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Garnett, Afflalo, Jackson, Dragic, Knight, Thomas move at crazy NBA trade deadline


On an insane Thursday, NBA front offices sprinted to the finish line as the trade deadline approached. Here’s the rundown of the biggest deals that went down, courtesy of ESPN’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, TNT’s David Aldridge, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

• The Minnesota Timberwolves traveled through time to bring Kevin Garnett back in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn receives power forward Thaddeus Young in return, who will be a free agent this summer. (h/t Aldridge)

• The Phoenix Suns shipped off beleaguered point guard Goran Dragic, who will join Pat Riley’s Miami Heat. The Heat gave Miami two future first-round picks, Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Jordan Hamilton for Dragic. (h/t Stein, Wojnarowski)

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• The Oklahoma City Thunder sent off a dispirited point guard of their own, parting ways with Reggie Jackson. He’ll end up with the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal; the Thunder net Utah Jazz big man Enes Kanter, Pistons reserve guard D.J. Augustin, and Pistons guard Kyle Singler. The Jazz receive Kendrick Perkins, and they are expected to waive the veteran and allow him to join a contending team, with the Los Angeles Clippers as a looming possibility.

• Arron Afflalo was sent from the Denver Nuggets to the Portland Trail Blazers. Alonzo Gee will join him with the Blazers, who send a future first-round pick, Thomas Robinson, Will Barton and Victor Claver to the Rockies. (h/t Windhorst)

• The Boston Celtics, Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers did a four-team deal. Isaiah Thomas goes from Phoenix to Boston, the Bucks pick up Michael Carter-Williams from Philly and Tyler Ennis from the Suns; Phoenix gets Brandon Knight from Milwaukee and Marcus Thornton from Boston, and the 76ers end up with their favorite thing: more draft picks. (h/t Stein, Wojnarowski)

— John Wilmes