The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are on the board, not waiting until the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday to make moves they hope will bolster their playoffs chances this season.

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The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets are on the board, not waiting until the NBA’s trade deadline Thursday to make moves they hope will bolster their playoff chances this season.

The Pistons acquired scorer Tobias Harris from Orlando while the Hornets added Courtney Lee from Memphis to help fill the void created by the injury to Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In a deadline-driven league, both moves were aggressive in that they came well before the noon Pacific Time cutoff for trades to be made.

Among the deals being talked about, according to ESPN.com:

• The Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz are discussing a swap of point guards. The Rockets have offered Ty Lawson for a package that would be headlined by former Utah lottery pick Trey Burke.

• The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered veteran forward Anderson Varejao to the Orlando Magic for fellow veteran Channing Frye. The Cavaliers are trying to trump the Los Angeles Clippers’ pursuit of Frye in hopes of adding extra perimeter shooting to their bench for the stretch run.

There are several issues teams are considering this week as the All-Star break ends with three games Thursday. Among them is the sheer dominance of the Golden State Warriors, who have established themselves as the favorites to win the championship again this season.

As teams went into the All-Star break, there was a feeling across the league that the Spurs, Cavaliers and Thunder may be the only teams equipped to challenge the defending champions for the title. That thought process may cause several other teams just outside of that foursome to play it a little more conservatively when it comes to trades.

Free agency is another huge factor that will influence teams with the trade deadline looming; it’s shaping up to be a free-agency bonanza in July.

With a skyrocketing salary cap, the majority of teams in the NBA will have enough cap room to add at least one max-contract player to their rosters. That will create a frenetic push for the top tier of free agents, including Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, Detroit center Andre Drummond and Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan.

Notes

• The Miami Heat leaves for Atlanta on Thursday and it will be without star forward Chris Bosh, who reportedly has a blood clot in his leg.

Bosh will spend the day meeting with more doctors as he keeps trying to find a way to play again this season.

“None of us are doctors. None of us are in the rooms with whatever’s going on,” Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade said. “A lot of people hear speculation on a lot of guys. I was around him, got a lot of opportunity to talk to him, to share things, and his spirits are very high. He’s doing everything he can to make sure that he figures out what’s going on within himself, but he’s very positive.”

Tiago Splitter won’t be able to play for the home team at the Rio Olympic Games. The Atlanta Hawks center said he will need eight months to recover from hip surgery, costing him a spot on the Brazilian national team this summer.