What Just Happened? 2015 NBA Trade Deadline



Alright, instead of writing individual articles about the trillion deals that happened in the last three minutes of the NBA trade deadline, I’ve compiled a quick run-down of the various deals below. More analysis to come later.

Brandon Knight to Phoenix / Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee to Milwaukee / Multiple picks to Philadelphia

I’m still not 100% sure what happened here, all I know is that it’s absolutely insane on all accounts. Somehow the Bucks ditched their guy who should have been an all-star and might have gotten better. Plumlee is the frontcourt depth they need, and Carter-Williams learning to play under Jason Kidd is the best deadline present to every NBA fan.

Isaiah Canaan, second round pick to Philadelphia / KJ McDaniels to Houston

So far, the Sixers rebuild/tank has been full of guys having a good few days of games and then getting inexplicably bumped out of the rotation. Just when McDaniels was starting to look like a solid future piece for them, they dish him to Houston. Canaan will likely get a lot of playing time now that Michael Carter-Williams is gone.

Andre Miller to Sacramento / Ramon Sessions to Washington

In this swap of reserves, the most exciting thing is the reunion of Andre Miller with George Karl. Sessions hasn’t played great this season, but he should be able to handle more minutes than Miller and actually run up and down the court, ultimately making the Wizards a bit better.

Alexy Shved, two second round picks to New York / Pablo Prigioni

Still not 100% this was all the same deal, but for now let’s say it was. Schved doesn’t do much for the Knicks, but I guess they can’t play basketball without five guys on the floor. The draft picks will likely just end up serving as pawns for later moves.

Tayshaun Prince to Detroit / Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko, SF Luigi Datome to Boston / Marcus Thornton, 2016 first-round pick to Phoenix

Prince is the less significant sentimental move of the day. Boston made out like bandits in this one. The Suns actually are acquiring picks. Arizona may free over.

Reggie Jackson to Detroit / Kyle Singler, Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin, Steve Novak to Oklahoma City / Kendrick Perkins to Utah

I’m 94.2% sure we’re going to find out more details about this deal as the day goes on. There’s no way the Jazz gave up Kanter for Kendrick Perkins. Jackson is the point guard Detroit is looking for, though dumping Augustin means they’re back to needing depth at the position. Kanter is a huge upgrade for the Thunder at center, at least when it comes to offense. They’re a bonafide contender with the addition of these guys. And if you thought Perkins was grumpy before, just wait until you see him in a Jazz jersey.

K.J. McDaniels to Houston / Isaiah Canaan, second round pick to Philadelphia

Philly continues their fire sale, giving up a guy who was in Rookie of the Year talk less than a month ago for essentially a backup point guard and another pick that will amount to a perennial D-leaguer.

Kevin Garnett to Minnesota / Thad Young to Brooklyn

This may be the cutest thing KG has ever done, though the Wolves likely should have gotten a lot more than the ghost of Garnett for Young.

JaVale McGee, 2015 Oklahoma City first-round pick (top-18 protected), rights to F Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Philadelphia / Rights to G/F Cenk Akyol to Denver

The only thing that I would have said was less likely than Denver giving away a first round pick to some team to take McGee is that Chu Chu Maduabum and Cenk Akyol would be traded. Both things happened in the same deal. Fun fact, Akyol was drafted in 2005. James Young was like 9 then.

Ish Smith, Latavious Williams, Cash Considerations to New Orleans / Draft Considerations to Oklahoma City


About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.