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ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 first-round draft pick, according to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.

The Celtics general manager Danny Ainge targeted Thomas when the guard was a free agent over the summer, before the Suns signed him. Phoenix ended up giving Thomas a 4-year, $27 million contract that is worth less money each season.

The 5-foot-9, 26-year-old Thomas is averaging 25.7 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season.

Meanwhile, the Celtics send Thornton and his $8.575 million expiring contract to Phoenix.

The 27-year-old Thornton is averaging 16.4 minutes and 8.9 points per game this season while shooting 42% from 3-point range.

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Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team deal that also included the Utah Jazz.

The Thunder will receive forward Kyle Singler and guard D.J. Augistin from the Pistons and forward Steve Novak and center Enes Kanter from the Jazz. The Jazz get center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, draft rights to Tibor Pleiss, a protected future first-rounder from the Thunder, and a Pistons second-round pick.

The 24-year-old Jackson has had his minutes cut ever since the Thunder acquired Dion Waiters in January. That caused Jackson’s agent to request a trade.

When Jackson heard the new he tweeted, “Crying tears of joy

Jackson is averaging 28 minutes, 12.8 points, four rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) – Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) – Pacific 74 (10-17)

(7) Arizona 87 (23-3) – USC 57 (10-16)

(9) Utah 47 (21-4) – Oregon State 37 (16-10)

(16) Maryland 69 (22-5) – Nebraska 65 (13-13)

(21) SMU 67 (22-5) – Temple 58 (19-8)

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (26-27-3, 55 pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (32-17-9, 73 pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (32-17-10, 74 pts) Winnipeg Jets 1 (30-20-10, 70 pts)

New York Islanders 5 (38-19-1, 77 pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (39-12-6, 84 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (33-21-3, 69 pts) – New York Rangers 4 (34-16-6, 74 pts) SO

Florida Panthers 3 (26-19-12, 64 pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (37-16-5, 79 pts) SO

Buffalo Sabres 3 (17-37-4, 38 pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (24-23-11, 59 pts) SO

San Jose Sharks 5 (30-22-8, 68 pts – Dallas Stars 2 (27-23-8, 62 pts)

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Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Power forward Kevin Garnett will return to the team with which he began his career.

Garnett agreed to drop his no-trade clause and he accepted a trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young.

The trade will give Garnett the chance to play out what might be his 20th and final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him back in 1995 out of high school.

Garnett guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in the franchise’s history, and he won the MVP in 2004 while leading them to the Western Conference Finals.

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Suns Trade Goran Dragic to Heat

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have shipped point guard Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat.

The deal consisted of Dragic and his brother Zoran in return for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, and two first-round picks from the Heat. However, it is still unknown if there are other pieces involved in the deal.

Dragic went on the trading block earlier this week because he wasn’t happy with the Suns’ crowded backcourt, which also featured Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe. Now Dragic will have a much bigger role in Miami, pairing him up with superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

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Mike Pettine: ‘We’re Proud of’ Johnny Manziel

Elsa/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is proud of quarterback Johnny Manziel checking himself into rehab.

Petttine spoke with reporters at the NFL combine on Wednesday and said that before they drafted ‘Johnny Football’ that they were aware of the player they were getting.

“We had the same information everyone else in the league had,” Pettine said. “It’s easy to look back now and say, ‘What did you miss?’ You can interpret something a little bit differently now and it turns out to be a deeper-rooted thing than you thought.”

Pettine said he visited with Manziel and credited him for not letting things get any worse.

“I just wanted to go visit him and see how he’s doing, let him know that we’re proud of him for the decision he made to go in,” Pettine said. “Obviously he has our full support. …He stepped up and said, ‘I need help.'”

“He’s in a much better place now than before he went in,” Pettine continued. “He’s very determined to come out of it in a much better way.”

Pettine said he was not told what exactly happened to Manziel, but was happy he got the help that was available.

“As we were getting into discussions on each player at the end of the year and the best path moving forward, he decided to put himself in,” Pettine said. “I’m sure something occurred. I personally don’t know what that exact point was.”

The Browns still must address their quarterback situation, if Manziel doesn’t become the starter next season.

Brian Hoyer remains a free agent, but both sides are reportedly not even close to a deal.

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Royals and Hosmer Agree to Two-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed Wednesday to a two-year deal worth $13.9 million. The deal also allowed the two to avoid arbitration.

Hosmer’s defense was key in their World Series run last year, and he batted .270 with 35 doubles and just nine homers. He also took home a Gold Glove award. The 25-year-old batted .351 with two homers and 12 RBIs in the postseason.

Hosmer was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft by Kansas City.

With this deal, Hosmer won’t be eligible for free agency until 2018.

The Royals avoided an arbitration hearing with all their players this year.

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Trail Blazers Acquire Aaron Afflalo

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Portland Trail Blazers were the first team to strike on Thursday as the NBA trade deadline approached.

Portland acquired guard Aaron Afflalo from the Nuggets in a five-player deal that includes Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver, and a projected 2016 first-round lottery pick, who is headed to Denver, according to ESPN.

Denver sent forward Alonzo Gee along with Afflalo to Portland in the trade.

Afflalo will provide veteran leadership and another weapon off the bench for a loaded Trail Blazers team. He’s averaging 14.5 points this season with a .428 field goal percentage.

Barton, Robinson, and Claver are all set to become restricted free agents after this season.

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Trail Blazers Acquire Aaron Afflalo

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Portland Trail Blazers were the first team to strike on Thursday as the NBA trade deadline approached.

Portland acquired guard Aaron Afflalo from the Nuggets in a five-player deal that includes Will Barton, Thomas Robinson, Victor Claver, and a projected 2016 first-round lottery pick, who is headed to Denver, according to ESPN.

Denver sent forward Alonzo Gee along with Afflalo to Portland in the trade.

Afflalo will provide veteran leadership and another weapon off the bench for a loaded Trail Blazers team. He’s averaging 14.5 points this season with a .428 field goal percentage.

Barton, Robinson, and Claver are all set to become restricted free agents after this season.

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Gruden Declares Griffin Will Enter Season as Starter

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has declared Robert Griffin III as the team’s starting quarterback to enter the upcoming season.

“We’ll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy,” Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. “It’s up to Robert to continue to grow and mature as a quarterback and as a person. Moving forward we want to see improvement. It’s up to us as a staff to get more out of him.”

These comments are somewhat surprising, considering at the end of last season Gruden said he expected to have a quarterback competition heading into this season.

The 25-year-old Griffin was selected by the Redskins with the second overall pick of the 2012 Draft. He played in nine games in 2014, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.

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