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The Toronto Raptors tied up some loose ends ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline, making deals with the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets.

Guard Ochai Agbaji and Canadian centre Kelly Olynyk were sent to Toronto from Utah for guard Kira Lewis Jr., forward Otto Porter Jr., and a 2024 first-round pick on Thursday morning. Guard Dennis Schröder and forward Thad Young were then traded from the Raptors to Brooklyn for guard Spencer Dinwiddie — who was immediately waived — early in the afternoon.

They were relatively minor deals compared to two Toronto made in the past six weeks: Defensive wing OG Anunoby and power forward Precious Achiuwa were sent to the New York Knicks for guard Immanuel Quickley and Canadian wing RJ Barrett on Dec. 30, and all-star forward Pascal Siakam was moved to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 17 in a blockbuster trade involving Lewis, two other players and three first-round picks.

“We did our heavy lifting about a month ago, so I feel like this trade deadline we cleaned up a lot of things and we addressed some of the things we talked about after the OG and Pascal trades,” said general manager Bobby Webster at OVO Athletic Centre about 30 minutes after the deadline passed. “Financially, we were able to gain some more flexibility this summer with the Dennis trade.

“I think the heavy lifting was done this December-January and this deadline continued on that path.”

The Raptors held three first-round picks, potentially four depending on how they finish in the final standings, in this summer’s draft heading into the deadline. The lowest of them will be sent to the Jazz as part of the deal for Olynyk and Agbaji.

“If it ends up that we’re in the top six or out of the top six, especially the way that the new NBA rules are, to try and game that doesn’t make a ton of sense,” said Webster about the rare decision of a rebuilding team like Toronto to trade a first-round pick.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to be the lottery balls, so I don’t think there’s a ton of ‘let’s do this or that.’ I think the big priority for us is playing that young group together.”

Olynyk, born in Toronto but raised in Kamloops, B.C., was the captain of Canada’s bronze-medal winning team at the FIBA World Cup this past fall. He and Barrett, who is from Mississauga, Ont., are part of the core of players who have committed to play for Canada at the Paris Olympics in July.

“We love them as players first and it’s great that they are Canadian, they want to be here,” said Webster. “I think that’d be the other piece, which is having players that want to play here goes a long way on many levels.”

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Bruce Brown was one of the pieces sent to Toronto by the Pacers for Siakam. Many pundits considered him a valuable trade commodity because he’s a flexible role player on the floor and has a second-year team option on his contract.

Webster said that the Raptors weren’t offered any deals for Brown that met their threshold, however, but he could still be dealt ahead of the draft on June 26.

“I also think if you look around the league today, there weren’t a ton of major moves,” said Webster. “There may be some larger macro elements in the NBA contributing to teams going for it and making big deals.

“We’re happy with Bruce, we’re happy to continue on with him.”

Olynyk is averaging 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists this season. Agbaji, the 14th pick in the 2022 NBA draft, is averaging 5.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists.

“Hard working, high character, two-way player, kind of fits the bill of guys we’ve pursued over the years,” said Webster of Ochai Agbaji, whose name is pronounced OH’-chai AH’-bah-jee.

The 30-year-old Porter has been snake-bitten since signing with Toronto on a two-year deal in July 2022. He underwent season-ending surgery on his left foot after playing only eight games last season. He missed several weeks in January with a knee injury this season and hasn’t played since returning.

Lewis only played in one game with Toronto — earning a personal foul in 1:33 of playing time — after he was sent to the Raptors as part of the Siakam deal. He is averaging 2.8 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds over 16 games this season.

Schröder signed a two-year $26 million US contract with Toronto on June 30 and was the Raptors starting point guard at the beginning of the season. Quickley’s arrival from New York moved Schröder to the bench.

Knicks pick up Burks, Bogdanovic

Also, the New York Knicks are acquiring forward Bojan Bogdanovic and guard Alec Burks from the Detroit Pistons.

Per reports, the Pistons will receive guards Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, Malachi Flynn and Ryan Arcidiacono as well as two future second-round draft picks.

Bogdanovic, 34, is averaging 20.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28 games (27 starts) this season. He is making 41.5 percent of his shots from 3-point range.

Burks, 32, is contributing 12.6 points, 2.6 boards and 1.6 assists in 43 games off the bench for Detroit. He played for the Knicks in 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

Grimes, 23, is averaging 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 45 games (18 starts) this season, his third with the Knicks.

Flynn, the 25-year-old former Raptor, is averaging 2.2 points in 14 games off the bench this season.

The Pistons, with just seven wins, have the worst record in the NBA. The Knicks are 33-18 and tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

76ers add Hield from Pacers

Meanwhile, the slumping Philadelphia 76ers have acquired guard Buddy Hield from the Indiana Pacers for Marcus Morris Jr., Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official.

Sixers president Daryl Morey made the move hours ahead of the NBA trade deadline with the Sixers tumbling down the East standings without injured all-star Joel Embiid.

The 76ers are 4-12 without Embiid and will be without the reigning MVP for at least month — if not much longer — following knee surgery this week.

Hield will earn $19.2 million this season in the final year of a four-year contract. He averaged just 12 points this year in 52 games with the Pacers. He is a career 40 per cent three-point shooter. Hield made just 28 starts this year but should see an expanded role on a Sixers team hit hard by injuries and illness.

The Sixers have lost seven of eight games.

Mavs bolster frontcourt

The Dallas Mavericks made two moves to bolster their frontcourt just as star guards Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are healthy and playing together again in a push for the playoffs.

The Mavericks agreed on trades with Charlotte and Washington just hours before the deadline Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deals confirmed.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced.

Dallas gets power forward P.J. Washington from the Hornets for Grant Williams, Seth Curry and a 2027 first-round draft pick, the person said.

The Mavericks, who are getting two second-round picks in the Charlotte trade, are acquiring centre Daniel Gafford from the Wizards for centre Richaun Holmes and draft compensation, according to the person.

In a third move, the Mavericks announced a swap of 2028 first-round picks with Oklahoma City. The swap gives Dallas a first-round pick from the Thunder in this year’s draft.

Washington was the 12th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2019 and just signed a $46.5 million, three-year contract with the Hornets this past offseason.

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