Thursday's roundup: Suns move Dragic; Knight to Phoenix
Phoenix — The three point guard experiment the Suns had been toying with is over.
People with knowledge of the trades say two of the three, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, were among five players traded by the Suns on Thursday.
Dragic went to the Heat, and Thomas to the Celtics. The Suns sent a third point guard, rookie Tyler Ennis, to the Bucks, along with forward Miles Plumlee. Dragic's brother, Zoran, also went to the Heat.
Those who confirmed the trades did not want to be identified because the deals have not been made public pending a routine review by the NBA office.
The main acquisition of the Suns is Brandon Knight, a Bucks starter and former Pistons player who plays the point but probably will start alongside point guard Eric Bledsoe in the overhauled Phoenix backcourt.
Knight, drafted eighth overall in 2011 by the Pistons, was traded to the Bucks before the 2013-14 season for Brandon Jennings. Knight averaged 17.8 points, 5.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds with Milwaukee..
Milwaukee traded Knight in a three-team deal that also sent Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia to Milwaukee.
Other trades in a busy day around the league:
■Kevin Garnett is coming back to the place where it began.
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Timberwolves are sending forward Thaddeus Young to the Nets for Garnett.
Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota. He guided the Timberwolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history and was MVP while leading them to the Western Conference finals in 2004.
After winning a title in Boston, Garnett is nearing the end of a brilliant career and now could finish it in front of a crowd that continues to adore him.
Garnett had to waive a no-trade clause to allow the deal to go through.
■The Jazz has reportedly traded Enes Kanter to the Thunder for fellow center Kendrick Perkins. Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in 2011, said last week he wanted to be traded. He was unhappy with his minutes.
■The Wizards acquired Ramon Sessions from the Kings for Andre Miller.
There were so many players on the move in deals agreed to shortly before the 3 p.m. deadline that most of the transactions were still awaiting NBA approval hours later.
The Trail Blazers Terry Porter knew former teammate Jerome Kersey was special.
There was the talent on the court, but also something more lasting: the "joy and his smile, the way he embraced life."
Kersey died Wednesday night at 52. The Oregon state medical examiner said he had a pulmonary embolism that had originated as a blood clot in his leg. Kersey had minor knee surgery last Friday, but it has not been determined if the surgery caused the clot.
Porter, one of the great Trail Blazers, said he woke up Thursday and "thought it was a bad dream."
"He was the best teammate you could have," Porter said. "He'd run through walls for you. He got every ounce out of his talent that was humanly possible."
A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with Porter and former Blazers player Brian Grant at a Portland high school in celebration of African-American History Month. Kersey was in the team offices earlier Wednesday and passed out candy to President Chris McGowan's assistant.
"Former athletes don't always come into the office every day," McGowan said, "but Jerome certainly did."