A quick look at what’s being reported around the NBA in the final hours of the trade deadline (Thursday, 3 p.m. ET):
• A. Sherrod Blakely examines the potential of Boston’s Paul Pierce being dealt, with perhaps Brooklyn as a possible destination. Blakely also hops on the Josh Smith rumor wagon, writing that Milwaukee may be the favorites to land the Atlanta forward. The return could be Monta Ellis and Larry Sanders, Blakely writes.
• After sending Tayshaun Prince to Memphis last month, and obtaining Jose Calderon from Toronto, it seems Detroit won’t make a move at the deadline.
• Back to Smith, because this whole deadline seems to be centered on where he’ll go. Brooklyn and Milwaukee (and Boston) are considered the strongest suitors, but sources tell me not to be shocked if Houston gets involved at the last minute.
• In case you missed it, the Rockets already made one trade — obtaining No. 5 overall draft pick Thomas Robinson from Sacramento in a six player deal.
• Minnesota coach Rick Adelman says agents are most responsible for keeping the rumor mill spinning.
• Even more on the Smith and Pierce rumors to the Nets from the New York Post.
• Here’s my piece on FOX Sports Ohio on what the Cavs are facing at the deadline.
• And what would a blog about NBA trades be without mention of the Lakers’ star center. But according to this LA Times report, Dwight Howard remains coy about his future with the team.