Friday, February 19, 2010


Teams made a flurry of moves before the trade deadline. Some teams were looking to cut costs while others were looking to pick up help for the stretch run. Here's a look at the major moves that were made and how they will affect the teams involved.

In a 3-team deal between Cleveland, Washington, and the Los Angeles Clippers...
Cavaliers get: Antawn Jamison, Sebastian Telfair
Wizards get: Al Thornton, Zydrunas Illgauskas, 1st round pick from Cleveland
Clippers get: Drew Gooden
The Cavs get a stretch PF that will be a much better fit for their team than Amare Stoudamire would have been. They now can match up with opposition teams using a number of different lineups. The Clippers are going to offer a lot of money to Lebron James in the offseason but they just helped Cleveland's efforts to keep him.

Los Angeles Clippers trade Marcus Camby to Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and cash
This makes no sense for the Clippers. All players involved are expiring contracts so it doesn't save them much money. Camby was the team's best defensive player and a great veteran leader for the large bunch of young guys. When a guy actually wants to play for the Clippers, they should keep him.

Chicago Bulls trade John Salmons to Milwaukee Bucks for Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander
The Bulls clear some salary without sacrificing much talent. Salmons will be a great fit for the Bucks for this season and next. This will allow them to shop Michael Redd's huge expiring contract next season but Salmons and Redd can play together.

New York Knicks trade Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry to Boston Celtics for J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, and Eddie House
The Celtics add a spark plug who can provide energy off the bench but this could effect the team's chemistry. House could not do anything except shoot so Robinson is an upgrade, although he is really just a scorer as well.

In a 3-team deal between New York, Sacramento, and Houston...
Knicks get: Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez
Kings get: Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, Larry Hughes
Rockets get: Kevin Martin, Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries, Hilton Armstrong, 2 N.Y. 1st round picks
The Knicks clear cap and give T-Mac a chance to show he can still play and hold his bird rights in case they can't acquire a superstar through free agency. Houston gets the best of this deal adding a good perimeter player in Martin and young talent. If Yao Ming comes back strong next season, they will be a force. The Kings did not do bad either, especially considering the Martin-Tyreke Evans combo was not working.

Chicago Bulls trade Tyrus Thomas to Charlotte Bobcats for Flip Murray and Acie Law and 1st round pick
This is an interesting one. Flip was a key player off the bench for the Bobcats but they were so desperate to add size that they were willing to let him go. They are hoping that more playing time for D.J. Augustin will lead to some improvement in his game. Time will tell who wins this deal.

Utah Jazz trade Ronnie Brewer to Memphis Grizzlies for 2011 1st round pick
When a team starts giving Jamaal Tinsley minutes, they need help. The Grizzlies got it, adding experience to the backcourt to help the young combo of Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo.

1 comment:

  1. get a picture of t-mac where he dunks on a real nba center instead of shawn bradley.