After all the rumors, talk and hoopla surrounding this year’s NBA Trade Deadline, it came and passed without much action.
Big names like Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Deandre Jordan, Dwight Howard and even Rajon Rondo floated for the last week or so as potential trade candidates. Josh Smith was rumored to be going anywhere from New Jersey to Los Angeles.
Still, after the dust has settled, all the big names mentioned are with still with their same teams.
The biggest name that moved area codes on this day were J.J. Redick and Thomas Robinson. No disrespect to either player but those weren’t exactly the deals fans were hoping for.
The lack of activity at the deadline can only mean one thing…a crazy summer.
Bucks Get: J.J. Redick, Ish Smith & Gustavo Ayon
Magic Get: Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih & Doron Lamb
The Bucks were linked to Redick all week. He is a free agent after this season and likely won’t receive a contract with the Bucks unless their management thinks enough of his skill-set and their fitting into Milwaukee’s future aspirations
The Bucks gave up a lot to get Redick so one would hope that it works out. Gustavo Ayon has some upside but isn’t worth giving up Harris, and Ish Smith is a 3rd-string point guard at best.
The Magic do very well in this trade. Tobias Harris is a talented young combo forward with a lot of upside and Doron Lamb is a second round pick from last season’s National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. He is a talented guard with a favorable contract and looks to be a 3-point specialist in this league.
Udrih is on an expiring deal much like Redick’s and likely won’t be signed long-term.
The Magic, post-Howard, are stockpiling assets and rebuilding. With Harris and Lamb combined with Nicholson, Harkless and Vucevic the team is well on their way.
Rockets Get: Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt & Future 2nd Round Pick
Kings Get: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Tony Douglas & Cash
For the Rockets, this move was the first of two moves that clear some salary space for next season, while also thinning out their log-jam at the froward spot. Both Garcia and Honeycutt have partially guaranteed deals next season that will likely be bought out.
The move gets the Rockets even further under the cap in hopes to make a run at key free agents Dwight Howard and Josh Smith. The team will have significant cap space heading into this summer and will make a run at one, if not both players.
Houston has stated that they will not look to trade Robinson but he still has a lot of value and could be used in a separate deal this summer to clear even more cap space or possibly in a sign and trade for one of the aforementioned superstars.
For the Kings, they were thinking…well who knows what they are thinking anymore. This deal makes very little sense for Sacramento as they are taking on more salary and don’t get any better.
Patterson is a solid player but not worth giving up Robinson, and while Tony Douglas has become a guy that a lot of teams covet, the Kings already have Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Aaron Brooks and Jimmer Fredette ahead of him.
The Kings are a mess and these deals don’t do much, if anything, to help.
Celtics Get: Jordan Crawford
Wizards Get: Leandro Barbosa & Jason Collins
The Celtics were in desperate need of back court help. After losing guards Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa to season ending ACL injuries, the team was thin at guard. The team signed Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract earlier in the week and were looking to trade for help all week.
What Boston gave up reflects more on what the Wizards thought of their second leading scorer than anything. Barbosa is out of the year and Collins probably won’t even see the floor in Washington.
Crawford is known as a chucker and he will have to buy in to the Beantown system on both sides of the court for this trade to be successful. If guys like K.G. and Paul Pierce can put him in his place this won’t be an issue.
As for the Wizards, they continue to clean house of any and all “diva” and “clown” players that they had on the roster.
Last season Javale McGee saw the door, and this year it is Crawford. While the trade makes the team worse in the short-term, management has a clear idea of where they want to go in the future and are sticking to it.
Suns Get: Marcus Morris
Rockets Get: Future 2nd Round Pick
As mentioned in the previous trade, this was the complementary deal that cleared the forward log-jam for the Rockets.
The team already had young forwards Terrence Jones and Royce White on the roster and this move creates some playing time for the two of them. More cap space and the chance to develop younger players is what the Rockets wanted to do in this deal, and they succeeded.
For the Suns this is a rare low-risk, high-reward move that could pay off if the Morris twins can turn that chemistry and familiarity that they have with each other into professional success.
The Suns gave up almost nothing and can now feature the twins at the 3-4 spots. Still not sure what the Suns are trying to accomplish long-term, but they got a quality forward in Morris that will be a solid rotation guy going forward.
Hawks Get: Dahntay Jones
Mavericks Get: Anthony Morrow
This isn’t the deal that most Atlanta fans were waiting for but it actually helps the team this season. Jones makes a little over $1 million less than Morrow this season; so the Hawks save some money and in Jones, the Hawks get another wing defender that will help if the team meets the Heat in the playoffs.
Morrow wasn’t getting a lot of time in Atlanta and with DeShawn Stevenson battling through injuries, the Hawks could use the wing help going forward.
The Mavs could use all the 3-point help they can get and that’s the one thing that Morrow does well. He is a knock down shooter and should open up more space for the Dallas big men to work down low.
Raptors Get: Sebastian Telfair
Suns Get: Hamed Haddadi & Future 2nd Round Pick
The Raptors have played well since they traded for Rudy Gay. They are still within striking distance for the 8th spot in the East and must feel like they can get there with a few small tweaks. Telfair will likely slide ahead of John Lucas III as the team’s backup point guard. Telfair has been a relative bust since coming out of high school, but he has been a serviceable player in his career and is an upgrade over Lucas.
Losing Haddadi doesn’t hurt because he was just acquired in the Gay deal and the team didn’t have him in their plans.
The Suns’ intentions were clear with this deal: get more minutes for rookie Kendall Marshall.
Blazers Get: Eric Maynor
Thunder Get: Future Draft Pick
The Blazers have one of the weakest benches in the league. Adding a guy like Maynor for the rest of the season behind potential Rookie of the Year candidate in Damien Lillard should help as this team fights for the West’s final playoff spot.
Maynor had fallen out of favor with the Thunder and Reggie Jackson had taken over as Russell Westbrook’s primary backup. This move saves Oklahoma City some money and gets rid of a somewhat disgruntled player in Maynor.
Magic Get: Hakim Warrick
Bobcats Get: Josh McRoberts
Basically this is a swap of backup power forwards. McRoberts is in the last year of his deal and Warrick has a team option for next season at $4 million which likely won’t be exercised.
Neither team is in contention for a playoff spot so this deal is questionable in that it doesn’t help either team, doesn’t offer any more cap space for either team, and really just doesn’t matter in the scheme of things.
Grizzlies Get: Dexter Pittman & 2nd Round Pick
Heat Get: Trade Exception
Not much too this deal except the Heat clearing a roster spot. The Grizzlies pick up a future asset in a 2nd round pick to help this deal, but Pittman won’t be on the roster past this season.
There have been rumors about the Heat potentially signing veteran free agent Kenyon Martin but the front office has been hesitant to release any information on the acquisition.
With that the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone, which deals do you like? Which deals do you hate? Let us know!
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