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:
The #heat selected Christon but that pick was for Charlotte in the Shabazz Napier trade— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) June 27, 2014
Dwight Powell Selected by the Hornets, Traded to Cavaliers
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports details of the swap between Charlotte and Cleveland:
Dwight Powell is headed to Cleveland, not the Hornets. An NBA source confirms a deal that will give the Hornets some cap relief in July.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 27, 2014
NBA source: the Cavaliers will take on Brendan Haywood (about $2 million) as part of the deal that sends Powell to Cleveland.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 27, 2014
Hawks and Bucks Make a Deal in the 2nd Round
ESPN's Chad Ford reports details of the swap between Atlanta and Milwaukee:
The Bucks have traded the 48th pick to the Atlanta hawks according to sources.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
Lamar Patterson will be traded to the Hawks. The Bucks moved this pick to Atlanta.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
Bucks will get a future 2nd for that pick they just sent to the Hawks.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
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:
Sixers will trade Russ Smith to New Orleans for rights to Pierre Jackson, sources say.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
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 Brooklyn Nets have acquired the 44th pick from Minnesota, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
The NBA announced the Timberwolves' pick, which will be sent to Brooklyn:
Andy Vasquez of The Record later provided details of the deal:
Nets land OK State guard Markel Brown with the 44th pick. ESPN says Brooklyn paid $1 million to get the pick.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) June 27, 2014
That would leave the Nets with about $1 million left to buy another pick.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) June 27, 2014
Wojnarowski later reported the Nets acquired two more 2nd-round picks:
Brooklyn has acquired the 59th and 60th picks, so Xavier Thames and Corey Jefferson will belong to them, source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
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:
Charlotte is trading Napier to the Miami Heat, league source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
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:
The Magic will take Dario Saric at 12, but are likely to trade him to the Sixers for the rights to Elfrid Payton, per league source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 27, 2014
Commissioner Silver officially announces the Payton-Saric deal. Future picks coming from Orlando to Philadelphia.— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) June 27, 2014
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski continued:
Saric had been the Sixers choice, and finally called Magic to offer Elfrid Payton with 30 seconds left on the clock, league source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
Along with Dario Saric, Orlando will send a 2015 second-round pick to the Sixers, league source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
In the Saric-Payton Jr., deal, Sixers also get back the first-round pick sent to Magic in Dwight Howard deal -- likely 2017, source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
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:
Doug McDermott has been traded to Chicago for 16 and 19, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 27, 2014
CBS Sports' Ken Berger continued with additional details:
The Bulls also send a future second-round pick to Denver in the McDermott trade, source says.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 27, 2014
Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post later followed:
Also, Anthony Randolph is set to be included in the CHI trade. So the #Nuggets will continue to have 13 players on the roster— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) June 27, 2014
McDermott later confirmed:
Da Bulls— Doug McDermott (@dougmcd3) June 27, 2014
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:
Knicks send Chandler, Felton to Dallas for Calderon, Larkin, Dalembert, Ellington and No. 34 and 51, sources told ESPN. Deal is done.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 25, 2014
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:
One more tidbit: Knicks are hopeful that Calderon will help them recruit Marc Gasol in 2015. Potential fringe benefit to deal.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) June 25, 2014
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:
I'm hearing the Knicks are trying to move Dalembert and Larkin in a separate deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 25, 2014
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:
Dirk on the trade: "if it's true, I'm more than thrilled." #mavericks— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) June 25, 2014
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:
Orlando has agreed to send Arron Afflalo to Denver for Evan Fournier and 56th pick in 2014 Draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2014
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:
Denver appears to be absorbing Afflalo into a trade exception. Orlando gathering flexibility, I guess. Feels like another shoe to drop.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 26, 2014
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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