Grade The Trade: Toronto Raptors Acquire Sebastian Telfair From The Phoenix Suns

Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to provide more depth at the point guard position, the Toronto Raptors completed a deal with the Phoenix Suns prior to yesterday’s 3:00 pm Trade Deadline, acquiring Sebastian Telfair in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

Through 46 games for the Suns, Telfair was averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 assists. This will be his seventh team since entering the league back in 2004 (Portland TrailBlazers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors).

Haddadi was dealt to Toronto as part of the Rudy Gay trade, but never reported or suited up for the team.

GRADE THE TRADE (PHOENIX SUNS): B +

Moving Sebastian Telfair will create more minutes for rookie Kendell Marshall, whom the Phoenix Suns have a lot more invested in long-term.

Per 36 minutes, Haddadi averages 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.

What does that mean?

Absolutely nothing.

He only averages around six minutes a game, when he actually plays mind you.

Haddadi has competed in 134 games since entering the league back in 2008.  He’s never scored over 100 points or grabbed more than 100 rebounds for an entire season.

An extra second-round pick is always nice to have, especially when all you had to give up was a player who had fallen out of the rotation.

GRADE THE TRADE (TORONTO RAPTORS): C + with the potential to be higher

With the streaky John Lucas as the primary (and only) backup point guard in Toronto, it was to be expected of the Raptors to somehow secure a third-stringer before the deadline.

Telfair is still relatively young (27), but his inconsistencies have delegated him to simply being a second-unit guard, rather than the breakout star he was dubbed to be straight out of Abraham Lincoln High School.

Hamed was never going to play for the Raptors, so losing him is insignificant.

The problem with this trade is that Sebastian will become a free-agent at the end of this season, meaning he can sign elsewhere once his contract expires, if he so chooses.

What was the point of sending away a second-round draft pick for a two-month rental of a guard who will only see the court in short spurts anyways? I don’t see Telfair re-signing, but that’s just me.

As Andy Phillips of CBCSports.com pointed out in an article analyzing this very deal, a number of recent second-round selections have found themselves playing quality minutes for their respective teams in the NBA this year.

  • Jeffrey Taylor (2012)
  • Jae Crowder (2012)
  • Chandler Parsons (2011)
  • Kyle Singler (2011)
  • Isaiah Thomas (2011)
  • Lance Stephenson (2010)
  • Landry Fields (2010)
  • Danny Green (2009)
  • DeAndre Jordan (2008)
  • Omer Asik (2008)
  • Nikola Pekovic (2008)
  • Goran Dragic (2008)
  • Mario Chalmers (2008)

If the Raptors can re-sign Telfair, then this deal looks a lot better. If they don’t, then they just handed Phoenix a complimentary second-rounder on the house.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

Topics: Hamed Haddadi, Phoenix Suns, Sebastian Telfair, Toronto Raptors, Trade Rumors

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