NBA TRADE DEADLINE RECAP: Notable trades that occurred at the deadline

TRADE DEADLINE RECAP: Notable trades that occurred at the deadline

By Jake Moses

1.

Los Angeles Clippers: Jeff Green

Memphis Grizzlies: Lance Stephenson

 

This trade was one of the last of the deadline, and perhaps one of the most surprising trades of any that occurred. This is because the Grizzlies seemed to be getting rid of a rising talent in Jeff Green who might just be entering his prime as a player. On the Grizzlies, Green averaged a solid 12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while averaging around 30 minutes. This production was pretty steady throughout his tenure as a Grizzly, and he was also about to produce some big nights recording above 20 points multiple times for the Grizzlies. Lance Stephenson, on the other hand, has been on quite the rollercoaster ride in the NBA, after nearly making the All-Star game in his last year as a Pacer, Stephenson left the team in free agency to pursue a bigger contract with the Hornets, only to be waived and later sign with the Clippers. On the Clippers he has averaged 4.7 points a game, 2.5 rebounds a game, and 1.4 assists a game in roughly 15 minutes of action a night, he has also been known to be more of a selfish, “broken-play” player, as he has had a hard time finding chemistry with his teammates on his prior teams. However, the Grizzlies might see Stephenson as more of an experiment for an offensive spark, hoping that he could return to his playing style during his last year on the Pacers where he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 49% shooting.

Overall, I see this trade as a win-win for both teams, as the Grizzlies right now know that they are just outside of contenders, as they have the aging frontcourt of Gasol and Randolph who are unable to carry the whole offensive load with Conley, so they are hoping that the young Stephenson (25) will be able to carry some of the offensive load and become a reliable scorer on a night to night basis. The Clippers, however, had little need for Stephenson’s playmaking abilities coming off of the bench, as they already had Jamal Crawford as a crafty playmaker taking most of the shots, however, they need Green to be a more reliable perimeter shooter and larger 3-4 on the court for the second unit.

 

2.

Phoenix Suns: Kris Humphries, Dejuan Blair, protected first-round pick

Washington Wizards: Markieff Morris

 

This trade is viewed as more of a “relief” trade for the Suns and as an attempt to revamp their potent offense for the Wizards. Morris was causing a lot of trouble in Phoenix after his brother Marcus was traded to Detroit over the summer, he voiced his displeasure with the front-office and was a disruption to the team chemistry as he was pictured fighting with a teammate during a recent game, flipping-off a Suns fan on the court, and getting into multiple off-court incidents. However, Morris’s perimeter shooting and stretch-four capability (averages 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds on 44% shooting for his career) make him a highly talented and sought-ought player despite his off-court incidents, and the Wizards should make great use of his skill set with John Wall driving the paint and being able to dish to Morris on the wing, that is only, however, if the big man is willing to fit in with the team chemistry rather than be a disruption to another team. The Suns, on the other hand, were merely looking to get rid of an annoyance in the organization, as they had been seeking out trades for him long before the deadline, as the problems had only grown with Morris throughout the season, and with the many injuries to the star players (Eric Bledsoe out for season, Brandon Knight battling knee injuries, and the coaching changes), they were merely looking to cut cap space and get a draft pick to try to rebuild their roster once again.

Overall, I feel that this trade can be a win-win for both teams, as the Suns have the flexibility with either keeping or waiving both Blair and Humphries, as well as using the draft pick, and the Wizards received a great talent with some risk for a relatively fair price. It will be very interesting to see if Morris does give the Wizards that much-needed boost to propel them into the playoffs and potentially past the first-round.

3.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Channing Frye (from Magic)

Orlando Magic: Jared Cunningham (from Cavs), 2nd round pick (from Blazers)

Portland Trail Blazers: Anderson Varejao (from Cavs), conditional first-round pick (from Cavs)

 

This trade was probably the only trade that significantly impacts one of the title-contending teams in the NBA, as the Cavaliers were able to achieve their “deadline goal” of getting a stretch four player (in Channing Frye) and getting rid of Anderson Varejao. For the Trail Blazers this was also a pretty good trade as they took on some CAP (as they had to pay to waive Varejao) but they also received a first-round pick (conditional) which should help the team get some more young talent for the future. For the Magic, they receive a second-round pick from the Blazers which certainly is a good thing (even though it is not that significant), and they get a younger inexperienced guard who could potentially grow into a backup point guard or shooting guard at some point.

Obviously though, the biggest winner in this trade is the cavaliers because they get Frye who averages a career 38.7% from behind the arc as a stretch four, and is certainly capable of stretching the floor when he is in with the second unit.

 

4.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Randy Foye

Denver Nuggets: Steve Novak, DJ Augustin, 2 second-round picks

 

This trade was one of the more low-key important trades that happened in the NBA, as the Thunder got a good shooting guard in Randy Foye, and gave up a good backup point guard in DJ Augustin and a shooter in Steve Novak (and 2 second-round picks) to the rebuilding Denver Nuggets. Ever since the James Harden trade years ago, the Thunder have had a hard time finding a reliable shooting guard to play alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, bouncing around between Derek Fisher, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Anthony Morrow, and other smaller-name players. Hopefully Foye can continue to have success as a third-fourth option on the Thunder, and be what they need to experience success once again in the playoffs. The 10-year veteran had experienced some success in years prior, and hopefully he will be able to act as a guy able to give 10-15 points a night on a consistent basis, and since he will be behind Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka as scorers, he should be able to do that. The Nuggets, also get some draft picks that could turn into some good young prospects, they also get to cut cap room by getting rid of Novak, and they get a decent point guard entering the prime of his NBA career to serve as a backup behind the young Mudiay.

Overall, I think this trade is small, but beneficial to both the Thunder and the Nuggets as they both get to work towards achieving their goals– for the Thunder, getting a championship, and for the Nuggets, rebuilding for the future.

 

5.

Detroit Pistons: Tobias Harris

Orlando Magic: Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova

 

This trade was one of the earliest to occur at the deadline, and probably the most impacting for both teams, as the Pistons received a good small forward in Harris to complement their star center and rising point guard (Drummond and Jackson), and the Magic get to experiment with Jennings playing two-guard with Payton and Gordon, and they get to relieve some cap room with Ilyasova. For the Pistons, this was exactly what they needed as Harris has proved capable of carrying some of the load on offense, with career averages of 13 points and 5 rebounds a game, and in the past couple of years on the Magic averaging roughly 17 points and 7 rebounds a game, and at 23 years old, he certainly has a bright future ahead. For the Magic, they get the risk of Jennings who tore his Achilles last year, but if he returns to the playing level he was, would be a great fit with the young core of the team, and they also get Ilyasova who could either come off the bench and provide some good minutes, or they could waive him to get back some cap space, either way it is beneficial to the Magic.

Overall, this puts the Pistons in the driver’s seat as a dark-horse contender to make a run in the playoffs, as they have three great players in Harris, Jackson, and Drummond, and a good set of complementary players to the core three. And it will be interesting to see how the Magic use Jennings and Ilyasova in the coming months.

 

6.

Charlotte Hornets: Courtney Lee (from Grizzlies)

Memphis Grizzlies: PJ Hairston (from Hornets), Chris Anderson (from Heat), two second-round picks (from Heat)

Miami Heat: Brian Roberts (from Hornets)

 

This trade was the second trade the Grizzlies made at the deadline to try to shake-up the squad, as they traded the young guard in Courtney Lee who they had gotten from the Celtics last year, for the older Chris Anderson, the young Hairston, and two second-round picks. The Heat received Brian Roberts from the Hornets whom they later traded to the Trail Blazers for cash considerations, so really all they did was get rid of Anderson for two second round picks to try to clear cap space. The Hornets, on the other hand, got a great shooting guard in Lee, who will fill the role of the injured Kidd-Gilchrist (who is out for the season) and hopefully propel Charlotte into a lower seed for the playoffs. This trade was most significant for the Hornets because they got what they wanted (a fill-in to try to make a playoff push) while the Grizzlies just cleared some cap room (as they most likely will cut Anderson) while getting a younger prospect and two draft picks.

 

 

DEADLINE CONCLUSIONS

Overall, this was a very quiet trade deadline relative to previous years where some big name players were flipped for one-another, and disappointing teams would trade players for picks to prepare for a rebuild. It was also interesting because even though so many big-name players were rumored to be moved before the deadline (Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Kevin Love, etc.) none of them ended up being moved, which is very surprising. However, it should be expected that over the summer a lot of players will be moved and will leave their teams in free-agency, as the market cap is expected to increase which will make a lot of players search for bigger contracts, it should be a very interesting rest of the season, and I’m excited for it!!! I hope you are too thanks for reading!!!!

 

1.

Los Angeles Clippers: Jeff Green

Memphis Grizzlies: Lance Stephenson

 

This trade was one of the last of the deadline, and perhaps one of the most surprising trades of any that occurred. This is because the Grizzlies seemed to be getting rid of a rising talent in Jeff Green who might just be entering his prime as a player. On the Grizzlies, Green averaged a solid 12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while averaging around 30 minutes. This production was pretty steady throughout his tenure as a Grizzly, and he was also about to produce some big nights recording above 20 points multiple times for the Grizzlies. Lance Stephenson, on the other hand, has been on quite the rollercoaster ride in the NBA, after nearly making the All-Star game in his last year as a Pacer, Stephenson left the team in free agency to pursue a bigger contract with the Hornets, only to be waived and later sign with the Clippers. On the Clippers he has averaged 4.7 points a game, 2.5 rebounds a game, and 1.4 assists a game in roughly 15 minutes of action a night, he has also been known to be more of a selfish, “broken-play” player, as he has had a hard time finding chemistry with his teammates on his prior teams. However, the Grizzlies might see Stephenson as more of an experiment for an offensive spark, hoping that he could return to his playing style during his last year on the Pacers where he averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 49% shooting.

Overall, I see this trade as a win-win for both teams, as the Grizzlies right now know that they are just outside of contenders, as they have the aging frontcourt of Gasol and Randolph who are unable to carry the whole offensive load with Conley, so they are hoping that the young Stephenson (25) will be able to carry some of the offensive load and become a reliable scorer on a night to night basis. The Clippers, however, had little need for Stephenson’s playmaking abilities coming off of the bench, as they already had Jamal Crawford as a crafty playmaker taking most of the shots, however, they need Green to be a more reliable perimeter shooter and larger 3-4 on the court for the second unit.

 

2.

Phoenix Suns: Kris Humphries, Dejuan Blair, protected first-round pick

Washington Wizards: Markieff Morris

 

This trade is viewed as more of a “relief” trade for the Suns and as an attempt to revamp their potent offense for the Wizards. Morris was causing a lot of trouble in Phoenix after his brother Marcus was traded to Detroit over the summer, he voiced his displeasure with the front-office and was a disruption to the team chemistry as he was pictured fighting with a teammate during a recent game, flipping-off a Suns fan on the court, and getting into multiple off-court incidents. However, Morris’s perimeter shooting and stretch-four capability (averages 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds on 44% shooting for his career) make him a highly talented and sought-ought player despite his off-court incidents, and the Wizards should make great use of his skill set with John Wall driving the paint and being able to dish to Morris on the wing, that is only, however, if the big man is willing to fit in with the team chemistry rather than be a disruption to another team. The Suns, on the other hand, were merely looking to get rid of an annoyance in the organization, as they had been seeking out trades for him long before the deadline, as the problems had only grown with Morris throughout the season, and with the many injuries to the star players (Eric Bledsoe out for season, Brandon Knight battling knee injuries, and the coaching changes), they were merely looking to cut cap space and get a draft pick to try to rebuild their roster once again.

Overall, I feel that this trade can be a win-win for both teams, as the Suns have the flexibility with either keeping or waiving both Blair and Humphries, as well as using the draft pick, and the Wizards received a great talent with some risk for a relatively fair price. It will be very interesting to see if Morris does give the Wizards that much-needed boost to propel them into the playoffs and potentially past the first-round.

3.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Channing Frye (from Magic)

Orlando Magic: Jared Cunningham (from Cavs), 2nd round pick (from Blazers)

Portland Trail Blazers: Anderson Varejao (from Cavs), conditional first-round pick (from Cavs)

 

This trade was probably the only trade that significantly impacts one of the title-contending teams in the NBA, as the Cavaliers were able to achieve their “deadline goal” of getting a stretch four player (in Channing Frye) and getting rid of Anderson Varejao. For the Trail Blazers this was also a pretty good trade as they took on some CAP (as they had to pay to waive Varejao) but they also received a first-round pick (conditional) which should help the team get some more young talent for the future. For the Magic, they receive a second-round pick from the Blazers which certainly is a good thing (even though it is not that significant), and they get a younger inexperienced guard who could potentially grow into a backup point guard or shooting guard at some point.

Obviously though, the biggest winner in this trade is the cavaliers because they get Frye who averages a career 38.7% from behind the arc as a stretch four, and is certainly capable of stretching the floor when he is in with the second unit.

 

4.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Randy Foye

Denver Nuggets: Steve Novak, DJ Augustin, 2 second-round picks

 

This trade was one of the more low-key important trades that happened in the NBA, as the Thunder got a good shooting guard in Randy Foye, and gave up a good backup point guard in DJ Augustin and a shooter in Steve Novak (and 2 second-round picks) to the rebuilding Denver Nuggets. Ever since the James Harden trade years ago, the Thunder have had a hard time finding a reliable shooting guard to play alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, bouncing around between Derek Fisher, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb, Anthony Morrow, and other smaller-name players. Hopefully Foye can continue to have success as a third-fourth option on the Thunder, and be what they need to experience success once again in the playoffs. The 10-year veteran had experienced some success in years prior, and hopefully he will be able to act as a guy able to give 10-15 points a night on a consistent basis, and since he will be behind Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka as scorers, he should be able to do that. The Nuggets, also get some draft picks that could turn into some good young prospects, they also get to cut cap room by getting rid of Novak, and they get a decent point guard entering the prime of his NBA career to serve as a backup behind the young Mudiay.

Overall, I think this trade is small, but beneficial to both the Thunder and the Nuggets as they both get to work towards achieving their goals– for the Thunder, getting a championship, and for the Nuggets, rebuilding for the future.

 

5.

Detroit Pistons: Tobias Harris

Orlando Magic: Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova

 

This trade was one of the earliest to occur at the deadline, and probably the most impacting for both teams, as the Pistons received a good small forward in Harris to complement their star center and rising point guard (Drummond and Jackson), and the Magic get to experiment with Jennings playing two-guard with Payton and Gordon, and they get to relieve some cap room with Ilyasova. For the Pistons, this was exactly what they needed as Harris has proved capable of carrying some of the load on offense, with career averages of 13 points and 5 rebounds a game, and in the past couple of years on the Magic averaging roughly 17 points and 7 rebounds a game, and at 23 years old, he certainly has a bright future ahead. For the Magic, they get the risk of Jennings who tore his Achilles last year, but if he returns to the playing level he was, would be a great fit with the young core of the team, and they also get Ilyasova who could either come off the bench and provide some good minutes, or they could waive him to get back some cap space, either way it is beneficial to the Magic.

Overall, this puts the Pistons in the driver’s seat as a dark-horse contender to make a run in the playoffs, as they have three great players in Harris, Jackson, and Drummond, and a good set of complementary players to the core three. And it will be interesting to see how the Magic use Jennings and Ilyasova in the coming months.

 

6.

Charlotte Hornets: Courtney Lee (from Grizzlies)

Memphis Grizzlies: PJ Hairston (from Hornets), Chris Anderson (from Heat), two second-round picks (from Heat)

Miami Heat: Brian Roberts (from Hornets)

 

This trade was the second trade the Grizzlies made at the deadline to try to shake-up the squad, as they traded the young guard in Courtney Lee who they had gotten from the Celtics last year, for the older Chris Anderson, the young Hairston, and two second-round picks. The Heat received Brian Roberts from the Hornets whom they later traded to the Trail Blazers for cash considerations, so really all they did was get rid of Anderson for two second round picks to try to clear cap space. The Hornets, on the other hand, got a great shooting guard in Lee, who will fill the role of the injured Kidd-Gilchrist (who is out for the season) and hopefully propel Charlotte into a lower seed for the playoffs. This trade was most significant for the Hornets because they got what they wanted (a fill-in to try to make a playoff push) while the Grizzlies just cleared some cap room (as they most likely will cut Anderson) while getting a younger prospect and two draft picks.

 

DEADLINE CONCLUSIONS

Overall, this was a very quiet trade deadline relative to previous years where some big name players were flipped for one-another, and disappointing teams would trade players for picks to prepare for a rebuild. It was also interesting because even though so many big-name players were rumored to be moved before the deadline (Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Kevin Love, etc.) none of them ended up being moved, which is very surprising. However, it should be expected that over the summer a lot of players will be moved and will leave their teams in free-agency, as the market cap is expected to increase which will make a lot of players search for bigger contracts, it should be a very interesting rest of the season, and I’m excited for it!!! I hope you are too thanks for reading!!!!

 

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