With the trade deadline over, let’s take a look at somewhat uninspiring list of deals that went down during the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season:
The NBA’s trading season began in December, when the Toronto Raptors managed to free themselves of the contract of and volume shooting of Rudy Gay, sending him to Sacramento for John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez, and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also picked up Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray in the deal. Though Gay’s play has improved as a King, his team has gone 13-23 following the deal, while the Raptors have put together the exact opposite mark, a 23-13 turn. Footage of the Toronto locker room’s reaction to the deal made for some compelling viewing.
A month passed before the Chicago Bulls, reeling from yet another season ending injury to Derrick Rose and staring down the luxury tax for the second straight year, dealt two-time All-Star Luol Deng to Cleveland for Andrew Bynum’s since-waived contract. The Bulls also received protected first round picks from Sacramento and Cleveland that aren’t likely to actually come to fruition, and a chance to swap picks with Cleveland if conditions are met. Based on Sacramento and Cleveland’s current arc, the deal basically came down to luxury tax freedom and a future second rounder for Chicago in exchange for Deng, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Cleveland, currently riding a six-game winning streak, is 10-10 since the deal, while the Bulls have rallied (despite receiving no compensation in exchange for Deng) to go 14-7.
Things died down for another month after that until the trade deadline came along, with the first shot out of the gate coming in the form of a deal sending well-liked but declining Brooklyn Net veterans Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to Sacramento for young but slumping scoring guard Marcus Thornton. With this deal, Brooklyn now faces a payroll bill in excess of $200 million, once luxury taxes are factored in.
Late on Wednesday, in what could be a fantastic move for a Golden State team still lacking in bench production, the Warriors received journeyman point guard Steve Blake in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks heading to the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal saves the Lakers a few million in luxury tax bills, while the Warriors get a steady hand to help take the pressure off of Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala as ball-handlers.
The first deal of the trade deadline saw one of the more obvious players on the trading block move on to a new home. Spencer Hawes is a good player with a reasonable contract, someone who will be a free agent this summer, a summer not likely to see the Philadelphia 76ers re-signing the versatile offensive center. In other years, even as an impending free agent, he probably would have fetched a conditional first round pick, but in 2014 all the 76ers could take in return are future free agents Earl Clark, Henry Sims, and two second round picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
More telling? The Sixers are incredibly happy with that haul.
Later in the day, the Denver Nuggets finally signed off on dealing the frustrated and summarily dismissed Andre Miller away from a team he wanted nothing to do with. Dre was sent to the Washington Wizards, who sent a second round pick and Eric Maynor to Philadelphia, while sending a former lottery pick in the high flying (but not exactly big contributin’) Jan Vesely to Denver. Denver also sent a second round pick to Philadelphia because of their willingness to take on another year of Maynor’s contract, which runs past this season. The move also saves Denver money next year, as Miller’s contract is partially guaranteed, while the deal also helps Washington’s payroll side of things while opening up a roster spot for potential frontcourt or wing help via free agency.
And, because it’s 2014, Eric Maynor learned about it on Twitter:
— Eric Maynor (@EMaynor3) February 20, 2014
In the most minor of moves, the Miami Heat sent locker room good guy and occasional 3+D hero Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings, with cash, for a protected second round pick that the Heat will probably never see. The move was done solely for luxury tax reasons, though we do hope the highly Mason Jr. can latch on with a veteran team down the stretch.
In an intriguing move between two of the NBA’s most (rightfully, at times over the last few years) overlooked teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats tossed three solid guards around the Eastern Conference. Charlotte respected penetrating guard Ramon Sessions, but the team needs outside shooting, and it took the chance that former Buck guard Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour are only working through average three-point shooting seasons because of Milwaukee’s year-long malaise. Charlotte takes on more long term salary in Neal’s 2015-expiring contract, while Sessions returns to Milwaukee (his sixth team in seven years) to again become a free agent this summer. *** Aaron Brooks? He and the Houston Rockets have quite a bit of history:
Aaron Brooks was drafted by the Rockets and has now been traded by, re-signed, waived, re-signed and traded again by the Rockets. — Matthew R Tynan (@Matthew_Tynan) February 20, 2014
The Rockets have plenty of guards, though, and they covet an athlete to help push things in transition and spread the floor with corner threes. Is former Denver Nuggets swingman Jordan Hamilton that guy? Possibly, though he has regressed a bit in his third season. The Nuggets, who are now down both Nate Robinson and Andre Miller, badly need the point guard help.
Gonzaga product Austin Daye has disappointed somewhat in translating his all-around, somewhat position-less game to the NBA’s flow and flex, but he’ll get one last chance to turn things around with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs dealt for Daye late in Thursday’s action, sending fellow swingman Nande De Colo to Toronto as compensation. De Colo has enjoyed a better NBA career thus far, and he’s a restricted free agent this summer. Daye, meanwhile, can be bought out of his 2014-15 contract for a quarter of a million dollars.
The Atlanta Hawks are under the salary cap, and Antawn Jamison makes less than $1 million while working on the veteran’s minimum. The Clippers are over the luxury tax and Jamison rarely played for Doc Rivers’ team, which is why the Clippers dealt Jamison to the Hawks to save over $1 million in payroll.
In perhaps the only shocker of the trade deadline, the Indiana Pacers sent struggling former All-Star swingman Danny Granger to the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Turner has his critics amongst those that point to the inefficient way he piles up those 17.4 points per game, but he is a clear upgrade over Granger at this point, Allen will contribute, and the Pacers actually save money in the deal while possibly shoring up a replacement wing should Lance Stephenson fly the coop as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Turner is a restricted free agent.
And these are the trades that took place during the NBA’s 2013-14 season. Wake up the kids.
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