A relatively quiet National Basketball Association trade deadline left most of the NBA’s starting lineups without significant change after the All-Star break. Organizations that did make the biggest adjustments were the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.
After last year’s wild trade deadline, it was hoped that there would be a similar amount of action for NBA trade deadline 2016. Instead, the basketball franchises looked familiar this past Thursday after the deadline had come and gone.
“We still feel good about this group,” Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told The Vertical’s Chris Mannix after the trade deadline came and went.
Why does he feel good when Houston is on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture? Because it’s largely the same collection of talent that cracked last year’s conference finals and will be poised to add talent via free agency this summer.
The most significant move happened back on Monday, when the Pistons accepted a deal for 23-year-old forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic. Detroit also traded Joel Anthony and a protected first round pick to the Houston Rockets for Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton.
Los Angeles Clippers
Of all the teams at the deadline, the Clippers got the closest thing to a Franchise Player, as they sent Lance Stephenson to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jeff Green.
The Suns’ primary goal for the 2016 trade deadline was to move disgruntled forward Markieff Morris. They traded the former Kansas Jayhawk to the Washington Wizards for a protected first round draft pick, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair.
The Morris trade could be enough to assist the Wizards in climbing over the Eastern Conference playoff hump. This was important for future roster changes this offseason such as perusing free agent Kevin Durant this summer.
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