At the end of Thursday's
When the dust settled, it marked one of the most active trading days in league history.
With less than two months to go in the regular season, here's a quick look at the teams that benefited the most from the moves and the teams that didn't do enough to improve.
Portland: Neil Olshey,
Afflalo is having a down season, but he immediately gives Portland an upgrade to a bench that lacked a scoring punch and he should help the Trail Blazers make a strong push in the Western Conference playoffs.
He averaged 14.5 points per game in Denver, his lowest output in the last three years, but that's more than any of the Trail Blazers' reserves and it would make him the fourth-highest scorer in Portland. He shot 42.8% from the field and 33.7% from three-point range with the Nuggets, both the lowest since his rookie season in 2007-08.
But playing alongside All-Stars
Afflalo, who started in Denver, has the versatility to be the backup shooting guard behind starter
Olshey also has plenty of decisions to make this summer. Matthews will be a free agent, after making $7.2 million this season, and Afflalo, who has a player option for next season at $7.7 million, is expected to opt out and seek a longer-term deal.
The Trail Blazers would still be a very good team with a Lillard-Matthews backcourt, or a Lillard-Afflalo backcourt. It just depends how expensive it will be to keep Matthews or Afflalo — or both.
Oklahoma City: The
Durant may not have been as happy to see reserve center and friend
Oklahoma City acquired a quality backup point guard from Detroit in
Kanter, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in Utah, gives the Thunder more offense down low; Augustin, who averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 assists in Detroit, can start or come off the bench; and Singler, who averaged 7.1 points in Detroit, plays defense and can score some.
Miami: In one of the biggest deals of the day, the
But Dragic, 28, is an upgrade over Miami's other point guards and Miami was one of the teams he listed as his preferred destination. Now the Heat just has to sign him to a contract extension this summer, which can be as high as five years for $100-plus million.
Dragic wasn't getting the ball in his hands enough in Phoenix, but he was still averaging 16.2 points and shooting 50.1% from the field.
A Heat backcourt of Dragic, who was All-NBA third team last season, plus Dwyane Wade and with Hassan Whiteside in the frontcourt will give them a good chance to make the playoffs in the East.
The Suns lost two of those players, sending Dragic to Miami and Thomas to Boston.
It must be noted that
It'll be interesting to see whether Knight and Bledsoe can make it work in the backcourt together, especially for two players who are at their best with the basketball in their hands.
Denver: The Nuggets traded two players, but couldn't ship out two others who had been on the trading block.
Besides trading Afflalo to Portland, Denver also traded unproductive and mostly injured center
The Nuggets picked up a first-round pick from both the Trail Blazers and 76ers in the deals and Denver got an $11.2-million exception in the McGee trade.
But the Nuggets didn't trade point guard
It probably won't be easy for Nuggets Coach
The Nets unloaded
Brooklyn did nothing to improve its chances of making the playoffs.