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NBA Trade Deadline Recap and Grades

The NBA trade deadline serves as a day of opportunity for every single team in the NBA. Teams in the title race or playoff contention could be looking to add one final piece of the puzzle.

A team on the opposite end of the spectrum might offload a big contract from a star player to open up space in free agency.

However, similar to last year’s deadline, this year didn’t feature any major trades but some decent players moved around.

Let’s get you caught up on every major trade that’s happened over the last couple of days.

CLIPPERS ADD JEFF GREEN AT THE BUZZER

Los Angeles Clippers get:
Jeff Green, SF

Memphis Grizzlies get:
Lance Stephenson, SG; first-round pick

CLIPPERS:

This was a great deal for the Clippers considering they gave up Lance Stephenson and a first round pick. Jeff Green is a very streaky shooter but he can provide some offense for teams that’s need the points.

That’s part of the reason why Jeff Green has been traded for the third time in his career. The Clippers are without Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce is a shell of himself, which means Green should get plenty of minutes right away.

A-

GRIZZLIES:

From a team chemistry standpoint this move sort of works for the Grizzlies. They have so many veterans in the locker room to keep him in line if he acts out. Stephenson also plays with a tenacity and passion that the Grizzlies play with.

It could be a good fit and there’s nothing wrong with trying to acquire him, but they should not have given up Jeff Green.

The reason they traded for him was for bench scoring and they add Stephenson whose shot has almost gotten worse. However, the first round pick they received might mean something in the future.

B-

 

MARKIEFF MORRIS GETS HIS WISH

Phoenix Suns get:
Kris Humphries, PF; DeJuan Blair, PF; protected first-round pick

Washington Wizards get:
Markieff Morris, PF

SUNS:

The Suns got a decent amount of value for Markieff Morris. Morris has been unhappy with the Suns for a while and it escalated earlier this year.

Morris ended up throwing a towel at former head coach Jeff Hornacek. After that it was only a matter of time before Markieff Morris was out in Phoenix.

The Suns add two solid players who can rebound, plus a first round pick which isn’t a bad haul at all.

B

WIZARDS:

The Wizards add a versatile player in Markieff Morris, he can rebound and shoot threes at an efficient rate. Washington has been a big disappointment this season after being labeled possible contenders in the East.

Morris will give them some wing scoring and added depth on the frontline that they need. This was a good move for a player who should be happy to have a fresh start.

A

CLEVELAND TRADE FOR ANOTHER SHOOTER

Cleveland Cavaliers get:
Channing Frye, F (from Magic)

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

Orlando Magic get:
Jared Cunningham, SG (from Cavs); second-round pick (from Blazers)

CAVS:

The Cleveland Cavaliers now have an ability to stretch the floor some more after trading for Channing Frye.

The big man will now be with his 5th team in 11 seasons but the Cavaliers will be the first one going to the playoffs. Frye isn’t nearly as good of a rebounder as Anderson Varejao but he also isn’t injury prone as Varejao either.

B+

BLAZERS:

The Blazers have struggled to find any kind of legitimate talent at the Center position since Greg Oden. They’ve also been a team that seem to attract the injury bug more than other teams.

Varejao is a nice player and he’ll be a good fit in Portland but he could end up being another one of those constantly injured players. The first round pick is the best part of this trade for them.

C

MAGIC:

The Magic may like Jared Cunningham but the Magic simply needed a third team to get this deal to work.

The Cavs will likely be paying a good chunk of the 4 year, $32 million deal he signed with the Magic in 2014. Orlando will be happy to get rid of that contract and add some cap space.

B

 

THUNDER GET FOYE FROM DENVER

Oklahoma City Thunder get:
Randy Foye, SG

Denver Nuggets get:
Steve Novak, SF; D.J. Augustin, PG; two second-round draft picks

THUNDER:

The Thunder seem to want as many shooters as possible on their squad, and they added a pretty good one in Randy Foye.

Foye is another player who has played on bad teams for the majority of his career. They already have Anthony Morrow, Kyle Singler, and Dion Waiters. Foye gives them another option on the three point line.

B+

NUGGETS:

The Nuggets were paying Foye nine million dollars over three years so it wasn’t as if this was a salary dump. Steve Novak and DJ Augustin will be solid veterans joining a young Nuggets team. However, this trade doesn’t impact them too much.

C

 

HAWKS GET HINRICH IN THREE TEAM DEAL

Chicago Bulls get:
Second-round pick (from Atlanta via Utah)
Justin Holiday

Atlanta Hawks get:
Kirk Hinrich, PG

Utah Jazz get:
Shelvin Mack, PG

BULLS:

The Bulls add Justin Holiday who has been a great story in the NBA but he’ll be nothing more than a role player and it depends on what they do with the second round pick.

C

HAWKS:

The Hawks must have been looking for more of a veteran presence at guard because they traded away Shelvin Mack for Kirk Hinrich. This is a good move for Atlanta, they’ll need a tough defender like him when the playoffs approach.

A-

JAZZ:

The Jazz don’t have a ton of offense from their backcourt and that’s what they are adding with Shelvin Mack. Mack will be reunited with his former college teammate at Butler, Gordon Hayward. That could be an interesting combo if Mack can get some minutes and help this team make a playoff push.

B

ORLANDO TRADES HARRIS FOR JENNINGS

Detroit Pistons get:
Tobias Harris, SF

Orlando Magic get:
Brandon Jennings, PG; Ersan Ilyasova, PF

PISTONS:

Stan Van Gundy has made all the right moves since taking over in Detroit. The Pistons are in the hunt for a playoff spot and Andre Drummond is one of the league’s best players on both ends of the floor.

The Pistons really have something to build around now after adding Tobias Harris. He’s a strong forward who can score and rebound, plus he’s only 23 years old. The Pistons have a good core to build around thanks to Stan Van Gundy.

A

MAGIC:

This is a great move for the Orlando Magic as well since they need help at point guard. Elfrid Payton still needs some time to develop and Brandon Jennings can do it all offensively.

Jennings is not the most efficient player out there but he’s an upgrade over whatever the Magic have. Jennings with Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic is a nice core of players to work with. Ersan Ilyasova can give the team some more shooting and rebounding.

A

BIRDMAN MOVES TO MEMPHIS

Charlotte Hornets get: 

Courtney Lee, SG (from Grizzlies)

Memphis Grizzlies get:
P.J. Hairston, SF (from Hornets); Chris Andersen, C; and two second-round picks (from Heat)

Miami Heat get:
Brian Roberts, PG (from Hornets)

HORNETS:

The Hornets get a real pro in Courtney Lee who has been versatile for a long time. He’ll add a great veteran presence to the locker room in Charlotte.

The team has been looking for depth at guard and Lee is just that. This is a nice move by Michael Jordan and his franchise, it’s makes them a bit better. The Hornets might actually make the playoffs this year.

A

GRIZZLIES:

Memphis gave up some scoring by trading away Courtney Lee but they also needed a replacement for Marc Gasol. Chris “Birdman” Anderson is a rim protector who is the perfect fit for the Grizzlies style of play.

It won’t be long before Anderson becomes a fan favorite in Memphis. The veterans in the locker should also be able to keep P.J. Hairston in line.

A-

HEAT:

The Heat were the third team in this trade and they gave up quite a bit to get back so little. Two second round picks and Birdman for Brian Roberts doesn’t seem like much.

To make it worse, they traded away Roberts for just cash. This move doesn’t make much sense other than clearing cap space. The Heat still have the 5th spot in the East but they’ll miss a player like Birdman.

D

 

 

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