THERE WERE 11 trades involving 43 players and 14 draft picks in the final 24 hours before the NBA trade deadline, a dizzying array of deals as teams sought to solidify themselves for the playoffs, unload pending free agents, stockpile future assets or dump locker room malcontents. The ripple effects of all those moves on rival teams that have overlapping needs are nearly impossible to track—unless there's a handy map that lays out who went where and what it means around the league.
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SACRAMENTO KINGS [Trade]
+ Andre Miller G
March 2, 2015
The Kings are on their third coach in three months; they'll take any leadership they can find.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS [Secondary Impact]
Doc Rivers loses out on the big man—and locker room voice—he needed to fortify the Clippers' bench and title hopes.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS [Secondary Impact]
The Lakers and Dragic wanted each other, but L.A. wouldn't give up a first-round pick. Now Miami can offer the most in free agency.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
+ Arron Afflalo G, Alonzo Gee F
In Afflalo (left) the Blazers get the top-end sixth man they need to contend.
UTAH JAZZ [Trade]
+ Grant Jerrett F, + Rights to C Tibor Pleiss + One 1st-rounder, one 2nd-rounder
Utah was never jazzed by Kanter, who wanted out. The team did well to get a first-rounder for him.
PHOENIX SUNS [Trade]
+ Marcus Thornton G, Brandon Knight G, Danny Granger F + Three 1st-rounders
Dragic (right) wasn't going to re-sign, and once Knight became available Thomas was expendable. Is Knight better than Dragic? He's five years younger.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES [Trade]
+ Kevin Garnett F
KG (above) gets a chance to groom Andrew Wiggins for the team that gave him his start.
DENVER NUGGETS [Trade]
+ Will Barton G, + Rights to G Cenk Akyol
Teardown in progress. Vets are out, and no one is safe.
DALLAS MAVERICKS [Secondary Impact]
With Prince unable to orchestrate a buyout in Boston or Detroit, Dallas loses a shot at a veteran, which could have bolstered its suspect bench.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS [Secondary Impact]
A former teammate of Manu Ginóbili's on the Argentine national team, Prigioni (right)would have been a floor general on the Spurs' bench.
The Pacers, fifth-worst on offense, could make an off-season run at the sweet-shooting Wesley Matthews, who overlaps with Afflalo.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER [Trade]
+ Enes Kanter C, Steve Novak F, D.J. Augustin G,Kyle Singler F
The Thunder remade their bench and look to have the depth and talent for a playoff run—assuming Kevin Durant's foot heals.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS [Trade]
+ Norris Cole G,Justin Hamilton C, Ish Smith G + Rights to F Latavious Williams
With point guard Jrue Holiday injured, the Pelicans needed more than Cole as they battle OKC for a playoff spot.
HOUSTON ROCKETS [Trade]
+ Pablo Prigioni G, K.J. McDaniels G
The Rockets added savvy and spring without giving up much.
+ Michael Carter-Williams G, Tyler Ennis G, Miles Plumlee F
The Bucks rebuilt the backcourt and replaced Larry Sanders, who they were done with anyway.
DETROIT PISTONS [Trade] [Secondary Impact]
+ Tayshaun Prince F, Reggie Jackson G
Jackson could boost the Pistons into the playoffs.
TORONTO RAPTORS [Secondary Impact]
The Raptors needed big-man depth for playoffs and could have used McGee's actual basketball skills.
PHILADELPHIA 76ers [Trade]
+ JaVale McGee C, Isaiah Canaan G + Rights to C Chukwudiebere Maduabum + Two 1st-rounders, One 2nd-rounder
McGee (above) helps with the salary floor as the picks pile up, but they hit reset again by dumping MCW and McDaniels.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS [Trade]
+ Ramon Sessions G
They needed, and got, a younger guard who could keep up.
ORLANDO MAGIC [Secondary Impact]
Both the C's and Magic have speedy, defensive-minded backcourts with potential star power. Only one of them has the scoring sixth man—Thomas (left)—to round out the rotation.
+ Jonas Jerebko F, Luigi Datome F, Isaiah Thomas G
Thomas is a perfect complement to their backcourt, while moving Prince lets them try out younger options.
BROOKLYN NETS [Trade]
+ Thaddeus Young F
They got younger, but expect them to remain good, not great.
NEW YORK KNICKS [Trade]
+ Alexey Shved G + Two 2nd-rounders
Draft picks are better than 37-year-old point guards when attempting to tank.
MIAMI HEAT [Trade]
+ Goran Dragic G Zoran Dragic G
The Heat paid dearly for their best point guard since Tim Hardaway. Can they keep him?