Flurry of deals punctuate NBA trade deadline
The NBA had one of its most-active trade deadlines in recent memory as teams across the league tried to position themselves for either a run at the playoffs or a chance to rebuild.
Superstar players changed addresses, unlikely deals came to fruition, and many just sat and waited as deal after deal was announced. There was even a reported trade that would have shipped O.J. Mayo to Indiana that came through just minutes after the deadline had passed that bumped the excitement and drama up a few extra notches. But even without that deal, the deadline held plenty of intrigue.
Here are the trades that took place by the Feb. 24 deadline:
Knicks receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams
Nuggets receive: Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, 2014 first-round pick, 2012 second-round pick, 2013 second-round pick, the right to swap 2016 first-round picks, cash
Timberwolves receive: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, cash
Final analysis: The Nuggets did not exactly hit the home run they were hoping for, and it is a bad sign when your GM says publicly that he got the lesser end of a deal. Denver gets a few nice pieces but nothing equal to Anthony’s actual value. New York now has two stars and a solid point guard in Billups but must find a way to get production from players beyond those three. Minnesota basically got involved to be the latest team to take a chance on the enigmatic Randolph.
Nets receive: Deron Williams
Jazz receive: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, 2011 first-round pick, 2012 first-round pick, cash
Final analysis: Some deals come out of nowhere, and this is one of them. Just as it appeared the Nets had been left empty-handed again, they send a slightly scaled-down version of their offer for Anthony to the Jazz for Williams. For New Jersey, they get a player to build a team around going forward. For the Jazz, they recognized an opportunity to avoid Denver’s situation and traded a player who would not have stayed in Utah once he became a free agent for a return package that included a solid replacement point guard, a potential star big man, and picks to help facilitate the rebuilding process.
Celtics receive: Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, 2012 first-round pick, cash
Thunder receive: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson
Final analysis: Speaking of coming out of nowhere, just about no one saw this trade going down. The Thunder acquire much-needed center help to battle the likes of Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan in the playoffs, and the Celtics receive, well, Jeff Green. It remains to be seen how Green will fit in with the Celtics, but Boston clearly felt that it would be unable to retain Perkins in the off-season and that the team needed to act now to get some value for the center.
Blazers receive: Gerald Wallace
Bobcats receive: Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, conditional first-round picks in 2011 and 2013
Final analysis: For the Bobcats, this trade must have been made for the draft picks because the players exchanged don’t come out equal. Portland acquires Wallace, a 2010 All Star, and ships out three bigs in doing so. Where Wallace will fit on a team that already has Nicolas Batum and needs size more than anything is a question that needs answering.
Hawks receive: Kirk Hinrich, Hilton Armstrong, 2011 first-round pick
Wizards receive: Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford
Final analysis: The Hawks needed to stir the pot here. The team had become too lackadaisical and the addition of Hinrich, a steady point guard, may help infuse some life into the club. The Wizards receive Bibby, who is unhappy with going to a losing team but will need to take a big pay cut on the final year and a half of his contract to be a buyout candidate.
Cavaliers receive: Baron Davis, 2011 first-round pick
Clippers receive: Mo Williams, Jamario Moon
Final analysis: Now Clippers owner Donald Sterling can stop heckling Davis. The Cavaliers agree to take on Davis’ contract to acquire another high draft pick and ship out two players in the process. The deal doesn’t do much for either team in the present, so this one will be won or lost for both teams in the future.
Suns receive: Aaron Brooks
Rockets receive: Goran Dragic, conditional 2011 first-round pick
Final analysis: The Suns, frustrated with Dragic’s inconsistent play, decided to trade him. The Rockets, frustrated with Brooks’ injury-marred season, decided to trade him. It was a match made in heaven. The Rockets receive a young point guard in Dragic and a lottery-protected 2011 first rounder from Phoenix for Brooks, who won the NBA’s Most Improved Players award last season.
Warriors receive: Troy Murphy, 2012 second-round pick
Nets receive: Dan Gadzuric, Brandan Wright
Final analysis: Either the Nets really wanted Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright, or they really didn’t want Troy Murphy. Either way, the Warriors get the edge here, even if Murphy is eventually bought out.
Grizzlies receive: Shane Battier, Ishmael Smith
Rockets receive: Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, future first-round pick
Final analysis: The Hasheem Thabeet Experiment in Memphis has officially ended. He and Carroll accompany a first-round pick to the Rockets for Memphis fan favorite Battier. Battier can help replace Rudy Gay while he recovers from his shoulder injury and provide solid defense off the bench when Gay returns.
Raptors receive: James Johnson
Bulls receive: 2011 first-round pick
Final analysis: Pretty straightforward. Johnson was languishing on the Chicago bench, so they traded him for a future first rounder. Johnson gets a chance to play, and Chicago gets some flexibility. Everybody wins.
Hornets receive: Carl Landry
Kings receive: Marcus Thornton, cash
Final analysis: Probably acquired as insurance in case David West leaves as a free agent after this season, Landry can be a very good pickup for the Hornets, who give promising sophomore Thornton to the Kings. Both teams get something they need.
Kings receive: Marquis Daniels, cash
Celtics receive: 2017 second-round pick
Final analysis: Daniels was not playing again this year, and Sacramento volunteered to take him off Boston’s hands for a very distant second-round pick. Wonder if anyone will remember who Marquis Daniels was when 2017 rolls around?
Cavaliers receive: Semih Erden, Luke Harangody
Celtics receive: 2013 second-round pick
Final analysis: Another move made by Boston to clear space to make a run at players who are bought out of their contracts. The Celtics send two rookie bigs to the Cavaliers for a second-round pick. Nothing really more of note here.
Thunder receive: Nazr Mohammed
Bobcats receive: Morris Peterson, D.J. White
Final analysis: The Thunder receive another solid big man in Mohammed for two players riding the pine on Oklahoma. Both Peterson and White will likely be bought out by Charlotte.
By: Eric Lorenz
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