Sam's take on JJ Redicks trade to the Bucks and a few more[caption id="attachment_14652" align="aligncenter" width="619"] Photo Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images[/caption] Part 3 of the recap of the trade deadline which came and went . Portland Trail Blazers receive Eric Maynor Oklahoma City Thunder receive a trade exception It was easy to see that Eric Maynor was not the same player as the one many called the best back-up point guard going into this season. He hasn’t developed, and was passed on the depth charts this season by Reggie Jackson, and chances were becoming few and far between behind Russell Westbrook. Enter the depth challenged Portland Trail Blazers, who were after some much needed help at either guard spot, especially to ease the burden on rookie Damian Lillard. The Thunder did acquire a trade exception, which I’m sure will be used in good time when they tinker with the roster as usual in the off-season. OKC grade: C, the trade exception is yet another Chip for Sam Presti to play with. Portland grade: B- for Best back-up PG available.
Milwaukee Bucks receive JJ Redick, Gustavo Ayon, Ishmael Smith Orlando Magic receive Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris Many other sites have said it already, but it really shows how much fanfare the NBA trade deadline gets when JJ Redick is the biggest name moved. While Redick is clearly the best player involved in this deal now, don’t sleep on Tobias Harris going to Orlando. He will challenge for minutes right away, and might develop into a solid starting small forward. Udrih and Lamb were merely filler material, though with Jameer Nelson seemingly injured every time he dresses in the morning, Udrih will see some time at point guard. The Bucks added another big body to their already impressive stable of power forwards and centres, as Ayon’s defensive ability and passing skills will see him get minutes eventually. Redick is the key piece here as one of the premier shooters in the league, and he has expanded his game this season by contributing key minutes at point guard for the Magic. The Bucks were one of a handful of teams mentioned as a potential destination for Josh Smith, but nothing eventuated, and they will go forward looking to make a run in the playoffs with a nice mix of youth and veteran talent. Bucks grade: B+, as in Best player traded at the deadline coming their way. Magic grade: C+, as in Cards were on the table and Redick needed moving.
Charlotte Bobcats receive Josh McRoberts Orlando Magic receive Hakim Warrick Actually a fairly matched trade, both players are quite springy and neither are classic power forwards. McRoberts has shown he might be an end of rotation type guy, but in reality his career may end up panning out much like the player he was traded for. This is now the fifth team in six years for him, and Warrick is going to his seventh team in eight seasons. Early reports are Warrick will be bought out by Orlando, and he’ll likely catch on with a contender who needs some scoring off the bench. Orlando and Charlotte grades: D, as in Doesn’t really change anything for either team.