NBA Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Why Speculated Deals Didn't Go Down

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 22, 2013

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As the NBA trade deadline came and went, the basketball world collectively yawned through it as no big moves were made.

Sure, there were a few deals that were close to happening, but nothing major actually occurred, and that has left some major players stationary for the rest of this season.

Let's take a look at some of the potential deals that fell through and why they didn't happen.

 

Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith to Milwaukee Bucks

Smith was on the verge of being dealt to the Bucks as the deadline approached, but according to Comcast NBA Analyst Ric Bucher, Atlanta pulled out of the deal at the last second:

Source: Atlanta Hawks blow up deal at last minute that would've sent Josh Smith to Milwaukee. Hawks would've re- sulia.com/my_thoughts/b5…

— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) February 21, 2013

The said deal would have sent Smith to the Bucks in exchange for Ekpe Udoh, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Beno Udrih. It's no surprise this deal didn't go through.

The Hawks wanted some valuable pieces in return for Smith, but what the Bucks were offering simply didn't add up to the value needed to land a player the caliber of Smith.

Had the Bucks offered a better asset in either Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis, that trade would have likely been a done deal. The Bucks couldn't even muster up a draft pick for Smith's services, so it's clear to this writer that the Hawks made the smart decision in holding onto Smith.

On the flip side, it's understandable the Bucks didn't want to part ways with anyone more significant. Smith is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and there's no guarantee he'll re-sign, so he was a risky proposition at best.

Atlanta would be better served trying to make something happen this summer, whether it be re-signing Smith or possibly working a sign-and-trade to get something better in return for Smith.

 

Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan to Boston Celtics

Bledsoe was rumored to go to several different places as the deadline approached, but the Clippers decided to hang onto their point guard.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, L.A. pulled out of talks with the Celtics and ended up not dealing Bledsoe or Jordan after all:

For now, the Los Angeles Clippers have terminated talks with the Boston Celtics on a Kevin Garnett for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan trade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

There could be a few reasons why this deal didn't happen.

For starters, Garnett had a no-trade clause, so it's very possible he simply turned down the opportunity to go to Hollywood.

On the Clippers' side, it's likely they desire to hang onto Bledsoe considering they have yet to get an official contract extension done with their star point guard, Chris Paul.

If they had traded away Bledsoe and Paul flew the coop this summer, Los Angeles would be left without an answer at the point guard position and their young center. Garnett is a nice player, but it would have been a painful exchange for the Clippers if it meant them being left with nothing in their backcourt.

 

Orlando Magic: J.J. Redick to San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs were late entrants into the Redick sweepstakes, but it appears they fell just short in their bid.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Spurs' package wasn't enough to land the shooting guard:

Despite efforts, Spurs will fall short in bid for J.J. Redick, league sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013

Instead, the Magic ended up trading Redick to the Bucks in exchange for Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris, and Doron Lamb, per Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

Atlanta has pulled out of talks with Milwaukee for Josh Smith, two sources say. Bucks have agreed to acquire J.J. Redick from Orlando.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 21, 2013

It's not clear exactly what the Spurs were offering, but apparently it wasn't superior to the package of young players that the Bucks put together. The same Milwaukee package that wasn't enough to land Smith was more than enough to land a lesser talent in Redick.

Also, another snag may have been the fact that the Magic wanted a first-round pick for Redick's services, per Marc Stein of ESPN:

Add one more team to list of those showing interest in @jjredick: San Antonio. Magic, from start, have wanted no less than a first for him

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2013

Considering the Spurs' success this season and their owning of the best record in the NBA, their first-round pick is not all that valuable, as it will be near the end of the first round at best. That's not exactly a good asset for a rebuilding team like Orlando.