Hoop Diaries with Jeremy Fitch
By Tim Cockes
For those of you who don’t know, the NBA deadline was Thursday at 3 p.m. While there were no blockbuster trades involving any All-Stars, there were still several impactful moves made around the league. For a full list of transactions made click here.
Here is a recap of some of the major trades:
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons seem to be making a serious push for the playoffs with the addition of Tobias Harris. Moving Jennings may clear up their point guard position for Reggie Jackson to thrive. Harris will provide toughness and rebounding as he will continue to be one of the league’s most underrated players.
Phoenix: Getting anything for Markieff Morris is a win for the Suns.
Cleveland: Saying goodbye to Varejao will be hard for LeBron, but ultimately Cleveland (LeBron) made the right choice in getting another shooter who can create spacing in Channing Frye.
Clippers: Getting Jeff Green for Lance Stephenson is a big position for position upgrade. Green will provide toughness and scoring from the three and could make the Clippers a hard out in the playoffs.
Portland: Getting a draft pick without giving up much will help a young team.
Can’t Tell Yet:
Oklahoma City: Randy Foye could provide a third scoring option to go with their dynamic duo, but it will be interesting to see if he can do this consistently. No one has been a consistent third option for the Thunder since James Harden.
Memphis: It’s unclear if Stephenson will fit into their slow tempo style. Without Gasol, the Grizzles are more likely to win more fights than games with their roster of players.
Orlando: What are the Magic doing? They had just signed Harris to a new contract and he is a promising and young player. Acquiring Jennings only complicates the guard position with Payton, and Oladipo already in the mix. That’s almost as bad as drafting three point guards, keeping the wrong one, and completely missing the best guard in the draft. This move is definitely a head-scratcher.
Philadelphia: Have you seen their record?
Ultimate Winners: NBA Fans
It’s always a great time to discuss and speculate about possible trades around the deadline. Sometimes talking about what ifs that will never happen is more fun than what actually happens. Talking about deals that happened, or didn’t happen, can be really entertaining. This year the deadline provided fans with some great talking points, an exciting finish to the season, and an intriguing approaching summer of free agency.