In comparison to last year you are looking at one of the slower, more boring deadlines. Still, there were a few moves and with that comes the analyzation of said moves. For every trade there are wins, losses, and draws and we will try to weed out some of those teams here.
Receive: Donatas Motiejunas, Marcus Thornton, Tobias Harris
Lose: Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova, Joel Anthony,First round pick
Receive: DET first round pick,
Lose: Motiejunas, Thornton, second round pick
Receive: Joel Anthony, second round pick
Receive: Channing Frye
Lose: Anderson Varejao, first round pick
Receive: Jared Cunningham, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova, second round pick
Lose: Channing Frye, Tobias Harris
Receive: Anderson Varajao, CLE first round pick
Lose: Second round pick
Receive: Shelvin Mack
Lose: Second Round pick
Receive: Second round pick, Kirk Hinrich
Lose: Shelvin Mack, second round pick
Receive: Randy Foye
Lose: DJ Augustine, Steve Novak, two second round picks
Receive: DJ Augustine, Steve Novak, two second round picks
Lose: Randy Foye
Receieve: Markeiff Morris
Lose: Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, first round pick
Receive: Humphris, Blair, WAS first round pick
Receive: ATL second round pick
Receive: Lance Stephenson, Chris Anderson, first round pick
Lose: Jeff Green
Receive: Jeff Green
Lose: Lance Stephenson, first round pick
In one of the more boring trade deadlines the Pistons yawned their way into being winners. They essentially swapped Brandon Jennings and his big contract, and Ilyasova, an impending free agent, and added Thornton, a cheap vet, and DMo, a younger, cheaper, higher upside Ilyasova type. With all that money they added Tobias Harris, which basically makes him a throw in for a first round pick, and it gives the Pistons a ton of lineup flexibilty to put Harris with guys like Stanley Johnson and Marcus Morris.
They get Stephenson and his demeanor that did not seem to fit off of the books. In doing so they add a player whose position is exactly what they need. Doc Rivers coached Jeff Green for three years in Boston, and now Green can sub as a small ball four in Blake Griffins absence, and will get a ton of minutes as the teams small forward, which was their most glaring hole.
Turning Varajeo into Channing Frye is a win, and could be an underrated move. Although he does many of the same things that Kevin Love does, it gives them another big who can shoot, which may get Love in the paint at times. It also will free up Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov a lot more and just creates space.
They get Detroits first round pick, top eight protected, but could still draw a lottery pick. That said it also could just draw pick 18 for Motiejunas, who was a developing stretch four just a year ago. The move says Terrance Jones will be extended, but this wasnt the major loss.
The major loss is that they are going to lose Dwight Howard this summer and get nothing for it. They also have Ty Lawson on the team. You have to wonder how they couldnt settle for something with two guys who can still at least draw offers.
The Hawks essentially traded Shelvin Mack for Kirk Hinrich which to me makes no sense. They also failed, like the Rockets to figure out their future. Between Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder one of them needs to start and one needs to go. To let Teague walk this year and recieve nothing is failure. If the Hakws dont sign Teague or Al Horford they will have egg all over their face.
The Magic were having problems finding the right minutes between Evan Fournier, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, CJ Watson and Shabazz Napier, so they decided to throw Jennings and Jared Cunningham into the mix. Fournier can play some three, but the thought would be that Tobias Harris was traded to free more minutes for slam dunk star Aaron Gordon to play the three. Gordon can be a small four, but that is what they added Ilyasova to be. Essentially they lost more than they gained by gaining more than they lost.