Results and Grades for NBA Draft Day Trades


Andre Miller and Raymond Felton switched teams, but a ton of other future and current players changed locations as well on Thursday.Here are the cumulative results for each team involved in any draft day trades. 

Charlotte Bobcats: Across multiple trades, the Bobcats gained #7 Bismack Biyombo, Corey Maggette, and cash considerations, while giving up Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, #19 Tobias Harris, and #39 Jeremy Tyler. Evaluation: They lose team centerpiece Jackson who was good but not really getting them anywhere plus two draft picks I have little faith in for all-O-no-brain Maggette and the top defensive prospect in years. Biyombo puts the overall outcome of these trades in Charlottes’s favor. B+

Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks gained Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston, and #19 Tobias Harris, while giving up Corey Maggette, John Salmons, and #10 Jimmer Fredette. Evaluation: Jackson is an upgrade over Maggette, but apparently he’s upset by the deal. Udrih is better than Salmons and Harris has more upside than Fredette. B+

Sacramento Kings: The Kings gained John Salmons and #10 Jimmer Fredette, while giving up #7 Bismack Biyombo and Beno Udrih. Evaluation: This trade was a disaster for the Kings any way you look at it. I guess they’re hoping Jimmer sells tickets (or at least jerseys while there’s a lockout) and helps the team stay in Sacramento. D-

San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs gained #15 Kawhi Leonard, #42 Davis Bertans, and Erazem Lorbek (a 2005 draft pick who plays in Spain’s ACB), while giving up George Hill. Evaluation: Leonard’s defense and hard work will fit in well with the Spurs, and Lorbek or Bertans could become something down the road (although Lorbek deserves a shot right now – he’s a PF who can shoot and will mix it up inside). Losing Hill isn’t terrible considering he’s a back-up PG who just got replaced by the similarly skilled Cory Joseph. B

Indiana Pacers: They gained George Hill, while giving up #15 Kawhi Leonard, #42 Davis Bertans, and Erazem Lorbek (a 2005 draft pick who plays in Spain’s ACB). Evaluation: I guess the Pacers like stockpiling other team’s back-up PG’s. Either way, you can see from my evaluation of the Spurs I like what Leonard can contribute to the league, plus some Indy fans have been impressed by Lorbek’s progress and hoping he’d get a shot in the NBA soon, which I suspect will happen. C-

Chicago Bulls: The Bulls gained #23 Nikola Mirotic, while giving up #28 Norris Cole and #43 Malcolm Lee. Evaluation: Cole is a nice back-up PG, but Chicago doesn’t need him. What is of more use is a legimate scoring big man like Mirotic, although he may not be in the league for a few years, which is probably fine with Chicago. B

Minnesota Timberwolves: Across many trades, the TWolves gained Brad Miller, #43 Malcolm Lee, multiple cash considerations, a future first-round pick, and multiple future second-round picks, while giving up Jonny Flynn, and #20 Donatas Motiejunas. Evaluation: They got rid of dead weight and picked up a bunch of picks and a decent back-up center, plus the possibility of Lee turning into a great perimeter defender. Not too shabby for a team run by David Kahn. B+

Houston Rockets: The Rockets gained Jonny Flynn, #20 Donatas Motiejunas, and #38 Chandler Parsons, while giving up Brad Miller, #23 Nikola Mirotic, a future first-round pick, and cash to buy back Parsons. Evaluation: I’m thinking Daryl Morey’s days as the Houston GM are numbered. Fans were already getting upset with him, but they bombed this one terribly. No one in the NBA wants Flynn, Motiejunas has huge maturity and inconsistency issues, and buying back the rights to a 2nd rounder you originally traded is just comical. Everything they gave up is worth more than any of the things they got. F

New Jersey Nets: The Nets gained #25 Marshon Brooks and #31 Bojan Bogdanovic, while giving up #27 JaJuan Johnson, two future second-round picks, and cash. Evaluation: Brooks can score but he’s careless with the ball and wants to be a hero, and Bogdanovic is unlikely to ever contribute. Johnson isn’t going to be great, but you don’t have to wonder if he’ll hijack the team’s offense for his own glory at any point. Those second-rounders sure would have been nice if the club don’t turn around as fast as they’d like. C-

Boston Celtics: The C’s gained #27 JaJuan Johnson and a 2014 second-round pick, while giving up #25 Marshon Brooks. Evaluation: They didn’t need an un-team-oriented player like Brooks, but Johnson doesn’t really fit what they need in the middle, a tough center who can bang. Johnson is all finesse at this point. That second rounder might be nice if NJ can’t climb out of their hole. C

Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers gained Raymond Felton and #57 Tanguy Ngombo, while giving up Andre Miller, Rudy Fernandez, Petteri Koponen (a 2007 draft pick who plays in Finland), and a future second-round pick. Evaluation: They get younger with Felton, but I’d still rather have Miller, plus they lost a rotational SG in Fernandez and got a guy who it turns out is 5 years older than he said he was. D

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets gained Andre Miller, #26 Jordan Hamilton, #56 Chu Chu Maduabum, and a future second-round pick, while giving up Raymond Felton and a future second-round pick (not sure if it’s the one they got from Portland or not). Evaluation: I don’t know if the Nuggets will keep Miller or let his contract expire and save that $8 million, but Hamilton can score and Maduabum could eventually become a spot shot blocker off the bench. Of course they have Ty Lawson, so none of the PG shuffling they did really affects their starting lineup unless Miller is kept and Lawson gets a tutor for a season. B+

Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs gained Rudy Fernandez and Petteri Koponento (a 2007 draft pick who plays in Finland), while giving up #26 Jordan Hamilton and #57 Tanguy Ngombo. Evaluation: Fernandez can shoot the 3 and takes care of the ball, but Hamilton has more potential as a scorer. I guess they want a guy who can stretch the floor for 15-20 minutes a game right now. C

Maimi Heat: The Heat gained #28 Norris Cole, while giving up #31 Bojan Bogdanovic, a future second-round pick, and cash. Evaluation: Cole is a nice back-up PG who they gave up little to get. B

Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs gained two future second-round picks, while giving up #32 Justin Harper. Evaluation: Harper is a fantastic shooter, but his deficiencies make this a wash against some future picks, especially if Howard leaves and the team gets bad (making them picks in the 30's). C+

Orlando Magic: The Magic gained #32 Justin Harper, while giving up two future second-round picks. Evaluation: Orlando could use more shooters to surround Howard, and Harper’s that guy, although he won’t add much to their rebounding or defense. If Howard leaves anyway, those second-rounders could have been real nice. B-

Golden State Warriors: The Warriors gained #39 Jeremy Tyler, while giving up cash considerations. Evaluation: Tyler is raw and has maturity issues, but he has the build and athletic potential to be something someday. I doubt he’ll pan out, but I can’t imagine they paid much for the opportunity to find out. C+

New Orleans Hornets: The Hornets gained cash considerations, while giving up #45 Josh Harrellson. Evaluation: I guess the Hornets saw no future for Harrellson considering he’s a less-skilled Aaron Gray – might as well sell the pick. B-

New York Knicks: The Knicks gained #45 Josh Harrellson, while giving up cash considerations. Evaluation: Harrellson can rebound a little bit, but this feels like a stretch by an organization notorious for bad stretches. C-

LA Lakers: The Lakers gained a future second-round pick, while giving up #56 Chu Chu Maduabum. Evaluation: Sure, why not? C+


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