Overview of NBA Trades
The NBA trade deadline occurred today at 3 PM. Many teams were already in talks of switching up their rosters, adding a mid level star here, trading away draft picks, offering cash considerations there, and making all kinds of decisions that would leave us all to wonder who eventually got traded. Hopefully this overview will keep everyone on point so we don’t ask that question, “Hey why is Antawn Jamison in a Cleveland Cavalier jersey?!” Although there are a lot of trades we would like to focus on the headliners.
In a 3 team deal, the New York Knicks have acquired Tracy McGrady and Sergio Rodriguez, the Sacremento Kings recieved Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey, & New York’s Larry Hughes and the Rockets got Kevin Martin, Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries. Although New Yorkers are ecstatic about having T-Mac, there are talks about his contract being bought out so that he can go play for a contender. T-Mac is worried about that championship ring. What does he have to offer though?
The Knicks decided to trade Nate Robinson for Boston’s Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker. Eddie House was an important factor in the Celtics’ championship run. Although a streaky shooter, when he was hot he was someone that you could not help off of. The Knicks lose a tough player, as well as a seat filler for MSG. Sources say that Nate wanted to be traded so they gave him his wish.
Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and Deshawn Stevenson are headed to Dallas from DC for Drew Gooden, Josh Howard, and cash. The Wizards “Big Three” began their breakup with Gilbert’s gun play so it was only right to move to another team. Stevenson brings his weird tattoos and Jay Z hate to Dallas. I don’t see this move helping Dallas but Mark Cuban is really set on this roster being playoff bound and championship caliber.
The remainder of the big three in DC, Antawn Jamison, will have the pleasure to call LeBron James his teammate in Cleveland. The Wizards received Zydranus Ilgauskas who expects his contract to be bought out and Cleveland can claim him again in 30 days. The Clippers were involved with this trade as well as they shipped Al Thornton to the Wizards and Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland.
Marcus Camby will now be playing for Portland instead of remaining with the Clippers. LA will receive Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw. Portland was in need of a center since they lost Greg Oden and Joe Przybilla to season ending injuries. Marcus Camby is a leader in rebounds who can average a 10-10 and bring experience to Portland.
Tyrus Thomas from the Chicago Bulls is headed to to the Charlotte Bobcats for Flip Murray and Acie Law. The Bulls also sent John Salmons to the Bucks in order to get expiring contracts of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.
A lot of moves were made. Some helpful, some short term, some long term. I have the feeling that everyone is getting ready for the big free agency this summer that involves many superstars including LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and more. But we ask our Dr. Jay’s readers, which trades made sense? Which ones were horrible? Who wins? Who loses? Let us know!