By Cameron Heffernan
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone. Now is the time to look at who went where and what it all adds up to.
With the NBA trade deadline behind us and the pieces of the NBA landscape having fallen in place. The Thunder seem to be scrounging for pieces to fill, the Celtics seem to be making a misguided push at an eighth seed and the Lakers stood pat. Oh, and Goran Gragic (and possible Zoran) got his wish after pissing and moaning like a baby for the last week.
Here’s a rundown of all the movers and shakers in the NBA:
Miami Trades For Dragic
Phoenix Suns trade: Goran and Zoran Dragic to Miami Heat.
Effectively making Mario Chalmers a thing of the past. RIP Mario.
Miami Heat trade: Danny Granger and two first-round picks to Phoenix Suns. They also sent, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and Norris Cole to the Pelicans.
The Suns get stuff…. I guess. Those two first rounders are nice. As well, you get a lot of expiring with that group.
Pelicans trade: John Salmons to Heat.
The Pelicans get more bench depth in Cole and Williams. That’s it. It’s not going to help their playoff push and the Thunder will probably leapfrog them for the last spot.
Kevin Garnett Goes Back To Minnesota
Minnesota Timberwolves trade: Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn Nets.
This is a solid pick-up for the Nets and gets them back on a road to having more youth than NBA fossils.
Brooklyn Trades: Kevin Garnett to Minnesota Timberwolves.
He will more than likely retire next year and either become a coach or part-owner. Who knows what the hell Flip Saunders and Minnesota are doing at this point.
OKC Dumps Perkins and Jackson; Gets Enes
Oklahoma CityThunder trade: Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, draft rights to Tibor Pleiss, and a future first-rounder to the Jazz. Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons.
The Thunder shed the underutilized Reggie Jackson to a team in need of a point guard, and pick up a center that is more active than the corpse known as Kendrick Perkins.
Detroit Pistons trade: D.J. Augustin and Kyle Singler to the Thunder. Second-round pick to the Jazz.
Utah Jazz trade: Enes Kanter and Steve Novak to the Thunder.
Basically the Thunder got a bench (probably still not enough to fill the void left by James Harden so very long ago), the Jazz gut a buyout in Perkins, Detroit got a point guard, and the Jazz shed salary and a talented young player for a future draft pick.
OKC also sent Ish Smith, the rights to Latavious Williams and a 2015 second-round pick to the Pelicans for a 2016 second-round pick.
Danny Ainge Does Something And Its Not Acquiring More Picks
Boston Celtics trade: Marcus Thorton and 2016 first-round pick to the Suns. They also sent Tayshaun Prince to the Pistons.
Phoenix Suns trade: Isaiah Thomas to Celtics.
Detroit Pistons trade: Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome to the Celtics.
Houston Gets Ready For a Playoff Push
Houston Rockets trade: Isaiah Canaan and a second round pick to the Sixers. They also sent two second-round picks and Alexey Shved to the Knicks.
New York Knicks trade: Pablo Prigioni to the Rockets.
Philadelphia 76ers trade: K.J. McDaniels to the Rockets.
This was your basic trade-deadline robbery that Daryl Morey usually pulls. The acquisition of McDaniels for the Rockets will be major. The west is shaping up to be a bloodbath with no clear favorite, come playoff time.
Milwaukee Looks to The Future, With a Pleasant Today
Milwaukee Bucks trade: Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall to the Suns. As well as possible picks to the Sixers.
Phoenix Suns trade: Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis to Milwaukee. As well they send a 2015 first-round pick from the Lakers to the Sixers.
Philadelphia 76ers trade: Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks.
The Trades That Don’t Mean Anything At All But They Happened
The 76ers acquired JaVale McGee, the draft rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum and a protected first-round pick from the Denver Nuggets for the rights to Cenk Akyol and salary support for the remainder of McGee’s contract.
This one actually helps, but since no one cares about the Blazers, other than Blazers fans, we don’t really care about this one (that’s a joke Blazer fans). The Blazers traded Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, and a lottery-protected first round pick in 2016 to the Denver Nuggets for Alonzo Gee and Arron Afflalo. Gee and Afflalo help the Blazers and their need for depth at the wing and shooting guard. This doesn’t help them in terms of getting out of the west, where the Grizzles and Warriors are pulling away from their peers at a rapid pace.
– All info pulled from NBA.com