If you were looking for ‘big names’ to get moved in last February 18’s trade deadline, well, everyone actually remained in their places; but of course, there were teams who just skimmed while there were those who got better somehow. Let’s take a look at some pieces.
David Lee to the Dallas Mavericks. This could be among the significant transactions that happened this ‘buy out season’. Considering who comes in after Dirk is Powell, or Villanueva, a ‘stretch four’ kinda guy, acquiring Lee gives the Mavs that needed post presence while still having that valuable spacing since Lee could also hit those jumpers.
This could prove to be crucial as the Mavs head to the PlayOffs.
Channing Frye to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Letting go of Varejao may make sense for the Cavs but getting Frye as a replacement may not be thoroughly felt by the team. Look at the Mavs. They got Dirk who could hit 3s then Villanueva coming off the bench who’d also hit 3s, but are they in the top 4? While it’s good to have a ‘back up’ stretch four, the current goings could only mean that variety may be the more effective way to success.
Love is already a ‘stretch four’. Now with Frye, it’s like you only split their production with their minutes. Let’s see.
Anderson Varejao to the Golden State Warriors. While the Warriors’ center spot may be ailing with the unstable health of Bogut and Ezeli, what about Speights? Taking in Varejao could only mess up their rotation when the whole team is real healthy. Thompson was already a good addition.. though Varejao is a better one.
Jeff Green to the LA Clippers. This is more than just the familiarity of Green and Doc. Without Griffin, the shipping of Smith and the ineffectiveness of Stephenson, acquiring Green could certainly help the Clippers’ cause. After all, he’s a talented scorer that could play multiple positions.
Lance Stephenson to the Memphis Grizzlies. Well, this could be the beginning to Stephenson’s revival. Just look at their roster. They don’t really have a threat at the ‘two’ guard unlike when he was with the Clippers, they already had Redick and Crawford. So, some good opportunity for Stephenson to prove his worth. Though the Grizzlies wouldn’t be limping if Brandan Wright was healthy — much more if Gasol didn’t get injured as well.
Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings to the Orlando Magic. Losing Tobias Harris may be big for the Magic but getting Ilyasova and Jennings in return is certainly bigger. These are quality players in their positions! So, we could certainly expect the Magic to make a good run for this year’s PlayOffs and onto the next season.
Let the real games begin!