The 2014 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and while some fans were left disappointed by the lack of blockbuster deals, several teams made important moves as they prepared for the rest of the season.
G Steve Blake
G Kent Bazemore
G MarShon Brooks
Analysis – Blake gives the Warriors the backup point guard they have been missing since they lost Jarrett Jack to Cleveland in the offseason. Blake is a reliable distributor and will allow Golden State to play Curry off the ball, a move they used to great success last season. Meanwhile, the Lakers acquire two youngsters still on their rookie deals as they fully commit to rebuilding their team.
G Marcus Thornton
G Jason Terry
F/C Reggie Evans
Analysis – Thornton has been a proven scorer in the past, and while he has struggled this season, he can only be an upgrade over the ageing Terry. Meanwhile, Brooklyn also have a disabled player exception thanks to Brook Lopez’s injury, so they can cover the loss of Evans there. For Sacramento, the deal swaps an overpaid underachiever on a bigger deal for two smaller contracts, which are easier to move in the future. Buying out the remained of Terry’s contract is also an option, which is a much smaller financial hit than buying out Thornton’s deal.
Miami dump Roger Mason, Jr, free up extra roster spot
2015 conditional second-round draft pick
G Roger Mason, Jr. and cash considerations
Analysis – Last season, Miami used an extra roster spot to sign Chris “Birdman” Anderson, who became a vital part of their championship rotation. This move gives the Heat similar options as they attempt to three-peat as champions. With big bodies such as Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Jason Collins on the free agent market, Miami could add some much needed size inside before the March 1 buyout deadline. Mason, Jr. is likely to be waived by the Kings. If that is the case, the sharpshooting guard would be eligible to sign with another team in time for the playoffs.
C Spencer Hawes
F Earl Clark
C Henry Sims
Two 2014 second-round draft picks
Analysis – Before the season started, Cleveland made it clear that their goal was to make the playoffs this year. And although they started the season off slowly, in the weaker Eastern Conference it is still possible for them to make a late season charge. Adding Hawes gives the Cavs some more frontcourt depth after trading Andrew Bynum in January and with Anderson Varejao struggling with injuries. For Philadelphia, they acquire two non-guaranteed contacts for next season, add draft picks to assist their rebuild, and don’t lose Hawes for nothing in free agency at the season’s end.
G Andre Miller
Protected 2014 second-round draft pick
F Jan Vesely
G Eric Maynor
2015 second-round draft pick
Analysis – Miller hadn’t played for the Nuggets since being suspended by the team on January 2 after butting heads with head coach Brian Shaw, now he will be filling a glaring hole in Washington’s rotation as they head towards their first playoffs berth in six years. Denver gets Vesely, the sixth pick in the 2011 draft, an athletic prospect who has failed to live up to expectations thus far in his career – who becomes a free agent at the end of the year if he continues to disapooint. Meanwhile, the 76ers receive two more draft picks for helping facilitate the deal.
G Gary Neal
G Luke Ridnour
G Ramon Sessions
F Jeff Adrien
Analysis – The Bobcats are preparing to make their second trip to the playoffs in franchise history, while Milwaukee are preparing to rebuild their roster after a disappointing season. Neal and Ridnour will add some scoring and playmaking ability to Charlotte’s backcourt. While Sessions and Adrien are both free agents come the offseason and can be released by Milwaukee if they decide to head in a different direction.
Austin Daye heads to San Antonio for Nando De Colo
San Antonio receive:
F Austin Daye
G Nando De Colo
Analysis – With the emergence of Patty Mills in the Spurs backcourt, the sparingly-used De Colo was deemed excess baggage by the reigning Western Conference Champions. Meanwhile, Daye could be perfect project for Gregg Popovich to fit into his system in San Antonio. A 6-11 mismatch at either forward position, Daye was the 15th overall pick in 2009 and will bolster the Spurs frontline.
Denver and Houston swap Jordan Hamilton for Aaron Brooks
G Aaron Brooks
G/F Jordan Hamilton
Analysis – Hamilton is a sharpshooting, multi-positional player who will fit in nicely with the Rockets’ inside-outside game around Dwight Howard. While Denver is in desperate need of a backup point guard after losing Nate Robinson to a season-ending ACL injury and trading Andre Miller to Washington.
G/F Evan Turner
F/C Lavoy Allen
F Danny Granger
2014 second-round draft pick
Analysis – A classic case of two teams heading in different directions. The Pacers are on a collision course to meet Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals. While Philadelphia are facing a long-term rebuilding project. Adding Evan Turner gives Indiana some much-needed scoring punch from their second unit, helps shed some salary, and protects against the Lance Stephenson receiving a more attractive contract offer in the offseason. Meanwhile, Philadelphia get a sold locker room presence for their young squad, another draft pick, and don’t lose Turner for nothing in the offseason.
Clippers send Antawn Jamison to Atlanta
F Antawn Jamison
Los Angeles receive:
Draft rights to G/F Cenk Akyol
Analysis – Atlanta is trying to remain in the playoff picture and were in need of greater frontline depth. Meanwhile, Jamison has not contributed much for the Clippers this season, who now open up a roster spot as they head towards the playoffs.
Philadelphia acquire Byron Mullens for a second-round pick
F/C Byron Mullens
Future second-rond pick
Los Angeles receive:
Conditional second-round pick
Analysis – Mullens has buried on the Clippers’ bench, averaging only 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game this season. Philadelphia will be hoping he can replace Spencer Hawes as the teams floor spacing centre. LA open up a roster spot to address their weakened frontcourt before the playoffs.