As we move into the NBA playoffs, it is hard to ignore the daily NBA trade news as players and coaches continue to trade barbs. With the playoffs fast approaching, this season will see a lot of action between players, coaches, and front offices. Here is a look at some of the most recent NBA trade news.
The Sacramento Kings traded guard Jason Thompson to the Sacramento super team in Minnesota for guard Greivis Vasquez, the draft rights to guard Andrew Wiggins, and the draft rights to forward Kevin Love. This trade was widely considered a win for the Kings since they acquired young talent and a future draft pick. It is a bad loss for Minnesota as they acquired nothing in return. This will be a huge hole in the rotation for Minnesota and could lead to trades for several other talented young players this summer.
The Miami Heat acquired forward Chris Andersen from the Orlando Magic in a trade for forward Rashard Lewis. Andersen is a solid player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard position, but does not fit the Heat’s current style of play. They will have to move him in the near future if they want to acquire a star player for next year’s playoff run.
The New Orleans Hornets traded guard Jason Smith to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for the draft rights to forward Nick Johnson. Smith was a quality reserve guard who was waived by the Denver Nuggets this summer and will need a new start. Johnson is a talented forward who has been in the league for a few years but is still a relative unknown to the general public.
The Los Angeles Lakers traded guard Luke Ridnour to the Houston Rockets in exchange for forward Grant Hill, the draft rights to forward Toney Douglas, and the draft rights to center Vlade Divac. The Lakers will be a big-time player in the Western Conference this season, but will need to upgrade their backcourt. Hill is a solid all-around player, and is an excellent shooter, but he will need a lot of time to develop as a perimeter player.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded guard Donyell Marshall to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the draft rights to forward Marcus Camby and cash considerations. Marshall has been a solid bench player for the Bucks, but has not been able to play up to expectations. His contract is up at the end of this season, and he will have a lot to prove this off-season. Camby is a strong shooting guard who will provide scoring punch to the Clippers’ offense and is a good rebounder, while being a solid perimeter defender.