7:15 PM PST, February 20, 2014
NEW YORK — The Indiana Pacers decided Evan Turner gave them a better shot against Miami than Danny Granger.
Many other teams decided there wasn't much worth doing.
Big names and big deals were mostly absent Thursday from the NBA's trade deadline, with the Pacers' late-day swap with Philadelphia the one that could have the biggest impact on the playoff race.
Indiana sent Granger and a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Turner and Lavoy Allen, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was still awaiting league approval.
It gives the Pacers a potential upgrade in Turner, the former No. 2 overall pick whose average of 17.4 points is about twice that of Granger, who is still working his way back from a series of injuries.
Kevin Love and Rajon Rondo spent weeks in trade rumors, but the only mention of Love on Thursday was when he denied that he had already told Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders that he wouldn't stay once he became a free agent after next season.
"At the end of the day I just want to play basketball," Love said. "I don't want to think about, you know, whether or not I'm going to be here or somewhere else in 2015-2016, whenever it is."
Rondo stayed with the Celtics, one of the many teams around the NBA focused much more on the future.
With the potential for a loaded draft in June, a 2015 free-agent class that could include Love and Rondo, and stricter penalties in the collective bargaining agreement, many teams weren't eager to add salary, especially with so few of them having a realistic chance to win the NBA championship.
The Pacers do, so they traded away their former leading scorer to add Turner after recently signing Andrew Bynum. They entered Thursday two games up on Miami but haven't been sharp lately and hope Turner can provide a spark.
Andre Miller finally got out of Denver and landed as John Wall's backup in Washington, while Gary Neal can help Charlotte chase a playoff spot after being traded from Milwaukee.
The 76ers also dealt Spencer Hawes to Cleveland, which needs a big man while Anderson Varejao remains out because of a bad back.