Trade Deadline Winners
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Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers were able to move some role players and a 1st round pick for Arron Afflalo. Afflalo is no chump, he has proven to be a quality starter in this league. He plays both ends of the floor and is a capable scorer on offense. The Blazers have no room in their starting line-up, so they have a player of his talent coming off the bench. This is great for the Blazers, it fills a void on their bench, that they having been dealing with the last few seasons. This move really could put the Blazers over the top, I expect a big things from them this postseason.
TO PORTLAND: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee
TO DENVER: Thomas Robinson, Will Barton, Victor Claver, 2016 first-round pick (lottery protected)
Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC had a great day, they were able to supercharge their bench and only at the price of a player who was destined to leave in Reggie Jackson, a limited big man in Kendrick Perkins, and a future 1st round pick.They picked up a solid point guard in D.J. Augustin, who had a solid year in Chicago last year and was picking it up lately with Brandon Jennings being out. The they were able to add a center, something they have been pursuing for sometime now. It looked like that was going to be Brook Lopez, but with this last trade they picked up Enes Kanter. Kanter might end up being a better fit for OKC, he provides more rebounding and doesn’t need as many touches as Lopez. Not to mention they added a Steve Novak a lethal shooter and a solid role player in Kyle Singler. Its unknown if either of these two see much time, but no question they aren't bad players to have at the end of the bench. This trade guarantees OKC makes the playoffs and might even make them one of the top teams in the West.
PISTONS GET: Reggie Jackson
THUNDER GET: Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak
JAZZ GET: Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, future OKC first-round pick, future DET second-round pick
Miami Heat: The Heat may have hurt their future losing two 1st round picks, but I think Dragic will be worth it. No question the Heat have been looking for an upgrade at point guard and Dragic is a clear upgrade. Especially with the loss of LeBron James’ play-making, it was evident that the Heat needed someone who can create for others, and Dragic does that and more. Not only can he create shots for others, he is a pretty crafty scorer himself with a nice jumper. He may not be the most talented defender, but he is a competitor. Before Bosh was diagnosed with a lung injury, taking him out the rest of the year, it looked like the Heat could really make some noise in the East. Long as Dragic resigns this off-season, there will be next year, but that is a big if. That is the only scary thing from the Heats standpoint. But, it is pretty likely they received some reassurance from Dragic that he would resign this year. Great move for Miami, but the Bosh injury will hurt the impact this year.
HEAT GET: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic
SUNS GET: John Salmons, Justin Hamilton, Danny Granger, 2017 (top-7) and 2021 (unprotected) first-round picks
PELICANS GET: Norris Cole, Shawne Williams
*Trade information via SB Nation
-By Nicholas Diesing-Fay