The Chicago Bulls stood pat as I expected. They didn't have the pieces to make a deal this time around, at least not one that benefits them, so they did the smart thing. It was still a busy trade deadline though.
Goran Dragic to the Heat
Goran Dragic + Zoran Dragic -> Miami
Justin Hamilton, John Salmons, Danny Granger, 2 1st rounders -> Phoenix
Shawne Williams, Norris Cole -> New Orleans
The Miami Heat have a starting five of:
PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Hassan Whiteside
If they had anyone on the bench and Dwyane Wade could stay healthy then they might just be dangerous. As it stands, it's a team I might not want to play in the first round if they can get some continuity and health. It's a huge short term win for Miami, but I don't want to be the team paying Goran Dragic a shit ton of money next season which appears to be where Miami is now at.
Dragic is a good player, perhaps an all-star caliber player, but he's not a star player, he's not a max caliber player and yet might get offers at that level anyway. With Wade's knees not likely to hold up for any length of time, the Heat don't appear ready to win now and Dragic seems like an awfully dicey guy to build around.
For Pheonix, the picks won't come due for awhile (2017 top 7 protected, likely with declining protection afterwards and 2021 unprotected 1sts), but this seems like an okay haul for a guy they weren't going to be able to keep. It was probably a bit disheartening because I struggle to see them making the playoffs (even with their other moves).
New Orleans was reported to be looking to buy out Williams which means they're effectively getting Norris Cole. That's maybe a good swap for Salmons but likely doesn't move the meter much one way or the other.
Arron Afflalo to Portland
Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee -> Portland
Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, 2016 1st (lotto protected), 2nd Rounder -> Denver
This is a classic move that helps both teams. The Nuggets weren't going to keep Afflalo past this season, so they get some future picks even if the Portland first doesn't pro-rate out as amazing and their second probably has no value. The rest of the players are more or less irrelevant.
Portland gets a quality player that helps them in the arms race in the west and can give them a lift the rest of the season. Portland has historically been willing to pay luxury tax because Paul Allen doesn't run the team as a business, and they can likely afford to keep him next season if they choose.
Denver also fits in the Portland players into trade exceptions so they create a large trade exception for Afflalo.
Reggie Jackson to Detroit, Enes Kanter to OKC
D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler -> OKC
Reggie Jackson -> Detroit
Kendrick Perkins, OKC protected 1st, Detroit 2nd, Grant Jerrett -> Utah
This is an interesting one. OKC hasn't had much depth so they bring in a bunch of bench guys. Kanter seems like the big move here for them as an upgrade over Perkins.
D.J. Augustin has been really solid in a back up PG role so he'll help them as well. Maybe Singler/Novak can add something to their bench.
Detroit gets a quality player in Jackson who was having an awful year for OKC. The question then becomes whether Jackson is better than he's shown this season or whether last season was a fluke. It's a decent risk for them as they give up nothing of long term value to take the shot.
What the hell was Utah doing here? I'm waiting to see if there are picks flying around in this deal (none reported yet), because they get Perkins for Kanter and that just seems like an awful deal. I guess they dump Novak's extra year of salary in the move, but it wasn't that much money.
Just seems like Kanter would have been worth a hell of a lot more even if he did demand a trade.
(edit) -- The Jazz got a protected 1st for Kanter and a 2nd rounder which is something. Seems like that protected 1st has to be pretty far down the line. Still seems like a pretty pedestrian haul, but makes more sense now.
Brandon Knight to Phoenix, Michael Carter Williams to Milwaukee, Lakers pick to Philly
Brandon Knight -> Phoenix
MCW, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis -> Milwaukee
Lakers pick (top 5 protected) from Phoenix -> Philadelphia
Brandon Knight was having a great season. The fact that he was traded seems to indicate that they didn't feel he was part of the future and would get overpaid in free agency. They get a quality player in Michael Carter Williams back, so the deal might help them in the long run.
Plumlee and Ennis might have some value as well in terms of adding some depth going forward. Ennis hasn't played but has three cheap years left while Plumlee's fairly pedestrian.
Philadelphia continues their perpetual rebuilding plan by grabbing the Lakers pick. Maybe it works out for them if the Lakers draft #6 this season. If not, they'll likely get it next season when it is 1-3 protected, and the Lakers aren't overly likely to jump out of the lottery.
Still a dicey move for Philly to dump a for sure quality player for a pick that could end up in some pretty different places.
Phoenix replaces Dragic, whom they couldn't keep, with Knight. A nice lateral move for them in that sense. It will allow them to stay in the running and if they keep Knight going forward they won't go into some crap rebuilding mode possibly.
That said, they gave up a pretty awesome asset in order to land him making it a high risk proposition for them too.
This trade is definitely not a win/win/win. You've got two young players and a prime draft pick moving. Each team is giving up something of long term value to get something else of long term value and how the individual pieces develop will determine how well each team does.
Honestly, I'm not sure I like this move for anyone. Philly's in the tank, but if they ever want to get better they need to keep some of their young quality assets. Knight seems like a better fit than MCW on Milwaukee to me, and Phoenix paid a steep price to basically make a lateral move though depending what protection and everything else is on those Miami picks they might combine to be worth more than this Lakers pick.
Isaiah Thomas to Boston for Thornton and Cleveland 1st
Isaiah Thomas seems like a guy on a nice value contract. You have to like the pick up for Boston to collect a young asset on a good contract. They give up Thornton who has no real value and a late 1st round pick in 2016 from Cleveland. Given they had 12 1st rounders over five years and this pick stinks, it certainly looks like a good move.
For Phoenix, they simply had a glut of guards, so they move Isaiah Thomas and get a 1st rounder back. Seems unlikely that they get a great player out of that pick slot, but 1st rounders always have value, and Isaiah Thomas was causing them an issue in terms of guard glut.
I don't like this move for Phoenix all that much though. I think they lose talent they're unlikely to get back here.
K.J. McDaniels to Houston, Isaiah Canaan and 2nd to Philly
K.J. McDaniels started out the season pretty well but hasn't done much recently. Isaiah Canaan and a future 2nd doesn't seem like it has a whole lot of value to anyone. I'd give the edge to Houston in possibly improving their situation somewhat, but overall it should have pretty minimal impact.
Pablo Prigioni to Houston for Schved and two 2nds
Pablo Prigioni -> Houston
Alexey Schved + two 2nd -> New York
Mostly a nothing trade. Prigioni's okay, and two seconds probably don't amount to much given where Houston's seconds will likely land, but I don't see this a much of a move for either team.
Kings/Wizards swap Sessions/Miller
In kind of an odd swap, the Kings/Wizards moved Andre Miller and Ramon Sessions for each other. They make similar money, play the same position, but Sessions has an extra year. Maybe the Kings just wanted to save the money, but it feels like Sessions at one extra year and 2 million doesn't seem bad.
From my perspective, Andre Miller has an annoying habit of kicking the Bulls ass, so I'm happy to see him leave the Wizards. Overall, I'd think Sessions is probably the more valuable of the two guys, but sort of an odd move for both teams.
JaVale McGee to Philadelphia
McGee + 1st rounder via OKC -> Philly
Rights to some dude who will never play -> Denver
The Nuggets create a giant trade exception for McGee and dump his salary which was pretty lousy. The 76ers get a 1st round pick for picking up the salary and were below the league minimum so don't actually lose any money in the short term by picking him up but will have to pay him next season.
Seems like a reasonable deal for both teams, I'm not sure the pick is really worth the amount of money Philly is eating, but if I'm Denver I'm also not so excited to dump a guy and give up a pick to do so. Nice move if you're a Philly fan to get a pick for nothing, but nothing special here either way.
Garnett for Thadeus Young
In a move of two teams swapping expiring guys the Nets come out ahead by getting Young. The Wolves get the chance to parade out Garnett in what might be his final season and tie him back to their franchise. The move is ultimately a nothing move for both squads though.
Gigi Datome + Jonas Jerebko to Boston for Tayshaun Prince
Gigi Datome, Jonas Jerebko -> Boston
Tayshaun Prince -> Detroit
Maybe this is similar to the Garnett move where Detroit wants to just get back to their roots. Boston saves a shade of money on this deal (assuming no cash is involved to cover it), and all of these guys are expiring this year and none have much future value.
To the extent anyone still belongs in the league going forward it's likely Jerebko, so Boston maybe has some edge in future talent if one exists.
Either way, it's mostly a nothing move.
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