Hot-and-cold Hawks star Josh Smith will be around for at least the rest of the season after Atlanta failed to move him before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks kept leading scorer Josh Smith for another playoff run, but acquired veteran Dahntay Jones from the Dallas Mavericks in a smaller trade for shooting guard Anthony Morrow.
The Hawks explored dealing Smith right up until Thursday’s trade deadline. His contract expires after the season. He has averaged 17.2 points a game.
Morrow and Jones are both in the final years of their contracts. Morrow averaged 5.2 points and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers in 24 games, while Jones has averaged 3.5 points in 50 games for the Mavs.
NBA TRADE ROUNDUP: While few big names were moved at Thursday’s NBA trading deadline, a flurry of last-minute deals kept the league busy.
One of the busiest teams was the Phoenix Suns, who announced the acquisition of second-year forward Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets for a second-round pick in 2013, uniting him with identical twin Markieff.
Born seven minutes apart, the pair was drafted about five minutes apart, chosen with consecutive picks in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Suns and Rockets, respectively. The two also played together for three years at the University of Kansas.
The Morris twins are the second set of twins in NBA history to become teammates, joining Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, who were teammates with the Suns in 1976-77.
The Suns also acquired Hamed Haddadi of the Toronto Raptors for guard Sebastian Telfair.
--- The Oklahoma City Thunder also made two trades, acquiring shooting guard Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks and dealing backup point guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Thunder sent a 2014 second-round pick to the Knicks, and secured the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis to complete the transactions.
Brewer began the year as a starter for the Knicks, but saw just eight minutes a game in January and is averaging three a game this month. He’s averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds this season.
The emergence of Reggie Jackson at the backup point guard spot made Maynor expendable for OKC. He had shot just 31.3 percent from the field, and hadn’t played double-digit minutes in a game since Dec. 17.
Printezis, 27, is currently playing for Olympiakos in the Greek League.
--- In the largest deal of the day, the Milwaukee Bucks acquired J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith from the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb.
Redick is averaging a career-high 15.1 points a game this season, and is 11th in the league with 117 3-pointers.
The Magic also picked up Hakim Warrick from the Charlotte Bobcats for forward Josh McRoberts.
Warrick and McRoberts have both seen limited playing time this season. Warrick has averaged 17.5 minutes in 28 games, with 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. McRoberts has played in 41 games, and has averaged 16.7 minutes, 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.
--- The biggest name traded was Jordan Crawford, who was dealt to the Boston Celtics from the Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.
Crawford will slide into a bench role vacated by Barbosa, who will miss the rest of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL.
The 24-year-old, was the 27th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He’s averaging 13.2 points, 3.7 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game, while starting 12 of 43 games. His playing time has decreased since the return of John Wall.