NBA Draft Trades 2014: Recapping and Grading Every Deal

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

NBA Draft Trades 2014: Recapping and Grading Every Deal

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    The 2014 NBA draft has come to a close, and plenty of wheeling and dealing transpired. 

    To keep up with all of the moving and shaking, we've put together a comprehensive guide to keep you posted on which players, picks and prospects are headed where and the implications each deal may have. 

    What follows is a detailed breakdown of each trade made on draft day and grades for teams on each side of the bargaining table. 

    But one quick housekeeping note before we get rolling: Trades are graded on a variety of factors. Not only is the talent that's being swapped considered, but we'll be breaking down financial ramifications, specific team fits and the future prospects of all moving parts involved. 

Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets

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    Full Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic have agreed to trade shooting guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick in Thursday's draft. 

    Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets come out as clear winners here.

    Re-acquiring Afflalo two summers after dealing him to the Magic in the Dwight Howard blockbuster is a sensible move for the Nuggets should they choose to keep the 2-guard, but there remains a chance that he could be on the move.

    As the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett noted last week, the Nuggets may be interested in putting together a package consisting of Afflalo, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler to acquire Kevin Love. 

    However, according to The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey, Afflalo will be staying put, which would give the Nuggets a nice upgrade over Randy Foye. 

    After averaging a career-high 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the field and 42.7 percent from three last season, Afflalo could help push the Nuggets up the Western Conference ranks should the roster remain intact. 

    And in the surest sign that Afflalo represents an offensive upgrade over Foye, the former posted a mark of 4.3 offensive win shares last year, compared to Foye's mark of 3.3, per

    Grade: A-

    Orlando Magic

    This is a puzzling one for the Magic. 

    After reports surfaced that Afflalo could have been part of a package to help Orlando reel in the No. 1 overall pick, he's being shipped out for pennies on the dollar with the Magic receiving a young wing and cap relief. 

    Specifically, Afflalo is due $7.5 million this season and possesses a player option worth $7.5 million for 2015-16, per ShamSports, while Fournier is still on a rookie-scale deal paying him a shade under $1.5 million this season with a team option for roughly $2.3 million in 2015-16. 

    A quality three-point shooter who could evolve into a nice rotational piece if he's allotted regular minutes, Fournier represents a nice get, but is hardly equal value in this case. 

    Grade: C-

Doug McDermott to the Chicago Bulls

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    Trade Details: According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Doug McDermott will head to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for picks No. 16 (Jusuf Nurkic) and No. 19 (Gary Harris) in the first round after being selected at No. 11 by the Denver Nuggets. Anthony Randolph will also head to Chicago from Denver, according to The Denver Post's Chris Dempsey


    A really nice move here for the Bulls.

    McDermott will help space Tom Thibodeau's offense out immediately, likely in a rotational role off the bench. 

    His ability to stretch the floor and play down on the blocks will provide the Bulls with an offensive dimension they simply haven't had over the past few years, and with Derrick Rose back healthy, he will be a nice option on the wing in drive-and-kick situations. 

    The small amount of cap space the Bulls will save by shipping out their second first-round pick is also a bonus here. 

    Grade: B+


    A really nice haul for the Nuggets. They didn't have an incredibly pressing need at No. 11 overall and turned McDermott into two first-round picks in a first round stocked with wing talent. 

    And with Danilo Gallinari already in the fold, it's a sensible move for the Nuggets, who own plenty of versatile frontcourt options. 

    As it turns out, the 16th pick turned into center Jusuf Nurkic, a Bosnian center whose 6'11'', 280-pound frame and 7'2'' wingspan may eventually make him a terror down on the blocks. His offensive game needs more refinement, but he could evolve into a nice rim protector for Brian Shaw. 

    With pick No. 19, the Nuggets nabbed an absolute steal in Michigan State's Gary Harris, a plus defender on the perimeter and capable three-point shooter who will give Denver terrific depth behind the newly re-acquired Arron Afflalo. 

    The Nuggets turned McDermott into two very nice prospects. 

    Grade: A-

Elfrid Payton to the Orlando Magic for Dario Saric

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    Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic acquired point guard Elfrid Payton (No. 10 overall) from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Dario Saric (No. 12 overall), a 2017 first-round pick and a 2015 second-round pick. 

    Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic passed up Dante Exum at No. 4 overall in favor of Aaron Gordon, and the logic all makes sense now. 

    Elfrid Payton is a great fit for a Magic team that's looking to build around defensive versatility. 

    Payton represents an immediate upgrade over incumbent point guard Jameer Nelson, and the Louisiana-Lafayette's defensive chops make him a terrifying backcourt mate next to Victor Oladipo. 

    Payton's shaky jump shot will take some time to develop, but his lateral quickness will prop him up early on. A big win here for Orlando. 

    Grade: A- 


    At first, it was easy to question the Sixers' decision-making here. 

    After selecting Joel Embiid at No. 3 overall, adding Dario Saric, another player who won't suit up this season (he's signed to play in Turkey for a minimum of two years, according to ESPN's Chad Ford), felt dicey. 

    But Sam Hinkie is playing the long game, and he's doing so extremely well. 

    Stockpiling assets is the name of the game for the Sixers at this stage in their lengthy rebuilding process, and obtaining a first-round pick that's top-11 protected in 2017 and top-eight protected in 2018, per CBS Sports' Ken Berger, is a massive haul for moving down just two spots. 

    Fans will understandably be frustrated by a lack of instant gratification, but the future first-round pick makes this one a whole lot easier to swallow. 

    Grade: A 

Shabazz Napier to the Miami Heat

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    Trade Details: According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Charlotte Hornets traded the rights to Shabazz Napier (No. 24 overall) to the Miami Heat in exchange for picks No. 26, 55 and a future second-round selection. 

    Charlotte Hornets

    With the 26th pick, the Hornets selected D-Leaguer and former North Carolina Tar Heel P.J. Hairston. 

    Although it's easy to be disappointed that the Hornets won't be rolling out a depth chart at point guard consisting of former UConn teammates, this is a sensible trade for Charlotte. 

    The Hornets desperately needed to address their lack of wing scoring, which we though they would do at No. 9 overall. But after Noah Vonleh slipped to them, it was logical to temporarily put that paramount concern in the rearview. 

    By adding Hairston, who dropped 21.8 points per game as a member of the Texas Legends last season, the Hornets address that pressing concern and get a body ready to contribute immediately. 

    Adding second-round assets doesn't hurt, either. 

    Grade: B+

    Miami Heat

    LeBron James gets his man. 

    If nothing else, moving up to select Napier is a move that signals Miami's willingness to appease James, which is really what Pat Riley and the Heat front office should be in the business of doing after LeBron decided to opt out. 

    With Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole seemingly ahead of him on the depth chart, it'll be fascinating to see how Napier wedges his way into Erik Spoelstra's rotation. 

    With that thought in mind, keep an eye on the future of unrestricted free agent Mario Chalmers. Allowing him to walk would make for less of a logjam at the 1. 

    Grade: A

Jarnell Stokes to the Memphis Grizzlies

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    Trade Details: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Utah Jazz traded Jarnell Stokes to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a 2016 second-round pick. 

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    This is a really strong play by the Grizzlies, who were apparently smitten with Stokes' advanced metrics, according to Ford

    Stokes originally projected as a late first-rounder thanks to his tenacious attitude on the glass, and when you look at his productivity in the collegiate ranks, it all makes sense. 

    Stokes finished third in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage last season (15.3), per Sports-Reference, and his relentless style of play is a perfect fit in Memphis. 

    His offensive game could use some serious refinement, but it's worth noting that he is capable of putting the ball on the floor and scoring off of a dribble or two. 

    Grade: B+

    Utah Jazz

    Not a ton to dislike here. The Jazz deal an excellent rebounder for future considerations, but Stokes wouldn't have provided Utah with the sort of offensive versatility that so many of their frontcourt weapons possess. 

    This is a solid deal for both sides, and nothing more. 

    Grade: C

Brooklyn Acquires Pick No. 44 from Minnesota

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    Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves have traded pick No. 44 to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash. 

    Brooklyn Nets

    With the 44th pick, Brooklyn selected Oklahoma State's Markel Brown, a 6'3'' shooting guard who averaged more than 17 points on 47.3 percent shooting as a junior. 

    There's not a lot of upside here, but Brown could prove to be a capable reserve scorer who helps fill the shoes of Alan Anderson, who will reportedly decline his player option for next season, according to CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes

    What's puzzling is that the Nets paid a cool $1 million for Brown, as reported by Andy Katz during ESPN's draft coverage. 

    Grade: D-

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Timberwolves got their man in Michigan's Glen Robinson III at No. 40 overall and ended up using their other second-round pick (No. 53) on guard Alessandro Gentile, so this doesn't hurt Minnesota in any way. 

    With their coveted wings in tow, it made sense for the T'Wolves to pick up a little extra cash from the Nets' bottomless pockets. 

    Grade: C

Russ Smith to the New Orleans Pelicans

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    Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers will trade Louisville point guard Russ Smith (No. 47 overall) to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Pierre Jackson. 

    New Orleans

    The Pelicans finally rid themselves of Jackson, whom they refused to call up last season while Austin Rivers and Brian Roberts logged minutes at point guard with Jrue Holiday injured. 

    In return, they receive a score-first point guard in Smith who earned consensus All-American honors last season after posting averages of 18.2 points and 4.6 assists while shooting nearly 39 percent from three. 

    Smith's upside is admittedly capped after playing four years of college ball, but if the Pelicans view him as a steadier long-term solution, the deal is a wise one. 

    Grade: B+


    Sam Hinkie continues to mystify. 

    This time, it's Daryl Morey's protege landing Jackson, whom the Sixers originally traded to the Pelicans after selecting him at No. 42 overall last season. 

    Now, the Sixers get Jackson back in the fold as a backup for Michael Carter-Williams, and boy is that an intriguing fit. 

    For more information on Jackson, check out this thorough feature from Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman on the diminutive scorer's triumphs as a scoring maven in the D-League. 

    With Carter-Williams' jumper still developing, the 5'10" guard could wind up providing some nice supplemental pop off the pine. 

    Grade: B+

Jordan Clarkson to the Los Angeles Lakers

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    Trade Details: According to The Washington Post's Michael Lee, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired pick No. 46 (Jordan Clarkson) from the Washington Wizards. According to ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin, the Lakers spent $1.8 million to purchase the pick. 

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Clarkson is a rather atypical shooting guard in that he does a good deal of his damage below the free-throw line. 

    That could wind up being good news for the Lakers should his jump shot round into form, but after shooting 44 percent from the field over the course of three seasons at Missouri, it's easy to question his viability as a solid prospect at the 2. 

    Fortunately for the Lakers, this pick didn't cost them any real assets, as they have plenty of cash to play around with. 

    It's a low-risk move, but don't expect anything tremendous from Clarkson in the short term. 

    Grade: C

    Washington Wizards

    As was the case with the Utah Jazz's trade of Jarnell Stokes, there isn't anything here that moves the needle. 

    The Wizards simply facilitated the deal and absorbed cash, which will give them a tad bit more flexibility in free agency. 

    Grade: C

Lamar Patterson to the Atlanta Hawks

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    Trade Details: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Milwaukee Bucks traded Lamar Patterson (No. 48 overall) to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a future second-round pick

    Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks continue to stockpile young assets after snagging Adreian Payne and Walter Tavares by acquiring Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson. 

    Patterson, a steady three-point shooter (36.9 percent over four years), fits the Hawks schematically in that he's yet another perimeter weapon with excellent range.

    Considering it cost them just a future second-round pick, there's nothing not to like about this low-risk, potentially high-reward move.

    Grade: B

    Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks did what all teams deep in a rebuild should aim to do, and that's stockpile future assets.

    The future second-round pick may not amount to anything spectacular, but if the Bucks didn't find a prospect appealing at No. 46, putting this selection off for another year is sensible. 

    Grade: C

Dwight Powell to the Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Trade Details: According to The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Dwight Powell (No. 45 overall) and Brendan Haywood. In exchange, the Hornets have acquired swingman Alonzo Gee, according to The Associated Press' Tom Withers

    Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets did well to shed some Haywood's salary.

    According to Bonnell, the Cavaliers will be taking on roughly $2 million in the form of Haywood's salary. And if we consult ShamSports, we see that Haywood's cap number for next season is sitting at a shade more than $2.2 million. 

    Adding Alonzo Gee isn't going to blow anyone away, but it's an under-the-radar pickup for a team that desperately needed help on the perimeter. 

    Before his role in Cleveland was marginalized to the tune of 15.7 minutes per game last season, Gee averaged more than 10 points per game as a full-time starter during the 2012-13 campaign. His efficiency has never been anything special, but Charlotte needed to improve its depth on the wing in any possible. 

    Grade: B+

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavaliers have to take on Haywood's salary, but they did well to acquire a versatile power forward in Powell, who could help provide some scoring from above the free-throw line. 

    According to DraftExpress' Derek Bodner, Powell's skill set is rather unique for a 4 and could give the back end of the Cavs' rotation some punch in a few years' time: 

    Dwight Powell's bread and butter remains as a potential face-up power forward, where he combines his incredible athleticism with potential as a jump shooter, although he connected on perimeter attempts at an inconsistent a rate that yield 0.74 points per possession. His athleticism helped him draw fouls on 20.5% of his possessions, a solid number which helped him maintain a solid level of efficiency. In order to fully utilize his athleticism, his jump shot will have to become more consistent.

    The D-League may be in Powell's immediate future, but he has the tools to make an eventual impact on a Cavs team stacked with young assets. 

    Grade: C

New York Acquires Louis Labeyrie

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    Trade Details: According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks have acquired pick No. 57 (Louis Labeyrie) from the Indiana Pacers. Per The New York Times' Scott Cacciola, the Knicks purchased the pick from Indiana. 

    Indiana Pacers

    After making this trade, the Indiana Pacers made a grand total of zero selections on Thursday night, but their focus appears to be on free agency. 

    According to's Scott Agness, Larry Bird acknowledged that the team could have moved into the first round, but chose not to because the team's primary concern is free agency. 

    And honestly, it's hard to blame them. 

    Lance Stephenson's impending free agency continues to hang over the Pacers' heads, and they can't be worried about committing additional cap space to first-round picks. 

    Grade: C

    New York Knicks

    New York went the draft-and-stash route here, acquiring a French big in Louis Labeyrie who ranks as DraftExpress' 17th-best international prospect born in 1992. 

    Whether he ever makes the trek over remains to be seen, but you can't knock the Knicks for being bold and bucking some unsavory franchise trends. 

    Grade: C

Nemanja Dangubic to the San Antonio Spurs

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    Trade Details: According to The News Journal's Jason Wolf, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Nemanja Dangubic (No. 54 overall) to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the rights to picks No. 58 and 60. 

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    There are a lot of moving parts here, so try and follow along. 

    The Sixers selected Dangubic at No. 54 overall but flipped him to the Spurs for the rights to picks No. 58 and 60. 

    With pick No. 58, the Sixers selected Tennessee's Jordan McRae, a shooter who averaged 18.7 points last season on just 43.6 percent shooting. 

    A volume scorer whose usage rate peaked at 30.4 percent last season, per, don't expect any major contributions from McRae anytime soon. 

    As for the 60th pick, that was flipped to the Brooklyn Nets in a separate move, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski

    According to Newsday's Rod Boone, it appears as though Brooklyn used spare cash to acquire the draft's final selection in tandem with pick No. 59. 

    Grade: C-

    San Antonio Spurs

    The kings of the draft-and-stash, the San Antonio Spurs went ahead and wisely picked up Dangubic, who was the MVP of the Adidas EuroCamp back in June. 

    Here's DraftExpress' Jonathan Givnoy on Dangubic's performance at the camp and some perspective on his professional prospects: 

    Playing primarily off the ball today, Dangubic found a comfort zone, no longer forced to create his own offense which led to a number of turnovers yesterday. He went 2/5 from three spotting up, which was nice to see, as he shot just 29.5 percent from beyond the arc during the Adriatic League season. If Danbugic can develop a consistent outside shot, he has terrific roleplayer potential.

    If there's one thing we've learned, it's not to doubt the Spurs' ability to find international gems late in the second round, but it appears that it may be a while before Dangubic has a chance to shine for the defending world champions. 

    Grade: B