NBA Trade Deadline 2014: Recapping the Biggest Deals
Recap of Biggest Acquisitions at NBA Trade Deadline
It’s safe to say that the 2014 NBA trade deadline was mostly a dud, with the exception of the Danny Granger trade right at the end. There were so many names mentioned and so much potential to be had. Unfortunately, sometimes the trade deadline isn’t as exciting as it’s made up to be. With that being said, there were a few significant deals that did go down so it’s important to recap the biggest trades.
I have to say that there were only a handful of potential playoff teams that made a move to increase the odds of improving their seed. All in all, a majority of the Eastern and Western Conference powerhouses did nothing to better their chances. I suppose that shouldn’t be a huge surprise considering many of those teams weren’t exactly mentioned in trade talks to begin with. On top of that, the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs are stacked enough already. Trying to add new pieces might have halted their progress instead of improving it.
On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers made a drastic move that should really make the playoffs interesting, especially if the Eastern Conference Finals come down to the Heat and Pacers as expected.
It certainly is exciting to see a couple of teams that aren’t used to the postseason make some quality moves to give them a legitimate shot to contend. I’m not saying that the acquisitions make the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards teams that shouldn’t be trifled with down the stretch. However, I am saying that the trades should definitely give them an edge they didn’t have prior to the trade deadline.
Check out the ensuing slideshow to see a recap of the biggest deals that went down at the trade deadline.
Andre Miller to Washington Wizards
One of the more significant trades was the Wizards acquiring guard Andre Miller in a three-team deal with the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Washington sent power forward Jan Vesely to Denver and point guard Eric Maynor to Philadelphia. The 76ers also received two draft picks in the trade.
This is a great trade for Washington because Miller will use his veteran experience and his ability to run the offense to give the Wizards a chance to clinch a quality seed in the playoffs. Not to mention, Washington got rid of two incredibly unproductive players for someone who will definitely make a difference on the court. More importantly, Miller wanted a chance to help a contender compete, which means the Wizards could see a side of him that the Nuggets never did.
Evan Turner to Indiana Pacers
The Pacers traded Granger to the 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. The deal took a depressing trade deadline and made it exciting at the very end. I’m sure fans in Indiana are sad to see the 30-year-old leave town, especially after he spent eight and a half years playing with the team. What would make it even more disappointing is if the Pacers win it all this season.
On a brighter note, Turner has just made Indiana a very dangerous team. It’s hard to imagine the Pacers giving up their stranglehold on the No. 1 seed in the East with Turner playing consistent minutes. More importantly, he has the athleticism and versatility to play multiple roles with the contending Pacers, which has to be the most exciting aspect of the acquisition. There’s a good chance Turner will begin his stint with Indiana coming off the bench, but I have to imagine that will turn into a starting role quicker than people think.
If any Eastern Conference teams thought they had a shot prior to the deadline, all that confidence went out the window the second Indiana acquired Turner.
Gary Neal to Charlotte Bobcats
The Milwaukee Bucks sent guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Bobcats for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. The Bobcats clearly won this trade as Neal could do wonders for the team in the postseason, if Charlotte can find their way there. The 29-year-old has NBA Finals experience and can consistently hit an outside shot. More importantly, he’s a scorer at the guard position, which is something the Bobcats desperately need if they want to make their playoff dreams become a reality.
Spencer Hawes to Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to trade Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng. In the end, Cleveland sent forward Earl Clark, center Henry Sims and two draft picks to the 76ers for center Spencer Hawes. It’s a great move for the Cavaliers especially since Anderson Varejao has been dealing with all sorts of back issues. On top of that, the acquisition should give the Cavaliers confidence that the playoffs are still within their grasp.
The most important part about the trade is that the Cavaliers gave Kyrie Irving another reason to sign a contract extension instead of testing free agency in 2015. It’s a known fact that Cleveland wants to show the star point guard they are determined to add the necessary pieces in order to contend. The hope is that Hawes will take the team in the right direction.
Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets got rid of Jason Terry’s unwelcomed contract in favor of Marcus Thornton. Overall, it was a peculiar trade that didn’t really see a winner. With that being said, Thornton should prove to be a valuable asset off the bench as the Nets attempt to climb their way up the Eastern Conference standings. Brooklyn could use someone that can convert from beyond the arc, which is exactly what they hope Thornton will be able to do in the second half of the season.
Jordan Hamilton to Houston Rockets
It’s a deal that saw two backup guards swap places. The Houston Rockets traded Aaron Brooks to the Nuggets for Jordan Hamilton. There really wasn’t any space for Brooks to compete in Houston anymore, which is why he probably agreed to the trade. As far as the Rockets are concerned, Hamilton should provide scoring from the wing, which will benefit Dwight Howard on the inside.
Steve Blake to Golden State Warriors
Steve Blake may not be happy that the Los Angeles Lakers dealt him to the Golden State Warriors. However, there’s no question he will have an opportunity to be productive with his new team. The Warriors wanted a veteran presence behind Stephen Curry and they certainly got it with Blake.
The hope is that the veteran will be able to inject some energy into the second unit so that Golden State can stay competitive on the floor while the starters get some rest. His guidance and ability to control the offense should be all that’s necessary to see drastic improvements in that area of the team. More importantly, Blake’s presence on the court will allow Curry to do some work away from the ball, which should give the Warriors a similar edge they had last season.