Re-Grading a Few Deals from the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline
Even though this season’s trade deadline was considered to be one of the quietest in years, there were a few notable deals that had profound effects on some teams (positive or negative). See which franchises succeeded and which ones screwed up in this year’s trade deadline re-grade.
Cavaliers Received: Spencer Hawes
76ers Received: Earl Clark, Henry Sims, two 2nd round picks
With rookie center Nerlens Noel set to return next season, it made sense for the Sixers to part ways with Spencer Hawes and retain whatever assets they could get.
This year Hawes has been nothing short of phenomenal, posting career-highs in points and rebounds while also extending his range to beyond the perimeter, becoming one of the best stretch fives in the association.
According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Cavaliers are heavily interested in re-signing the center. If they’re able to convince him to stay long term, this is definitely a huge steal for Cleveland, as they only had to swap two second round picks and Earl Clark’s egregious contract.
Cavaliers Grade: A+
76ers Grade: B
Pacers Received: Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen
76ers Received: Danny Granger
Much like the Spencer Hawes deal, Philadelphia had no intent to keep Turner beyond this season and felt it was best to get some kind of return instead of nothing.
At the end of the deadline, all they could haul in was veteran Danny Granger (he was waived shortly after), but at least it increased their odds of landing a top pick in the draft.
Surprisingly it’s appearing that the Pacers were the true losers in this deal, as Turner has struggled immensely to adapt to a bench role shooting an awful 39.7 percent from the floor.
If Turner can’t improve his play in the postseason, you have to wonder if it was worth getting rid of Danny Granger, who was considered a strong locker room presence and mentor to Paul George.
Pacers Grade: D+
76ers Grade: C+
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