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How do NBA trades affect the Thunder?

by Berry Tramel Modified: February 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm •  Published: February 20, 2014

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, with only a couple of significant deals. And the Thunder was silent. But that doesn’t mean the Thunder was unaffected. Here are the NBA deals of the last 24 hours and how they affect OKC:

* The Pacers traded forward Danny Granger to the 76ers for forwards Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner.

Effect on the Thunder: Granger was averaging 13.3 points a game as the Indiana sixth man. But Turner probably is a better overall player, and he doesn’t carry the weight of having once been the Pacers’ main man. Granger was a budding star until injuries sidetracked his career. A fresh start will probably be good for both players, which means the Pacers will benefit and be more of a threat to unseat Miami in the Eastern Conference.

* The Spurs traded guard Nando de Colo to the Raptors for forward Austin Daye.

Effect on Thunder: Everything always works out for San Antonio, so this will, too. Daye is a tall shooter. Maybe Gregg Popovich plans to phase out Matt Bonner. But Daye has played just 33 minutes all season.

* The Rockets traded backup point guard Aaron Brooks to Denver for forward Jordan Hamilton.

Effect on Thunder: Brooks had his moments against the OKC, including 10 points in Houston’s Game 5 victory last season in the Western Conference first round. Hamilton gives the Rockets a big body to help out on Kevin Durant during a possible West playoff series. Houston has to try to check Durant with Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia.

* The Nuggets traded guard Andre Miller to the Wizards. Washington sent center Jan Vesley to Denver and ex-Thunder point guard Eric Maynor and two second-round picks to the 76ers.

Effect on Thunder: Not much. Miller, who could be a pain to OKC, wasn’t playing in Denver, anyway.

* The Heat traded guard Roger Mason Jr. to the Kings for a second-round draft pick.

Effect on Thunder: Mason is expected to be cut by Sacramento, which would put Mason on the open market. He’s a career 38 percent 3-point shooter, so if OKC was on the lookout for cheap outside shooting, it might consider Mason.

* The Bucks traded guards  Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Bobcats for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien.

Effect on Thunder: Charlotte gets quite a bit better, but the Bobcats already have hosted OKC this season. They play in OKC on March 2.

* The 76ers traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cavaliers for center Henry Sims, forward Earl Clarke and two second-round draft picks.

Effect on Thunder: OKC hosts  both teams on the current homestand. Outside of that…

* The Clippers traded forward Antwan Jamison to the Hawks for basically nothing.

Effect on Thunder: Little. Jamison played only 248 minutes for the Clips this season.

* The Lakers traded point guard Steve Blake to the Warriors for guard MarShon Brooks and forward Kent Bazemore.

Effect on Thunder: Golden State’s bench gets a little better. Blake is a solid backup. Bazemore and Brooks weren’t playing.

* The Kings traded guard Marcus Thornton to the Netropolitans for guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans.

Effect on Thunder: Not much, other than the Western Conference gets better, because Evans can help any team, even if Brooklyn never figured that out.

* The Clippers traded center Byron Mullens to the 76ers for a conditional second-round draft pick.

Effect on Thunder: Another alumnus joins the 76ers. Former teammates Maynor and Mullens can commiserate in Philly.


by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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