To get a feel of what deadline day was like, the craziness of the transactions caused Joel Embiid, Philadelphia center, to tweet, “Someone tell me what’s going on please help.”
While fans, players and journalists swirled about the news, there was a plethora of trades that needed to be sorted out after things died down. Here’s the lowdown:
The Heat acquired Goran Dragic amid shock and satisfaction. His brother, Zoran, was also traded from the Suns to the Heat as part of the deal. Phoenix Suns point guard went to the Miami Heat in a multiplayer trade.
Isaiah Thomas, whom the Phoenix Suns picked up in the offseason to solidify the backcourt, has been traded to the Boston Celtics for guard Marcus Thornton and 2016 first-round draft pick, according to a person familiar with the deal.
In return Phoenix got Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Justin Hamilton and two first round picks for Dragic. They then sent Hamilton, Cole and Williams to New Orleans for John Salmons. Granger could be a veteran fit or waived.
Oklahoma city moved Jackson in a three-mad trade with Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons.
The Portland Trail Blazers landed guard Arron Afflalo from the Denver Nuggets giving them the kind of roster upgrade that could help them keep pushing in the brutal Western Conference race.
The Minnesota Timberwolves get Kevin Garnett, the greatest player in franchise history and sent Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Milwaukee Bucks sent Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns and got Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia 76ers.
The Houston Rockets deepened their bench in adding Pablo Prigioni from the New York Knicks and K.J. McDaniels from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Rockets sent young guards Isaiah Canaan to the Sixers and Alexey Shved to the Knicks in return. The Knicks also got two second-round draft picks, while the Sixers got a second-rounder.
The Washington Wizards acquired 28-year-old guard Ramon Sessions from Sacramento Kings, then the Wizards sent 38-year-old veteran guard Andre Miller to the Kings and their new coach, George Karl, a longtime Miller fan.
Miller helped the Wizards, but when it comes to the playoffs, the Wizards wanted a younger quicker guard to back up All-Star John Wall.
Tayshaun Prince is returning to the Pistons after Detroit acquired the veteran forward in a trade with Boston. The Celtics received forward Jonas Jerebko and guard Gigi Datome.
Pistons President Stan Van Gundy made a statement about the trade saying, “Tayshaun Prince is certainly well known to fans in Detroit and we’re pleased to welcome him back.
“He fills a position of need for us at small forward with his offensive and defensive versatility. We thank both Jonas and Gigi for their hard work and wish them well going forward.”
Prince was part of Detroit’s championship team in 2004 and remained with the Pistons until 2013, when he was traded to Memphis.