The 2013 NBA trade deadline came and went without any major activity. Gar Forman and John Paxson opted not to make any moves, due in large part to financial restrictions of a hard salary cap at $74 million, but the Milwaukee Bucks were active as they look to remain in the playoff hunt.
The Bucks, now 6.5 games back of the division-leading Pacers, made perhaps the biggest splash of the deadline by acquiring shooting guard J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic. The Bucks also receive point guard Ish Smith and center Gustavo Ayton, and send back point guard Beno Udrih, small forward Tobias Harris and rookie shooting guard Doron Lamb in the deal.
Redick is in the midst of a career-year, averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 3-pointers per game. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Ayon has a team-option of $1.5 million and Smith has a player-option of $985,000 at the end of this season. The Bucks shed some some cap space in the move, which should help in matching any contract point guard Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent this offseason, may receive from another team.
Chicago was floated as a potential destination for the 28-year-old Redick, but without a suitor for Rip Hamilton and his $5 million salary, the Bulls were severely limited to any moves they could make.
The bigger story in Milwaukee, however, was the deal Bucks general manager John Hammond failed to make, as the Atlanta Hawks pulled out at the last minute of a three-team deal that would have involved forward Josh Smith. The Magic were the third team in the proposed deal, but it fell apart right before the 2 p.m. CT deadline. Milwaukee was thought to be dangling shooting guard Monta Ellis in a deal, but the core backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Ellis will stay in tact for at least the remainder of this season.
Pro Basketball Talk has a list of everything that went down (and didn't go down) today at the trade deadline.