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Trade Deadline Recap

Wizards' Crawford to Celtics for Collins, Barbosa

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jordan Crawford got so disgruntled that theWashington Wizards traded him away for a pair of expiring contracts.

The Wizards sent Crawford, who has led the team in scoring 17 times this season, to Boston Celtics for center Jason Collins and injured guard Leandro Barbosa at Thursday's trade deadline.

''Jordan did not fit into our current plans ... or our future plans,'' Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said.

A streaky scorer, Crawford carried much of the offensive load in November and December, but he has been unhappy with his role since John Wall returned from a knee injury last month. Crawford started taking rash jumpers outside of the offensive game plan, and his playing time dwindled to zero. He unhappily flung his jersey into the stands after failing to play for the fourth straight game as he walked off the court following Tuesday's loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Thunder add Brewer, send Maynor to Portland

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With Reggie Jackson taking over as the backup to All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, theOklahoma City Thunder shipped free-agent-to-be Eric Maynor to Portland on Thursday and picked up a trade exception to use during the offseason or early next season.

Oklahoma City also attempted to bolster its backcourt for the rest of this season by sending a 2014 second-round draft pick to New York for Ronnie Brewer, a frequent starter who has been on playoff teams five of his first six years in the NBA.

The Thunder have the second-best record in the Western Conference, despite losing three games in a row.

Heat send Pittman, pick to Grizzlies

MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Heat now have an open roster spot, just in case someone comes along and intrigues the reigning NBA champions before the season enters the home stretch.

And in return, the Memphis Grizzlies got a big man.

The Heat sent backup center Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick in this year's draft to the Grizzlies on Thursday for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez. The teams struck the deal not long before the NBA's 3 p.m. trading deadline, with the Grizzlies using a trade exception to make the deal a reality.

''I want to thank Dexter for his hard work and professional attitude,'' Heat President Pat Riley said in a release distributed by the team. ''Unfortunately, in order to gain roster flexibility we had to trade someone. We wish him nothing but the best.''

Suns trade G Telfair to Raptors for Haddadi, pick

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have traded point guardSebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors for center Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

The pick will be the later of either the Sacramento or Toronto selections.

Telfair lost his job as backup to Goran Dragic when the Suns parted ways with coach Alvin Gentry, and interim coach Lindsey Hunter opted for rookie Kendall Marshall. It will be the seventh team for Telfair since he came to the NBA directly out of high school in 2004.

Haddadi is a 7-foot-2 Iranian who was dealt to Toronto by Memphis as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors. Haddadi has played in just 13 games this season, all for Memphis, averaging 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Mavs try to bolster perimeter offense at deadline

DALLAS (AP) -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban marveled at how unusually quiet things were before Thursday's trade deadline.

That never changed much, although Dallas did make a minor swap of guards with Atlanta, sending defensive specialist Dahntay Jonesto the Hawks for Anthony Morrow in hopes of adding a 3-point threat alongside O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter.

Morrow, like so many other Mavericks, has an expiring contract, which means any substantial upgrades of the Dallas roster will have to wait for the summer when Dwight Howard and Chris Paul top the list of unrestricted free agents.

For now, the Mavericks add Morrow in their push to extend a 12-year playoff streak. Dallas is 4 1/2 games behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Photo: Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) works to get past New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Washington. The Wizards won 106-96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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