Now you know why we call it the best day of the NBA season. Deals go down, fact triumphs over fiction, Sam Hinkie is outed as a hoarder and Larry Bird wins big at the buzzer.
A total of 10 trades were agreed to already today after two deals were made Wednesday on the day before the NBA trading deadline (Steve Blake from the Lakers to the Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks; and Marcus Thornton from Sacramento to Brooklyn for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans).
Among the players who were in play but did not get moved were Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng of the Cavs, Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill of the Lakers, Iman Shumpert of the Knicks, J.J. Barea of the Timberwolves, and others.
So let’s have a looksee at the deals that did go down, in the order in which they were revealed to the world.
And let’s all gaze in awe at Bird, who pulled off the shocker of the day by acquiring Evan Turner (and Lavoy Allen) from the Sixers for Danny Granger and his expiring contract. We can also wonder what the Clippers are going to do in case their big men ever get into foul trouble, because Ryan Hollins is their only big coming off the bench (though they could turn to China for help).
And while we’re at it, lets’s gasp at Hinkie, who now has 10 second-round draft picks stashed away — along with the Pelicans’ first-round pick this June. The Sixers now need a scouting staff that’s larger than their roster.