The NBA trade deadline has come and gone with nine deals coming on Feb. 20, plus two more on Feb. 19. The biggest deal was the lowly Philadelphia 76ers trading Evan Turner to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger and a 2015 second round draft pick on Feb. 20.
This article is part one of two that will examine which trades were good ones and which were bad. This article will look at seven trades that occurred on Feb. 20. The trades examined involved the Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets.
The deal: Philadelphia 76ers trade Spencer Hawes to Cleveland Cavaliers for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two second round draft picks.
The details: The Cavaliers (22-34) are four games behind the eighth and final playoff spot after falling to the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Feb. 21.
Cleveland desperately needed a big man with Anderson Varejao out for undetermined time with a back injury and Hawes is a very good passer and a good scorer with the ability to extend the the defense with his perimeter shooting. Hawes is also a decent rebounder and has the ability to block a couple of shots a game.
Hawes scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds including four on the offensive end. He blocked three shots but was only 3-of -10 from the field.
Hawes, who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $6.6 million this season, averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in 53 starts for the 76ers this season. He shot 45.1 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Sixers (15-41) have been in rebuilding mode since dealing Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Hornets for Nerlens Noel on draft day and this trade goes along with their future plans.
Philadelphia has already waived Clark and Sims was a DNP coach’s decision in the Sixers 124-112 loss against Dallas on Feb. 21.
Sims,23, has averaged just 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20 games this season. His $915,000 contract is not guaranteed next season.
It doesn’t appear Sims will too much of chance with the Sixers as the team will likely use a small lineup when newly acquired Danny Granger and Byron Mullens aren’t on the floor like they did against Dallas.
The verdict: It appears to be a good deal for both teams. How good will be determined at a later date as it will depend how well the Cavs finish the season and the value of the second round picks the Sixers ultimately receive.
Sims may get an invite to training camp next year but don’t expect him to make the roster unless there are injuries.
The deal: The Sixers traded Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger and a 2015 second round draft pick.
The details: The trade does multiple things for the Indiana Pacers. Turner and Allen furthers Indiana’s depth and are players that mesh with the Pacers’ defensive first philosophy.
Turner will likely be the first backcourt player off the bench, as he has the ability to spell Paul George and Lance Stephenson. So, don’t expect Turner to produce the offensive numbers he did with the dismal Sixers – 17.4 points and 6.0 rebounds a game.
Turner is a volume shooter – he is shooting 42.8 percent from the field and just 28.8 percent from beyond the arc – but he is a good rebounder and solid defender as well as excellent passer.
Allen will likely see limited time being behind David West and Luis Scola at power forward but could see more time prior to Andrew Bynum making his Pacers debut. Ian Mahinmi is currently Roy Hibbert’s primary backup but Allen could play along-side West or Scola if the Pacers decided to go small.
Allen averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Sixers.
Granger has struggled after returning from injury this season, averaging just 8.3 points and shooting 36 percent from the field in 29 games. He also is shooting just 33.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Granger is projected to take over the Sixers starting small forward job but is also a candidate for being bought out as he is reportedly unhappy about being dealt to the Sixers.
The verdict: Bad. The deal is better for Indiana as they got two very good bench players, for this season, and possibly could re-sign restricted free agent Evan Turner if Stephenson leaves as an unrestricted free agent.
Turner, who is more of a volume shooter, is not the scorer or three-point shooter that Granger is and that could eventually hurt the Pacers, particularly in the playoffs.
It appears Philadelphia may get nothing in return for a solid-productive, if not spectacular, former No. 2 draft pick (Turner) except for a second round pick in next year’s draft, if Granger gets the buyout he wants.
Now that would be real bad for Sixers’ general manager Sam Hinkie, not that they were going to sign Granger next season. However, the Sixers could of waited till after the season and probably could of got at least a late first-rounder in a sign and trade for Turner as Philadelphia reportedly had no interest in re-signing him, which makes little sense considering they are rebuilding and Turner has shown what he is capable of.
The details: With the Sixers dealing away two of their big men in Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes, they needed a serviceable big body and they received one in Mullens.
The 7-0 Mullens appeared in just 27 games for the Clippers and averaged only 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds. He averaged a career-best 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Charlotte Bobcats last year.
The 25-year old has two-years remaining on his relatively inexpensive contract.
Verdict: Good. Mullens will get plenty of playing for the remainder of the year for the Sixers as they now have a front court that consists of Thad Young, Arnett Moultrie, Henry Sims and an injured Brandon Davies.
Mullens isn’t a NBA starter but he is relatively young and has the ability to spread the floor with his outside shooting. Basically, he will provide the Sixers depth at the center position next season.
Plus, all Sixers gave up was a future second-rounder and they received five of those on trade deadline day.
The details: Jamison, 37, was seeing limited playing time – 11.3 minutes a game -- and only averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Clippers. He is shooting a paltry 31.5 percent from the field.
Akyol, 26, was the 59th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 guard from Turkey is a member of Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League and is averaging 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21.0 minutes.
The Hawks requested waivers on Jamison on Feb. 21.
The verdict: Good. While losing Jamison hurts the Clippers front court depth – centers Ryan Hollins and DeAndre Jordan along with power forward Blake Griffin --, it does open up a roster spot as well saves the team $2 million in luxury tax.
Plus, Akyol could eventually decide to come over to the NBA.
Atlanta (25-29) used their disabled player – which they received as a result of Al Horford’s injury – exception to make the deal.
The Hawks are currently in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference though they have lost eight straight after losing to Detroit on Friday.
Atlanta recalled shooting guard Jared Cunningham from the Bakersfield Jam on Friday.
The deal: In a three-team trade the Washington Wizards receive Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets get Jan Vessly and the Philadelphia Sixers grabbed Eric Maynor and two second round draft choices.
The details: The Wizards, who are fifth in Eastern Conference with a 26-2 record, get the backup point guard they have been looking for in Miller.
Miller, who hasn't played since he was suspended by the Nuggets on Jan. 2 after an altercation with coach Brian Shaw, averaged 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 30 games. He is earning $5 million this season, and his $4.6 million contract for next year is guaranteed for just $2 million.
Vesely, the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft, has mostly been a disappointment and averaged just three points and three rebounds in 33 games for the Wizards. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Maynor, who had fallen out of favor in Washington, averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 assists in 23 games this year. He was just shooting 29.2 percent from the field and 32.0 percent from beyond the arc.