With the trade deadline right around the corner, Wednesday started the festivities with a bang. In the early hours, the Clippers and Sixers pulled off a blockbuster deal that was followed by five more trades throughout the day! I will grade the trades as they happen.
Philadelphia gets: SF/PF Tobias Harris, C Boban Marjanovic and PF Mike Scott
LA Clippers get: SF/PF Wilson Chandler, PG/SG Landry Shamet, PF/C Mike Muscala, 2020 1st round pick, 2021 1st round pick(from Miami) and 2 second round picks
The Sixers swung for the fences by acquiring Harris to join the current big 3 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler. Philadelphia will undoubtably put possibly the best starting five on the floor in the Eastern Conference. Harris will be plugged in at the four and be another scoring option for the Sixers.
Harris was close to being an All-Star while in Los Angeles and brings his 20 points a game to Philadelphia. Marjanovic is a stellar big man off the bench. He will provide depth for the Sixers. Scott is a stretch four who could get some run with the second unit.
The problem I have with Philadelphia’s part of this deal is the fact they now have two big free agents they spent a lot for free agents at the end of the season. They need to spend big and retain Harris for sure after giving up what they did to get him. Will Jimmy Butler like another scoring option keeping the ball out of his hands? For right is the Sixers are making a push to win the East, but this gamble could backfire if they don’t retain Butler and Harris.
For the Clippers, they were likely going to lose Harris to free agency anyways. This move frees up big money for the Clippers that will put them right in the thick of the free agent race. They are a real possibility for small forward Kawhi Leonard and the assets they acquired also make them a viable trade partner with New Orleans for Anthony Davis. And I haven’t even mentioned the two first round picks the acquired. They are set up to build a strong squad in the near future.
Shamet is another gem in this deal. He is a solid combo guard who figures to get time at both guard spots going forward. He will blend in well with the young guards already on the roster. Muscala is a stretch big who could see some minutes on the second unit. Chandler could see minutes at either forward spot.
Grades: Philadelphia B-/Clippers A
Blockbuster Deal # 2
Sacramento gets: SF Harrison Barnes
Dallas gets: PF Zach Randolph and SF Justin Jackson
The Kings have been interested in Barnes for a while now. They believe he is the missing piece to finally help them reach the playoffs. Barnes is a gifted scorer and the Kings are close enough to the playoff race to be aggressive.
For Dallas, they are building a new team around rookie Luka Doncic and recently acquired Kristaps Porzingus. Barnes apparently was not in the Mavericks plans and this sent to Sacramento. Randolph likely doesn’t see much time in Dallas. Jackson is a young player who can hopefully mesh well with the young roster in Dallas.
Grades: Sacramento A/ Dallas C
Pistons trade SG/SF Reggie Bullock to Lakers for SF Svi Mykhaliuk any second round pick
Bullock is a good perimeter shooter that should help the Lakers immediately off the bench. He shoots almost 40% from three and figures to get some minutes on the Lakers second unit
The Pistons seem to be unloading expiring deals and adding youth. Mykhaliuk hasn’t seen much action for the Lakers but saw most of his time with their G League affiliate.
Grades: Detroit C/Lakers B
Detroit trades SF Stanley Johnson to Milwaukee for C Thon Maker
Both players have been a disappointment for their teams. Johnson is touted as a 3 and D guy but is really just a defensive guy right now. His offensive game has never caught up to him and his three-point shot comes in at 29%. I believe he gets good minutes in the Bucks rotation and it will be interesting to see how Milwaukee plays his restricted free agency.
Maker asked for a trade and he got it. Detroit has struggled with their backup big and Maker may get a chance to get some minutes.
Grades: Detroit B/Milwaukee B+
Miami trades SG Tyler Johnson and SG Wayne Ellington to Phoenix for PF Ryan Anderson
I never thought Miami would be able to unload Johnson’s contract but yet they do. Johnson hasn’t lived up to his contract and Miami has been shopping him for a while. By acquiring Andrrson Miami was able to shed some money and get closer to getting under the luxury tax. The Heat had a glut of guards and could afford to ship both out.
What is Phoenix doing? Johnson is not going to fix their point guard problem. The Suns took on more money and add another guard to their lineup. I guess in a pinch Johnson can handle the point guard duties but this doesn’t make sense at all.
Grades: Miami A/Phoenix D-
Washington trades SF Otto Porter to Chicago for SF/PF Jabari Parker and PF Bobby Portis
The Wizards are stuck right now. Their best player us Bradley Beal so they won’t trade him. Their highest played player John Wall is out for a year with ruptured Achilles and virtually untradeable. To get out of the financial hell they are in they dealt Porter to Chicago. Washington will likely decline Parker’s player option next season and cut ties. Portis could see some minutes in Washington. He’s a bruising four who should bring some toughness.
I don’t understand why the Bulls want Porter. It doesn’t look like free agents are going to Chicago so they took a chance on him. He signed a big contract and has been a minor disappointment since. I guess the Bulls needed to match him with Zach LaVine and their young core.
Grades: Washington B+/Chicago F
3 Team Trade
Houston gets: SG Iman Shumpert, SG Nik Stauskas, PG Wade Baldwin
Sacramento gets: SG Alec Burks and second pick
Cleveland gets: PG Brandon Knight, PF Marquess Chriss and 2019 lottery protected first rounder from Houston
The Rockets wanted depth and wing help and they accomplished that. Stauskas has been inconsistent but is still a good perimeter shooter. Shumpert has improved from outside but is hopefully going to bring some tough defense with.
The Kings like Burks but he’s going to going to have a hard time getting minutes with loaded wing group in Sacramento. Unless they move him to point guard which could be a possibility.
The Cavaliers took on both Knight and Chriss to get the first-round pick. If they get any production from either its a bonus.
Grades: Houston C/Sacramento C+/Cleveland A