With perhaps the most talent-laden class of prospects in years, the 2014 NBA draft figured to feature plenty of wheeling and dealing.
Draft-related trades started to flood in well before the proceedings commenced in New York. Here is a look at the deals that have gone down thus far.
Thunder Land Semaj Christon from Hornets
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports Oklahoma City and Charlotte have agreed to a trade:
Dwight Powell Selected by the Hornets, Traded to Cavaliers
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports details of the swap between Charlotte and Cleveland:
Hawks and Bucks Make a Deal in the 2nd Round
ESPN's Chad Ford reports details of the swap between Atlanta and Milwaukee:
Russ Smith Selected by 76ers, Traded to Pelicans
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Russ Smith will begin his career with the New Orleans Pelicans, not the Philadelphia 76ers:
Jordan Clarkson to the Los Angeles Lakers
ESPN on NBA confirm the Lakers have acquired Jordan Clarkson:
Brooklyn Nets Trade in to the 2nd Round
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Nets have traded into the draft:
The NBA announced the Timberwolves' pick, which will be sent to Brooklyn:
Andy Vasquez of The Record later provided details of the deal:
Wojnarowski later reported the Nets acquired two more 2nd-round picks:
Jarnell Stokes Sent to Memphis Grizzlies from Utah Jazz
The Grizzlies announced details of their trade with the Utah Jazz:
The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the draft rights to University of Tennessee forward/center and native Memphian Jarnell Stokes, who was selected with the No. 35 overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, from the Utah Jazz for a 2016 second round draft pick, the team announced.
Shabazz Napier Selected by Hornets, Traded to Heat
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski quickly reported after Shabazz Napier was selected by the Hornets that he would be sent to the Heat:
Miami then announced their selection, who will be sent to Charlotte:
Magic and 76ers Swap Selections
NBA's David Aldridge first reported Orlando and Philadelphia traded their picks, which NBA Commissioner Adam Silver later confirmed during the draft telecast:
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski continued:
Doug McDermott Traded to Chicago Bulls from Denver Nuggets
After being selected by the Nuggets at No. 11 overall, Denver traded him to the Bulls. ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported the deal:
CBS Sports' Ken Berger continued with additional details:
Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post later followed:
McDermott later confirmed:
The Nuggets also provided a statement from general manager Tim Connelly:
Knicks Trade Chandler, Felton to Mavericks for No. 34 and No. 51 Picks
With the New York Knicks potentially in rebuild mode depending upon the status of free agent superstar Carmelo Anthony, center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton were shipped to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.
According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, four players and two second-round selections in the 2014 NBA draft have been sent to New York:
Charlie Widdoes of NBA.com provided a statement from Phil Jackson discussing the trade:
The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues. We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.
We would like to thank Raymond and Tyson for their time and hard work with the organization over the past few years.
The Knicks previously had no picks in this draft, so the deal will allow them to be active and pick up some future talent on draft night. The Knicks chose Cleanthony Early with the No. 34 overall pick.
The Knicks later chose Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the 2nd round:
While the draft picks are the meat and potatoes of the trade from New York's perspective, there is more to it as well. Per Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, there is a belief that the arrival of point guard Jose Calderon could aid the Knicks next offseason:
Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington are extra pieces that may not fit into New York's plans. According to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, Dalembert and Larkin's time in the Big Apple could be brief:
As for the Mavs, this deal gives them two potential contributors, including Chandler, who was key in their NBA Finals triumph a few years ago. Adding Chandler and Felton should help Dallas improve on its eighth-place finish in the Western Conference this past season, so star forward Dirk Nowitzki is understandably elated, per Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
This trade gives the Knicks some flexibility and some assets that they didn't have previously. With Phil Jackson at the helm, there is no telling what New York might ultimately do now that it has traded its way into the draft.
Magic Reportedly Trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets for No. 56 Pick
One of the biggest potential trade chips available fell during the hours leading up to the draft as the Orlando Magic reportedly dealt guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and a second-round selection in the 2014 draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
The trade may not seem great on paper for Orlando since Afflalo averaged 18 points per game last season, while Fournier was largely a bench player. What the trade does do, however, is help the Magic financially, per Grantland's Zach Lowe:
ESPN on NBA announced the selection during the draft:
Afflalo previously played three seasons in Denver, so there is already a great deal of familiarity between he and the organization. Although the Nuggets have to improve significantly to get back in playoff contention next season, Afflalo should help.
With Orlando currently experiencing a youth movement, there wasn't much point in keeping Afflalo around. Moving him opens up more playing time for 2013 first-round pick Victor Oladipo and it will allow the Magic to see what their kids can do during the upcoming season.
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