Milwaukee, Sacramento and Charlotte kicked the night off by agreeing to a trade with the following terms:
--The Bucks get Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, Beno Udrih and the 19th pick which turned into Tobias Harris.
--Charlotte gets the 7th pick, which turned into Bismack Biyombo, and Cory Maggette.
--The Kings get John Salmons and the 10th pick in the draft, which turned into Jimmer Fredette.
Bucks -- B-
As John Hollinger puts it, the Bucks are hitting the "undo" button on a couple of ill-fated moves. They swap Jackson for Magette, and add a couple of perimeter players to provide depth behind Brandon Jennings.
The downside is that Jackson, a notorious malcontent in most of his NBA stops, might not be too pleased to find himself in Milwaukee. Indeed, ESPN's Ric Bucher is reporting that he's not happy with the deal.
At 19, the Bucks added Tobias Harris out of Tennessee. Something of a "tweener," Harris has room to improve in both the inside and outside parts of his game. He also lacks polish, having left school after only one season. (Though with the turmoil going on at Tennessee you can't really blame him.)
Charlotte -- B+
Charlotte wants to rebuild under Michael Jordan. In this trade they shed a couple of players they were probably never going to win a championship with, and pick up an athletic big man prospect in Bismack Biyombo.
No one questions Biyombo's potential, but at only 18 years old he's incredibly raw and at present lacks offensive skill.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski also reports that Biyombo has some contract complications with his former team in Spain that could delay his NBA debut. The Spanish team, Fuenlabrada is suing over his release, and the legal wrangling may not be resolved by the start of the NBA season.
It could be shades of Michael Jordon's infamous Kwame Brown pick from 10 years ago.
Charlotte also held the #9 pick, which they used to pick UConn's Kemba Walker. Walker is a much more polished player who should be able to contribute something on day one. The Bobcats may have hedged their bets with these two picks -- and you can't blame them for that.
Kings -- D
Hollinger absolutely kills the Kings here. They moved three spots DOWN in a weak draft, and swapped Udrih for Salmons. Problem is, by almost any metric Udrih is the better player.
To top it off, the Kings used their pick to take Jimmer Fredette, another shooting guard to pair with Salmons and Tyreke Evans. At best, Jimmer becomes a solid scorer in the NBA. At worst, he's Dan Dickau 2.0.