There weren’t any blockbuster trades during the trade deadline, but there were some nice moves done by teams attempting to make the postseason. I’ll break down the moves I liked the most.
The Pacers acquired Evan Turner for the expiring contract of Danny Granger and Lavoy Allen.
Turner is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game, 6 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game and is fulfilling the vast potential he had when he was drafted out of Ohio State. He’ll combine with Luis Scola on the bench to give them two players who could start for most teams and gives them some excellent depth. He can play several positions and gives them some flexibility. This move shows the Pacers are very serious about winning and winning now.
He’s a restricted free agent so if Lance Stephenson leaves he’ll give them a more than capable replacement at shooting guard.
I’ve always liked Spencer Hawes and often compare him to former NBA big man Brad Miller. He can score (13ppg), rebound (8.5rpg), pass (3.3apg) and hit the outside shot (career-high 39.9% on 3-pointers). He’s versatile, he can play power forward and center and his ability to hit the 3-ball is going to help the Cavs offense. Anderson Varejao is a nice center but he’s injury prone and adding Hawes gives them insurance against that as they make a push for their first postseason since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.
They didn’t give up much (Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two 2nd round picks) so this works, even if it’s just for a 20-plus game rental.
They traded Andre Miller and replaced him by trading Jordan Hamilton to Houston for Aaron Brooks.
Brooks is younger than Miller and gives them a point guard who can spell Ty Lawson and keep him rested. Brooks can push the ball at a breakneck pace and he’s just a better option than Miller at this point in Andre’s career.
The Nets traded the aging and declining Jason Terry and Reggie Evans for Marcus Thornton.
Thornton was struggling a little bit this season (8.3ppg on 38% shooting), but he is just two years removed from averaging almost 19ppg and last season he put up 12.7ppg. The man can flat out score and will be a welcome addition to Brooklyn’s bench. Scoring is always needed and he should give them an improvement over Terry’s production.
The Warriors acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers for a song, Marshon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. Two young
guards who weren’t getting much burn with GS.
Blake gives them a proven backup point guard they have been missing since losing Jarrett Jacks to the Cleveland Cavaliers via free agency last summer. Blake was having one of the best seasons of his career (10.3ppg, career-high 8.3apg and 39.7% on 3-pointers) in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s high powered offense. The Warriors acquired Jordan Crawford from Boston but he is more of a shooting guard and GS now has a lot of options to throw at their opposition, which will be important come playoff time.
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