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National analysis of Thursday’s NBA trades

02.25.11 at 12:13 pm ET
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Although the Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams trades earlier this week made the biggest NBA headlines, Thursday, the day of the trade deadline, was the busiest day in terms of the number of deals.

The Thursday deal receiving the most attention, especially around here, is the Celtics‘ trade of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

Here at WEEI.com, Paul Flannery writes that the trade was a bold move that Danny Ainge agonized over before deciding to take the gamble. Flannery says the deal could turn out to be brilliant, or it could end up looking reckless.

Out in Oklahoma City, Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman writes that Perkins gives the Thunder some much-needed toughness in the low post and that he should fit in perfectly with what the team is trying to do. Tramel says Green will be missed and other guys will have to step up to replace his scoring, but that the trade ultimately makes the Thunder better.

Also busy on Thursday were the Rockets, who sent Shane Battier and Ish Smith to the Grizzlies for Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll and a first-round pick. Moisekapenda Bower of Fox Sports Houston writes that the Rockets are looking to the future with this deal and waving the white flag for this season. The Memphis Flyer’s Chris Herrington says Battier gives the Grizzlies a defensive boost and some depth while also ridding them of a “colossal bust” in Thabeet.

The Rockets also traded Aaron Brooks to the Suns for Goran Dragic and a first-round pick. Bower says acquiring Dragic and a first-round pick, along with the other first-round pick from the Battier deal, give the Rockets some solid building blocks for the future. In Phoenix, Suns president Lon Babby told Sports 620 KTAR that Brooks makes the team better this season, but that he doesn’t expect him to be Steve Nash‘s heir apparent at point guard.

Meanwhile, the Clippers dealt Baron Davis and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Lisa Dillman and Baxter Holmes write in The Los Angeles Times that the move gives the Clippers future salary cap flexibility and officially makes Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon the leaders of the team. Rick Noland of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram says the trade brightens the Cavaliers’ future by giving them an unprotected first-round pick.

Finally, the Bobcats surprised everyone by sending franchise player Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two first-round picks. John Canzano of The Oregonian writes that the deal gives the Trail Blazers something to celebrate and calls it a “slam-dunk trade.” Meanwhile, Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says the move makes the Bobcats “terrible” and rids them of the only star they’ve ever had simply because they didn’t want to pay him.

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Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright to have season-ending surgery

02.25.11 at 9:25 am ET
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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and miss the entire 2011 season, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Wainwright injured his right elbow during a bullpen session Monday and Mozeliak told the AP on Wednesday that “things do not look encouraging.” He said the severity of the injury was confirmed Wednesday night after Wainwright went for a second opinion.

“It’s not a real surprise to us but certainly a disappointment,” Mozeliak said. “As we look to the future now we certainly believe we still have a strong starting rotation. Now we’re going to have to look to try to fill it in terms of a fifth spot.”

The 29-year-old Wainwright went 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA and finished second in National League Cy Young voting last season. His injury leaves the Cardinals with a rotation of Chris Carpenter, Kyle Lohse, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and whoever wins the battle for the fifth spot.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has Bieber Fever

02.25.11 at 7:41 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
No games scheduled

SATURDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 8 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently was impressed by teenage idol Justin Bieber‘s MVP performance at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game last Friday in Los Angeles. Speaking the night before Thursday afternoon’s NBA trade deadline, Cuban joked that he would not rule out signing the pop star, who turns 17 on Tuesday.

“If I signed Dennis Rodman, I’m not about signing Justin Bieber ‘€” if he’s old enough to play,” Cuban said. “I don’t know if he’s eligible. Could you check on that for me, because I’ll sign him. We can ask for an exception for Bieber Fever.”

‘™¦ One year after saying his team would win the Super Bowl this past season, Jets coach Rex Ryan again guaranteed a championship. “I guarantee we’ll win it this year,” Ryan said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “I believe that we’ll be the team that wins it, period. I feel it.”

‘™¦ The NHL is different from other leagues in the way that teams are able to send veteran players to the minors. In The Wall Street Journal, Kevin Clark looks at the odd situation of millionaire players toiling before sparse minor league crowds. Meanwhile, Wes Goldstein at CBSSports.com writes that it’s a seller’s market at the trading deadline.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 25, 1982, which former standout major league pitcher with local roots signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox?

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Rockets trade away Aaron Brooks, Shane Battier

02.25.11 at 7:16 am ET
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The Rockets traded point guard Aaron Brooks to the Suns for fellow point guard Goran Dragic, and also sent forward Shane Battier and guard Ish Smith to the Grizzlies for center Hasheem Thabeet and forward DeMarre Carroll.

The Grizzlies, who reportedly tried to trade guard O.J. Mayo to the Pacers, are trying to stay in the playoff hunt. At 32-27, they hold the eighth spot in the West.

“It is important to us that we make the playoffs, that we do go to the playoffs,” Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said. “Quite bluntly, we think that Shane at this point in time would be more productive.”

Clippers send Baron Davis to Cavs

02.25.11 at 7:08 am ET
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Point guard Baron Davis was sent by the Clippers to the Cavaliers along with a 2011 first-round draft pick for guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon.

“I hope he looks at this as an opportunity again to put all the doubters and change everybody’s mind over the type of guy he is and type of player he is,” said Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, who clashed with Davis when he coached him on the Hornets. “This is a fresh start for him.”

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Mediator claims ‘some progress’ in NFL negotiations

02.25.11 at 7:03 am ET
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After a week of overseeing meetings between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and union boss DeMaurice Smith, mediator George Cohen said in a written statement “strong differences remain on the all-important core issues,” but that “at bottom, some progress was made.”

The sides will meet with the mediator again next week, days before the collective bargaining agreement expires on Thursday.

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Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera says he will enter treatment

02.25.11 at 6:59 am ET
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Tigers star Miguel Cabrera arrived at spring training Thursday and said he will undergo treatment after being arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving.

Cabrera apologized for his behavior and said he has been working on his treatment in Detroit and his home in Venezuela.

“I am very sorry for what I have done,” Cabrera said through a translator. “I have worked hard for a period of time and I hope everyone forgives me. All I ask for is forgiveness.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NFL lockout would leave Foxboro ‘in serious financial trouble’

02.24.11 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Players and owners aren’t the only ones who would be affected by an NFL lockout. The town of Foxboro would be devastated to lose as much as $1.1 million in stadium ticket revenue generated by the Patriots, as explained in a story in The Attleboro Sun-Chronicle. “If the lockout occurs for a year, the town will be in serious financial trouble,” town manager Kevin Paicos said. Finance director Randy Scollins added that the pending lockout “would basically wipe out Foxboro’s capital budget.”

‘™¦ The Jazz shocked the NBA Wednesday by trading All-Star point guard Deron Williams to the Nets. In The Salt Lake Tribune, Gordon Monson writes that Utah traded “a problem for a project.” In the New York Daily News, Filip Bondy writes that the Nets have to be able to re-sign Williams, whose contract expires after next season.

‘™¦ The NCAA released its report on violations committed at Tennessee, re-igniting calls for basketball coach Bruce Pearl‘s head. With accusations leveled at the football team as well, Stewart Mandel at SI.com writes that athletic director Mike Hamilton needs to face the music.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 24, 2004, the Coyotes made a coaching change, replacing which former Bruins assistant with which former B’s head coach?

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Read More: Bruce Pearl, Deron Williams, Foxboro, patriots

Report: Jets’ Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum will appear in ‘CSI: New York’ episode

02.23.11 at 12:13 pm ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum will shoot a scene for the show “CSI: New York” on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.

The episode is expected to air this spring, the article said.

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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright injures throwing elbow

02.23.11 at 11:07 am ET
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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has injured his throwing elbow and is returning to St. Louis to have it examined by team doctors, according to The Associated Press.

General manager John Mozeliak said “things do not look encouraging” for Wainwright, who won 20 games last season and finished second in National League Cy Young voting.

Mozeliak said Wainwright injured the elbow on his third to last pitch during a bullpen session Monday.

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