With the NBA trade deadline looming, the chaos of moves — and countless rumors — started to play out across the league Tuesday. Following an earlier Twitter report from Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto suggesting a deal was possible, ESPN’s Chris Broussard tweeted that Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris had been dealt to the Detroit Pistons for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova.
Harris was reportedly happy to be moving from the Magic — currently 11th in the Eastern Conference — to the marginally more successful ninth-placed Pistons. “I’m ready to make the playoffs!” Harris told ESPN in a text message. With All-Star Weekend in the rear-view mirror, Detroit remains a half-game behind the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Source: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings @ Ersan Ilyasova
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 16, 2016
The deal between the Pistons and Magic, could be just the beginning in a hectic trade deadline. As fans tinker with the ESPN Trade Machine — testing the viability of possible moves for their favorite team — teams will work to see if an attractive deal becomes available. They have until the 2016 trade deadline on Thursday Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. EST to work on deals.
Last year’s trade deadline featured a bevy of eleventh-hour deals, including the Miami Heat acquiring Goran Dragić, the Phoenix Suns dealing for Brandon Knight and Kevin Garnett going back to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A number of players have had their names floated in the NBA rumor mill. Among the marquee players perhaps on the market are Atlanta Hawk Al Horford, Denver Nugget Kenneth Faried and Houston Rocket Dwight Howard. Two huge names that have been connected to rumors — Cleveland Cavalier Kevin Love and Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin — might be unlikely to move before Thursday, but ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that superstar Griffin is no longer “untouchable.”
To keep tabs on who has officially moved teams, check in with the NBA’s transaction tracker, which can be found here.