NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Players We Would Have Liked to Have Seen Dealt

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Players We Would Have Liked to Have Seen Dealt

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    The NBA trade deadline left much to be desired.

    After months of posturing, speculating and enduring headaches, only a small percentage of rumored players wound up being dealt. 

    Despite a number of surprise players being shipped out, there were plenty of others that we ached to see in new digs.

    And had those players been dealt, it would have made for a more entertaining, as well as fulfilling, conclusion to the trade season.

Jamal Crawford

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    Jamal Crawford signed with Blazers to play his way toward an NBA title, and earn a big contract heading into the offseason.

    As it stands, he is on pace to accomplish neither.

    Portland is on a destructive path, and Crawford, unfortunately, is in the thick of the fray. Reports surfaced that he, along with Raymond Felton, led a mutiny against now former coach Nate McMillan.

    Crawford has denied the allegations, and unlike Carmelo Anthony, we are inclined to believe him.

    If he had been dealt, perhaps this could have been avoided. Perhaps he could have helped a team like the Timberwolves make a playoff push. Perhaps he could have salvaged what's left of his career.

    Crawford wasn't dealt though, and if he wishes to make a playoff push and salvage what's left of his career, he'll have to do it in the face of adversity.

Paul Millsap

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    Analyzing the Jazz is about as confusing as it gets.

    Utah has about as deep a low-post rotation as there is, but remains vulnerable on the perimeter. Factor in that the Jazz are hardly a playoff team and you have a roster just begging to be manipulated.

    But the Jazz stood pat at the deadline.

    Prior to the start of the season, it seemed that Utah was ready to sell off some of its inside assets, going as far as putting Paul Millsap on the chopping block. Unfortunately, such rational thinking didn't last.

    With so many problems on the outside, the Jazz should have attempted to turn one of their many bigs into a solution. It also would have been refreshing to see how a budding star like Millsap could have helped a potential contender.

    As it turns out, it was all wishful thinking.

Michael Beasley

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    The Lakers nearly traded for Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley leading up to the trade deadline, but the deal ultimately fell through.

    Beasley is not being utilized properly by Minnesota, a result of his ongoing struggles on and off the court. He has shown signs of maturing, though, and it would have been great to see him get a fresh start. 

    More importantly, it would have been interesting to see him get that start alongside Kobe Bryant.

    Bryant is not a patient man, and patience is what has been preached with regards to Beasley his entire career. He and Bryant would have made an interesting tandem, both in terms of play styles and attitudes.

    It's a shame we won't get to see Beasley in purple and gold.

D.J. Augustin

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    D.J. Augustin is a tough athlete to get a handle on, and seeing him don a different uniform would have provided much-needed clarity.

    Augustin drew interest from a few teams around the league, but the Bobcats decided against moving him in the end.

    There are nights when Augustin looks like a future superstar, and then there are nights where it looks like he deserves to play in Charlotte.

    Which player is the real Augustin?

    Had he been dealt, we would have found out the answer to that question. 

Josh Smith

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    If it wasn't for Dwight Howard and the Magic, Josh Smith and the Hawks would have the most complex relationship of any star with their organization.

    After Atlanta shopped Smith over the offseason, all went quiet. A mountain of unexpected success later, the combo-forward requested a trade. His request was denied.

    Smith is a rare and often understated talent. He is a fierce competitor on both ends of the floor and isn't afraid of confrontation.

    The prospect of watching him play in a bigger market alongside a superstar not named Joe Johnson is more than intriguing, but unfortunately, he is the one player Atlanta cannot do without.

    Consequently, that means we will have to put up with this laughable relationship between team and player for at least another year.

Steve Nash

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    It's nothing short of incredible to see what Steve Nash is doing with the Suns. That said, it would be even more incredible to watch what he could do with a contender.

    Nash refused to request a trade from Phoenix and the team refused to deal him unless he did. The lack of action by either party resulted in the Suns standing pat at the deadline.

    As long as Nash is on the docket, Phoenix isn't rebuilding. He has allowed the team to hover around .500 and made the most out of the subpar talent that's around him. That's simply not indicative of a team trying to rebuild.

    The fact that Nash is 38, and still not playing for a contender, only adds fuel to the fire.

    At his age, with his surprisingly intact abilities, he should be chasing a title, not mediocrity.

Raymond Felton

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    Raymond Felton is just one of those players you want to succeed.

    To put it lightly, the point guard works hard. He is physically and emotionally invested in every play, and it's a shame to see him wasting away with the Blazers.

    In fact, it's a shame to see the Blazers wasting away in general. 

    For the first time in his career, Felton is in need of a fresh start. He has bounced from team to team, despite putting up solid numbers and making a positive impact wherever he has landed.

    However, when it was him who needed a change of scenery, a deal worth striking was nowhere to be found. 

    The NBA is a fickle business, and at times like these, it just plain sucks.

Dwight Howard

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    Much to the disdain of fans everywhere outside of Orlando, Dwight Howard has opted to remain with the Magic.

    For now.

    While Howard's decision is a small victory for the Orlando franchise, we cringe at the notion of having to endure any additional indecision on the center's part come next season.

    Had the Magic dealt Howard, he could have landed on any number of interested teams.

    Imagine how he would have looked playing alongside Deron Williams. Imagine how formidable a low-post tandem of he and Amar'e Stoudemire would have been. Imagine what it would have been like to watch Kobe Bryant attempt to coexist with a fitter version of Shaquille O'Neal.

    And then stop imagining, because for some inexplicable reason, Howard and the Magic decided to extend this saga through next year. 

Carmelo Anthony

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    Carmelo Anthony helped show Mike D'Antoni the door in New York, and it would have been more than slightly amusing if he had not been far behind.

    Anthony's departure would have meant the Knicks were making a push for Dwight Howard or Deron Williams. It would have also meant we would be exposed to more of Anthony's never-ending supply of excuses. 

    Had New York granted D'Antoni's wish and dealt Anthony, how would the small forward have defended himself?

    The answer is he couldn't have—not sensibly, anyway.

    Watching the Knicks deal a player they mortgaged their future on would have been painful, but it also would have been a wake-up call.

    And we all know that Anthony is in desperate need of one of those. 

Ray Allen

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    The Celtics opted not to make a major splash leading up to the trade deadline, much to the bewilderment of fans everywhere.

    Not only is Boston's inaction illogical, but it cost us the opportunity to watch Ray Allen join Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the Clippers.

    Nick Young's instant offense will be welcomed with open arms in Los Angeles, but could you imagine witnessing Allen and Paul, two of the purest shooters in the game, playing alongside one another?

    Allen is a three-point marksman, and Paul loves to drive-and-kick. There is no limit to how much havoc these two would have wreaked on opposing defenses.

    Thanks to the Celtics' misguided decision to make one last run with their current core, we'll never know.