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Top 5 NBA Trades: Instant Analysis as Blazers and Nets Make Major Moves
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Wallace drives past Ray Allen.

Today's trade deadline in the NBA certainly did not pass with inactivity. Not only were there a plethora of trades, but significant players were sent packing to new teams.

While Dwight Howard was undoubtedly the storyline despite not being traded, lets examine the winners and losers of the major trades today.

 

New Jersey Nets Acquire

Gerald Wallace, Forward

Portland Trail Blazers Acquire

Mehmet Okur, Center (Expiring Contract)

Shawne Williams, Small Forward

Future first-dound pick

Winner

The Nets realized they were not getting their most coveted possession today, Mr. Howard, so they went out and made a deal for an underrated, athletic swingman in the 29 year old Gerald Wallace. He is athletic as they get in the NBA and can be a solid wingman to Deron Williams. The price is a bit hefty(top 3 protected 1st round pick), but Wallace can be a contributing Net for the foreseeable future.

San Antonio Spurs Acquire

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Jackson gets a fresh start in San Antonio.

Stephen Jackson, Shooting Guard

Golden State Warriors Acquire

Richard Jefferson, Small Forward

Spurs' 2012 first-round pick

Winner

I went back and forth on this one due to Jackson's well-chronicled attitude issues, and despite his previous success as a Spur, I am going to give the edge to the Warriors on this trade. Jackson was seemingly the throw in on the Ellis-Bogut trade, and they were able to flip him for Jefferson and a low first-round pick in the upcoming draft. The Warriors will be rebuilding for a while, but a 1-2-3 lineup of Curry, Thompson, and Jefferson could be a lot worse. Throw in the late draft pick, and the Warriors can begin stockpiling assets to go with Bogut and David Lee.

Washington Wizards Acquire

Nene, Center

Brian Cook, Power Forward

Draft pick

Denver Nuggets Acquire

JaVale McGee, Center

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Is Nene worth his contract?

Ronny Turiaf, Center

Los Angeles Clippers Acquire

Nick Young, Shooting Guard

Winner

Clearly the Clippers win this trade despite being merely a facilitator. Young has a contract just for the rest of the season and if it works out, they can re-sign him (hopefully) for a reasonable price. He has offensive prowess, and without Billups, perhaps Young can contribute on Paul and Butler's off nights. I think Denver made a smart move as well. When they re-signed Nene last summer, it was applauded as a smart move for a legitimate center, but McGee is younger, just as productive, and comes at a cheaper price.

Houston Rockets Acquire

Marcus Camby, Center

Portland Trail Blazers Acquire

Hasheem Thabeet, Center

Jonny Flynn, Point Guard

2012 Second round draft pick

Winner

Who was today's big winner?

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Neither...if that is possible. Flynn has been a bust thus far after being a lottery pick by Minnesota. Camby is serviceable but in his last years. And Thabeet couldn't even stay out of the D-League as a member of the Grizzlies. This was simply another step in the Blazers restarting their organization as they fired the head coach, waived Greg Oden, traded Camby and Gerald Wallace.

Los Angeles Lakers Acquire

Ramon Sessions, Point Guard

Christian Eyenga, Forward

Right to swap Heat's 2012 First-Round pick

Cleveland Cavaliers Acquire

Luke Walton, Forward

2012 First-Round pick

Winner

Just by a hair, the Cavaliers win this trade because...let's face it. They are not winning the NBA title next season, so the draft pick comes in handy. Walton will likely be waived, negating his putrid contract that runs through next season. Sessions was expandable with Kyrie Irving's stellar play. 

Overall Winner of the Day

Despite not getting Dwight Howard, I believe the Nets are the big winner because of the added draft pick and the flexibility that comes with having virtually ZERO committed money next season to anyone. Ideally, Williams and Wallace will re-sign, but should they (likely) lose one or both players in free agency, at least the Nets can structure their new team around complete financial freedom. 

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