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Big clubs keep moves low key as trade deadline passes

AFP , LOS ANGELES

The NBA trade deadline passed on Thursday with little fanfare as elite clubs kept their moves low key.

The Cavs were rumored to be interested in both the Suns’ Amare Stoudemire and Shaquille O’Neal, while the Spurs reportedly looked at Vince Carter of the Nets and Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace.

Led by All-Stars LeBron James and Mo Williams, Cleveland had been looking to add one more frontcourt presence, but apparently didn’t get a deal they wanted.

The reigning NBA champion Celtics reportedly triggered one small deal, dealing little-used center Patrick O’Bryant to Toronto Raptors.

Point guard Will Solomon and cash considerations were sent to the Sacramento Kings, who sent a conditional future second-round draft selection to Boston.

The biggest deals involved the New York Knicks who traded for guard Larry Hughes and forward Chris Wilcox in separate moves. The Knicks obtained Hughes from the Chicago Bulls for center Jerome James, forward Tim Thomas and guard Anthony Roberson. Wilcox arrived from the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Malik Rose.

Another significant trade saw the Houston Rockets send point guard Rafer Alston to Orlando.

The three-team trade has the Memphis Grizzlies sending guard Kyle Lowry to the Rockets, who would receive a first-round draft selection from the Magic. Houston also acquired Orlando forward Brian Cook.

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