Flurry of trades in NBA draft
Highlighted by a trade sending new-New Orleans Pelicans center Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia along with a protected 2014 first-round pick in exchange for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, the NBA draft was full of trades.
After falling to the Pelicans at No. 6, the projected No. 1 overall pick Nerlens Noel was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pelicans sent Noel along with a protected 2014 first to Philly in exchange for the 76ers star, Jrue Holiday.
Everyone seemed to be stunned by the trade but it made sense for the Sixers who are clearly in rebuilding mode under new GM Sam Hinkie. The trade gave them a potentially elite center in Noel, which they greatly lacked, freed up cap space, and gave them an extra draft pick, which was protected to picks 1-5 next year. The Sixers then went on to draft a point guard in Michael Carter-Williams.
During the draft, the Sixers also hired their new head coach in former Spurs assistant Brett Brown, according to the New York Daily News. Hinkie went on to wheel and deal later on in the second round, giving the Sixers more depth in their rebuilding.
Amidst many first-round trades, which are detailed here by ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Later on, the Dallas Mavericks took Kelly Olynyk at No. 13, flipped him to Boston in exchange for Boston’s pick at No. 16, Lucas Nogueira and two 2014 second-round picks. The Mavs then took Nogueira, guard Jared Cunningham, and their No. 44 draft pick, Mike Muscala, and sent them to the Atlanta Hawks for Shane Larkin who the Hawks took at No. 18.
This is just a small sample of the craziness that took place in David Stern’s last draft. But the night was somewhat silently highlighted by a non-draft trade.
The Boston Celtics went into full rebuilding mode shipping off Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia, the expiring contract of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks, according to the Associated Press. With coach Doc Rivers gone, a trade jetting the Celtics veterans off to other cities was expected, and this blockbuster trade broke in the middle of the draft.
With all of these trades shaking up the future of many teams, it is fitting as commissioner David Stern passed the torch to deputy-commissioner Adam Silver and said goodbye to the NBA Draft.