The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and seen 39 players traded at the deadline, most ever, so it’s time to recap the important and notable trades and how they impact the race for the playoffs.
Celtics acquire point guard Isaiah Thomas from Suns in three team trade
My hometown Celtics got in the trade deadline chaos by sending Tayshaun Prince to the Pistons and Marcus Thornton to the Suns in exchange for point guard Isaiah Thomas. I really like this move because it gives the Celtics a good young point guard that can score and also has some experience in the league playing with Sacramento and Phoenix. After losing Rondo, and the plan being for Marcus Smart to be a back up for his rookie season, and the point guard of the future later on, Thomas can thrive in this role with a young roster and a good coach who will motivate him. With Boston only 1.5 games out of the 8th spot, this move could also vault them into the playoffs.
Miami acquires guard Goran Dragic from Suns
It was no surprise that Dragic was traded at the deadline, the only question was which team he would go to. With Chris Bosh potentially gone for the season, and Dwayne Wade always at risk of injury, Dragic provides a scoring threat in the backcourt for a team that currently holds the 8th spot. Not to be outdone, younger brother Zoran Dragic was also acquired in the trade by Miami, although he doesn’t figure to play as much of a role. Also involved in this trade was Danny Granger going to Phoenix and Norris Cole going to new Orleans.
Brandon Knight to Phoenix, Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee in 3 team deal
Phoenix continues to make moves, this time as the buyer and not the seller, by acquiring point guard Brandon Knight from Milwaukee, while the Sixers ship away reigning rookie of the year MCW. I like this move for Milwaukee, essentially upgrading at point guard with younger talent with more potential, as they battle for playoff position in the East. Meanwhile, Philly has revamped their quest to acquire yet another Top 3 pick this summer.
Denver trades shooting guard Aaron Afflalo to Portland Trail Blazers
I think this is a great move for the Trail Blazers as they try to upgrade in an already competitive Western Conference playoff scenario. Afflalo teams up with Damian Lillard in the backcourt to complement a frontcourt with all-star Lamarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Denver picks up Thomas Robinson and Will Barton on the other end.
Kevin Garnett returns to Minnesota
This trade won’t affect the playoff scenario in any way, but has to be mentioned as a cool story as Kevin Garnett goes back to his home town Timberwolves where he made several all-star appearances and won an MVP. Retiring with Minnesota will be a nice end to Hall of Fame career.
For the rest of the trades check out the following link: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/tradetracker/nba-trade-tracker-2015