Recapping An Insane NBA Trade Deadline

Goran Dragic, Anthony Davis

At the beginning of the day the NBA trade deadline was looking an awful lot like a like Big Sean album—a lot of hype with no real pay-off. Then, an hour or so before the 3pm deadline, trades started flooding in like the the New Jersey Turnpike during rush hour. Names we thought were safe were traded, names we thought would be traded ended up staying with their team.

Here were all the transactions from a trade deadline so crazy Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski couldn’t contain himself.

In chronological order:

Denver Nuggets trade Arron Afflalo & Alonzo Gee to the Portland Trail Blazers for Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, Victor Claver, lottery-protected first -round pick and a second round pick.

Washington Wizards trade Andre Miller to the Sacramento Kings for Ramon Sessions.

Brooklyn Nets trade Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.

Denver Nuggets trade JaVale McGee & protected first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for reasons unknown to man.

Three-team trade between the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns & New Orleans Pelicans: Heat receive Goran Dragic & Zoran Dragic, the Suns receive Danny Granger, John Salmons & 2 first-round picks, the Pelicans receive Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton & Shawne Williams.

Houston Rockets trade Isaiah Canaan & second-round pick to 76ers for K.J. McDaniels.

New York Knicks trade Pablo Prigioni to the Rockets for Alexey Shved & 2 second-round picks.

Boston Celtics trade Luigi Datome & Jonas Jerekbo to the Detroit Pistons for Tayshaun Prince.

Three-team trade between the Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder & Utah Jazz. Thunder receive D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak & Kyle Singler. Pistons receive Reggie Jackson. Jazz receive Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett & protected first-round pick from OKC & second-round pick.

Suns trade Isaiah Thomas to Celtics for Marcus Thornton & first-round pick (via Cavs)

Three-team trade between Suns, 76ers  &  Milwaukee Bucks. Suns receive Brandon Knight. Bucks receive Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis & Miles Plumlee. 76ers receive LA Lakers first-round pick from Suns.

Major Takeaways

Pat Riley is the NBA’s Vito Corleone

Riley must have offered Suns owner Robert Carver an offer he couldn’t refuse—broken legs. That’s the only excuse for the Suns accepting this trade over the Knicks offer of Tim Hardaway Jr., Jose Calderon & a first-round pick.

Now the Heat are a definite playoff team barring a slew of major injuries with a nice core of Dragic, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside. For the Suns, I guess they’re conceding the eight spot to the Thunder because Danny Granger and John Salmons aren’t doing sh*t for them. The Pelicans add a nice backup point guard in Norris Cole, but that’s about it.

What the hell are the 76ers doing?

I feel bad for the 76ers fans. They have no clue what they’re doing and have no plan on being good in this decade. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has gone completely overboard with tanking. Today he traded two good players on rookie contracts for absolutely nothing. Michael Carter-Williams was Rookie of the Year last year and K.J. McDaniels has shown flashes of being a good NBA player.

If they got something back I’d understand, but Isaiah Canaan, JaVale McGee and two first-round pick is just another kick in the balls to a fan base that has to have gone numb at this point. Now they have three centers, a bunch of draft picks and zero hope.

Reunion Tour

Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince are heading back home. The Timberwolves don’t have much else going on so the Garnett move allows them to run nostalgia into the ground. On the other hand the Pistons are a decent team receiving a subpar player in Prince.  Unlike the T-Wolves the Pistons could have made another nice move to try and nab a playoff spot, but opted for alum of the 2004 championship Pistons team.

Interesting Nugget

The Denver Nuggets sold, but not as much as I thought. Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler ended up staying, but JaVale McGee got sent packing. They sent Afflalo to Portland and received Thomas Robinson’s expiring contract and two guys not worth mentioning. The Nuggets are rebuilding, but they’re not ready to blow the whole thing up.

Cold Feet

Nets GM Billie King must’ve gotten cold feet about blowing his roster up—or realized the Celtics own the Nets immediate future. King held onto his Deron Williams-Joe Johnson-Brook Lopez core and nabbed Thad Young for KG, a nice upgrade. The Nets are actually better after the deadline than they were before it.

Rip City Gearing Up For a Run

Portland has their eyes on the prize. Aside from the Heat landing Goran Dragic the best trade made was the Trail Blazers landing Arron Afflalo. Now the Blazers have that scorer off the bench they’ve needed for two years. Many thought Wilson Chandler would be the Nugget traded to Portland, but Afflalo might end up being the better move.

Under The Radar

The Trail Blazers and Heat may have made the marquee moves of the day, but the Rockets and and Celtics made some solid moves too. Isaiah Thomas is an underrated and underappreciated guard that perfectly complements Marcus Smart in the Celtics backcourt.

The Rockets also added backcourt depth. At point guard they got a crafty veteran in Pablo Prigioni from the Knicks. In New York Prigioni was good on defense and even better from three-point land, but the best move for the Rockets was landing K.J. McDaniels, an extremely athletic player who might end up being a huge bench piece in the near future.

What the Buck?

The Bucks have been having a surprisingly good this season and a large part of that success was the play of Brandon Knight. Well the reward for that in Milwaukee is apparently getting shipped out of town. They did receive reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams, making their young core of MCW, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker a scary sight in two years.


The Thunder rebuilt their bench today and all but wrapped the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They turned Reggie Jackson and the pathetic Kendrick Perkins into Enes Kanter, D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak. It’s not Brook Lopez, but it’ll do.