The Atlanta Hawks did pull off a trade before Thursday's deadline, but it did not involve the big-name player rumored to be on the market.
The Hawks have traded Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones, sources tell ESPN— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 21, 2013
Even though they are currently sitting in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday, the Hawks are approaching a very difficult period in which they will be faced with big roster decisions that will shape their future.
Morrow has been one of the Hawks' better bench players this season. In 24 games, he is averaging 5.2 points and shooting nearly 40 percent from three-point range.
Prior to this season, Morrow was very productive with Golden State and New Jersey. He averaged at least 12 points per game in each of the last three seasons and was a very good shooter.
Which side won this trade?
Moving to the Mavericks will give Morrow more opportunities to play and allow the team to get more creative with its bench. Mark Cuban's squad really had nothing to lose, as it is 24-29 and well out of the playoff race in the Western Conference.
In return, the Mavericks give up Dahntay Jones, who is five years older than Morrow and has seen his production decline each of the last three seasons. His 3.5 points per game is his lowest total since 2007-08, and his shooting percentage of 35.7 is his worst since he was a rookie in 2003-04.
Both players are set to become free agents at the end of the season, with Morrow making $4 million and Jones earning $2.9 million (per HoopsHype.com).
So even though the Mavericks will be paying slightly more for Morrow the rest of the season, they are also getting the better player back in return. It's not like Mark Cuban is opposed to spending money if he thinks it will help the team.