NBA Trade Deadline Day Trade Tracker Australia Time: Ben Simmons, Joe Ingles

Australian star Joe Ingles has reportedly been traded just days after suffering an ACL injury. Follow all the action from NBA Trade Deadline Day.

So here we are, the final hours before the NBA trade deadline and an Australian star appears to be on the move.

Hint: it’s not Ben Simmons.

It was the Pacers and Kings who set the trade talks on fire after a successful mini-trade that, to be honest, outraged many people (Haliburton…really Sacramento?), followed by the exit of CJ McCollum from Portland that we all expected to come.

Although there is still one name that still dominates the rumor mill – it’s true, Simmons.

Will the exiled All-Star finally be lifted from NBA purgatory into the welcoming arms of a new organization?

We’re about to find out – follow all the drama in our live blog below.

NBA Trade Deadline: Friday, February 11, 7:00 a.m. (AEDT)

7:45 a.m.: ANGLES IN MOTION

Australian NBA star Joe Ingles has reportedly been traded to Portland just over a week after suffering a torn left ACL.

The three-team deal saw the Utah Jazz part ways with Joe Ingles and several second-round picks in exchange for youngster Nickeil Alexander-Walker from the Trail Blazers and Juanco Hernangomez from the San Antonio Spurs.

Portland will receive Ingles, Eiljah Hughes and one of the mentioned second-round draft picks, while San Antonio will accept Tomas Satoransky and a second-round pick.

According to ESPN, the trade will save the Jazz $11 million in luxury tax.

BUG: Countless Questions Only Ingles Can Answer

Ingles is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next season.

Last week, he spoke to ESPN about the possibility of being traded.

“If I’m able to get someone back that would help them make a push for the end of the year, I understand that,” he said.

“I’m not going to sit here and be sour and upset. I’ve built my eight years here of hard work and in the community and all that, but I’m very aware of the business side and all of that.

WILL BEN SIMMONS FIND A NEW HOME?

Will Ben Simmons find the job he wants, and the hole in his pocket? It’s hard to say – but here’s what we do know.

Once the Kings pulled out of the hunt for Simmons, a trade for the disgruntled forward seemed unlikely.

Until the Nets entered the chat.

Brooklyn – a team widely considered a title contender – is in the midst of a horrific 9-game losing streak, the worst in the competition.

Kyrie Irving can’t play at home, they’re without Kevin Durant at least until the All-Star break, and now reports have surfaced that James Harden could walk into free agency.

Nets head coach Steve Nash said Harden won’t be dealt before the deadline, although that team has championship aspirations and the pressure of the trade deadline may force their hand.

Philadelphia wants him and they can’t afford to ruin Joel Embiid’s MVP-caliber season.

The Eastern Conference is here for the taking and with $33 million in cap space sitting on the couch at home, this could be the move that finally gets them knocking on the door to the NBA Finals.

The motivation for a move is here – now it’s up to Daryl Morey and Sean Marks to reunite.

SACRAMENTO SENDS INTERNET IN COLLAPSE

Well, absolutely no one saw it coming.

Usually a trade between two non-competitors makes you “like whatever,” but what happened between Sacramento and Indiana made everyone “like-WOAH.”

The Pacers sent Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2027 second-round pick to the Kings (insert disappointing adjective here) for Tyrese Halliburton, Buddy Held and Tristan Thompson.

And the internet exploded.

If you’re in Sacramento, you see it like this – we’ve had Sabonis All-Stars multiple times.

If you are everyone, you are confused.

Sabonis is by far the best player in this business – a player who can take you inside, space the floor and control the glass. For the Kings, getting a player with his talent is commendable, but the price they paid for him is questionable.

Tyrese Haliburton, just two weeks ago, said he wanted to be the man to change that exact culture in Sacramento — only to be traded out of town.

It’s a bold cotton trade, let’s see how it plays out.

RUMOR MILL – WHO ELSE MIGHT STILL BE EXCHANGED?

Knicks veterans:

This season has been a horror story for the Knicks. A year of promise has turned into another year of disappointment, and fans are growing increasingly frustrated. Julius Randle was lackluster, Kemba Walker was a shell of himself, and Evan Fournier took three months to show production. It looks like the front office and the coach are divided – although Knicks president Leon Rose has a chance to right the ship and give the kids a few minutes.

Clippers big men:

There’s a block at center and the Clippers are ready to deal – Serge Ibaka, Ivica Zubac and Isaiah Hartenstein are all on the table. Their three-way rotation doesn’t work and it’s a club that refuses to let its season slip away.

Jerami Grant:

Pistons star Jerami Grant has long been linked with a move away from Detroit. There has been interest from multiple parties such as the Wizards, Lakers, Jazz, Bulls, Timberwolves and now the Trailblazers who have all inquired about the striker.

Myles Turner

It seemed almost certain that Myles Turner was on the move, but the departure of Domantas Sabonis may have just changed that. Indiana had always hoped that their two big men could co-exist, but now the call is Turner.

As one of the most versatile defensemen in the league, the Pacers will be excited to see what he can do with Tyrese Haliburton, their promising young point guard of the future.

Ricky Rubio and Robert Covington

Ricky and RoCo have just moved on, but they shouldn’t settle for a new place just yet – another move might be on their radar. The Pacers don’t need Rubio, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL and could accept a bad contract to bring draft picks. Covington is on an expiring deal and LA will be looking to lower its luxury tax bill. If they throw a pick, you just know OKC is going to sniff.

Denis Schroder

After a slow start to the season marred by criticism of their best guns – the Celtics are in the midst of a 6-game winning streak as they aim to solidify a play-off spot while avoiding the play-off tournament. However, they are also a wary team when it comes to their luxury tax bill.

Boston is looking to move without ruining its momentum, which has all the signs pointing to Dennis Schroder. Starting in 25 of their 48 games, Schroder has been a consistent negative on their box score. They’ve tested his worth and are in talks with the Bucks who are ready to trade Donte DiVincenzo – although any deal there will have to include Grant Williams.