Grading Every Trade from the 2012 NBA Draft
The 2012 NBA draft didn't see any earth-shattering trades, but there were several deals involving teams angling for assets and filling some needs.
The Dallas Mavericks ended up being the most active team on draft night, and probably the most successful of all the teams that traded.
So who got the short end of the deals? Who filled their needs effectively? Which teams took the highest risks?
Find out here, as we grade every trade from the draft.
LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz Trade
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This doesn't involve any of today's draft picks, but it is a draft-day trade. In a three-way deal (according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA), the Dallas Mavericks sent Lamar Odom to the Clippers, the Clippers sent Mo Williams to the Jazz, and Dallas received Utah's $8.2 million trade exception.
Mavericks Grade: A
Dallas was able to get rid of some dead weight and get something in return here, as Odom was unlikely to return. The $8.2 million is a nice chunk of cash they can put toward a free-agent signing.
Clippers Grade: B-
At first glance, this might look like a horrible move for Los Angeles. If Odom plays like he did this past year, it will be. But Lamar is back in his hometown where he's more comfortable, and he'll work well with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Jazz Grade: B
Mo Williams has a great shooting stroke, and Utah knows what they're getting here, but I don't think they got the better end of the deal. It's not a bad deal, but it's not a steal for them either.
Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks Trade
The Mavericks received Cleveland's No. 24 (Jared Cunningham), No. 33 (Bernard James) and No. 34 (Jae Crowder) picks in exchange for the rights to Zeller.
Cavaliers Grade: C
Cleveland needs a true center for the future, and Zeller fits that billing, but they probably gave up too much to get him. Three picks in the middle of the draft aren't worth one No. 17 pick. If Zeller flourishes, it could end up being worthwhile.
Mavericks Grade: A-
Again, the Mavericks came out on the better end of the deal with three nice assets. It gave them even more flexibility to shape their roster exactly how they want it.
Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers Trade
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The Sacramento Kings swapped the rights to their No. 36 pick (Orlando Johnson) to Indiana for cash considerations.
Kings Grade: A-
This is a pretty good deal for Sacramento, who already made their most important move in the draft by selecting Thomas Robinson. They might as well dish Johnson along to a team that needs him more.
Pacers Grade: C+
This isn't a horrible pick, but Johnson isn't going to factor into the Pacers' rotation anytime soon. He's a solid jump-shooter with consistency from three-point range (43 percent in 2011-12) and an impressive 26.2 player efficiency rating.
Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers Trade
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Heat Grade: C-
The Heat get a future first-round pick, which is nice, but they lose out on the chance to immediately bolster their starting lineup with a post player like Moultrie. Mississippi State's tower proved he could compete in the SEC and he still has some upside.
76ers Grade: B
Moultrie gives Philadelphia more depth and stability in the paint to work alongside Spencer Hawes, and they don't have to worry anymore about what to do with a mid-second-round pick. This team has a lot of nice pieces in place, and Moultrie is a solid addition.
Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets Trade
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Mavericks Grade: A
Dallas makes another good deal here, as they get some more dough to work with as they prepare for free agency. The Mavericks aren't in rebuilding mode; they want to win with Dirk and potential free agent stars immediately. Extra cash helps them on the market.
Brooklyn Nets Grade: B+
At this point, it's a risk based on the potential that Shengelia brings. The 20-year-old Georgian has some great tools as a slasher, a paint producer and a multifaceted forward. He has a chance to be a respectable NBA player.
Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets Trade
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The Portland Trail Blazers traded the rights to their No. 41 pick, Tyshawn Taylor, to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash.
Trail Blazers Grade: A-
Since a player like Taylor doesn't realistically fit into Portland's big-picture plans, it's a nice move to get some cash in return for the pick.
Nets Grade: B
Taylor's not a terrific pick, but he could contribute in their backcourt as part of their Williams-centric plan. He won't cost them a whole lot, so it's worth moving up in the draft and taking a slight risk. They can take comfort knowing he's competed at the highest level of college hoops.
Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks Trade
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Los Angeles Lakers Grade: C+
This is a dicey move for Mitch Kupchak and company because Johnson-Odom doesn't have great size and is not a great facilitator.
He's a dynamic collegiate athlete who could create his own shot, but things will be different in the NBA. DJO is a satisfactory pick, but I don't know if he fits into the Lakers' scheme.
Dallas Mavericks Grade: A
See previous Dallas slides. The franchise value heading into 2012-13 is rising.