2016 NBA Trade Deadline Recap

When All-Star Weekend approaches in the NBA, it is a period of rest and relaxation for players who are not participating in the activities. You could say it is almost a mini vacation for those players. For some players, however, they do not get that luxury as their “vacation” time is maybe worrying about their future with a team.

After All-Star Weekend team and players settle back into their cities and get ready for the second half of the season. But as basketball fanatics like myself know, you may not see the same people on a team the week after All-Star Weekend because of the trade deadline. Trades can be good or bad for certain teams and players. If one is not a prolific star, job security is very uncertain if performance have not been up to par.

So let me recap a few trades from this week in the NBA this week. 3 p.m. ET was the deadline for trades.

The Chicago Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks for Justin Holiday and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Utah Jazz.

The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Jared Cunningham and a future second-round draft pick to the Orlando Magic for Channing Frye as well as Anderson Varejao and a 2018 first-round draft pick to Portland Trailblazers.

The Denver Nuggets traded Randy Foye to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin and two future second-round draft picks.

The Houston Rockets traded Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons for a protected 2016 first-round pick and Joel Anthony.

The Memphis Grizzlies traded Jeff Green to the Los Angeles Clippers for Lance Stephenson, Courtney Lee to the Charlotte Hornets for P.J. Hairston, and  Chris Andersen and two second-round draft picks from the Miami Heat.

The Phoenix Suns traded Markieff Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, and a protected 2016 first-round draft pick.

The Detroit Pistons traded Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova to the Orlando Magic for Tobias Harris.

Some trades are made because certain players did not fit in well with the team, like Lance Stephenson with the Clippers. Some trades are made like the Miami Heat’s trades to free up cap room for free agency this summer. Some trades are made to add depth for a potential playoff run in April. We shall see how these players will adapt to their new teams as the NBA season is near the end.

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