Winners and Losers: Eastern Conference transactions

Winners and Losers: Eastern Conference transactions
March 2, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo (5) battles for the ball with Washington Wizards power forward Al Harrington (7) and Wizards point guard Andre Miller (24) in the second quarter at Verizon Center.

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From trading deadline deals to free agent signings, we look at moves made by the contending Eastern Conference teams...

1) Indiana Pacers: Winner

* Acquired G/F Evan Turner and F Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for G Danny Granger

Impact - Turner provides roster another ball handling playmaker option and the kind who should shine against the Miami Heat's second unit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Assuming that's the matchup, of course. The concern involved shipping a battle-tested veteran presence like Granger. So far so good as Indiana has won four straight. 

2) Miami Heat: Status quo

* Acquired protected 2015 second-round pick from the Sacramento Kings for G Roger Mason

* Signed G DeAndre LIggins to a 10-day contract

Impact - Saving some money, but otherwise a non-factor. Interesting that none of the suddenly available free agents took their talents to South Beach.

3) Toronto Raptors: Status quo

* Acquired G Nando de Colo from the San Antonio Spurs for F Austin Daye

Impact - The Raptors made their much earlier in the season by trading Rudy Gay to the Kings for an assortment of bench types including G Greivis Vasquez. The move sincerely upgraded the overall depth, specifically with Vasquez at point guard, while freeing up room for All-Star DeMar DeRozen to roam. Since the Dec. 9 trade, Toronto is 25-14. De Colo adds another option behind Kyle Lowry and Vasquez.

4) Chicago Bulls: Winner-ish

* Signed free agent G Jimmer Fredette for the remainder of the season

Impact - Despite no Derrick Rose, despite shipping Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bulls just keep on winning. Now 8-2 over their last 10 games. Addition of Fredette could be a sneaky big move for the NBA's lowest scoring team.

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5) Washington Wizards: Winner-ish

* Acquired point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets for Jan Vesely while sending Eric Maynor and a 2015 second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers

* Signed power forward Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract

Impact - Miller has quickly meshed with Washington's young backcourt and second unit. Still need to see what kind of legs he and Gooden (and Al Harrington) have down the stretch.

6) Brooklyn Nets: Winner

* Acquired G Marcus Thornton from the Kings for G Jason Terry and F Reggie Evans

* Signed C Jason Collins to a 10-day contract

Impact - The Nets added scoring punch and younger legs in Thornton for a veteran guard in Terry who had similar attributes in his youth. Thornton scored 25 points in 24 minures during Saturday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks. 

7) Charlotte Bobcats - Winner

* Acquired G Gary Neal and G Luke Ridnour from the Milwaukee Bucks for G Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien

Impact - Getting either Neal or Ridnour would have been eh. Getting both legitimately boosts the backcourt thanks to their 3-point shooting and overall experience. By the way, the Bobcats might make the playoffs. At some point we must acknowledge this.

8) Atlanta Hawks - Loser

* Signed second-round pick F Mike Muscala

* Signed G/F Cartier Martin for the remainder of the season

Impact - The Hawks have been taking on water ever since Al Horford's season-ending injury. In terms of reaching the postseason, loser for sure. They're not "tanking," but they kinda are. This year, in terms of the roster and the upcoming draft, that's a wise move.

9) Cleveland Cavaliers - Winner

* Acquired C Spencer Hawes from the Cleveland Cavaliers for C Henry Sims, F Earl Clark and two second-round picks

Impact - Hawes replaces the center void never filled by Andrew Bynum. After massive dysfunction, Cleveland has started looking like the playoff-contending team many anticipated. Kyrie Irving against the Heat in the opening round could be interesting...

10) Detroit Pistons - Loser

Impact - Tumbleweeds and dysfunction in the Motor City.

11) New York Knicks - Loser

* Signed free agent F Earl Clark to a 10-day contract

* Waived G Beno Udrih, F Metta World Peace

*Signed G Shannon Brown to a 10-day contract

Impact - Everyone wants the Knicks in the postseason just cause. New York isn't helping with a 2-8 stretch. Clark's hit-or-miss game won't likely matter much either.

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