Twitter Reacts to NBA's Deadline Trades, Fails, Surprises and Non-Deals
While rumors regarding the 2013 NBA trade deadline surfaced on Thursday morning and continued into the afternoon, actual trades were hard to come by, as teams were content to walk away from talks without forcing a deal through.
As the 3 p.m. ET deadline arrived, only a handful of uninspiring deals were made official.
The Boston Celtics agreed to send an expiring contract to the Washington Wizards in exchange for a perimeter scorer in Jordan Crawford, according to Yahoo! Sports' NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski:
Celtics will send the Leandro Barbosa expiring contract to the Wizards for Jordan Crawford, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
USA Today NBA insider Sam Amick reported an under-the-radar deadline-day deal between the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns:
Can confirm Toronto & Phoenix agreed to deal sending Hamed Haddadi & protected 2nd round pick to Suns & PG Sebastian Telfair to Raps.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 21, 2013
Phoenix officially announced on Thursday that it had acquired Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013.
Then there was this lackluster trade between the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:
Heat has agreed to send forward-center Dexter Pittman and a second round pick to the Grizzlies for a trade exception, sources tell Y! Sports— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 21, 2013
Finally, Wojnarowski reported a trade that had been picking up steam throughout the day:
Orlando has traded J.J Redick to the Bucks, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
The big name that most thought would be moved on Thursday, Atlanta's Josh Smith, wasn't. So, as you can imagine, Twitter was left incredibly disappointed and unsatisfied after one of the most uneventful NBA deadline days in recent memory.
The day started off with plenty of promise and excitement. Just ask Chicago Bulls fan Andy Guillen:
NBA trade deadline is like Christmas all over again!— Andy Guillen (@Guill93) February 21, 2013
But the promise quickly turned into desperation, as Mie Williams proved:
All I want today is for a trade to happen in the NBA— Mie Williams (@leastImPHresh) February 21, 2013
Some, like Kayla Brown, started getting stressed out by all the non-movement.
Jon Shid pointed to a legitimate cause of Thursday's quiet deadline day:
New CBA putting a damper on NBA trade deadline day. The days of 3 team-12-player trades are over unless teams have $$ for luxtax penalties.— Jon Shid (@shshshydla) February 21, 2013
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie then presented Twitter users with some historical perspective on deadline day:
There has been at least 1 trade made on #NBA deadline day every year since 1987. The last 3 seasons, 8+ deals were made on deadline day.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) February 21, 2013
We didn't see many big trades on Thursday, but for the 26th straight year, at least one deal was reached on deadline day.
Alan Mowrey, vice president and COO of the NBA Developmental League's Canton Charge, raised a great question in the midst of Twitter exploding over the trade deadline:
How did NBA fans follow all the rumors of Trade Deadline day before Twitter?— Alan Mowrey (@abmowrey) February 21, 2013
While many were digging through endless rumors on Thursday, NBA fan and analyst Bill Simmons offered up an important NBA trade deadline tip to remember:
One point to remember about NBA's Trade Deadline: actual deals rarely get leaked as rumors before they happen. Example: Hou-Sac last night.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 21, 2013
He was right, as most of the rumored deadline-day talks produced nothing.
As more and more time passed on Thursday, more and more deadline-day jokes and comments began flying on Twitter, as anticipated. Here's one from University of South Carolina journalism student Edward Shuler Jr., who took a shot at the trade deadline and this past weekend's underwhelming Slam Dunk Contest in fewer than 140 characters:
"Ill show you boring and uninteresting."-NBA Trade Deadline to Slam Dunk Contest— Edward Shuler Jr.(@EdwardShulerJr) February 21, 2013
Bleacher Report's pop culture lead writer Gabe Zaldivar brought Gronk into the mix, as only he can:
This NBA trade deadline is making the NFL trade deadline look like a Las Vegas party with Rob Gronkowski.— Gabe Zaldivar(@gabezal) February 21, 2013
WRIC-TV photographer Ronald Carthen provided us with a fitting video to express what many on Twitter were going through on Thursday:
A video of paint drying would have been just as fitting.
But the comedy didn't stop there, as Twitter's Not David Stern account discussed a potential trade that the Philadelphia 76ers would likely agree to in a heartbeat:
In case you missed it (via @JordanRaanan):
In an effort to relieve the Twitter universe, ESPN's NBA insider Marc Stein was hopeful that the final moments in lead-up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline would produce some player movement:
We're gonna see deals in final hour of NBA trade season. Just not sort of deals Twitter wants to see ... apart from maybe the Josh Smith-er— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2013
Stein's prediction turned out to be dead-on.
The NBA trade deadline is insanely boring.— Roman Tanner (@ramutanner) February 21, 2013
Today's NBA Trade Deadline was about as exciting as a popped balloon— Michael Mason (@mykullmaysun) February 21, 2013
There's certainly no arguing that Thursday's deadline day failed to live up to the immense hype generated by weeks of rumors. While there were a handful of moves made, there were no blockbuster deals or big names swapping jerseys.
Sadly, we'll have to wait until this summer before the next major NBA player-movement holiday.
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