- Chad Ford, ESPN Senior Writer
The 2011 NBA trade deadline was one of the most eventful ever. Nearly 10 percent of the players in the league changed teams over the past week.
And while we're sifting through the aftermath, one thing is clear: This year's deadline maneuvering will have major ramifications for the 2011 NBA draft. A whopping six first-round picks (two of them likely lottery picks) were traded this week.
Many GMs and scouts have commented on the weakness of this year's draft and GMs seemed to be voting with their feet months before the actual draft.
Said a Clippers source after the team sent its first-round pick to Cleveland, "This just shows you how much we hate this draft."
OK. But one team's trash is another team's treasure and teams like the Cavs were celebrating the acquisition of the Clippers' pick.
Who got what and how will it impact the draft? Here's a breakdown (along with a link to our newly updated Lottery Mock Draft):
The Cavs paid a heavy price for this pick, taking back the remaining $28 million of Baron Davis' contract. Given the salary difference between the guys they sent out (Mo Williams and Jamario Moon) and Davis -- they essentially paid roughly $12 million for a pick the Clippers claim they didn't want.
The trade really has two major ramifications for the Cavs. First, with Williams gone and Davis clearly not the point guard of the future in Cleveland, sources say that Duke freshman Kyrie Irving is now the No. 1 target for the Cavs. For the past month we've had Perry Jones (who now slides to No. 2) on their draft board.
Second, the Clippers' pick should give the Cavs another top-10 selection. Currently the Clippers are slated to pick eighth in the draft and looking ahead the pick should end up somewhere between seventh and 10th.
What direction will Cleveland go? The Cavs are far from having their minds made up, but sources say to look closely at two players -- North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas. Barnes has struggled this season, but a source close to the Cavs told me the team believes he'll be much better in the pros. Valanciunas is the highest-rated international prospect on our board. He's long, active around the basket and is putting up impressive numbers for a player his age.
The Jazz went into serious rebuilding mode once they shipped out Deron Williams for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks. The other pick belongs to the Warriors and is top-seven protected in 2012.
As for the Nets' pick, currently it is the No. 6 pick in the draft, though it could slide a few spots if D-Will goes on a tear for New Jersey.
The biggest needs for the Jazz are at the wings. Kentucky's Terrence Jones, North Carolina's Barnes and Texas' Jordan Hamilton are all solid small forward options. There aren't any elite 2 guards who warrant a pick this high.
The trade also should affect the Jazz's own pick as well. On Wednesday evening the Jazz fell into the lottery for the first time and are currently slated to have the 14th pick in the draft. Two names to keep an eye on here are BYU's Jimmer Fredette and San Diego State's Kawhi Leonard.
Fredette has a massive following in Utah and would be a popular pick. But that's not why GM Kevin O'Connor would draft him. The Jazz know him well and like him, and long-term point guard may be a need. They like Harris, but his future with the team is fuzzy. Leonard is more of a combo 3 or 4 in the mold of a player like Shawn Marion or Gerald Wallace. The Jazz added some serious athleticism with Favors and Harris and adding another player like Leonard could transform everything we think we know about Utah.