The first trades of the NBA offseason are officially in the books on the eve of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls have traded point guard Derrick Rose, shooting guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round pick to the New York Knicks for center Robin Lopez, and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, while a three team deal was reached that sent point guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers, point guard George Hill to the Utah Jazz, and the 12th pick in the NBA Draft goes to the Atlanta Hawks from Utah. Here are the first SportsZone Trade Grades of the NBA offseason:


This is the epitome of a high risk, high reward trade for Phil Jackson and the Knicks. On the one hand, they don’t really take on more salary to acquire the 2011 NBA MVP, as the salaries they send, plus the release of Tony Wroten, equal the more than $21 million Rose will be paid next year. Plus, if Rose is finally healthy at the age of 27 with free agency looming in 2017, he could be the answer to the Knicks long search for quality guard play, and he did play in 66 games last season; his most in five years. If he can mesh with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingas, and the Knicks can parlay their more that $35 million in cap space to a solid backcourt compliment to Rose, plus a center such as Pau Gasol (or even Dwight Howard), playoff basketball may finally return to the Garden.

On the other hand, giving up Lopez and Grant seem like a lot to give up for a question mark such as Rose. They both come on reasonable contracts, Lopez showed himself to be a reliable defender, and Grant seemed like a decent project player with a bright future. Most importantly both were signed for more than one year, which makes this an ultimate win-now move for a team that probably should be looking for long-term solutions. Plus, given the injuries both Rose and Anthony have gone through over the last few years, one can’t rule out the possibility of injuries striking both at the same time, which could be a season-ender for the Knicks if it came to pass.


The writing had seemingly been on the walls for a Rose trade for the better part of a year, as the rumors of Rose and Jimmy Butler clashing in the clubhouse have been rampant since Butler became the face of the team. Despite the fact that they don’t necessarily have a replacement point guard at the moment, they came out of this deal fairly well, given that Lopez should step right into the starting lineup given that Gasol and Joakim Noah appear to be headed elsewhere, and with Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic and Taj Gibson still in tow, the Bulls maintain their depth and toughness in the frontcourt.

Calderon and Grant could figure into the team’s plans at the point for this season, and with the number 14 pick in the Draft, a player like Wade Baldwin from Vanderbilt could be their primary target, as he is considered among the better point guard prospects in this year’s class. While it may not have been the return some thought Rose would have garnered after his MVP season, it’s a return that fills multiple roles, and leaves them with plenty of flexibility moving forward.


The Jazz have been relying on their younger players for a few years now, with a solid core of Gordon Heyward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert leading the way. But their weakness has been the point guard position, where Trey Burke has been a disappointment in his three years in the league, and Dante Exum still has yet to find a consistent offensive game. Hill is a player that could help turn the Jazz into playoff contenders, as his veteran leadership could be a help to such a young team, while his ability to create plays without having to be the number one scoring option could be a blessing to Heyward and Favors. I can’t give this trade a higher grade though, because while Hill is a solid veteran, he’s not a superstar or even an All Star, so giving up a first rounder for him is a big risk.


I have to give credit to Larry Bird and the Pacers front office for adding Teague here, as he would seem to be a perfect fit next to Paul George and up-and-coming big man Myles Turner. At 28, and with a year left until free agency, he’s a player who was able to appear in 79 games, average 15.7 points and 5.9 assists, while shoot 43.9% from the field and 40% from three-point range, while possibly playing the majority of the season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, and he’s a former All-Star. This is a clear upgrade from Hill and a great start to an offseason where the Pacers had to revamp their lineup that has been solid, but not spectacular the last few years.


The Hawks and Teague have seemingly soured on each other for the better part of the past year, so a trade appeared inevitable. And the Hawks do have Denis Schroder ready, willing and able to step into the starting lineup, so they basically already have his replacement. I’m not crazy about the return though, as a player such as Teague could have gotten them more in terms of players who would be ready to contribute immediately. Instead, they basically move him for cap space to resign AL Horford and Kent Bazemore, who are both free agents. It is already being rumored that they are shopping both their own first round pick, and their newly acquired pick from this trade, in the hopes of freeing up more cap space. That would be a disappointing return for a player who has helped them be a perennial playoff team each of the last five years.

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