Bulls draft Aldridge, trade him to Blazers
The Bulls and Blazers agreed to swap first-round picks in Wednesday's NBA Draft -- one of 15 draft-day deals completed.
The Bulls sent the No. 2 pick and a conditional second-round selection to the Blazers for the No. 4 pick and Viktor Khryapa.
According to ESPN Insider's Chad Ford, it would not come as a surprise if the Bulls move Tyson Chandler now that Thomas is in the picture, adding that it's impossible to discount the possibility that the pick might be used as bait to get Kevin Garnett later this summer.
Celtics acquire Telfair, Ratliff
The Boston Celtics acquired second-year Portland Trail Blazers point guard Sebastian Telfair, center Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second-round pick for No. 7 pick Randy Foye in Wednesday's draft, as well as forward Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau and a 2008 second-round draft pick.
Boston has been searching for a true point guard and wasn't overwhelmed by the choices that it may have at No. 7. The Celtics worked out Connecticut's Marcus Williams, Kentucky's Rajon Rondo and Villanova's Foye on Monday. But the Celtics brass decided that Telfair, two years into the league, was better suited for the Celtics' system at this juncture in his career.
Danny Ainge, the director of basketball operations, looked at Telfair's first eight games -- 12.6 points, shooting 45.7 percent, 42.3 percent on 3s as well as four assists a game -- as the indicator of his ability. Telfair hurt his thumb after that and was out for an extended period of time. He lost the starting point guard position during his absence to Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack. He finished averaging 9.5 points, 3.6 assists and shot 39.4 percent in 68 games. Telfair was the No. 13 pick for the Blazers in 2004 out of Lincoln High in New York.
This deal allows the Celtics to play Delonte West more as an off guard with Telfair as a natural point.
This trade won't deter the Celtics from still pursuing Philadelphia's Allen Iverson in a summer deal that is still very much alive with a third team still to be determined.
Roy-for-Foye: Timberwolves, Blazers in swap
Minnesota sent the rights to No. 6 Brandon Roy to Portland for the rights to No. 7 Randy Foye.
The Celtics took Foye with the No. 7 pick, then promptly traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers for Sebastian Telfair in a five-player deal.
The 6-foot-4 Foye was a first-team All-American as a senior last year at Villanova after averaging 20.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. He
led the Wildcats in scoring and was second in rebounds, assists and steals.
Sixers deal Sefolosha to Bulls, get Carney
Philadelphia sent the rights to No. 13 Thabo Sefolosha to Chicago for rights to No. 16 (Rodney Carney) and cash.
Sergio Rodriguez dealt to Portland by Phoenix
Phoenix sent the rights to No. 27 overall pick Sergio Rodriguez to the Blazers for cash considerations.
Suns deal Rondo, Grant to C's for future pick
The Celtics acquired Kentucky guard Rajon Rondo, the No. 21 pick overall, and veteran forward Brian Grant from the Phoenix Suns. In return, the Suns will acquire a future first round pick the Celtics acquired from the Cavaliers in exchange for swingman Jiri Welsch.
Rondo was a member of the 2005 USA Men's U-21 World Championship Team which captured a gold medal at the Global Games held in Dallas, and finished fifth at the FIBA World Championships in Argentina. Rondo's 27 steals set a FIBA World Championships competition record. Brian Grant played his 12th season this year, appearing in 21 games for Phoenix, starting two.
Grizzlies-Rockets deal delayed
The proposed Grizzlies-Rockets trade first reported by ESPN.com's Andy Katz that would send Shane Battier to Houston for the rights to the No. 8 pick in Wednesday's draft (Rudy Gay) can't be completed until the trade moratorium ends in mid-July.
Battier is a base year compensation player and needs his salary to reset July 1.
Blazers deal for big man, then deal him
The Blazers acquired No. 45 overall pick Alexander Johnson, a center from Florida State picked by the Pacers, and two future second-round picks in exchange for
Cincinnati guard James White, who was the No. 31 overall pick by Portland. Portland then traded Johnson to Memphis for a future second-round pick.
Magic trade Eliyahu to Rockets
The Magic dealt Israeli forward Lior Eliyahu, their 44th pick overall, to the Rockets for cash considerations.
Nuggets deal Powe to C's
The Nuggets traded the rights to No. 49 (Leon Powe) to the Celtics for a future second-round pick.
Lakers deal pick for Evans
The Lakers traded the rights to No. 51 (Cheick Samb) to the Pistons for Maurice Evans.
Raps deal Bavcic
The Raptors traded the rights to No. 56 Edin Bavcic to Sixers for cash.
Spurs trade Markota to Bucks
The Spurs traded the rights to No. 59 (Damir Markota) to the Bucks for the better of Milwaukee's two second-round picks in the 2007 draft.
Mavs deal Pinnock to Lakers
The Mavericks traded the rights to No. 58 (J.R. Pinnock) to the Lakers for a future second-round pick.
Sixers obtain Jones from Wolves
Wolves traded the rights to No. 37 (Bobby Jones) to the Sixers for a future second-round pick and cash.