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2024 NBA Trade Deadline Grades

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The 3 p.m. ET deadline for the 2023-24 NBA season has passed.

We saw larger names moved in the past few weeks including Pascal Siakam to the Pacers and OG Anunoby to the Knicks. With teams scrambling to make their final moves earlier this afternoon, you can find grades for the major ones below.

NBA trade deadline grades

Pacers re-bolster shooting with Doug McDermott

  • Pacers receive: Doug McDermott
  • Spurs receive: Marcus Morris Sr., second-round pick, cash

Pacers trade grade: B+

Indiana quickly flips some of the assets acquired in the Hield trade and replaces his shooting with that of McDermott. McDermott, in his age 32 season, is still a prolific shooter, knocking down 43.9 percent of his three-point attempts this season. If you thought Hield’s defense was a negative for Indiana, just wait until you see McDermott.

Spurs trade grade: A-

It’s always a positive to acquire assets for expiring contracts. Morris stands as a potential veteran locker room presence for a young San Antonio, but it’s more likely he’ll be available for a contender in the buyout market.

Bucks grab defense with Patrick Beverley

  • Bucks receive: Patrick Beverley
  • Sixers receive: Cameron Payne, 2027 second-round pick

Bucks trade grade: B+

Milwaukee’s lack of perimeter play has shone through this season as Cameron Payne was playing about 15 minutes per game for this roster. Their desperate need of perimeter defense has culminated with a lower-level guard swap that contains a direct defensive upgrade for them. Beverley has been playing about 20 minutes per game this season and can still get it done on the defensive end.

He’s had the worst three-point percentage of his career this year at 32.1 percent, so he’ll have to look to improve on that come playoff time if he wants to stay on the court.

Sixers trade grade: C+

Needing to make a couple complementary moves after acquiring Hield, the Sixers can get off of the Beverley train who had underperformed for them thus far into the season. A second-round pick makes it worth it for Morey in the future who is all-but swapping similar players.

Suns land on Royce O’Neale and David Roddy

Suns trade grade: A-

With limited assets Phoenix managed to fill out what most consider the weakest spot on their roster. Depth has been a topic of discussion for the Suns since acquiring their new big-3, and they help themselves manage that with this deal.

O’Neale and Roddy are both solid wing defenders and O’Neale can shoot it a bit, shooting 36.6 percent from deep this season and 38.1 percent for his career. Roddy plays a similar defensive role to O’Neale, but he’s a bit beefier and can bring a feeling of physicality to Phoenix that they’ve been otherwise lacking.

Nets trade grade: B

Brooklyn seemed to initially want a first-round pick in return for O’Neale, but since that dream was crushed they got a solid return for him. Second-round picks get thrown around a lot at times like the deadline but stacking picks is a good move for a team that was otherwise drained of their draft capital when they recruited Irving, Harden, and Durant.

Bates-Diop shot it well from three last year at 39.4 percent but hasn’t seen the same production this year. He’s a decent defender but it remains to be seen if him or Goodwin have a chance of playing real rotational minutes for Brooklyn this year.

Grizzlies trade grade: C-

There’s not much here for the Grizzlies but they managed to trade a player for two worse players. Admittedly, the return of Watanabe can play a role that Roddy couldn’t, benefitting their floor spacing even more as they rank ninth in the league in three-pointers made per game.

Mavericks go get PJ Washington

Mavericks trade grade: A-

Only starting in 38 percent of games he’s been active for, Washington has contributed 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season. Grant Williams seemed to fit their system and played well to start out the year, but his recent lackluster play and the potential for a direct upgrade in Washington makes this a no-brainer for Dallas.

Washington brings another level of athleticism to the Mavericks roster that they’ve been longing for. They’ve made recent strides in doing so such as draft Dereck Lively II and trading for Daniel Gafford, so Washington stands to bolster their athletic ability that much more.

Hornets trade grade: B

Getting a first-round pick in the current trade market stands as a win for the Hornets, along with the potential value of Grant Williams if he manages to improve his play down the stretch this season. While Washington has been good for them, this sort of return is worth it when the team is aiming to trend downwards anyways. Washington’s age (25) actually saw him as the 6th oldest player on the roster, so they do themselves and the Mavericks a favor by re-matching the timelines for each team.

Williams was very recently a part of a playoff rotation for a team that went to the NBA Finals, so his ability to contribute to winning basketball is of no doubt and may be something that Charlotte should pursue more and more. Curry’s salary expires at the end of the year, and while there’s all-but-no chance that he resigns in Charlotte, he could be good for them for the rest of the year as they await for LaMelo’s return.

Raptors and Nets do a swap

Raptors trade grade: D

The Raptors seem to be confused about where they lie in the standings and especially where they may lie within the next few years. They’re making trades for guys like Dinwiddie and Olynyk who could theoretically win you more games when you want to be winning less. For the Raptors’ sake you’d hope to see these guys in the buyout market.

Toronto is the 12th seed in the East and their current projected lottery pick stands at seven, which would convey to the Spurs. What Ujiri seems to be bypassing is the fact that the pick is protected 1-6 and they would keep it if they can manage to keep losing. As it lies today, the pick has a 34.5 percent chance of breaking into the top-4.

Nets trade grade: B

In exchanging Dinwiddie for Schroder not much changes with their playstyle or rotation but they get (this season, at least) a direct upgrade at the point guard position as they look towards the future. He’s averaging 6.1 assists per game this year and can help facilitate for a team that needs it. Getting off of Dinwiddie makes this trade a win for the Nets, but the caliber of returning players limits their grade.

Knicks trade for Burks and Bogdanovic

Knicks trade grade: A-

The Knicks were long-rumored suitors for the likes of Burks and Bogdanovic and manage to pull the trigger while only giving up one rotational player. They’ve also managed to make these drastic upgrades to their rotation without giving up a single first-round pick.

Bogdanovic is a prolific scorer, scoring 20.2 points a night and shooting 41.5 percent from three on his most attempts per game in his career (7.4). He brings yet another addition to an already beefy offense piloted by Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. While his defense has been lackluster throughout his career, the Knicks other pieces like Anunoby seem to have what it takes in order to offset these shortcomings.

Burks is a veteran two-way guard who will likely serve as DiVincenzo’s backup and a plug-and-play scorer for the Knicks when Brunson comes off the floor. He’s scoring 12.6 points per game this season while shooting 40.1 percent from downtown. While his defense has been noticeably worse this season in comparison to the past, his quick return to the Knicks system under Thibodeau could yield him a boost in defensive effort and success.

The Knicks add two key rotational pieces for their upcoming hopeful playoff run and don’t spend too much to do so.

Pistons trade grade: B

The centerpiece return in this trade for Detroit is Quentin Grimes. Last year, Grimes found himself starting in 93 percent of games he was active for a team that finished 5th in the East, in only his second year in the league.

Shooting 38 percent from three-point range for his career, his 3-and-D ability is something that Detroit should be seeking when looking to build around Cade Cunningham. He hasn’t exactly boomed in opportunities to handle the ball, but on a roster that doesn’t need any more ballhandlers, he may be able to find a contributing role.

Flynn and Arcidiacono stand as the fillers for the trade and haven’t show much upside in the time they’ve been in the league. Arcidiacono has been coined as a good locker room presence during his time in New York and could contribute the same energy once he lands in Detroit.

Fournier rounds out the trade for salary-matching, and while he couldn’t break into the rotation for the Thibodeau-run Knicks, he may be able to get back to his old self on a Detroit roster that could use just about anyone right now.

Good job by Detroit to get off expiring contracts and find some value in return.

Mavericks trade for Daniel Gafford

  • Mavericks receive: Daniel Gafford
  • Wizards receive: Richaun Holmes, draft compensation

Mavericks trade grade: A

Gafford replicates a lot of the traits that the Mavericks have enjoyed with rookie Dereck Lively II and allows for them to generate a sense of playstyle continuity when rotating between the two. Gafford is a legitimate rim protector in 2024, averaging 2.2 blocks per game with a DBPM that justifies his reputation.

Dallas has acquired what people long thought they needed – lob threats and shot blockers. Gafford is currently 6th in the NBA in EFG percentage at 69 percent, while his counterpart Lively is 1st at 73.9 percent. Dallas fans can rest assured knowing that the Dwight Powell minutes look to dwindle in the near future.

Wizards trade grade: C-

Getting off Gafford makes sense for the Wizards as they look to tank the standings and rebuild as quickly as possible, but the return remains questionable. The draft compensation has yet to be declared, but the return of Richaun Holmes stands as a direct downgrade to Gafford without much upside.

Holmes is currently in his age 30 season on his fourth roster. While he managed to put up 14 and 8 a few years back with the Kings, he was unable to break into a big-man rotation for the Mavericks that was otherwise pretty weak. Wizards fans should hold out some sort of hope that Holmes can get back to his double-digit scoring form, but the future looks as bleak as ever.

Thunder trade for Gordon Hayward

Thunder trade grade: B+

Hayward has had a good season thus far on an otherwise unsuccessful Hornets team, adding 14.5 points to the board on a nightly basis. While Hayward is no longer the name he once was, he can contribute to spacing the floor and playmaking on a Thunder team that seems to require both from their players.

Hayward hasn’t played over 50 games in a season since 2019, but with a more limited role in OKC he may be able to stay on the floor deep into the postseason.

The Thunder managed to give up very little in this deal, only dishing one player to the Hornets that currently breaks into their rotation. While it still seems that OKC could use an upgrade on the interior with the addition of height, you can’t be mad at an addition like this for such a low cost.

Hornets trade grade: A

The Hornets managed to get back in this deal exactly what their roster needs more of: breakout potential. Mann’s playing time has only dropped since he came into the league, going from 22.8 minutes per game in his rookie year, to 17.7, to just 9.2 minutes per game this season. Reasonably, the roster being bolstered moved him out of relevant rotational minutes, but he’s still managing to shoot 42 percent from deep in the time he’s given.

Micic is the 30-year old rookie who OKC brought over from Serbia and he’s yet to make an impact on the NBA floor. He provides Charlotte a bench ballhandler who can help facilitate the growth of Mark Williams and Nick Richards.

Bertans is unlikely to crack the rotation but his theoretical 3-point prowess could bring some extra firepower to a Hornets team that lives or dies by their offensive output.

Raptors trade for Kelly Olynyk and Agbaji

Raptors trade grade: C

Olynyk is a great veteran who seemed to have a growing market for his skills at the deadline but it just doesn’t make sense for a Raptors team that doesn’t have playoffs aspirations. His ability to shoot, handle, and pass made him a hot commodity for contending teams.

Olynyk will be a free agent this summer and it would be surprising to see him re-sign with the Raptors, even though he’s a native Canadian.

Agbaji stands as the redeeming factor for the Raptors in this deal as they acquire a young guard who already has big-game experience during his 4-year tenure at Kansas. He’s yet to shine in any specific way since he’s reached the league but his defense took a jump this year and if his 3-point shooting can find itself in league average range (as opposed to his current 33 percent) he may find himself on the wing alongside Scottie Barnes.

Jazz trade grade: C-

It is surprising that the best deal the Jazz could shake for Olynyk’s skillset is a late-20’s pick paired with two (barely) rotational players.

Kira Lewis Jr. has yet to shine due to continued injuries which stand to harp his ability to grow as the speedy, defensive guard he was made out to be in the draft. His -7 BPM this season would classify him as an end-of-bench player and categorizes him far below replacement level.

Porter’s injuries have been long-known and well-documented as he has several seasons in which he played under 30 games throughout his career. It was only two years ago that he was contributing to the Warriors championship run, but it seems as if it was a last-breath as opposed to a career resurgence.

Sixers trade for Buddy Hield

  • Sixers receive: Buddy Hield
  • Pacers receive: Marcus Morris Sr., Furkan Korkmaz, three second-round picks

Sixers trade grade: B+

Philadelphia adds a career 40.1 percent three-point shooter who can hit them in any way needed. Catch-and-shoot, moving around a screen, Hield can nail them. His most prolific season came last year, shooting 8.5 threes per game and nailing 42.5 percent of them. PHI could desperately use this skillset as they currently rank 27th in threes made per game.

Hield brings extra firepower to a team that looks to be more than a shell of itself given Embiid’s injury, and his floor spacing could be huge in a situation where Embiid comes back earlier than expected. They only had to give up an aging Morris, three second-rounders, and Korkmaz who has been requesting trades out of Philadelphia for years.

Pacers trade grade: C+

It’s never wrong to get some return on a player that would otherwise walk after their contract expiration, but it’s not convincing that this package is what Indiana should have been looking for. Hield was one of the Pacers’ most important player thus far into the season, and in return they get two expiring contracts of aging players.

The Pacers are currently 6th in the East and must see their other players step up to fill the hole that Hield will leave. It would be disappointing for them to find themselves in the play-in because they downgraded at the deadline while other teams got better.

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