NBA Draft Trades 2015: Tracking and Grading Every Deal

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 25, 2015

NBA Draft Trades 2015: Tracking and Grading Every Deal

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    NBA teams have been busy shuffling the deck ahead of the 2015 NBA draft, and we should expect the action to continue into and beyond the league's annual amateur selection process.

    In some cases, predraft moves signal a desire to move up or down in the order. In others, big-picture, franchise-altering machinations are at work. Example: The Portland Trail Blazers pulled off a deal that sent away a piece of their core in Nicolas Batum, which may be an admission that LaMarcus Aldridge's days in Rip City are numbered.

    Picks, players and future considerations are always on the move this time of year, and Thursday night was no different.

    There were plenty of deals on draft night, which means we have ample opportunities to pass hasty judgment, which is always fun. Grading deals so soon after they're completed can be dangerous, especially when one move is only part of a larger plan. But we'll do what we can to lay out the pros and cons of each deal while handing out evaluations for both sides.

Blazers Move Batum

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    Portland Trail Blazers Get: Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh

    Charlotte Hornets Get: Nicolas Batum

    First reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and later confirmed in an official release, this deal's significance has little to do with the actual parties involved.

    While Batum gives the Charlotte Hornets a versatile wing looking to prove last year's down performance was a fluke (heading into a contract year, no less), the real intrigue here is how the acquisition of Henderson and Vonleh affects LaMarcus Aldridge's free agency.

    We can call the Batum-Henderson portion of the deal a wash. Both have one season left on their contracts, and their player efficiency ratings were nearly identical last year (13.2 for Henderson and 13.1 for Batum, according to Basketball-Reference.com). Maybe the fact that Henderson will make just $6 million in 2015-16 while Batum will collect $12.2 million gives the Blazers a mild edge.

    Vonleh is the real source of interest, though.

    He plays Aldridge's position, and he's not the type of project you'd bring in as immediate help for the veteran big, who will be 30 next year and looking to contend while still in his prime.

    It feels like the Blazers are starting over—or at least thinking about it.

    Blazers Grade: B

    We should really go with an incomplete grade here, as we won't know whether this move makes any sense until Aldridge makes a decision. But if we assume the Blazers are starting over, this is a solid deal. Getting two inexpensive assets for a costlier one improves roster flexibility, and Vonleh—last year's ninth overall pick—is still just 19 years old.

    Hornets Grade: C-

    It's possible Vonleh won't pan out. And for what it's worth, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express reported the Hornets weren't sold on his potential: "Told Charlotte had concerns about Noah Vonleh's acclimation to NBA. Had difficulties picking up on plays. Questions about his feel for game."

    Still, it feels like the Hornets believe they're further along in their rebuilding efforts than they really are, so giving up a cheap wing and a possibly valuable teenager for a $12 million player coming off his worst season since his rookie year is a reach.

The Luke Ridnour Odyssey, Featuring Jeremy Lamb and Matt Barnes

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    Luke Ridnour was the eye of a trade hurricane in the days leading up to the draft, switching teams a ridiculous four times in a two-day span. Since Wednesday, Ridnour has gone from the Orlando Magic to the Memphis Grizzlies to the Charlotte Hornets to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Here, in order, are how those deals shook out:

    Trade No. 1

    Orlando Magic Get: Janis Timma

    Memphis Grizzlies Get: Luke Ridnour

    If only we'd known the Timma-Ridnour exchange, reported by Wojnarowski, was the beginning of a harrowing saga…

    The Memphis Grizzlies surrendered Timma, a second-round pick in 2013, for Ridnour. At the time, it made sense for the Grizzlies to bolster their backup point guard slot. Neither Nick Calathes nor Beno Udrih was at all helpful in Memphis' season-ending playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors.

    But that wouldn't be the end of it.

    Magic Grade: B

    Admit it: You have never heard Timma's name before. Orlando gets a decent mark because it gave up a player it didn't need, got an asset and saved a few bucks.

    Grizzlies Grade: Incomplete

    Ridnour was a means to an end, so we won't assess the Grizz until they reach said end.

    Trade No. 2

    Memphis Grizzlies Get: Matt Barnes

    Charlotte Hornets Get: Luke Ridnour

    Boom!

    It's hard to think of a better fit for Barnes, shipped from L.A. to Charlotte in the Lance Stephenson deal, than Memphis. Grit and grind are probably the names of Barnes' dogs.

    Though the veteran wing has had plenty of run-ins with the Grizzlies over the years, his combination of physical play and wing shooting will be welcomed with open arms…or maybe some celebratory clotheslines.

    I think that's how the Grizzlies show affection.

    Ridnour, head spinning, is now on his third team, per the Grizzlies' website. But he's not done.

    Grizzlies Grade: A

    ESPN.com's Kevin Pelton lauded Memphis' move (h/t Grizzly Bear Blues):

    In particular, ESPN's real plus-minus thinks highly of his two-way performance as a 3-and-D specialist, rating him 3.2 points per 100 possessions better than an average player last season. That probably overstates things a little, and at age 35, Barnes figures to regress somewhat, but he should still be a starting-caliber small forward paid like an eighth man.

    Not bad at all, considering all it cost the Grizzlies were the rights to Timma.

    Hornets Grade: Incomplete

    Now it's Charlotte's turn for an incomplete grade. Ridnour's real value shows up in trade No. 3.

    Trade No. 3

    Charlotte Hornets Get: Jeremy Lamb

    Oklahoma City Thunder Get: Luke Ridnour, 2016 second-round pick

    At last, Ridnour's whirlwind tour is over, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Thunder never really found a role for Lamb, so it's hard to know what he'll bring to a new team. When Lamb saw the floor with OKC, he flashed some scoring touch, but he was routinely poor on defense.

    Perhaps the Hornets believe Lamb will thrive playing alongside 2011 UConn teammate Kemba Walker. And at any rate, getting a young (age 23), rangy wing with room to grow is intriguing. If all it costs to take a flier on a player like that is Ridnour and a conditional pick, why not pull the trigger?

    Hornets Grade: B+

    The only criticism you can make here is that Barnes might have provided more value in the upcoming season. Lamb's upside is greater, but judging by Charlotte's acquisition of Batum, winning in the short term seems to be a priority.

    Still, Lamb could help with that if he finds a way to be more consistent from the perimeter.

    Thunder Grade: C+

    This was a money dump, and whether you agree with ducking the luxury tax on a philosophical level or not, the Thunder had to get rid of Lamb's salary in order to make future expenditures on Enes Kanter and/or Kyle Singler sting a little less.

    Ridnour's contract is non-guaranteed, which means OKC can save approximately $13 million in salary and luxury tax by cutting him loose, according to Pelton.

Milwaukee Bucks Add Greivis Vasquez

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    Milwaukee Bucks Get: Greivis Vasquez

    Toronto Raptors Get: 2017 first-round pick, No. 46 pick (Norman Powell)

    After the Chicago Bulls exposed the Milwaukee Bucks' lackluster scoring ability during the 2015 playoffs, general manager John Hammond is making an early move to increase his team's level of perimeter marksmanship.

    As first reported by Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears, the Bucks traded for Greivis Vasquez, who was last seen coming off the bench for the Toronto Raptors. ESPN.com's Marc Stein provided the details on what was being sent back to the Raptors:

    Sources say that the Bucks will send a 2017 first-round pick (via the Los Angeles Clippers) and the 46th pick in Thursday night's second round to Toronto to bring in Vasquez for the backcourt depth and extra floor leadership they've been seeking.

    Though this is far from being a blockbuster deal, it's one of those that certainly benefits both teams. The Raptors can replace Vasquez's production through a number of different routes, and they probably couldn't believe their luck when multiple picks were offered for the 28-year-old guard, including one in 2017's first round. 

    But it's a price the Bucks were clearly willing to pay, given their dire need to add more perimeter shooting and keep Michael Carter-Williams from having to shoulder too heavy a burden at the point. 

    Bucks Grade: B

    On one hand, this is a fantastic personnel addition. The Bucks struggled immensely when shooting from beyond the arc, knocking down just 36.3 percent of their deep looks and taking fewer attempts than only four other teams in the Association. Vasquez can certainly help change that (37.9 percent shooting on 4.3 three-point attempts per game last year), but this was a heavy price to pay for him, even if the first-round pick is protected. 

    Raptors Grade: B+

    Did Vasquez really have a future north of the border? He only had one year remaining on his contract, and GM Masai Ujiri now has two additional picks and over $6 million more to play with. Toronto needs to find a replacement for him, but that process is easier with the extra money. On top of that, the picks should be more important to this roster than an aging role player. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Washington Starts a Trickle-Down Effect

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    The Atlanta Hawks made two moves in quick succession during the draft, starting with the No. 15 pick and involving both the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks before the night was through. 

    Here, in order, are how those deals shook out:

    Trade No. 1

    Washington Wizards Get: No. 15 pick (Kelly Oubre)

    Atlanta Hawks Get: No. 19 pick (Jerian Grant), two second-round picks

    The Washington Wizards wanted to get their hands on Kelly Oubre, the promising wing player out of Kansas, but they weren't entirely sure he'd be on the board at No. 19. As a result, they traded up four slots to get their hands on him, as reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    In order to slide up in the order, the Wizards parted with three of their picks—the No. 19 selection in this year's draft and a pair of second-round picks to be used in future years.

    That's a steep price to pay for such a small jump, but it allowed Washington to land the player it coveted, and it's not like this team needs to be adding too many other young players in the coming years. The core is already set, for the most part. 

    Oubre is raw, and he occasionally looked lost while playing for Bill Self at Kansas, either checking out of plays or not understanding what was being run. However, he's brimming over with untapped potential, to the point that he can look like a younger, less polished version of Paul George when everything is clicking. 

    The former Jayhawk will now play the part of insurance for both the oft-injured Bradley Beal and whoever starts at the 3, whether that's a re-signed Paul Pierce or Otto Porter.

    As for the Hawks, they weren't done yet. 

    Wizards Grade: B+

    Giving up three picks is a substantial haul when only moving up four spots, but Oubre is a great fit for the roster. He should eventually provide John Wall with another shooter to kick the ball out to after he drives. His defensive ability will also look quite nice and he helps with depth on the wings, which is sorely needed in the nation's capitol. 

    Hawks Grade: Incomplete

    We can't judge the Hawks at this point, since they weren't done trading. 

    Trade No. 2

    New York Knicks Get: No. 19 pick (Jerian Grant)

    Atlanta Hawks Get: Tim Hardaway Jr. 

    The Knicks had already taken Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4, but they apparently weren't done adding rookies into their rebuilding mix. By dealing Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Hawks—also reported by Wojnarowski—they were able to add another top-20 prospect, taking Jerian Grant out of Notre Dame. 

    Now, New York has the point guard who will end up running its triangle offense, and he only cost them a player whose appeal had been steadily dwindling ever since his mini-breakout as a rookie.

    Grant is a fantastic distributor and offensive player in general. He averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists per game during his final season with the Fighting Irish, though it remains to be seen how he'll play without the ball in his hands quite as often. 

    The Hawks' motives are a bit more confusing.

    Hardaway didn't look nearly as tantalizing during his final season in Madison Square Garden, showing no interest in defense and sometimes hijacking possessions, but he still apparently carried a first-round price tag. Whether he's insurance in case DeMarre Carroll leaves during free agency or serves as a sharp-shooting scorer off the bench, Atlanta clearly thinks he's going to benefit from a change in scenery, one that allows him to play for a team with more offensive options. 

    Knicks Grade: A

    Hardaway may have averaged 11.5 points per game as a sophomore, but he shot below 40 percent from the field and saw his three-point percentage decline from 36.3 to 34.2. He couldn't hold onto a starting job for the struggling organization and no longer looked like a sure-fire keeper, so getting a top-20 pick and the potential franchise point guard is quite impressive work by Knicks president Phil Jackson. 

    Hawks Grade: C+

    At first, this looked promising. The Hawks had traded down four slots and picked up two extra second-round picks to use in future drafts. They were still going to find one of their top targets. But the second trade is where things went awry, as Atlanta overvalued the declining Hardaway, who was exposed a bit during his second season. Trading the No. 15 pick for the third-year shooting guard and a pair of second-round picks isn't ideal. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Minnesota Wants Tyus Jones

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Get: No. 24 pick (Tyus Jones)

    Cleveland Cavaliers Get: No. 31 pick (Cedi Osman), No. 36 pick (Rakeem Christmas)

    David Kahn is no longer running the show for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the organization apparently still loves drafting point guards. Twenty-three picks after drafting Karl-Anthony Towns to kick off the festivities, the Wolves traded for the No. 24 selection, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Giving the Cleveland Cavaliers two early picks in the second round, Minnesota drafted Tyus Jones out of Duke, thereby adding yet another impressive talent to a roster already loaded with upside.

    At first glance, though, it's tough to see exactly how Jones fits into the picture. Ricky Rubio, barring a follow-up trade that would ship him off to a new location, should be entrenched as the starting floor general, and Zach LaVine had some moments of promise during the second half of his rookie season. 

    This pretty clearly indicates that LaVine's future will come more at the 2, and if that transition is successful, Minnesota will have upped the talent levels on the roster yet again. Plus, it's worth noting that Jones was born in Burnsville, Minnesota, and stayed in the state through high school; this is a homecoming for him. 

    As for the Cavs, Jones would've been a nice fit on the roster, but now they have a chance to add two young players into the mix during the second round (Cedi Osman and Rakeem Christmas). For a team that figures to be capped out after re-signing its free agents, that will go a long way toward acquiring quality depth. And there's also a chance the non-guaranteed salaries can be packaged in another deal that involves Brendan Haywood's massive non-guaranteed contract. 

    Timberwolves Grade: B+

    Jones is a fun talent who could play a big role in the Wolves' future, but trading up for him isn't going to earn perfect marks. Sure, Minnesota didn't need to grab two more prospects during the second round, as the roster was already nearly full after adding Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick. But on the flip side, point guard wasn't a primary position of need.

    Cavaliers Grade: C+

    Given Cleveland's dire need to add depth to the roster, this initially made sense. Jones figured to be a strong fit behind fellow Duke product Kyrie Irving, and he would've been an immediate upgrade over Matthew Dellavedova. However, the Cavs don't have much money to spend on new additions, and boasting a pair of picks early in the second round affords them two shots to find impact players. Unfortunately, neither Osman nor Christmas will fill primary holes on the roster. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Portland Trail Blazers Replacing Robin Lopez?

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    Portland Trail Blazers Get: Mason Plumlee, No. 41 pick (Pat Connaughton)

    Brooklyn Nets Get: Steve Blake, No. 23 pick (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson)

    The Portland Trail Blazers, who already made headlines by trading away Nicolas Batum, may well be preparing for a future without Robin Lopez, as well. According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets are sending Mason Plumlee and the recently drafted Pat Connaughton to Rip City for Steve Blake and first-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. 

    This isn't necessarily an indication that the Blazers are moving into rebuilding mode, though. 

    Plumlee held his own while working in the starting lineup and filling in for an injured Brook Lopez, and his style of interior defense and athletic play makes him a cheaper version of Portland's Lopez twin. He may not be quite as impactful right away, but he has enduring upside. 

    Connaughton could be a major steal as well. He's shown off his shooting stroke, impressive athleticism and defensive ability for years now, and he could be a sneakily effective fill-in for the recently departed Batum. 

    Of course, it's not like the Nets are getting fleeced. 

    Blake won't be much more than a backup point guard, but Hollis-Jefferson certainly brings a new element to the Barclays Center. His energy and defensive ability will help the Nets out right away, and the development of an offensive game would be gravy. Plus, Blake is only under contract for one more year, which gives Brooklyn more financial flexibility next offseason. 

    Blazers Grade: B+

    Adding Plumlee and Connaughton helps the Blazers' long-term hopes, preparing them if their incumbent players do indeed depart in the coming weeks. But both could also help Portland right away, assuming Portland is somehow able to retain its core throughout the rest of the offseason. 

    Losing Blake isn't a big factor, but parting with Hollis-Jefferson and the plaid pants he wore at the draft will be a bit painful. His defensive mentality would have fit in rather nicely with Terry Stotts' schemes, and he's filled with more upside than Connaughton. 

    Nets Grade: A

    It's hard not to love this move. Yes, Plumlee was a rotation member and Blake may not have too large a role, given the presence of Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack. Sure, Connaughton was set up to be a massive steal and would have infused an old and sluggish team with much-need athleticism. But Hollis-Jefferson is a great get for this team, and the cap space the Nets will receive after Blake's contract expires is tough to complain about. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

New York Knicks Find a Center

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    New York Knicks Get: Pick No. 35 (Guillermo Hernangomez)

    Philadelphia 76ers Get: Two future second-round picks

    As much as the world wanted to believe that the Philadelphia 76ers were going to trot out a lineup featuring nothing but centers, that wasn't in the cards. After adding Jahlil Okafor with their first pick of the proceedings, the Sixers also took Spanish big man Guillermo Hernangomez at No. 35. But he wouldn't stick in the City of Brotherly Love for long. 

    According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks acquired the big man who last played for Sevilla, averaging 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds with a player efficiency rating of 19.7. The 21-year-old big man may be an international player taken in the second round, but that doesn't mean he'll have to delay his arrival. 

    After playing for Spain's U-20 team and developing in the Spanish ACB, he's ready to join the rotation in New York right away, assuming the two sides can negotiate a buyout. 

    As for the Sixers, they're getting two future second-round picks from the Knicks, per Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal. And we know how much GM Sam Hinkie loves those. 

    Knicks Grade: B+

    The Knicks can afford to take high-upside risks like this one, and Hernangomez is more polished than the international players who typically get selected in the second round. If the team can come to terms with Sevilla, he could immediately step into the rotation and show off his finesse on the interior. For the price of two second-round picks, which New York certainly hopes will come far later in the proceedings of future drafts, that's not a bad gamble. 

    Sixers Grade: Incomplete

    We have no idea where these picks will fall, and the Sixers already have plenty of second-round selections to work with. We'll have to wait to see how this one plays out, though Hinkie did manage to turn one second-round pick into a pair of them...again. Eventually, he's going to own the entire second half of the draft.

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Jon Leuer Headed to the Desert

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    Memphis Grizzlies Get: No. 44 pick (Andrew Harrison)

    Phoenix Suns Get: Jon Leuer

    With Jarnell Stokes continuing to grow and after drafting Jarell Martin at No. 25, the Memphis Grizzlies no longer had any need for Jon Leuer, especially after he struggled with his shot throughout the 2014-15 campaign. On the flip side, the uncertainty surrounding the Morris twins and the overall need for more depth at the 4 made the Phoenix Suns willing to take a chance and hope the big man finds his shooting stroke once more. 

    And so they made this deal, as reported by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

    If Leuer can play like he did one year earlier, when he connected on 49.2 percent of his looks from the field and 46.9 percent of his three-point attempts, he'll absolutely be worth a pick deep in the second round. That gives this trade the potential to be mutually beneficial. 

    Did the Grizz have a glaring need for another point guard? With Mike Conley, Beno Udrih and (potentially) Nick Calathes on the roster, not particularly. But Andrew Harrison's upside could jump him to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, and it was looking increasingly unlikely that Leuer would fill that big a role at power forward. 

    Grizzlies Grade: A-

    It's hard to get excited about adding a limited guard to a roster that's already filled with backcourt players, even if Calathes (a restricted free agent) doesn't come back. But at least Harrison has enough upside that he could serve as a convincing primary backup to Conley by the end of his rookie season. If acquiring him only took parting ways with Leuer, who clearly didn't have much of a future on Beale Street after the Martin additon, then it was well worth it. 

    Suns Grade: B-

    The Suns needed to find another power forward, and that's exactly what they did. Unfortunately, they're taking a gamble that 2013-14 Leuer is the real deal, not the version we saw in 2014-15. The more recent one would've had trouble making shots while firing away on a hula-hoop-sized rim. Giving up the No. 44 pick isn't a significant loss, but Leuer may not be a significant gain, either. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Juan Vaulet Doesn't Stay Put in Charlotte

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    Charlotte Hornets Get: Two future second-round picks

    Brooklyn Nets Get: No. 39 pick (Juan Vaulet)

    As Matt Kamalsky hinted at for DraftExpress.com while profiling Juan Vaulet one day before the 2015 NBA draft, it was surprising the young prospect even kept his name in the pool, and there was significant doubt that he'd avoid going undrafted:

    Should Vaulet indeed get drafted, he'll be the first Argentine to hear his name called since Carlos Delfino in 2003 and the first player picked directly from the Argentinian League since 7'7", 400+ pound center Jorge 'Giant' Gonzalez. Gonzalez was drafted by the Hawks before then owner Ted Turner offered him a position with his other sports venture the World Championship Wrestling. Fellow countryman Hernan Montenegro was also picked in that 1988 Draft, just three spots later. Aside from Bruno Cabocloa year ago, few players in recent memory have faced as steep of a rise in quality of competition as the one Vaulet would face making the leap to the NBA from Liga A. Despite that, Vaulet's tools are intriguing, even if he's a long ways away from being a contributor.

    Not only did the 19-year-old from Argentina hear his name called, but he was taken just nine picks into the second round by the Charlotte Hornets. Then, he remained relevant when Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Brooklyn Nets had traded two future second-round picks for him. 

    But chances are, you won't hear Vaulet's name again for a long while. 

    Hornets Grade: Incomplete

    As is the case for other teams that traded for a package including nothing but future draft picks, we have no idea what to expect for the Hornets. They added two more future selections for their No. 39 pick in 2015, but it's unknown where those will fall and how valuable they'll end up being. 

    Nets Grade: Incomplete

    Vaulet came off the bench and played only 17.3 minutes per game for Weber Bahia Estudiantes during the 2014-15 season. Though his numbers were respectable, he wasn't exactly a star, and he was putting up his stats in Argentina's Liga A. The jump to the NBA is going to be far too difficult right now, and he won't surface for at least a few years. 

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal. 

Daniel Diez's Day

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    Utah Jazz Get: Future second-round pick

    Portland Trail Blazers Get: No. 54 pick (Daniel Diez)

    Daniel Diez wasn't long for Salt Lake City. 

    After the Utah Jazz took him with the No. 54 pick of the June 25 proceedings, they almost immediately traded his rights to the Portland Trail Blazers for a future second-round pick, per Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune

    Obviously, this isn't exactly a blockbuster move. That said, it should be noted that Diez may not be a draft-and-stash prospect, as Matt Kamalsky helps explain for DraftExpress.com:

    It will be worth keeping an eye on where he winds up playing though, as he's a player who would benefit immensely from another season of heavy playing time in the ACB regardless of how competitive his team is. If he winds up back in Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see what kind of role he's able to carve out. Being a free agent this summer, he could take a flyer on the NBA right away as well.

    The 22-year-old Spanish forward spent his 2014-15 season playing for Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian, and he looked quite good. A consistent marksman from the outside and a contributor on the glass, Diez progressed nicely, leaving hope that he could make the difficult jump to the NBA. 

    But completing the leap is far from guaranteed. 

    Jazz Grade: Incomplete

    The same story you've been seeing in these situations rings true here. Since the Jazz aren't getting anything other than an unspecified second-round pick in a future draft, we can't possibly know how they're going to fare in this deal.

    Blazers Grade: Incomplete

    If Diez is able to play right away, the Blazers will receive strong marks for this selection. They'll have added a forward with upside to a thin bench, and that can't be taken for granted when only giving up a future second-round pick. But until we know whether Diez will be playing in the NBA or rejoining Real Madrid, we can't assume anything.

    Note: Grades provided by Adam Fromal.