NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Teams That Used Minor Moves to Improve Their Rotations
With the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline having officially passed, the league can now rest easily. Although the stars remain in the same uniform as before, role players have relocated.
The question is, which teams properly capitalized on their opportunity to make trades by improving their respective rotations?
From sharpshooters to defensive specialists, the deadline was active with reserves finding new homes. Although their names won't jump off of the page at you, each player listed will help their respective teams.
So who improved the most?
Atlanta Hawks Receive: Dahntay Jones, G/F
Atlanta Hawks Trade: Anthony Morrow, G/F
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have traded Anthony Morrow for Dahntay Jones.
You could make an argument that this was the best trade of the day, as both sides benefited at an equally significant level.
For Atlanta, however, they receive a player with an expiring contract that can man the perimeter from a defensive perspective.
Outside of the positionless Josh Smith and the inconsistently utilized DeShawn Stevenson, the Hawks don't have another player who can defend the wings.
How much playing time Jones will receive is unclear. What is known, however, is that he is an experienced player with veteran prowess and defensive grit.
This is an excellent move by Danny Ferry to solidify his perimeter—even if it is for just one season.
Boston Received: Jordan Crawford, SG
Boston Traded: Leandro Barbosa, SG; Jason Collins, C
The Boston Celtics have long needed an athletic perimeter player.
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Celtics filled that void by acquiring scoring guard Jordan Crawford via the Washington Wizards.
They completed the deal by losing virtually nothing.
Boston sent Leandro Barbosa's expiring contract and center Jason Collins, who is also on an expiring contract, to the Wizards.
For those unfamiliar, Barbosa is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL damage (via The Boston Globe).
Acquiring an athletic 24-year-old with scoring prowess for an injured player and a reserve? That's what you call a quality move.
Assuming Doc Rivers teaches Crawford about the phrase "shot selection," we could be seeing a potential star scorer finding his niche.
Dallas Receives: Anthony Morrow, G/F
Dallas Trades: Dahntay Jones, G/F
According to a report via The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Mavericks have acquired Anthony Morrow from the Atlanta Hawks.
In return, Dallas will send Dahntay Jones to Atlanta.
This is an even swap in terms of the paper value of the players. For the Mavericks, however, this is an addition that changes the face of their rotation.
Morrow is a career 42.5 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Head coach Rick Carlisle, meanwhile, is a master at drawing up plays for three-point specialists.
What more could you ask for?
Morrow is not the caliber defender that Jones has proven to be, but his three-point shooting will play a key role in Dallas' postseason push.
With Morrow's presence, O.J. Mayo will be able to carry less of a burden and return to his early season form.
With this floor spacing, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand should be able to go to work along the interior, as well.
This was a quiet move, but one with a significantly positive impact on Dallas' future.
Milwaukee Received: Gustavo Ayon, C; J.J. Redick, SG; Ish Smith, PG
Milwaukee Traded: Tobias Harris, SF; Doron Lamb, SG; Beno Udrih, PG
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks completed a six-player trade with the Orlando Magic to land sharpshooter J.J. Redick.
Orlando will receive Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb and Beno Udrih. Milwaukee gets Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith.
Acquiring one of the NBA's elite three-point shooters for two unproven prospects and an expiring contract sounds like a win.
By adding Redick to the rotation, the Bucks finally have a shooter that they can rely upon on a nightly basis.
Redick is a career 39.8 percent three-point shooter and is converting 39.0 percent in 2012-13. He's also averaging a career-high 4.4 assists per game.
Yet another ball-handling facilitator with three-point range—good luck defending this backcourt.
Although Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon were players involved to make the deal work, they could have roles with the team.
Smith could see quality minutes as he fills in as the second unit point guard, while Ayon's energy on both ends should appeal to coach Jim Boylan.
All in all, this was a very good move for Milwaukee, in which they lost a reasonable amount to get the deal done.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder Receive: Ronnie Brewer, G/F
Oklahoma City Thunder Trade: 2014 Second Round Draft Pick & Cash
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired defensive specialist Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks.
In return for Brewer, OKC will send a 2014 second round draft pick and cash to the Knicks.
Brewer may not be a star, but he has long been known as one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA.
With 46 games of postseason experience, he's also a player that is trusted to step in and defend with the season on the line. With two Conference Finals appearances, Brewer's resume speaks to how well he can perform.
With the Thunder, Brewer will see time at both the 2 and 3 as they fight foul trouble and fatigue by bringing Brewer in for quality defensive minutes.
You may not hear about it until the postseason, but this deal adds an entirely new defensive dynamic to an elite perimeter.
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Charles Jenkins, PG
Philadelphia 76ers Trade: Second Round Draft Choice
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired point guard Charles Jenkins from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a second round draft choice.
For a team that needs all the help it can get at second unit point guard, there's no negative way to look at this.
Jenkins started 28 games in 2011-12, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 assists in 17.5 minutes per game.
Although he won't be starting, Jenkins will provide valuable depth behind Jrue Holiday. Paired with Jeremy Pargo, the Sixers have improved upon a weakness.
If Andrew Bynum can return and lead the 76ers to a push for the postseason, they'll need all of the depth they can find.
Jenkins just so happens to be an underrated asset.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Received: Eric Maynor
Portland Traded: $2.2 Million Trade Exception
The Portland Trail Blazers have the worst bench in the NBA.
That's a statistical fact and not an opinion—Portland's second unit ranks last in scoring, efficiency and defensive efficiency.
Along comes Eric Maynor to strengthen a backcourt that has struggled to mount any offense when Damian Lillard or Wesley Matthews come off of the floor.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Trail Blazers acquired Maynor from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a $2.2 million trade exception.
Creating depth without losing a single player? That's what you call a successful trade.
Sacramento Kings Trade: Francisco Garcia, G/F; Tyler Honeycutt, SF; Thomas Robinson, PF
Sacramento Kings Receive: Cole Aldrich, C; Toney Douglas, PG; Patrick Patterson, PF; Cash
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Sacramento Kings have sent rookie Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt for the Houston Rockets.
In return, the Kings receive Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich and cash.
Just to make one thing clear, the fact that the Kings would trade the No. 5 pick in this past summer's NBA draft for financial reasons is disturbing.
More specifically, it's a sign of what this organization is all about—digging themselves holes so deep that they can only escape by sacrificing progress.
With that being said, this deal makes Sacramento a much better team in the short-term.
Patterson played at the University of Kentucky with DeMarcus Cousins and should rekindle the chemistry relatively quickly.
Douglas is a better defender than any point guard currently on Sacramento's roster and should help improve a weak three-point shooting team.
Unfortunately, both Douglas and Aldrich are pending free agents.
It was a nice short-term deal, but for the future, it will likely be of little meaning or value.
Toronto Raptors Receive: Sebastian Telfair, PG
Toronto Raptors Trade: Hamed Haddadi, C & Second Round Draft Choice
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Toronto Raptors have acquired Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns.
In exchange, Toronto sends center Hamed Haddadi and a second-round draft choice to Phoenix
Some will scoff at Telfair's name and reference his inability to become the star many felt he was destined to be.
The fact of the matter is, Telfair is a quality reserve and will offer Toronto the depth they need behind Kyle Lowry.
Toronto has won five of their past six games. Since trading Jose Calderon, however, the team has been in dire need of a second unit floor general.
Telfair can be just that.
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