Grade the Trades: Evaluating the 5 most significant deals of the NBA Trade Deadline

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Trade #1: 

Knicks- Pistons trade

The New York Knicks needed to upgrade their bench badly. Since trading away Immanuel Quickley, the Knicks have been at the bottom of the NBA in bench scoring. Additionally, injuries to Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson, and Mitchell Robinson forced their hand. While Brunson does not have a serious injury, and Randle will likely be back in a couple of weeks, they needed more scoring off the bench if they wanted to keep their top four seed in the East. They accomplished that with this trade.

Bogdanovic has only played 28 games this season, but he has been a highly efficient offensive player. He is averaging 20 points per game on 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. He brings exactly what the Knicks were missing: scoring. Bogdanovic will be a huge help in lightening the workload of Brunson offensively due to his diverse skill set.

The Knicks also reunite with Alec Burks, who is also shooting over 40 percent from three point range. Burks is less efficient than Bogdanovic offensively, but nonetheless brings shooting and a veteran presence in the backcourt.

As for the Pistons, they could have done a better job with this trade. They refused to trade Bogdanovic until the last minute despite receiving great offers for him over the past year and this hurt the return they got. The prize of the trade is obviously Grimes, who was frustrated with his role in New York and will get a chance to show he is more than a three and D player in the NBA.

The Knicks have done a tremendous job building this roster. They acquired OG Anunoby, Bogdanovic, and Burks and did not give up a single first rounder. The Pistons could have gotten more for the assets they parted with, but it could have been worse. 

Grade for Knicks: A

Grade for Pistons: C