While the NBA trade deadline was a quiet one for the Celtics, there was still plenty of action across the association with several big names changing uniforms. Let's reflect on the variety of moves and try to determine which teams helped and hurt themselves the most in the present and the future.
In: 2020 first-round pick (via Houston), Jordan McRae, Keita Bates-Diop, Gerald Green, Noah Vonleh
Out: Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangómez, Jarred Vanderbilt
Analysis: They did not do much in terms of upgrading the on-court product now but moves on the fringes helped net them a first-round pick from Houston in 2020. Malik Beasley is a fine player but he wasn’t going to play more than 15-20 minutes per game when this team was healthy and the Nuggets couldn’t afford to pay him his next deal this summer. They managed to get a first-round pick for him and Juan Hernangomez (another likely FA loss) and then swing Shabazz Napier for a shooting guard replacement in Jordan McRae in a separate deal. That leaves their bench unit in great shape for the postseason and helps them walk the line perfectly between playing for the now and playing for the future. The Celtics probably wished they went this route with Terry Rozier at this time one year ago (trade a useful bench player that’s leaving anyway in the summer).
Analysis: The shooting guard was in line to be squeezed in restricted free agency by Denver thanks to a tight free agency market and limited opportunities in a Nuggets uniform to improve his value while playing behind Gary Harris and Jamal Murray. Not only does Beasley get a great opportunity in this deal in Minnesota, but he also goes to a franchise now that has no choice other than to pay up to keep him. The Wolves gave up a first-round pick to get him (and others) and they won’t have any cap space this summer to replace him with someone beyond the mid-level exception. What could have been a modest payday come July should turn into a hefty one if Beasley can post some big numbers in the next two months.
In: Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill
Out: Justise Winslow, James Johnson, Dion Waiters
Analysis: This is a move I actually like a lot more for the Heat in the future than the present. There’s no