Thursday, February 21, 2013

NBA Trade Deadline Recap

J.J. Redick headlines the player movements that took place at the trade deadline.

      Each year, the NBA trade deadline seems to be the most anticipated day for NBA fans. Some fans wonder whether their favorite team's star player will be dealt, some fans wonder if their favorite team will make a move for a game-changing franchise player, and other fans just hope their favorite team's general manager doesn't do anything naive or senseless. This year, the biggest trade rumors involved the likes of Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Eric Bledsoe. However, none of the four will be switching up uniforms. Let's take a quick look at the deals that happened during this year's NBA trade deadline.

1. Should the Deer Be Feared?

Bucks receive: J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, Ish Smith

Magic receive: Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb

Outlook: This trade was understandable, but I never saw it coming until the Bucks' attempt to acquire Josh Smith failed. This is a smart move for both teams and should end up being a win-win. Milwaukee receives a potent scoring threat on the wing in Redick and also clears up cap space. Orlando receives an expiring contract and two young prospects to help fasten the rebuilding process. This deal might be able to help the Bucks hold on to the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

2. Telfair to T-Dot

Raptors receive: Sebastian Telfair

Suns receive: Hamed Haddadi, 2013 second round draft pick

Outlook: The Raptors get the reserve point guard behind Kyle Lowry that they have been seeking, while Phoenix gets some extra size. Telfair, an expiring contract, gives the Raptors a little more flexibility heading into the summer but more importantly, runs an offense efficiently.

3. T-Rob to the Rockets

Rockets receive: Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt

Kings receive: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas

Outlook: This trade could become the steal of the year. I could to a degree understand why the Kings would want Patterson, because he played with troubled big man DeMarcus Cousins during their time at Kentucky. However, I don't understand why Sacramento would give up on a seldom-played rookie whose potential is much higher than Patterson's ever will be. Right now, the trade is even, but in two years, Houston will have won this trade. General Manager Daryl Morey has done it again and his candidacy for Executive of the Year is as respectable as it has ever been.

4. From Kansas to Phoenix, Twins Reunited

Suns receive: Marcus Morris

Rockets receive: 2013 second round draft pick

Outlook: This move can be beneficial for both teams. For Houston, it frees up even more cap space and stockpiles their draft picks. For Phoenix, it reunites Marcus with his twin brother, Markieff, in the Valley of the Suns. Phoenix may not be very good for the next few seasons, but the reuniting of Marcus and Markieff Morris has the makings to be one of the feel-good stories of this season, especially if they thrive while playing together again.

5. Crawford to the C's

Celtics receive: Jordan Crawford

Wizards receive: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins

Outlook: For the Wizards, this deal makes their team worse in the present, but saves them cap room in the future. However, I don't understand this deal from the Celtics' point of view. Yes, Crawford is cheap, skilled and young, but the Celtics already have a bevy of shooting guards on the roster without a natural point guard. Crawford will give the Celtics some scoring pop off the bench, so it's not a bad move, but I think Boston should have targeted a point guard instead, such as Telfair, Eric Maynor or Luke Ridnour.

6. Maynor the Blazer

Blazers receive: Eric Maynor

Thunder receive: Trade Exception

Outlook: Maynor is a solid backup point guard for Damian Lillard and will provide Portland a secondary facilitator. Maynor basically lost his spot to Reggie Jackson in Oklahoma City because of injury. This trade helps Maynor to move on and show his true skills.

7. Southeast Swap

Bobcats receive: Josh McRoberts

Magic receive: Hakim Warrick

Outlook: Warrick seems to be on the move a lot, but if he can find a home in Orlando, he'll provide the team with extra depth. McRoberts is an expiring contract that will give the Bobcats more cap room heading into the summer.

8. A Storm Brewing?

Thunder receive: Ronnie Brewer

Knicks receive: 2013 second round draft pick

Outlook: Brewer was getting little to no playing time in New York, so it's understandable why the Knicks moved him. The Thunder acquire a very skilled perimeter defender in Brewer, who can back up Kevin Durant. Does this put Oklahoma City over the top? No. But, it does help them if they face a great 3-point shooting team in the playoffs, such as the Houston Rockets.

9. Morrow to the Mavs

Mavericks receive: Anthony Morrow

Hawks receive: Dahntay Jones

Outlook: The Hawks acquire a veteran, defensive presence on the wing in place of a shooter, many of which they already have (i.e. Kyle Korver, John Jenkins). A move like this could benefit the team in the playoffs. For the Mavericks, Morrow is an expiring contract that is slightly more expensive than Jones', so this does prove the Bank Of Cuban is somewhat open.

10. The Bear Minimum

Grizzlies receive: Dexter Pittman, 2013 second round draft pick

Heat receive: Rights to Ricky Sanchez

Outlook: This doesn't do much for either team. For the Grizzlies, they get one of the lowest draft picks in the entire NBA draft and a raw, overweight center. The Heat free up a roster spot and can now look to add another big man.

      What do you think about this year's trades at the deadline? Who do you think were the winners and losers? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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