PJ Tucker (7.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 28.5 minutes)
Jared Sullinger (3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 10.7 minutes)
Two future Second Round draft picks
This is a great move for the Raptors, adding another rotational piece to their roster. Tucker’s a great defender/glue guy that they can either start at small forward, or bring off the bench. He does overlap with DeMarre Carroll quite a bit, and it will be interesting to see which one starts, and which one heads to the bench. Nevertheless, it adds to their depth, and they’ve done a solid job adding some helpful players here at the deadline. Will Tucker and Serge Ibaka get them over the hump to defeat Cleveland? Probably not, but they have gotten better, which is important because the Hawks and Wizards also made moves to improve. One team that didn’t make any moves was the Boston Celtics. Happy with their team, and their draft picks, they have elected to stand pat as we head down the stretch towards what should be an interesting finish to the regular season.
As for the Suns, Jared Sullinger’s had a lackluster return from an offseason injury. On the plus side, they got two future Second Rounders out of it. In a separate trade, the Suns also acquired Mike Scott from the Hawks. Scott hasn’t played much, or well, this season, but he does have emojis tattooed all over him, and as we’ve seen on Twitter over the past few days, emojis always come in handy during the trade deadline.