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NBA Trades: Power Ranking the Lasting Impact of All Deadline Deals

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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2012

It is easy to get short-sighted when looking at NBA trades, but every move has a long-term impact as well.

While the contenders slightly upgraded, a few other teams were able to set themselves up for a run in the future.

Which deadline deals will still be felt by the league in a few years?

 

6. Houston Rockets get Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill and draft pick

This trade made quite a few headlines at the time, but will most likely be of minimal impact from a basketball perspective.

With a logjam in the backcourt, the Lakers needed to part with Fisher. It will hurt from a leadership perspective, but there are enough veterans to overcome losing the 37-year-old point guard.

The Rockets then reached a buyout for Fisher, leaving a late-first-round pick as the only compensation in the trade.

 

5. San Antonio Spurs give up Richard Jefferson and first-round pick for Stephen Jackson

The Spurs wanted some defense, so they swapped Richard Jefferson for Stephen Jackson and added a first-round pick.

It will make San Antonio slightly better this season, but neither side will feel this trade in a few years.

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4. Three-team deal involving Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers

This deal is completely about the Wizards, and it could be one of the smartest moves or dumbest moves of the deadline. 

The team is looking for addition-by-subtraction, removing talented, but troubled players JaVale McGee and Nick Young from the equation.

It could hurt if these players pan out on different teams, but Washington was not doing anything good with the roster as currently constructed. Something needed to be done.

 

3. Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors trade franchise players

The Warriors were fun to watch, but they were not winning enough games with two undersized guards in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. 

Instead the team made a move for the future, acquiring a possible franchise center in Andrew Bogut and then flipping Stephen Jackson for Richard Jefferson and a draft pick.

Golden State has a better outlook on the future than it did last week.

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2. Los Angeles Lakers acquire Ramon Sessions

The Los Angeles Lakers needed a young, athletic point guard to lead the offense and play solid on-ball defense. With Ramon Sessions, the team might have found the missing piece for a championship run this season.

Most importantly, Los Angeles did not need to give up Pau Gasol or any other key piece on the current roster.

Cleveland also gets an infusion of talent plus a first-round pick for its backup point guard.

 

1. Portland Trail Blazers blow up team in two trades

Right before cutting former first-round pick Greg Oden and firing head coach Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers traded veterans Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace to the Rockets and Nets respectively.

Portland was not winning, so it made the best move it could to help the future.

Now it can use a very good pick from the New Jersey Nets plus a bunch of young players to build a new team that will be able to compete in a few years.

Of all the deadline trades, Portland's was most forward-thinking.

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