Feb 10, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen (9) high fives Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) against the Brooklyn Nets at FedExForum. The Grizzlies won 95 -86. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Memphis Grizzlies: 39-14
The move to bring Jeff Green to Memphis was done prior to the trade, but it was their most important trade of the year. The team seems to be functioning better on a whole and as per my recent power rankings I see them at the trade deadline as the best team in the West. Moving forward if they can stay healthy they remain if not the favorite one of the top 3 in the West.
Amidst trade deadline buzz, the Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent forward JaMychal Green to a second 10-day contract.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 19, 2015
Dallas Mavericks: 36-19
While Dallas did pick up Amar’e Stoudemire after he was bought out by New York they made no additional moves at the deadline. The Mavericks made all their big moves earlier in the year when they brought point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas. It’s still to be determined how the early moves will pay off as the team’s offense and bench production has digressed since adding Rondo. Conversely their defense has improved slightly, but it’s questionable whether that is tied to Rondo since they played well (some would say better) defensively without him in the line-up.
Stoudemire isn’t likely to suit up until Sunday and while he isn’t the player from his Phoenix days he should provide some valuable relief for the starters off the bench. Coach Carlisle will likely try to keep Stoudemire’s minutes on the low end and utilize him to help fulfill part of the production from the Brandan Wright loss.
Mavericks won't rush Amar'e Stoudemire's Dallas debut: DALLAS — The 2015 NBA trade deadline came and went on … http://t.co/Q3vHpwJL6K
— Dallas News Links (@dldallasnews) February 19, 2015
San Antonio Spurs: 34-19
When you’re the champions and as deep as the Spurs are why make a trade. In reality the players probably feel like they did make multiple trades given the number of returning players coming off the injured reserved list. Finally healthy and with their Championship MVP Kawhi Leonard back they will now begin their ascent up the ladder.
The extra long All-Star break probably feels like a Popovich designed time off for the veterans who routinely get rest during the season. Given how much Pops has tended to rest his vet core of Manu Ginobili, Timmy Duncan and Tony Parker it almost feels unfair for the rest of the league they got this extended break on a year when Duncan was logging higher playing time due to the injuries.
All the NBA teams going crazy at the trade deadline, and the Spurs over here like.. https://t.co/sDDNYbmOc6
— Ronnie Cantu (@Ronnie_Cantu) February 19, 2015
New Orleans Pelicans: 27-26
The Pelicans got in on part of the Phoenix and Miami deal by picking up Norris Cole to add depth at the point guard position and to their bench. Shawne Williams also came over in the Miami deal, but the Pelicans as per Adrian Wojnarowski have plans to buy out his contract.
Also as part of the Utah, Oklahoma City trade the Pelicans receive Ish Smith.
In a battle to secure their first playoff trip in the Anthony Davis era it appears New Orleans are using the same strategy of teams like the Raptors who chose to retain their core youth as they build for the future. The fact Phoenix and Oklahoma City were so active may be somewhat disconcerting, but there is no use making big overtures for the eighth seed when you have a franchise player who’ll surely take the team into the post season repeatedly in the near future.
New Orleans plans to buyout the contract of Shawne Williams, league source tells Yahoo Sports. That adds another good shooter to market.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
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