Well, folks, the 2013 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and here is the crazy part: Everyone is talking about the moves that DIDN'T happen rather than the ones that actually did.
Save for the Orlando Magic sending J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks, this year's trade season was fairly quiet. The Brooklyn Nets did not make a deal to improve their frontcourt, leaving the fans wondering just how the team will compete on defense when it comes time for the playoffs.
Head out west to Los Angeles, and the Lakers opted to keep the roster as is instead of bringing in a key defender that could help them down the stretch. It looks like GM Mitch Kupchak is prepared to roll the dice with the current roster—even if it means horribly underachieving with a group of stars.
Oh, and let's not forget that the Josh Smith saga ended with a poof rather than a bang.
The day was full of surprising non-moves, so let's get right to them and pick the most surprising.
Brooklyn Nets Unable to Move Kris Humphries
Since Kris Humphries has horribly underachieved this season (to the tune of just six points and 6.2 rebounds per game) the Brooklyn Nets sought to trade the power forward. To make any deal more enticing, the Nets also dangled out second-year guard Marshon Brooks.
As ESPN's Marc Stein reported, the Nets reached out to the Milwaukee Bucks about a deal for Ersan Ilyasova and offered those two in return, only to be turned down.
Per Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the team gave the same offer to the Atlanta Hawks for Josh Smith, only to be turned down yet again.
The sad truth is that teams ready to make a second-half push aren't interested in Humphries, which means the Nets are stuck with him until a buyer can be found this summer or until his contract runs out next season.
Twin Towers Remain in Utah
The Utah Jazz had a big decision to make at this deadline regarding the statuses of power forward Paul Millsap and center Al Jefferson. Both men are set to hit free agency this summer and will likely demand max contracts, which the Jazz cannot justify with both Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter waiting in the wings.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein reported that the Los Angeles Clippers had reached out to Utah about dealing the dynamic Eric Bledsoe for Millsap, but nothing ever came of that.
Thus it looks like the Jazz will continue to fight to keep pace in the ultra-competitive Western Conference with a fully stocked roster, making their offseason look a lot different as a result.
Lakers Stand Pat at Deadline
However, that did not stop Los Angeles from exploring other options.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers dangled a bunch of second-unit players in the hopes of landing second-round draft picks, while Yannis Koutroupis of Hoopsworld reported that the team made a play for Cleveland Cavaliers shooter Daniel Gibson.
No moves came to fruition, so the Lakers will try to make a playoff push with their current band of individuals.
However, there is something interesting to note about the potential Gibson deal.
Had that trade come true, it would have given the Lakers a player absolutely perfect for head coach Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense. Could the lack of a trade be a sign of things to come on the coaching front?
We'll just have to wait and see—just like we will when it comes time for this Lakers squad to make a push for the playoffs.
Josh Smith Remains in Atlanta
In a move that was surprising, yet seemed almost inevitable, the Atlanta Hawks did not end up trading star forward Josh Smith.
However, GM Danny Ferry reportedly came close.
According to Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area, Atlanta nearly sent Smith to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal that would have netted them Ekpe Udoh, Luc Mbah a Moute, Beno Udrih and a first-round pick, only to back out at the last minute.
Hawks fans will be pleased to have their star player for the remainder of the season as Atlanta looks to make a playoff push, but that does not resolve the fact the Hawks will be at a crossroads this offseason.
Ferry will be able to offer Smith a max contract, but will he?
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reported that Smith was "highly unlikely" to re-sign with Atlanta, but the pressure is now on Ferry to at least find some sort of compromise with his star.
Otherwise, Smith is a near-lock to walk, leaving Atlanta with nothing but a gaping void.
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