In the most active trade deadline in the past 25 years, 11 trades occurred, 37 players are switching addresses, and more than 12 draft picks will exchange hands.
Acquired: Isaiah Thomas, Luigi Datoma, Jonas Jerebko
Traded: Marcus Thornton, Tayshaun Prince, 2016 first round pick via Cleveland
The Celtics may have more assets and picks than any other team in the league. After two years of accumulating, they finally acquired a solid player that could be the future point guard. In addition, they only gave a first round pick that will fall in the mid to late 20s as long as James is on the team.
Acquired: First round pick via Lakers (top 3 predicted), first round pick via Oklahoma City Thunder, three second round picks, Javale McGee, Isaiah Cannon
Traded: Michael Carter Williams, KJ McDaniels
Although MCW won the rookie of the year award last season, the 76ers have put him on the trading block and now possibly have netted a top 5 selection in next year’s draft. The 76ers need a lot of top flight talent in order to complete the rebuild and win.
Acquired: Michael Carter Williams, Tyler Ennis, Miles Plumlee
Traded: Brandon Knight
The Bucks may have dealt their best current player on their team, but they acquired a versatile point guard, a talented point guard, and a rotational big man. Jason Kidd was able to work wonders with Shaun Livingston, a similar player to MCW, and the Bucks are putting together one of the most versatile and athletic lineups in the league with Parker, MCW, and Greek Freak .
Acquired: Thad Young
Traded: Kevin Garnett
On paper, the Nets were able to improve. However, Garnett brought a presence in the locker room that very few can replace, especially Young. In addition, the Nets were not able to deal Lopez, even though it is likely that he will opt out and become a free agent at the end of the year. Even worse, they could not rid themselves of Joe Johnson’s and Deron Williams’ contracts.
Acquired: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic
Traded: Two first round picks, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams, Norris Cole, Danny Granger
Goran Dragic will drastically improve the Heat’s point guard situation, but he may not be enough to push the Heat into the playoffs without Chris Bosh. Also, this deal forces the Heat to sign Dragic to a long term deal, possibly the max 5 years $100 million, even though he is not worth the financial commitment.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Acquired: Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler, Steve Novak
Traded: Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, first round pick
The OKC Thunder were in conversation to obtain Brook Lopez for multiple weeks, but never finished the deal. Although Kanter has potential, he is not the same player as Lopez at this point in his career and it is unlikely that he will re-sign this offseason. Lopez would have added an inside scorer and some one who could protect the rim.