No superstars moved, but still a busy deadline with the Philadelphia 76ers starring, sending away Even Turner to the Indiana Pacers and Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Andre Miller joining the Washington Wizard capped off the highlights of the 2014 trade deadline.
Two former All-Stars like Danny Granger and Antawn Jamison were also shipped: Granger was part of the Turner deal, going to Philadelphia, while Jamison was sent by the Clippers to Atlanta to clear a spot on the roster and make some money available for next season.
Pacers – 76ers
The Indiana Pacers weren’t pleased with Danny Granger since coming back from injury, and felt they needed more scoring from their bench. So they went out and got Evan Turner and his expiring deal while sending Danny Granger with an expiring deal worth $14 million to Philadelphia. Lavoy Allen, mostly a backup center this season for Philly, averaging 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, also landed in Indiana. Turner has been averaging 17.4 points per game, but shooting only 43% from the field. Granger has been struggling with 8.3 points and 35.9% from the field. He has been playing for Indiana since 2005. The Pacers got a better player and cleared a lot of cap space, while the Sixers, who made a lot of moves on the final day, don’t have to worry about re-signing and overpaying Granger.
Wizards – Nuggets – 76ers
Andre Miller is going to play basketball again after all. He’s been pretty much shut out from the team in Denver for two months, but he’ll have a chance to show that at 37 he still has some basketball left. He has a contract for next season as well worth $4.6 million, and the Wizards hope he can do a better job than Eric Maynor while serving as John Wall’s backup heading into the playoffs. The Wizards sent big man Jan Vesley to Denver (3.2 points, 3.4 rebounds this season) while the Sixers got Eric Maynor out of this deal, but also two second-round draft picks. Vesley becomes a free agent next season, Maynor has one more year left worth $2.1 million.
Rockets – Nuggets
The Houston Rockets felt they needed more forwards coming off the bench, so they sent Aaron Brooks to Denver in exchange for Jordan Hamilton. Brooks, on a minimum deal that expires at the end of the season, averaged 7 points per game this season for the Rockets and will help the injury-stricken Nuggets handle their point guard crisis. Hamilton, 23, is averaging 6.8 points per game this season and also becomes a free agent at the end of this season.
Spurs – Raptors
The San Antonio Spurs did have guards on their roster, so they traded Nando de Colo to the Toronto Raptors for Austin Daye. De Colo averaged 4.3 points in 11.6 minutes a night and is hoping he’ll get more chances in Toronto to show he’s worth getting another deal (expiring this offseason). Daye has played only 8 games this season and although he has a deal for next season, it’s only partially guaranteed.
Clippers – Hawks
Antawn Jamison was sent to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to Cenk Akyol, a former second-round draft selection by the Hawks now playing in Turkey. The most likely scenario is Jamison being bought out because he wants to play for a contender, with the Spurs and Heat already showing some interest. The Clippers made the move in order to get some cap relief for next season and luxury-tax savings and open a roster spot.
Clippers – 76ers
Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers were the busiest team on deadline day. They sent Byron Mullens, who played in 27 games this season averaging 2.5 points, to the 76ers for a conditional draft pick in the second round. Mullens has a player option worth $1 million next season.
Heat – Kings
The Miami Heat sent Roger Mason Jr. to the Sacramento Kings so they can open up a roster spot to make a free agency signing: Caron Butler? Antawn Jamison? Who knows. The Kings immediately released Mason after acquiring him. They sent a protected draft pick to the Miami Heat which probably won’t be used, and also got cash considerations for the deal.
Bobcats – Bucks
The Charlotte Bobcats want to make the playoffs, so they added two proven and capable guards in Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour who weren’t playing much for the tanking Bucks this season. Neal is averaging 10 points per game this season; Ridnour is 5.7, both playing very limited minutes on a tanking team. The Bobcats sent Ramon Sessions and his expiring $5 million deal along with Jeff Adrien, who has hardly played this season, and also becomes a free agent.
Cavs – 76ers
The Cavaliers got themselves a shooting big man in Spencer Hawes, hoping it’ll be enough to get them in the playoffs. Hawes is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season, with a deal that expires in the offseason. The 76ers got two second round draft picks, Earl Clark and Henry Sims to complete the deal, with Philadelphia getting rid of anyone who might cost them some money next year.