Breakdowns of Recent NBA Trades

With the Offseason shortened, it feels like NBA teams are making moves every day.

This is my analysis of the major NBA trades that have happened thus far:

1) Jrue Holiday Trade

Milwaukee Bucks receive: Jrue Holiday, 60th overall pick (Sam Merrill)

New Orleans Pelicans receive: Eric Bledsoe, George Hill,

24th pick (RJ Hampton, later dealt to Denver), 2024 first-round swap rights, 2025 first-round pick (unprotected), 2026 first-round swap rights, 2027 first-round pick (unprotected)

Bucks side: For the past 2 seasons, Milwaukee has grabbed the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference. However, they have also had two disappointing playoff runs. In 2019, they lost to the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, and in 2020 they failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, losing to the Heat in the semis. Jrue Holiday will add a playmaker to this team as well as defensive talent. Holiday has been on an All-Defensive team each of the past two years. The Bucks hope that Holiday can help put this team over the edge.

Trade Grade: B

Pelicans side: The Pelicans acquire Eric Bledsoe and George Hill. Bledsoe is a great defensive player and just a little bit worse than Holiday. George Hill shot 46 percent from three which ranked 1st in the NBA. Both players bring veteran experience to this young team. The biggest part of the trade for the Pelicans is the 5 future first-round picks! The Pelicans have a lot of flexibility with these picks for either future trades or players in these drafts.

Trade Grade: A+

2) 3 Team Trade with Assets

Brooklyn Nets receive: Landry Shamet

LA Clippers receive: Luke Kennard, Justin Patton, 2023 (second-round pick (Via Portland), 2024 second-round pick (via Detroit), 2025 second-round pick (via Detroit), 2026 second-round pick (via Detroit)

Detroit Pistons receive: Rodney McGruder, 19th pick (Saddiq Bey)

Nets Side: Brooklyn acquires a great defensive wing in Landry Shamet basically for the 19th pick. Brooklyn is a win-now team and this adds even more depth to a great team.

Trade Grade: A

Clippers Side: The Clippers add a great scorer to this team. This team is great defensively but doesn't have great scoring guards. Luke Kennard will be a great 6th man or even a starter as a scoring threat. The Clippers also obtain some much-needed picks since they do not have a single first-round pick until 2027 due to the likes of the Paul George and Marcus Morris trades.

Trade Grade: A+

Pistons side: Detroit gives up a lot in this trade, but they got what they wanted. They fill their open position and take Saddiq Bey. Bey has good length and is a great defender who does not make many mistakes. He is a very productive player who can pair well with Killian Hayes.

Trade Grade: C

3) CP3 Trade

Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Kelly Oubre Jr. (later dealt to Warriors), Ricky Rubio (later dealt to Timberwolves), Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, 2022 first-round pick

Phoenix Suns receive: Chris Paul, Abdel Nader

Thunder Side: The Thunder gained a lot of value out of Chris Paul, who made the All-Star team for the first time since 2016. Not only that, but they are finally rid of his massive contract of nearly 40 million dollars! The Thunder adds another pick to their stash as well as two young players in Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque. The main piece of this trade is Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre has shown that he can be a quality starter in today's NBA. Although he was flipped to the Warriors for another first-round pick, originally, he was a great player to have on this OKC team. The Thunder are blowing things up and want all the picks they can get.

Trade Grade: A-

Suns Side: In the bubble, the Suns proved they are a legit team. With Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton as a great duo, they needed a third star. Chris Paul brings a veteran presence, defense, leadership, scoring, and most importantly playmaking. If Chris Paul can play at All-Star level this team should have no problem making the playoffs. My problem is giving up Oubre instead of another first. That first perhaps being the 10th pick. I would rather have Kelly Oubre than Jalen Smith, the power forward Phoenix drafted out of Maryland.

Trade Grade: B

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