Yesterday’s NBA Trade Deadline came and went with few big names moved. One team involved in multiple trades was the Oklahoma City Thunder, who made two separate deals, trading point guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers for a $2.2 million trade exception, and trading a second-round draft pick to the New York Knicks for guard Ronnie Brewer. Here’s a look at how those trades will affect the involved teams.
Portland Trail Blazers:
This sure looks like a smart trade for the Blazers, who gave up basically nothing to get Maynor, who should instantly be one of the best players on Portland’s bench. Maynor has not gotten much run this season, putting up 2.8 points and 2 assists on 10.5 minutes per game, as he has been moved to the end of the bench coming off a major knee surgery. However, the Blazers’ bench was arguably the weakest in the league before this trade, so the acquisition of Maynor should bolster the roster a lot as they sit just outside of the playoffs. Getting him without giving up any players or draft picks makes the deal even better.
New York Knicks:
This may not have been the best move for the Knicks. Ronnie Brewer was really one of the team’s best perimeter defenders, and now, besides second year guard Iman Shumpert, who is coming off an injury and still developing as a player, they do not have the personnel to cover dangerous perimeter players. The move was probably intended to clear a roster spot, as they have already signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, but even that move is questionable, as the team already has a slew of aging big men in Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby, and Kurt Thomas. The Knicks will have to hope that Ronnie Brewer doesn’t play very well in Oklahoma City, or that they can get a good return from the 2014 second-round draft pick they received, otherwise this will be regarded as a loss for the Knicks.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
As previously stated, Maynor was not playing much on Oklahoma City’s bench, as Kevin Martin and Reggie Jackson were both seeing more minutes off the bench than him, so trading him away shouldn’t hurt the team too much. As long as the Thunder continues to be one of the league’s best teams, the second-round pick also shouldn’t be a big loss. Brewer should be a good addition to the team, which has struggled to contain perimeter players in the last few games, notably giving up 46 points to James Harden. Swapping Maynor, who has not contributed much to the team this season, for Brewer, who should really help the perimeter defense, is a net gain for the team.