Durant over the summer also involved Bridges and forward Cam Johnson, per Scotto. Johnson and Jae Crowder were also sent to the Nets ahead of the trade deadline, with Crowder being re-routed to the Bucks.
- Center Deandre Ayton was not involved with the trade discussions with the Nets for salary-cap reasons, Scotto added.
The Celtics discussed forward Grant Williams with several teams ahead of the deadline, as Williams will be a free agent at season’s end, per Scotto.
“Some teams valued acquiring Williams before the deadline because they would have retained his Bird Rights,” Scotto wrote.
- Celtics president Brad Stevens said guard/forward Jaylen Brown will not need surgery for the facial fracture suffered in a game last week. Boston has not yet determined how much time Brown will miss.
- The Hornets intend to make it a priority to re-sign forwards Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington this offseason, per Scotto. Bridges is on probation as the result of domestic violence allegations and is not expected to play this season. He’s a restricted free agent.
- Forward Jalen McDaniels, acquired in a trade with the Hornets, is expected to draw interest from the Pacers, Spurs and Jazz in free agency, per Scotto. The 76ers are also expected to try to keep him.
- In essence, the Sixers replaced forward Matisse Thybulle, traded to the Trail Blazers, with McDaniels.