NBA trade deadline ends with no big deals

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The highly anticipated NBA trade deadline ended earlier today, but no big name players were dealt.

While some top teams were in the mix, it seemed like none of the moves will be season-changers.

For example, the Cleveland Cavaliers were involved in a three team trade involving their long-time center Anderson Varejao. The Cavs sent the center to the Portland Trail Blazers, guard Jared Cunningham to the Orlando Magic, and received the three-point shooting forward Channing Frye from the Magic.

The Magic and the Detroit Pistons were also involved in trade talks. The Pistons sent guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Magic for forward Tobias Harris.

Perhaps the biggest trade at the deadline involved both the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers shipped guard Lance Stephenson to the Grizzlies for forward Jeff Green. Green has had a much more successful career than Stephenson, so this could potentially boost the Clippers into a deeper round in the playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder traded away the light out shooter Steve Novak and point guard DJ Augustin to the Denver Nuggets for Randy Foye, another good shooter.

Another deal was between the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. The Suns traded away forward Markieff Morris to the Wizards for forwards Kris Humphries and Dejuan Blair. Some analysts believe this was a fair trade and the players cancel each other out. However, Morris has been upset with the Suns’ organization after they traded away his twin brother, Marcus.

All in all, the trade deadline was nowhere near what was expected, but some moves may end up changing the seasons for some of the teams involved.

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