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 for Turner and Lavoy Allen.
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.
Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Los Angeles Laker Pau Gasol and Boston’s Rajon Rondo, who all had been mentioned in trade rumors for weeks, stayed put.
Andre Miller finally got out of Denver and landed as John Wall’s backup in Washington, while Gary Neal goes from Milwaukee to help Charlotte try to make the playoffs.
The 76ers also dealt Spencer Hawes to Cleveland, which needs a big man while Anderson Varejao remains out with a bad back. Atlanta addressed its frontcourt woes by acquiring Antawn Jamison, 37, from the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers — who received the rights to shooting guard Cenk Akyol, a 2005 second-round pick now playing in Turkey — freed up room to sign a player, as did the Heat when they dealt Roger Mason to Sacramento. The Brooklyn Nets did the same when they traded Reggie Evans and Jason Terry to the Kings on Wednesday for Marcus Thornton.
The Warriors acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks on Wednesday night.
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