Each season, there are teams that make deadline deals to make themselves better in the present or in the future. However, there are also teams that you question what they are doing.
Cleveland Cavaliers- I may be in the dissenting opinion here, but I think the Cavs made a good move. They picked up a top ten NBA pick and at least a name for their franchise in Baron Davis. Davis won’t be around long, but that’s what the first round draft pick is for. In the trade, they gave up two serviceable guys that were good to the fans. Neither were going to make a big impact on the team’s future though. This year’s crop of draft talent is ultimately weak compared to other years. However, you build for the future with draft picks.
New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets- Mutually, this was a great trade. Everyone knew from the beginning that Carmelo was going to the Knicks. He held all the cards. He wasn’t going to sign an extension with anyone else and the Nuggets had come to terms with the fact that they were going to lose him in free agency. In return, they received a nice package of talent with Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mosgov, Raymond Felton and a pick.
New Orleans Hornets- For those of you that don’t know, the NBA bought out the Hornets former ownership. Each NBA owner now holds a minority stake in the franchise. With that said, trades in the NBA have to be relatively split financially. In the Hornets trade with Sacramento, they took on an additional $2 million prompting a frustrated Mark Cuban to sound off. The Dallas Mavericks owner feels that the NBA gave the Hornets preferential treatment for allowing such a trade with his money. I imagine that he’s not the only owner that felt that way. Regardless, the Hornets got a good young player in exchange for Marcus Thornton and his small contract.
Utah Jazz- The Jazz received a nice package in return for star point guard, Deron Williams. They received Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, a first and cash for the former Illinois standout. A good return on investment for a team that knew they weren’t going to be able to keep the player in Salt Lake City.
Portland Trailblazers- Joel Pryzbilla for Gerald Wallace? I don’t think I need to go any further.
Detroit Pistons- Still have all their players and head coach. That’s a mistake.
Charlotte Bobcats- Gave up arguably their best big man in Nazr Mohammed as well as Gerald Wallace for Morris Peterson, Joel Pryzbilla and DJ White. They gave up a player that interacted well with fans as well as the face of their franchise.
Boston Celtics- I don’t even know what the Celtics were thinking. Athletically they are overpowered by the Miami Heat. With Perkins, they had the physicality on their side, but they just traded it to Oklahoma City. You have four all-stars cemented into your rotation, so where does Jeff Green fit in? Do you move Kevin Garnett to center and plug Green in to the power forward? Regardless, you’re trying to stoop down to the Heat’s level when you already had the advantage. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Jeff Green is a great young player, but I question he and Nenad Krstic’s role in the Celtics scheme.
New Jersey Nets- Let me be the first to state that I am very pro-Mikhail Prokorov (Nets owner). I think he gets it and is dedicated to building a contender. However, if you can’t get Deron Williams to sign an extension, then this trade is a huge bust. If you give up a better than average point guard in Devin Harris, along with your young star, Derrick Favors, without locking Deron Williams up long-term, then you are really putting yourself out there. I like the trade if you can get him signed, but until then, you get an INC.
Questions, comments, concerns?