“Which Way Did He Go?”: 2015 NBA Trade Deadline Recap

Wait a minute...what!?!? (Getty Images)
Wait a minute…what!?!? (Getty Images)

Wow, the NBA Trade Deadline did not disappoint! Check out all of the movers and shakers below:

“I Used To Be Jealous of Arron Afflalo”

POR gets: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee
DEN gets: Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, 2016 1st-rounder (top-14 protected)

-Well, there’s reason to “despise” Afflalo once again. His acquisition gives Portland much needed depth and shooting off the bench as they head into the postseason. A nice perimeter defender, Afflalo settles into a unique role as a two-way Sixth Man

-Denver stockpiled assets for the future. They are not expected to keep UFA (unrestricted free agent) Thomas Robinson; Will Barton, Victor Claver and the future 1st is enough to make the trade a win-win

“JaVale McGone!”

JaVale traded

PHI gets: JaVale McGee, 2015 1st rounder (via OKC), Rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabam
DEN gets: Cenk Akyol

-JaVale wasn’t in the future plans for Denver. In fact, the oft-injured big might get bought out by Philly since they already have two young centers, Nerlens Noel & Joel Embiid, ready to be developed; Gaining another 1st-rounder is another major coup for Sixers GM Sam Hinkie

“Put Me In, Coach!”

SAC gets: Andre Miller
WAS gets: Ramon Sessions

-Miller quickly fell out of favor with Wizards coach Randy Wittman due to poor defense. To shore up their rotation for the postseason, they acquired Sessions, a slightly better defender with a similar skill set

-Sacramento, on the other hand, made the deal for new coach George Karl. Miller is a favorite of Karl (coached him in Denver) and should do wonders as a mentor for both Darren Collison & Ray McCallum

“I’m Coming Home…”

MIN gets: Kevin Garnett
BKN gets: Thaddeus Young

-KG IS BACK IN MINNY! Honestly, basketball considerations were not much of a factor here for the Wolves. But re-acquiring KG will be a nice way to sell tickets while ushering in a new era of Minnesota hoops with Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine

-Thaddeus Young is a versatile offensive forward who fits nicely alongside Mason Plumlee; Doesn’t figure to make enough of a difference to lift Brooklyn into the playoffs

“Mr. February”

DET gets: Reggie Jackson
OKC gets: DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler, Enes Kanter, Steve Novak
UTAH gets: Kendrick Perkins (will be waived), Grant Jerrett, future 1st-rounder (via OKC), draft rights to Tibor Pleiss, 2nd-rounder (via DET)

-Reggie Jackson finally got his wish to get out of town. Detroit is a nice situation for him to grow and thrive, especially considering Brandon Jennings is out for the rest of the season. It’s a huge win for Detroit if they can convince Reggie to re-sign long-term

-OKC might have won the ENTIRE day with the bold moves they made. Enes Kanter gives them an interior presence who can create his own shot, DJ Augustin (Kevin Durant’s college teammate at Texas) is a heady veteran able to make plays and score, and Kyle Singler and Steve Novak are top-notch three-point threats. They essentially gave up a single rotation player (Kendrick Perkins) for at least three new ones

-Utah made the deal for future draft considerations, which is the right direction to go in with such a young team. Plus, Rudy Gobert appears more than ready to take the reigns as starting center

“Change of Heart”

BOS gets: Isaiah Thomas
PHX gets: Marcus Thornton, 2016 1st-rounder (via CLE)

-Thomas finally lands in Boston after nearly signing in the offseason. He gives the C’s a starting point guard with infectious energy. They now have an outside shot to return to the postseason…Kudos to Danny Ainge

-Thornton is a veteran gunner capable of putting up big points; the future 1st-rounder is the real prize

“Fast-Talking, High Trousers”

MIA gets: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic
PHX gets: Danny Granger, John Salmons (will be waived), 2017 protected 1st-rounder (via MIA), 2021 1st-rounder (via MIA)
NOP gets: Norris Cole, Shawne Williams (will be waived), Justin Hamilton

-Pat Riley, the master “con artist” (that’s the only explanation!), continues to get it done. After plucking recent sensation Hassan Whiteside out of the D-League, Riley followed up with a blockbuster trade to acquire the crafty Goran Dragic. Alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami is now a dark horse contender in the East

-Phoenix had no choice but to deal the free agent-to-be (G. Dragic); they netted a couple of 1st-rounders in the process

-In Cole, New Orleans gets the backup point guard they’ve desperately searched for


PHX gets: Brandon Knight, Kendall Marshall
MIL gets: Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee
PHI gets: 1st-rounder (via LAL; top-5 protected)

A D.O.G. Haiku

Brandon Knight or Wright
Carter Williams playoff star
Philly drives the tank

-In the shocker of the day, Milwaukee acquired reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams while shipping out “All-most” Star Brandon Knight. MCW gives them a developing PG still on his rookie deal

-PHX’s re-tooling of the roster includes Knight, a combo guard with a steady floor game. He’s a better long-term fit next to Eric Bledsoe

-Philly…Well, they’re tanking, obviously. But don’t sleep! In a few years, all of their assets could turn into something special

“Tell the World, I’m Coming Home”

DET gets: Tayshaun Prince
BOS gets: Jonas Jerebko, Luigi Datome

-Prince returns to Detroit…for now

-Boston acquires a couple of versatile young forwards on expiring deals (Jerebko: unrestricted, Datome: restricted)

“Tit for Tat”

NYK gets: Alexey Shved, 2017 & 2019 2nd-rounders
HOU gets: Pablo Prigioni

-Alexey Shved is still in the NBA, apparently

-Prigioni goes from the 10-win Knicks to a title contender. He could do wonders in the second unit

“Isaiah Canaan: Franchise PG?”

HOU gets: KJ McDaniels
PHI gets: Isaiah Canaan, future second-round pick

-KJ and his uniquely structured rookie deal (UFA after season) gave Philly incentive to deal him sooner rather than later. Could be a game-changer for Houston if given enough time

-Canaan is pretty much the only point guard left in Philly, so that’s good!

A record 37 players got traded at the deadline! OKC & Philly were among the big winners but the rest of the year (and beyond) will tell the entire story of one of the more memorable afternoons in recent NBA history. Our overall Mood:

Smiley DOG


-Jabari J.

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