NBA trade grades: Live analysis for the biggest 2024 trade deadline deals

The NBA’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline on Feb. 8 is quickly approaching.

Some of the bigger names like Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby have already gotten moved, but there are still plenty of quality players on the market who could switch cities. 

Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine are the biggest names in the rumor mill. Role players such as Alex Caruso, Quentin Grimes, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Malcolm Brogdon would be difference-makers if they are traded.

As trades are reported, I will grade the most notable deals below.

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NBA trade deadline grades 2024

Wolves trade for Monte Morris

  • Wolves receive: Monte Morris
  • Pistons receive: Shake Milton, Troy Brown Jr., 2030 second round pick (via Minnesota), 

Wolves trade grade: A-

Morris has been one of the better backup point guards in the league for a while now. He’s barely played this year due to injury, but he was back in Detroit’s lineup over the past six games. 

Morris is one of the least mistake-prone guards in the league. He rarely turns it over, and he has good court vision. He’s also a career 38.9 3-point shooter. He’ll give the Wolves good playoff minutes. 

Pistons trade grade: B

The Pistons just traded a second rounder for Morris this offseason, so they get another one to replace the one that they sent out. 

Milton is a promising young guard who didn’t pan out for the Wolves. Brown is another young player who will be on his fifth team in six years. Both are on non-guaranteed deals, so the Pistons get a free look at them for the rest of the year. 

Celtics trade for Xavier Tillman

  • Celtics receive: Xavier Tillman
  • Grizzlies receive: Lamar Stevens, 2027 second-round pick via Atlanta, 2030 second-round pick via Dallas 

Celtics trade grade: B+

The Celtics didn’t have a ton of avenues to add talent to their rotation, but Tillman’s $1.9 million salary made him a nice small target to add to the team’s big-man depth. He’s good insurance in the event that Al Horford or Kristaps Porzingis gets hurt.

Tillman provides excellent defense and rebounding off the bench. He’s not a big scorer, but he’s a tough role player who can do the dirty work. Stevens wasn’t in the Celtics’ rotation, and Tillman has a chance to break in there. 

Grizzlies trade grade: B+

Tillman is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Keeping him for the duration of a lost season didn’t make much sense. Stevens will also be a free agent. The Grizzlies need bodies, so he’ll get a look to see if he’s worth keeping around next year. 

The Grizzlies are stockpiling second-round picks in exchange for their veterans, which is what they probably should be doing. This gives them even more flexibility to make a bigger move down the line.

Pistons trade for Simone Fontecchio

  • Pistons receive: Simone Fontecchio
  • Jazz receive: Kevin Knox, 2024 second-round pick via Wizards, draft rights to Gabriele Procida

Pistons trade grade: C-

Fontecchio is a nice role player. He’s averaged 8.9 points in 23.2 minutes per game this year for the Jazz, shooting a very solid 39.1 percent from 3. But this trade doesn’t make a ton of sense for Detroit. 

Fontecchio will be a 28-year-old restricted free agent this summer. The Pistons are still very clearly far away from being a competitive team. Sure, it would be nice to improve from their status as one of the worst teams in NBA history, but they could have simply gone after him this summer without having to sacrifice a pick. 

Jazz trade grade: B+

The Jazz have been one of the hottest teams in basketball. After starting off 7-16, they’ve rallied to 26-26. 

They were realistic about their playoff chances and got what they could for Fontecchio. The Wizards’ pick, currently projected at No. 32 overall, will surely be near the top of the second round.

Procida was picked with the 36th pick in the 2022 draft and is currently playing overseas in Germany. He’s a decent young wing with real NBA prospects. 

Utah is deep enough that it won’t miss Fontecchio too much, and building up its future now is more important than winning one or two extra games with him during the regular season. 

Rockets trade for Steven Adams

  • Rockets receive: Steven Adams
  • Grizzlies receive: Victor Oladipo, three second-round picks

Rockets trade grade: B+

This is a trade made for next year, as Adams is out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

If the 30-year-old big man can get back to prime health, then he gives Houston a reliable starting center who can play tough defense, set the best screens in the league and rebound the ball. He fits well into the culture that coach Ime Udoka is trying to foster. 

Grizzlies trade grade: B

The Grizzlies have been decimated by injuries. It’s clearly not their year, and pivoting toward the future makes sense. 

Oladipo hasn’t played this season and is on an expiring deal. Getting him off the books will create some breathing room for Memphis, who would otherwise have been near the punitive second apron. 

Losing Adams, a valuable rotation player, certainly hurts. He was a great pairing with Jaren Jackson Jr., hiding some of Jackson’s rebounding flaws. This was a cost-cutting move first and foremost. But getting three second-rounders back for him sets them up nicely for the future. 

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