Winners and Losers of the NBA Trade Deadline
The trade deadline is over and no team pulled the trigger as no blockbuster deals were made amid trade rumors. Tobias Harris, Donatas Motiejunas, Jeff Green and Markieff Morris are some of the few key players that were traded.
LA Clippers - The Clippers got rid of Lance Stephenson who is a disappointing acquisition last summer. Lance Stephenson hasn't lived up the expectation since he left the Indiana Pacers. In return they've got a versatile stretch four in the name of Jeff Green. Green will provide much needed front court depth while Blake Griffin is out as he nurses hand injury.
Phoenix Suns - The suns got rid of the disgruntled Markieff Morris who is a team cancer and a locker room disaster. In return they've got two expiring contracts from the Washington Wizards (Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair) and a 2016 first round pick (top 8 protected) which they can use in their rebuilding process.
Memphis Grizzlies - The Grizzlies seem to be raising the white flag for this year as Marc Gasol is out for the season. They lose depth sending Courtney Lee to the Charlotte Hornets and Jeff Green to the LA Clippers. In return they've got Lance Stephenson, PJ Hairston and Chris Andersen, four future second round picks and a protected future first round pick from the Clippers.
Houston Rockets - The Rockets had not made any big move this trade deadline. They had move Dwight Howard who is most likely to leave the team and sign elsewhere this summer, They had failed to move also Ty Lawson. They only trade a very promising Donatas Motiejunas and scorer Marcus Thornton for a 2016 first round pick (top 8 protected) from Detroit Pistons which is not expected to be a lottery pick as the Pistons were expected to make the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans - The Pelicans had failed to move and acquire assets in exchange for Ryan Anderon despite the fact that many teams are interested on him. They will most likely lose Anderson in free agency this summer.