Aftermath: Grading The Trades

Aftermath: Grading The Trades

The rumbles and whispers became a dull roar on Wednesday, when Suns guard Goran Dragic and Thunder guard Reggie Jackson both publicly packed their bags and hollered for one way tickets out of town. The roar became a wall shaking quake when the 1st deal trickled down my Twitter timeline: Brooklyn was sending the legend Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota for the talented forard Thad Young. “Huh. Wonder where that came fr-” Then the dam broke. The trades, Oh, the trades. Suns and Heat. “What the-?!” Thunder and Jazz and Pistons. “So that means Jackso-” Denver and Portland. “Now hang on just a m-” 76ers and Rockets and Knicks. Wait so KJ McDa-” 76ers and Suns and Celtics. “Oh, snap! Isaia-” When 3:00 EST on Thursday slammed the door on the Trade Deadline, the carnage was awesome.  All in all, a gargantuan 11 trades went down involving a mind-numbing 37 players. Over half the teams in the NBA got into the swapping action; the trading deadline devolved into one huge key party. So here we are, the morning after. I’m here to help pass out coats and help sort through the shoes and red Solo cups left on the living room floor after a chaotic day of NBA trade action. Let’s put on our rubber gloves and a sponge, grab the grade book, and make some sense of the tangle that is the NBA trade landscape. Before we dive too deep into it, go ahead and take a gander at Jacob Noble’s rapid reaction to the plethora of trades that went down.  BOSTON CELTICS Coming in: Isaiah Thomas, Luigi Datome, Jonas Jerebko Going Out:...
Knee Jerk Reactions To The NBA Trade Deadline

Knee Jerk Reactions To The NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA trade deadline came at us in a fury. It was all-quiet on the western front for most of the day. That is, until we received the annual bombardment of Woj (Adrian Wojnarowski) Bombs right before the deadline of 3 P.M. EST. The news was too much to take in all at once. Even as I type this post, we are still picking up the remaining pieces of the NBA trade deadline. I won’t spoil the fun for the rest of the Hoopscritic gang because we are working on a round table discussion on the trades. Instead, we will look at the deadline from a team perspective. I actually believe it’s better to evaluate a situation taking into consideration what the team got and gave up as a whole. It’s always fun to write about our knee jerk reactions to transactions at the trade deadline. Boston Celtics Ranking these in alphabetical order has resulted in starting our analysis with a team who I felt won the day. Although the Celtics didn’t exactly make a ton of moves and aren’t considered a contender (but could make the playoffs), I felt they got the largest return for what they gave up. Moving a guard that was acquired in the offseason for a guard that Danny Ainge has coveted for a while. He spent this past free agency period waiting until 12:01 before making his first call. That call went to Isaiah Thomas. Isaiah ended up working out a contract with the Phoenix suns for 4 years, $27 million. He is considered one of the better bargains in the league with...