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Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Omer Asik (two years, $16.7 million), Donatas Motiejunas (two years, $2.9 million)
Atlanta Hawks Receive: Evan Turner (one year, $6.6 million), Thaddeus Young (three years, $28 million), Isaiah Canaan (three years, $2.3 million), 2014 first-round pick (from Houston Rockets)
Houston Rockets Receive: Paul Millsap (two years, $19 million), Elton Brand (one year, $4 million)
Motiejunas has a $2.2 million team option for 2015-16. Young has a $9.9 million player option for 2015-16. Canaan has an early termination option for 2015-16.
Why Philadelphia Does It
Because this potentially makes the Sixers a lot better down the line without impacting their dismal record in the short term.
The Sixers were reportedly involved in the first round of Asik bidding, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. While Houston has since taken the big man off the trade market, his multiple trade requests and disappearing act from the rotation (his last appearance came on Dec. 2) still point toward an eventual exit.
Asik's balloon payment of $15 million for next season has scared off some suitors, but Philly has the funds to cough up that change and keep building beyond that. If the complete rebuild of Nerlens Noel's jump shot pans out, Philly could have a towering twosome wreaking two-way havoc for next season.
Motiejunas has size (7'0") and a sweet shooting form. The Rockets haven't found many minutes for the 23-year-old, but Philly wouldn't have that same problem.
Why Atlanta Does It
Because even if the Hawks were at full strength—two-time All-Star Al Horford is out for the year with a torn pectoral—this team's upside is limited.
Adding Turner, Young, Canaan and a draft pick cannot change that fact. It does, however, give Atlanta more options in finding that winning formula that has eluded this franchise for so many years.
The two Philadelphia arrivals give first-year coach Mike Budenholzer versatility. A disciple of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Coach Bud has seen firsthand how to maximize versatile talents.
Young can be a two-way force at either forward spot. Turner can ease some of the playmaking duties on Jeff Teague (3.6 turnovers per 36 minutes) and Louis Williams (2.5) or be dumped for cap space at season's end. Canaan, an instant-offense scorer, has intriguing potential masked by Houston's deep point guard rotation.
Throw that first-round pick into the mix, and general manager Danny Ferry has a chance to elevate this team beyond its current limits.
Why Houston Does It
Because the Rockets are in win-now mode and leave this transaction with the best player involved.
Finding a prominent power forward isn't the priority it was at the start of the Asik bidding, given Terrence Jones' emergence (11.9 points, 7.5 rebounds), but Jones can't match Millsap's ability. Jones might have a higher ceiling down the line, but Houston didn't lure in Dwight Howard last summer to think about the future.
Millsap is a proven commodity (17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds) with the shooting stroke (36.3 three-point percentage) and athleticism to space the floor for Howard's post offense and James Harden's slashing game. Millsap is also a tremendous value at his contract, and it's one that increases with the concurrent subtraction of Asik.
At worst, Brand is an expiring contract. At best, he's someone capable of bringing Houston's interior some stability behind Howard.