NBA Trades 2013: Examining Biggest Deals of Deadline
The 2013 NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday without many fireworks.
Despite rumors surrounding some big names—including Josh Smith, Monta Ellis, Eric Gordon, Carlos Boozer, DeAndre Jordan, the Boston Celtics' Big Three, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap—none of these big names were ultimately traded.
In the end, the biggest name that was dealt ended up being Orlando Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick. Here's a look at the deadline's top three trades this season.
J.J. Redick Traded to Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks dealt rookie guard Doron Lamb, second-year forward Tobias Harris and veteran point guard Beno Udrih to the Orlando Magic for sharpshooter J.J. Redick, center Gustavo Ayon and point guard Ish Smith on deadline day, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
It's an interesting move for the Bucks. Redick will play behind shooting guard Monta Ellis for the time being, but it's possible that the team re-signs him at the end of the season instead of Ellis, depending on contract negotiations. Ellis was on the trade block before the deadline.
The Magic get some young players with potential in Lamb and Harris, as well as a decent veteran in Udrih.
Celtics Get Their Guard
Will Jordan Crawford fit in with the Celtics?
Both Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers were vocal before the deadline about getting another guard on their injury-depleted roster.
The Boston Celtics got that guard on Thursday, trading the ailing Leandro Barbosa (who is out for the year with a torn ACL) and Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards for third-year pro Jordan Crawford, according to USA Today.
Crawford's playing time dropped dramatically in January and February, despite averaging 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals in December (although he did shoot 41 percent from the floor on the month).
Crawford makes $2.16 million in 2013-2014 and Barbosa's and Collins' contracts expire after this season, so the Wizards will have more cap room to work with during the summer.
This isn't a game-changing move for the Celtics, but it was needed badly, and Crawford—a former first-round pick—certainly has potential. This is a good move for the Celtics on paper, but Crawford has developed a reputation as being a ball hog and more of a me-first player (given, well, he tweeted out his December stats a few days ago).
Trail Blazers Acquire Eric Maynor
The Portland Trail Blazers landed fourth-year point guard Eric Maynor from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday for a trade exception, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
Zillgitt's opening paragraph about the trade says it all: "The Portland Trail Blazers landed another player with knee problems."
The Trail Blazers know all about knee problems. They saw the careers of former stars Brandon Roy and Greg Oden derail because of multiple knee injuries. Maynor played in just nine games last season after tearing his ACL and he's had trouble getting back on track this season.
In 2010-11, before his injury, Maynor ranked 12th among points guards averaging at least 10 minutes per game in assist-to-turnover ratio (right behind Kyle Lowry), per Hoopdata.com. He does have potential, but he appears to be going backward lately.
The Trail Blazers appear to be holding out hope he can rebound in Portland.
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