Jeff Green could give the Clippers a better shot in the West and Markieff Morris might strengthen a Wizards playoff push in the East.

Still, the possibilities were more interesting than the realities of the NBA’s trade deadline.

There were no deals involving Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, Al Horford, or any other star-caliber player whose name was floated in recent days.

Major moves will wait for the summer, when a soaring salary cap and a strong free agent class could provide the fireworks that never materialized Thursday.

Houston, Cleveland, Chicago and Atlanta made trades, but mostly minor ones. Teams interested in their top players had to weigh giving up assets versus signing them in the summer, and also whether they wanted to acquire a player who could command a huge salary in July.

Green went from Memphis to the Clippers, giving them another versatile forward while Blake Griffin is sidelined. Morris, unhappy this season in Phoenix, joins a disappointing Washington team that is 10th in the East.

A look at some of the key deals:

Doc Rivers brought in another of his former Celtics in Green and shipped out Lance Stephenson, who disappointed in Los Angeles.

The Wizards gave up a first-round draft pick and forwards Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair for Morris.

The Cavaliers dealt seldom-used Anderson Varejao to Portland and got Channing Frye, another perimeter-shooting big forward, from Orlando.

Instead of trading point guard Jeff Teague, the Hawks brought in a potential backup in a three-team trade. They got guard Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls and sent Shelvin Mack to Utah and Justin Holliday to Chicago, which also got a second-round pick from the Jazz.

CELTICS: Forward Kelly Olynyk has a right shoulder injury that will keep him out for about two weeks.


CAVALIERS 106, BULLS 95: LeBron James scored 25 points and barely missed a triple-double, Kevin Love added 15 points and 15 rebounds and Cleveland won at home.

WIZARDS 103, JAZZ 89: Marcin Gortat had 22 points and 10 rebounds for host Washington.