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Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans

Report: Pelicans sign Toney Douglas for the rest of the season


The Pelicans are bringing back veteran point guard Toney Douglas for the rest of the season, according to a report by Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling:

New Orleans signed Douglas to two 10-day contracts in February, but he appeared in only three games and they opted not to bring him back. Now, with Tyreke Evans out with an ankle injury and Jrue Holiday still not back from the leg injury that has kept him out since January 12, they need backcourt help as they try to make a push for the playoffs. They’re currently tenth in the Western Conference, half a game behind Phoenix and three games behind Oklahoma City for the eighth seed.

Grades for all of the NBA’s trade deadline deals; Thunder, Pistons, Suns emerge as biggest winners

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

The NBA trade deadline was busier than expected, with 11 trades going down in total, and some of them getting completed just under the wire.

Here’s a recap of everything that happened, along with some grades and analysis for all of the teams involved.

Nets trade Kevin Garnett to Timberwolves in exchange for Thaddeus Young

Grades: Nets – A, Timberwolves – C+

Garnett returning home is a nice, feel-good story, and the rebuilding Timberwolves could use one of those. But KG is long past his prime, and has little on-court value for a Timberwolves team that won’t sniff the playoffs this season. They may want to re-sign Garnett to a long-term deal, but he’s likely finished, and could only serve as a mentor to younger players for the final eight weeks or so of the current regular season.

For the Nets, however, this is a nice move. Young is a legitimate two-way player, and has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game for Minnesota this season. His contract is not unreasonable for next season at just under $10 million, but he does hold an early termination option. More importantly, Brooklyn needs guys who can contribute NOW, and Young is exactly that.

Suns trade Goran Dragic to Miami Heat

Grades: Suns – A, Heat – A

This deal was the rare win-win, especially when taking into consideration the other moves that Phoenix made as a result. The Suns also dealt Isaiah Thomas to rid themselves of the three point guard issue that caused Dragic to want out in the first place, and acquired a legitimate replacement for Dragic in the form of Brandon Knight, who was a borderline All-Star for the Bucks this season, and will cost Phoenix much less to re-sign in restricted free agency this summer.

On the Miami side, adding Dragic could make a healthy Heat team dangerous, as quickly as this postseason. Plus, the fact that the future first round picks they sent away aren’t until 2017 and 2021 means that the Heat are still good in the immediate future, and as one of the destinations Dragic specified as markets where he’ll re-sign, Miami should have the inside track on retaining his services on a long-term contract for the next few seasons.

Sixers trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bucks, receive Lakers’ protected 2015 first round pick from Suns 

Grades: Sixers C-, Bucks B-

Michael Carter-Williams is the reigning Rookie of the Year, and while his scoring average has dipped in his second season, his assists per game have increased. The problem is his field goal percentage, which has dropped since last year — he’s at just 38 percent for the season, which includes a mark of only 25.6 percent from three-point distance.

Carter-Williams needs to develop, but has shown plenty of signs of being a legitimate point guard in this league. At some point, the Sixers are going to have to stick with the talent they have, and work on the development side to increase those players’ skill sets, and, by proxy, their respective values to the franchise. For whatever reason, the Philly front office wasn’t feeling it with MCW, so they hit the reset button by dealing him for (another) first round pick. But that strategy will only sit well with the fan base for so long.

As for the Bucks, it’s a low-risk, high-reward maneuver that’s difficult to criticize.

Bucks trade Brandon Knight to Suns, net Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis

Grades: Bucks – B, Suns – A

This was part of the aforementioned three-team deal with the Sixers, so if you’re including Carter-Williams in Milwaukee’s haul, then it’s not bad at all. Knight will be a restricted free agent this summer, which means that Carter-Williams is a lower-cost replacement for him in Milwaukee, and Knight will end up being a lower-cost replacement for Dragic in Phoenix.

Knight was a borderline All-Star this season, and a backcourt featuring him and Eric Bledsoe should be one that wreaks nothing but devastation on Suns opponents. Plumlee has value in the right role, and so does Ennis — but both are young players who will require development, and were expendable in Phoenix when you look at the other assets in place on that Suns roster.

Suns trade Isaiah Thomas to Celtics, receive Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first round pick

Grades: Suns – B, Celtics – A

The Suns had too many point guards; it was the reason that Goran Dragic essentially forced a trade out of town. Trading two of them this deadline day was the way to go, and netting a scoring two-guard in Thornton and a 2016 pick for Thomas seems to be a wise decision.

The Celtics, meanwhile, were flush with picks, and they get an above average point guard in Thomas who’s on a very reasonable contract (under $20 million total over the next three years) that will save enough cap space to add talent in other areas of need.

Thunder trade Reggie Jackson to Pistons in three-team deal with Jazz

Grades: Thunder – A, Pistons – A, Jazz – C

OKC helped themselves with this deal, in more ways than one. Jackson was disgruntled, and had already turned down a four-year, $48 million contract extension. As a restricted free agent this summer, he was going to seek an offer sheet much larger than that, and wanted to be a starter somewhere else. By sending him out of town, and securing front line offensive help in Enes Kanter as well as a serviceable replacement in the form of D.J. Augustin, the Thunder successfully addressed more than one of their weaknesses. And, ridding themselves of Kendrick Perkins in the deal is simply icing on the cake.

The Pistons, meanwhile, added some much-needed young talent, and should be able to give Jackson the role he is seeking, especially for the remainder of this season with Brandon Jennings sidelined due to injury.

Kanter, too, will be a restricted free agent this summer, and was unhappy in his role in Utah. But it feels like the Jazz could have done a little bit better in terms of getting assets in exchange for what he brings.

Rockets trade for K.J. McDaniels from Sixers, Pablo Prigioni from Knicks

Grades: Rockets B+, Sixers C, Knicks B+

Once again, we have the Sixers hitting the reset button when they already have appeared to land a significant level of talent. McDaniels is a ridiculous defender as well as an athlete, yet Philadelphia gave him away to try their luck again at the NBA roulette table. That’s a nice pickup for the Rockets, and the same could be said for Prigioni, who could provide veteran minutes as a backup point guard for the stretch run of the season. The Knicks netted two second-round picks for the 37-year-old Prigioni, which is a coup in and of itself.

Pelicans acquire Norris Cole from Suns (via Heat) in exchange for John Salmons

Grades: Pelicans – B, Heat/Suns – B

New Orleans needed guard help with Jrue Holiday sidelined due to injury, and with Cole becoming a restricted free agent this summer, the Heat were happy to let him walk. Cole was technically included from Miami in the deal for Goran Dragic, but the Suns had no need for another guard, and in fact, are expected to waive Salmons (who’s more of a wing) when all is said and done.

Blazers acquire Arron Afflalo in trade from Nuggets

Grades: Blazers B+, Nuggets C

The Western Conference is crazy in terms of its competitiveness, and while the Blazers are currently tied with Houston for third, there’s no guarantee that they’ll stay there. Portland had a deficiency in defense and scoring on the wing, so the team went out and got Afflalo in order to help fill that gap. He could also fill in nicely for Nicolas Batum, should Batum continue his sub-par play this season.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, got some pieces in Thomas Robinson (now playing for his fourth team), Will Barton and Victor Claver, but all of those players will require development. Afflalo can play, but this trade may be for now more than it is for the future, because he has a player option for next season that he’s likely to forego in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kings acquire Andre Miller from Wizards in exchange for Ramon Sessions

Grades: Wizards B, Kings A-

The Wizards needed an upgrade at the backup point guard position, and with Andre Miller having a reduced role in favor of Garrett Temple, he became expendable. Sessions could be that upgrade, though he was averaging career-lows in points (5.4) and minutes (17.8) in Sacramento this season. He’s guaranteed only one more year at a little over $2 million, though, so it was a low-risk maneuver for the Wizards that was worth taking as they look to improve for the stretch run of the season.

In Sacramento, meanwhile, this is about George Karl having a veteran voice in his new locker room that is on his side. Karl has tons of respect for Miller, and the feeling is mutual, thanks to a relationship that was formed when the two were members of the Nuggets organization. As Karl implements his system, Miller can help be a liaison of sorts to make the transition go that much more smoothly.

Report: Pelicans acquire Norris Cole from Suns (via Heat) for John Salmons

Norris Cole, Mike Conley

Add another one to the pile of trades that are still trickling in after the deadline, this one between Phoenix and New Orleans, swapping guards:

Cole had started the day as a member of the Heat but was moved to Phoenix in the Goran Dragic trade. Then the Suns flipped him for Salmons.

This deal accomplishes something for all the teams involved. The Heat have been trying to unload Cole, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. The Suns didn’t need another point guard on the roster with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. The Pelicans need a short-term point guard while Jrue Holiday recovers from a leg injury that will sideline him at least the next three weeks. Cole isn’t having a good season, but they gave up practically nothing to get him.

And the annual trade deadline requirement that John Salmons has to be moved at least once has been met. Everyone wins.

Jrue Holiday out at least three more weeks after aggravating leg injury

Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Pelicans

Jrue Holiday has missed the Pelicans’ last 16 games due to a stress reaction in his right leg.

The injury is still bothering him.

Pelicans release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Jrue Holiday aggravated the stress reaction in his lower right leg Monday. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks by the team’s medical staff. A timetable for his return will be announced at a later date as more information is available.

Three weeks would cover seven games, but it could be longer.

This is bad news for the Pelicans’ playoff hopes. They’ve been relying on Tyreke Evans at point guard, and Toney Douglas – who’s trying to fill a major hole as the backup one – signed a second 10-day contract. At a certain point, Anthony Davis can take them only so far.

With the Suns trying to trade Goran Dragic, the Thunder’s playoff chances are looking pretty good.

Pelicans sign Toney Douglas to 10-day contract

Miami Heat v New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans signed Nate Wolters to two 10-day contracts.

Forced by the Collective Bargaining Agreement to sign Wolters for the rest of the season or move on, New Orleans is moving on – to Toney Douglas.

Pelicans release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Toney Douglas to a 10-day contract.

Douglas had been playing in China, and he spent last season with the Heat and Warriors.

He’ll have a chance to help the Pelicans, who desperately need point guard depth – especially with Jrue Holiday injured. Whether Holiday or Tyreke Evans has started at the position, New Orleans’ offense craters when going to the bench.

Holiday as starting point guard:

  • Offensive rating with Holiday on: 108.8
  • Offensive rating with Holiday off: 99.2

Evans as starting point guard:

  • Offensive rating with Evans on: 109.1
  • Offensive rating with Evans off: 97.0

That’s partially because the backup point guard doesn’t play as much with Anthony Davis and partially because New Orleans’ bench is weak on the whole. But point guard contributes to that problem.

If Douglas can fill a small role and merely keep the Pelicans’ offense afloat, that could do wonders for their playoff chances. New Orleans is 1.5 games behind the Suns for eighth place in the Western Conference and one game ahead of the hard-charging Thunder.

Douglas didn’t play in the Pelicans’ 102-91 loss to Oklahoma City last night, but they need him to acclimate quickly and join the rotation.