Another edition of the NBA Trade Deadline has passed and the role players that moved will definitely add depth to certain teams. Which contenders improved their NBA odds?
The Los Angeles Clippers made the best trade of the day, acquiring Jeff Green from the Memphis Grizzlies for Lance Stephenson and a future first-round pick. Green currently averages 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 53 games (31 starts) and he will give the Clippers (who went from +2500 to +2000 NBA odds to win the title at Bovada) much-needed bench depth while getting rid of Lance Stephenson (4.7 points per game), who has really struggled since leaving the Pacers in 2014.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (odds changed from +290 to +350) added Channing Frye (5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds) in a three-team trade that sent Anderson Varejao and a conditional first-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers and Jared Cunningham to the Orlando Magic. Frye improves the Cavs' frontcourt rotation because he is younger and more athletic than Varejao, but it remains to be seen if they can compete with the elite teams in the Western Conference.
The Detroit Pistons (from +15000 to +30000) also added depth by getting Donatas Montiejunas and Marcus Thornton from the Rockets for Joel Anthony and a protected 2016 first-round pick. Montiejunas averages 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while Thornton scores 10.0 points per game. Detroit previously traded Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando for Tobias Harris (13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds), improving their roster significantly ahead of a tight race for the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Markieff Morris, who was expected to join the Toronto Raptors, was traded to the Washington Wizards for Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and a first-round pick. Morris is averaging 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and he is talented enough to make a difference for anyone and end up as one of the most important players that changed teams yesterday. As of this writing, the 24-28 Washington Wizards (their odds to win the NBA Championship are still +20000) are 2.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Oklahoma City Thunder (odds moved from +900 to +800) traded Steve Novak, D.J. Augustin and two second-round picks to the Denver Nuggets for Randy Foye, a veteran shooting guard that averages 6.0 points per game. Foye will bolster the Oklahoma City bench, but probably not enough to make them real threats to the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs. That being said, never underestimate Durant and Westbrook when healthy while you place your NBA picks.
The players that didn't move deserve special mention. Al Horford, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Blake Griffin were four of the top players that were supposed to be traded yesterday but nothing happened. The Atlanta Hawks (+5000 odds changed to +6600) were expected to blow their team up yesterday and all they did was send Justin Holiday and a second-round pick to the Chicago Bulls for Kirk Hinrich.
As you can see, these trades altered the NBA odds significantly and the role players that were moved will certainly improve the rosters of the teams that look to make a deep playoff run like the Clippers, Cavaliers, Pistons and Thunder, but it's clear that oddsmakers consider that the Clippers were the biggest winners of the trade deadline.