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NBA Trade Deadline: Green Joins Clippers

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Another edition of the NBA Trade Deadline comes and goes and the 2016 installment leaves with a whimper, if anything at all.

The Los Angeles Clippers made some noise late in the day, acquiring Jeff Green from the Memphis Grizzlies for Lance Stephenson and a future first-round draft pick (a 2019 protected first-rounder). Green is averaging 12.2 points per game in 53 appearances (31 starts) and gives the Clippers, currently +2500 in NBA Futures at online shop 5Dimes, some depth at the forward position, while ridding themselves of Lance Stephenson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (+340) added Channing Frye to the mix in a three team trade, sending Anderson Varejao and a conditional first-round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers while the Blazers send Jared Cunningham to the Orlando Magic.

The Detroit Pistons (+30000) added some depth by acquiring Donatas Montiejunas and Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets for a protected 2016 first-round pick and Joel Anthony. Montiejunas is averaging 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds while Thornton is putting up 10 points and 2.4 boards per game.

Markieff Morris, long rumored to be a target of the Toronto Raptors, was instead sent to the Washington Wizards for Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and a first-round pick. Morris is putting up 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and could prove to be the more important players moved on deadline day. The Wizards (+20000) sit three games back of a playoff spot in the Eastern Confernece as of deadline day.

Randy Foye gets shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder (+1200) while D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak and two second-round picks move to the Denver Nuggets.

Perhaps more noteworthy is the players didn’t move. Al Horford and Pau Gasol were two players among others that were supposedly going to be shipped at some point in the day. The Atlanta Hawks were ready to blow things up on deadline day and all they did was send a pick to the Chicago Bulls for Kirk Hinrich.

Nothing happened to move the needle in one way or another, but role players were moved to add depth to some rosters (Cavs, Pistons, Thunder) that are looking to make a playoff run.

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