NBA Trade Deadline Recap: Snoozeville Alert!
In a less than thrilling day or two of trades, all the drama around Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol was clearly fruitless. While a few contendors added depth, the rest of the league's trade deadline action was relegated to the NBA's underclass, as second round picks, benchwarmers, and first round busts were exchanged.
Bucks and Warriors
Bucks get Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown
Warriors get Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson (traded to Spurs later)
The Warriors get big in the front court, as Bogut is an All-Star center when he is not injured (which is rare). Giving up Ellis is a huge loss, but it was the right move for the franchise. Ellis is a pure scorer and a great individual player, but he's like, say, Carmelo Anthony, in that he doesn't help a team win games, and he won't mesh too well with the Bucks' score-first guard Brandon Jennings (like he didn't mesh with Steph Curry back in Golden State). Udoh is young but looks like a 40-year old man, a classic Greg Oden situation. Kwame Brown ... still a bonafide scrub.
Winner - Warriors
Grizzlies and Sixers
Sixers get Sam Young
Grizzles get future considerations
Not sure about this one. Sixers already have Andre Igoudala and Thaddeus Young, who are both better versions of Sam Young. Adds some depth, but nothing life changing.
Winner - Tie
Pacers and Raptors
Pacers get Leandro Barbosa
Raptors get a second-round draft pick
Pacers get even deeper, beefing up their back-court with the speedy Barbosa, who will provide energy off the bench and a reliable deep threat.
Winner - Pacers
Nets and Blazers
Nets get Gerald Wallace
Blazers get Mehmet Okur, Shawne WIlliams, Protected First Round Draft Pick
The Nets are starting to surround Deron with quality players, as Wallace provides much needed presence at the small forward position. His versatility only helps the Nets; however, the Nets potentially gave up a lot. Okur and Williams don't mean anything, but the possibility that the Blazers get a top draft pick is very likely (though there is a chance that the Nets retain the pick). Is Wallace worth a first round pick? It shows that the Nets are making a serious effort to keep Deron from leaving. Moreover, the team just became an even more attractive destination for potential signee, Dwight Howard. The Blazers get expiring contracts and a solid first round pick--good for a team in upheaval.
Winner - Tie
Lakers and Cavaliers
Lakers get Ramon Sessions, Christian Eyenga, and rights to swap Heat's 2013 first-round draft pick
Cavaliers get Luke Walton and a first round draft pick
Lakers receive a capable young point guard in Ramon Sessions (though he can't hit threes) and receive an energy man in Christian Eyenga (next Shannon Brown possibly?). The Cavs get nothing in Luke Walton (sorry Luke), but potentially get a decent pick in next years draft, which will be one of the deepest in years.
Winner - Lakers
Blazers and Rockets
Rockets get Marcus Camby
Blazers get Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn, 2012 second round draft pick
Rockets improve in the short term, as Camby is still a beast on the boards and a capable shot blocker. Blazers are completely reinventing themselves … but does that mean starting with Hasheem Thabeet (dude sucks)? Jonny Flynn showed glimpses of potential in Houston, but he will have to compete with Jamal Crawford and Raymond Felton in the backcourt. Getting a draft pick is always an added bonus and further shows how committed the Blazers are at becoming young. Also, Camby's expensive contract is now gone, leaving the Blazers to sign more developing players.
Winner - Blazers
Spurs and Warriors
Spurs get Stephen Jackson
Warriors get Richard Jefferson and a conditional first-round pick
Jackson returns to the Spurs 8 years after his 2003 championship run with the team, and he is happy. A happy Jackson (who is very temperamental, google his rap) translates into a solid sixth man, as he can flat out score. The Warriors get good compensation in Richard Jefferson, but he will have to compete with Dorrell Wright for a starting spot.
Winner - Spurs
Lakers and Rockets
Lakers get Jordan HIll
Rockets get Derek Fisher and 2012 first-round pick
Why? Losing D-Fish, one of the most clutch and storied Laker's player in history, is an emotional blow, but a necessary one in order to get younger and faster. Nonetheless, the Lakers receive an average backup for the frontcourt in Jordan Hill (8th pick in the 2009 draft by the Knicks), who can rebound and block shots. Unfortunately, Hill is not worth a first or even a second round draft pick.
Winner - Rockets
Wizards and Clippers and Nuggets
Wizards get Nene, Brian Cook, and future second round draft pick
Clippers get Nick Young
Nuggets get Javale McGee and Ronny Turiaf
The Wizards are breaking up the most ridiculous team in the league (google McGee and Andray Blatche for good examples), but gain a proven center in Nene. The Clippers get Nick Young basically for free, and he provides exactly what they needed: a pure shooting guard scorer who can hit the trey and finish at the rim. As for the Nuggets, they receive the 7'1", lanky, talented yet foolish Javale McGee and the charismatic Ronny Turiaf. McGee's got mad potential, as he is fully capable of averaging 15pts, 10+ rebounds, and 3 blocks per game with substantial minutes. However, he's a loose cannon and his mama is crazy. Hopefully he doesn't let his hype get the best of him. Last thing, Ronny Turiaf is a beast … nearly the best bench motivator, second only to the White Mamba, Brian Scalabrine.
Winner - Clippers
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