In spite of all the big names that were talked about being moved prior to this year’s trade deadline, only one “big” trade actually happened. That was the Sixers Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen heading to the Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round pick. Outside of this trade, the other deadline moves involved lesser names. No Carmelo Anthony, Thaddeus Young, or Rajon Rondo blockbuster deals that could instantly change the face of a franchise. But even lesser trades can have a huge impact on the playoff races, as well as prove to be the difference once a team is locked into a tough playoff series.
As a refresher, here are some of the deals that were made:
- The Wizards acquired Andre Miller in a three-team deal that also saw the Nuggets receive Jan Vesely and Sixers receive Eric Maynor plus two second-round picks.
- The Warriors acquired Steve Blake from the Lakers in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
- The Bobcats acquired Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour from the Bucks in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
- The Nuggets sent Jordan Hamilton to the Rockets for Aaron Brooks.
- The Nets acquired Marcus Thornton from the Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans. Terry is out for the season to rehab his ailing knee.
- The Spurs and Raptors swapped Nando De Colo and Austin Daye.
Which of these deals do you think will have the biggest impact on this season’s quest for an NBA title? I’m omitting the Granger-Turner swap from the poll because it was easily the biggest trade of the deadline, and the Pacers are one of the teams that are heavily favored to win the crown. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below as to why you believe a particular deal will have the biggest impact.
Zach Links contributed to this post.