The 2013 NBA trade deadline came and went at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and although no blockbuster trades were made, several interesting moves happened across the league. Here is a recap of the significant trades that went down today. The grades for each team come from Bleacher Report.
1. Wizards trade Jordan Crawford to Celtics for Barbosa and Collins
After several rumors of trades involving Rondo, Garnett, and Pierce, the Celtics ended up trading none of those players but instead swapped out a couple of bench players for Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford. The Wizards dump Crawford’s $2.1 million salary for next year while the Celtics acquire much needed help in the backcourt. Look for the Celtics to also sign a big man to replace Collins in the following weeks. The Celtics get a B while the Wizards get a D+.
2. Orlando Magic trade J.J. Reddick to the Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are currently 8th place in the Eastern Conference, barely hanging onto a playoff spot. This move gives them an elite shooter to go along with the lethal backcourt combination of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Milwaukee also acquired a center and a point guard, while giving up three of its own players. The Orlando Magic get a C+ while the Bucks get a B.
3. New York Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City Thunder
Ronnie Brewer gives the Thunder a solid perimeter defender with experience defending Lebron James in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are able to acquire a second round pick from the Thunder while also getting rid of Brewer’s salary and opening a roster spot. The Oklahoma City Thunder get a B+ and the New York Knicks get a B.
4. Houston Rockets trade Marcus Morris to Phoenix Suns
With the acquisition of Marcus Morris, the Suns now have both Morris twins. This gives them two forwards who can shoot the ball but also play littler defense. Houston gets a second round draft pick and is able to cut enough salary to have room to offer a superstar such as Dwight Howard or Chris Paul a max contract in the summer. Phoenix gets a C- and Houston gets a B+.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder trade Eric Maynor to Portland Trail Blazers
Portland acquires some much needed bench help, since point guard Eric Maynor can now play backup to star rookie Damian Lillard as Portland makes a push for a playoff spot. All the Thunder got in return was the rights to a 27 year old forward from Greece. The Portland Trail Blazers get an A- and the Thunder get a C.
For a complete recap of all the trades made, refer to this link: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1537980-nba-trade-deadline-2013-recap-and-grades-for-every-deal#/articles/1537980-nba-trade-deadline-2013-recap-and-grades-for-every-deal/page/8
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