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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Who Made All the Right Moves...and Who Didn't?

Francisco RiveraCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2016

NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Who Made All the Right Moves...and Who Didn't?

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    Team GMs seemed to take it light this year and not gamble too much with their respective teams. Some teams made moves to get better, while others seemed to make move out of duress. At the end of the day, you have to make make changes in order to get to the next level, or hope that staying still pays off and your team just starts to play better. Let's explore whether or not certain teams made all the right moves.  


    The Washington Wizards made the right move:

    Nenê has been traded to the Washington Wizards for young center JaVale McGee, and it's clear that the Denver Nuggets didn't want to wait for Nenê to become the player who warranted the monster contract they gave him. The Wizards now have a offensive-oriented player who can do plenty on that end of the floor. In addition, Brian Cook gives them a stretch four who can help as a backup. 

    Nenê provides his new team with a strong interior post man who can rebound, block a few shots and run the floor. Will Nenê defend better and be more dominant in the East?—that's what the Wizards are hoping for. The may have lost shooting guard Nick Young in the process, but he can be replaced.  


    Denver made the wrong move:

    Yes, Nenê has not played up to the full potential they saw in years past, and one can hardly blame the Nuggets for ridding themselves of 60 million-plus dollars and opting for the younger McGee, as they get ready to add Wilson Chandler back to the team. 

    In McGee, they have a high-flying big man who is hit-or-miss in games and very inconsistent. If he does play decently, does Denver even want to match when another team comes along an offers him more than his worth? So in the end, this trade might become Nenê for Ronny Turiaf and that is not a good thing. 


    The Clippers made the right move:

    When you can get a solid shooting guard for virtually nothing, you jump all over it. Nick Young, at 26, gives the Clippers a big 6'7" guard whose life will be made easy playing with Chris Paul. He is pretty good at catching and shooting, and with Paul getting him plenty of open looks, it looks like a great fit on the surface. 

Stephen Jackson Finds a New Home

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    The Spurs made the right move:

    Rarely does a money player fall into the lap of a contender, but that's exactly what happened in the Alamo. The 33-year-old Jackson, who was stuck in Scott Skiles' doghouse in Milwaukee, should be ecstatic to be going to one of the West's best teams.

    Jackson will provide the Spurs with another versatile player who can hit the open shot out to three. If he truly acts his age and plays to his potential, the Spurs could cause all kinds of problems in the West. He is a money player who definitely won't be afraid to take big shots.


    Golden State made the wrong move:

    Getting small forward Richard Jefferson and a conditional first-round draft pick this year, the Warriors must really hope that the 2012 NBA Draft will bring them something special. Jefferson is on the downside of his career, and it just doesn't seem that realistic that a number 20-to-28 pick will bring them anything spectacular. 

Camby Takes His Act to Houston!

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    The Rockets made the right move:

    Marcus Camby is now 36, and the 6-foot-11 big man brings a much-needed inside presence to the Rockets, who are 24-20 and currently hold the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. He is a great defensive rebounder and shot-blocker, and splitting time with Samuel Dalembert should keep him healthy and give the Rockets a chance to go places during the playoffs. 


    The Trail Blazers made the right move: 

    Acquiring two youngsters in Johnny Flynn and the 7' 3" Hasheem Thabeet  and a second round pick is not a bad risk for the struggling Trail Blazers. Flynn, a former sixth pick of the NBA Draft, hasn't seemed to fully recovered from a hip injury, and if he regains his old form, he has a nice future in Portland with his speed and scoring ability. 

    Thabeet has not reached anywhere near his potential, but at 25, he still does have a window for growth. With all the injuries in Portland, he might garner some minutes and show his third team something positive.  

Gerald Wallace Is Going to the Swamp...Will He Make It to Brookyln?

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    The Nets made the right move:

    Gerald Wallace going to the New Jersey Nets for two players who have been doing very little is a good way to try and keep Deron Williams. While Wallace is no D12, he is a very serviceable small forward who plays hard every night. He is a strong transition player who does many things well on the court.

    I'm sure the Nets hope they don't end up getting the fourth-through-eighth pick in the NBA draft, which might make this trade look like a bust of sorts. 


    The Trail Blazers made the right move:

    The acquisition of Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a first-round pick, which is top-3 protected for an unspecified number of years, shows that Portland rolled the dice and might win big. For the time being, the Blazers have two more forwards who are basically outside shooters and bring little else to the team. 

Leandro Barbosa Will Bring Spark to Pacer Bench

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    The Pacers made the right move:

    The Pacers are currently sitting in the No. 5 in the Eastern Conference, and this trade for Toronto Raptors shooting guard Leandro Barbosa gives them a ultra-quick guard who can score in bunches. He's kind of like an Eddie House with speed. 


    The Raptors made the wrong move:

    The Raptors will receive a second-round pick in return for Barbosa, and this basically looks like a salary dump. It's a wasted move unless it was made for the purpose of getting others some minutes.

    Still scratching my head on this one. 

Jordan Hill Gives Lakers Young Legs off Bench

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    The Lakers made the right move:

    After getting Ramon Sessions, the team used Derek Fisher to provide them depth and youth in Jordan Hill, a former lottery pick who has yet to reach his full potential.  In addition, the Lakers  cleared some cap space in the process. 


    The Rockets made the right move:

    Yes, Fisher is old and he can't play defense, but he is a proven winner and an incredible locker room presence who will rub off well on his new team. He should be able to give guards Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic plenty of pointers on how to win in the NBA. Adding another first round pick can't hurt the cause either. 

Lakers Get the Point

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    The Lakers made the right move:

    Any time you can get younger and more explosive in today's NBA, you have to jump on the opportunity. Enter Sessions—trapped behind number one pick Kyrie Irving, he should be jumping for joy at the chance of joining Mamba and company. 

    Sessions is a solid pick-and-roll player who can also put the ball in the basket. In Christian Eyenga,  the Lakers have a super-athletic project that can learn form the best, and possibly spend time in the D-League to get some floor time. The Lakers certainly got it right this time. 


    The Cavs made the wrong move:

    Yes, the 2012 draft is a deep one, but the Lakers will be giving up the 25th-to-30th pick to the Cavs, and how deep can it really be?  The Cavs are getting forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kopono—I don't see what impact these two will make in Cleveland, but I'm wondering what coach Byron Scott was thinking on this one. 

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