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Heat Turned Down Evan Turner For Haslem Offer From 76ers

The Miami Heat were offered Evan Turner in a trade by the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the deadline with Udonis Haslem being the only significant piece they would have had to send in return.

The Heat didn't make the trade, at least in part because they didn't like how it would look to deal one of the club's longest tenured players.

The Indiana Pacers, however, traded Danny Granger to the 76ers for Turner.

Haslem has twice given up in excess of $10 million to remain with the Heat.

Via Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Nuggets Discussed Faried In Trades For '14 First Or Quality Wing Player On Rookie Deal

The Denver Nuggets targeted a handful of teams to inquire their interest in aquiring Kenneth Faried for a 2014 first round pick or a quality wing player on a rookie contract, according to sources.

The Nuggets reportedly has been willing to trade Faried in part because they fear that he will demand an eight-figure salary in free agency.

Faried said he would like to remain with the Nuggets.

"Ty and I — we’re the cornerstones of the franchise now,” Faried said. “It’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Faried is eligible for a contract extension in the offseason. If he and the Nuggets do not agree to new deal by Oct. 31, he will become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Report: Bulls, Warriors Discussed Jimmy Butler For Harrison Barnes Deal Before Deadline

The Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors discussed a Jimmer Butler-for-Harrison Barnes swap prior to the February trade deadline, according to a report.

It is reportedly unclear which team said no in the talks.

Butler has averaged 13.2 points and five rebounds this season while Barnes has averaged 9.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Via Peter Vecsey/Twitter

Amar'e Stoudemire Wants To Remain With Knicks Despite Possible Trade Inquiries

Amar'e Stoudemire could receive trade inquiries in the offseason due to his expiring contract.

Stoudemire hopes to remain with the New York Knicks and be part of a potentially successful rebuild under the direction of Phil Jackson.

"I think the near future is very bright because we have a great nucleus with Tyson and Carmelo and myself, and now Phil Jackson," Stoudemire said. "Those are all highlights that manifested from me signing here in 2010, when I came here to help the Knicks win.

"That's why I don't want to leave. I want to be here for the long haul and do whatever it takes to win, so whatever sacrifices I have to make, I will be willing to make them."

Via Jared Zwerling/Bleacher Report

Rockets Attempted To Trade For Kyle Lowry At Deadline

The Houston Rockets attempted to trade for Kyle Lowry ahead of the deadline, according to sources.

Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors by the Rockets in the 2012 offseason.

Lowry has been one of the NBA's best point guards this season and will be a coveted free agent.

"I would have done things differently in Houston," Lowry said. "I really respected Kevin McHale. I wish I would have had an opportunity to play for him longer. The things he was teaching me, well, I didn't understand right away. When you get away from someone, though, see it from the outside looking in, you go back and think, 'Damn, I could've learned some more things from the guy.'

"I wanted to stay with Coach Adelman and needed to get over that. [McHale] came in with a different philosophy, and I wish I could've adapted to it quicker."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Raptors 'Tried Frantically' To Acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo On Draft Night

The Toronto Raptors "tried frantically" to acquire a top-15 pick in last June's draft in order to select Giannis Antetokounmpo.

John Hammond had decided 72 hours before the draft that the Milwaukee Bucks would select Antetokounmpo if he fell to them at No. 15.

Many NBA executives believed that Antetokounmpo received a promise from the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick.

Via Antetokounmpo
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