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5 Moves That Should Have Been Made At The NBA Trade Deadline This Week

Submitted by on February 23, 2013 – 12:31 pm3 Comments

Don’t look now, but the 2012-13 NBA season is more than half over. And, you know what that means, right? It means that we’ll start talking about which teams will—and, maybe more importantly, which teams won’t—make the NBA Playoffs this year soon. We’ll also start talking about which teams have the best chances of making a championship run this season. It’s only right for the speculation to begin now that we’ve entered the second half of the season.

Unfortunately, the answers that we have when we talk about championship contenders now won’t be all that different from the answers we had during the first half of the season. That’s because far too many teams sat back and did absolutely nothing before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday. And, believe us: A few teams definitely should have made some moves! So, we decided to call them out by putting together a list of 5 Moves That Should Have Been Made At The NBA Trade Deadline This Week. If these moves would have been made, things would be a lot more interesting than they are right now.

1. Someone—anyone!—should have traded for Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.

Shortly after the trade deadline came and went, a source within Smith’s camp revealed that he is “highly unlikely” to return to the Hawks after he becomes a free agent this offseason. So, the Hawks should have done everything in their power to unload him—and teams across the league should have been banging down their door to get their hands on him. Specifically, we think the San Antonio Spurs could have become the odds-on favorite to win the ‘chip this year if they had managed to land Smith.

2. The Sacramento Kings should have kept Thomas Robinson—and traded DeMarcus Cousins.

Giving up on their 2012 NBA Draft pick Thomas so soon and trading him away for essentially nothing was a mistake. If they wanted to pull the trigger on a trade, they should have tried to get something of value for DMC, who continues to struggle with issues tied to his maturity. Instead, they traded away a guy with tons of potential for a bunch of role players.

3. Kevin Garnett should have pushed for a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.

We get that the Boston Celtics have been red-hot ever since Rajon Rondo got injured. But, that’s not going to last forever. And, the Celtics are not going to make it to the NBA Finals this season. So, with that in mind, KG should have allowed Boston to trade him to a contender like the Clips in exchange for some young talent that could have helped Danny Ainge & Co. retool on the fly.

4. The Utah Jazz should have traded Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap.

The Jazz are in a weird place right now. They’re good—but not good enough to make any serious noise in the playoffs. So, they should have made one or two moves to try and give themselves more of an identity as a team. They have a good group of guys who seem to play hard and give it their best effort. But, because they’re not particularly splashy, the Jazz are one of the least exciting “good” teams in the NBA. Trading away Jefferson and/or Millsap for some different pieces could have done a lot of good for the franchise.

5. The Los Angeles Lakers should have traded either Pau Gasol or Dwight Howard.

If we’ve learned anything through the first half of the NBA season, it’s that the Lakers do not play well when both of these guys are on the court together. So, rather than try and force it to work, they should have put feelers out and seen what they could have received in exchange for one of them. The whole “should the Lakers have traded Dwight Howard?” thing is a whole separate issue in and of itself. But, we think they should have done something before the deadline to give Kobe Bryant a better chance to make the playoffs.

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