The NBA trade deadline came and went yesterday afternoon, and although there weren’t really any big time deals made, there were several trades to take note of.
Brooklyn trades Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento for Marcus Thornton
I think this is a good move for the Nets. They add some youth and good shooting to the bench to go along with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson in the backcourt. Sacramento clears some salary cap space that wasn’t going to use since Thornton didn’t play much anyway, and acquires two aging players that come off the bench. Clearly Sacramento is still in rebuilding mode, but even then I like this move more for the Nets than the Kings.
Los Angeles trades Steve Blake to Golden State for Marshon Brooks and Kent Bazemore
The Warriors acquisition of Blake means that Golden State now has a veteran point guard with championship experience to back up talented but young guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt. As for the Lakers, it looks like they are thinking long-term. Brooks and Bazemore are young and have potential, but haven’t played much during their NBA careers. Add in the fact that Kobe Bryant has voiced his displeasure over losing Blake, and it looks like the Lakers free fall will continue on.
Philadelphia trades Spencer Hawes to Cleveland for Earl Clark, Henry Sims, and two 2nd round picks
The Cavaliers have shown they are committed to winning in the near future. Spencer Hawes is a good addition in the frontcourt to complement Kyrie Irving. With what is expected to be another high lottery pick in this year’s draft, Cleveland will only be able to add more young talent to its foundation. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is in full rebuilding mode with now 7 second round draft picks.
Andre Miller to the Wizards in three team deal
This was definitely not a surprising move. Miller made it clear that he wanted out of Denver and Washington showed interest in the veteran point guard to add leadership experience playing along fellow point guard John Wall.
Charlotte trades Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien to Milwaukee for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour
It’s been awhile since there has been a meaningful trade deadline for the Bobcats, but with a playoff berth looming, Charlotte was able to add solid depth to their rotation. Meanwhile, Milwaukee finds themselves in the position that Charlotte is used to being in: poised for the #1 pick.
Indiana trades Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen
Nobody is surprised that Danny Granger, once the face of the franchise, was finally shipped out of Indiana. Amid injuries and an expensive expiring contract, Granger just didn’t fit into the Pacers rotation anymore. The Pacers acquire two good young players that have playoff experience while the 76ers continue their journey toward a lottery pick.
Notable teams that stayed quiet at the deadline include the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Clippers.
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