The 2013 NBA trade deadline didn’t feature any blockbuster trades or superstars on the move, but some of the subtle transactions that did go down have tremendously helped a number of franchises.
In fact, we believe that a few of these deals will wind up making a major impact not only for the tail end of the 2012-13 campaign, but in the future as well.
Let’s take a look at the more significant trades that took place this past week and point out why they matter.
Houston Rocks Land Thomas Robinson
After three consecutive seasons picking at No. 14, the Rockets were finally able to score a high lottery pick—sort of.
GM Daryl Morey absolutely robbed the Sacramento Kings, flipping Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas for Thomas Robinson (the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft), Francisco Garcia’s expiring contract and Tyler Honeycutt.
It was a complete fleecing that netted Houston an up-and-coming PF that was struggling on a team jam-packed with players at his position, plus a little bit of cap room maneuverability for the coming offseason.
Whether the Rockets elect to develop T-Rob or use him as a trading chip to land another star, they wound up winning the deadline with this move.
Boston Celtics Nab Jordan Crawford
With Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa all going down for the season, things looked bleak in Beantown.
However, GM Danny Ainge decided against blowing things up and trading Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce and instead added a great scorer to bolster the C’s bench.
Boston swapped backup center Jason Collins and Barbosa to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Crawford.
The 24-year-old was the franchise’s leading scorer for much of the 2012-13 campaign and averages a solid 13.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds in just 26.2 minutes of play.
While Crawford may not be the piece that the Celtics needed to overcome the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the trade keeps hope alive and the young guard should help swing a game or two in his new team’s favor.
Golden State Warriors Slide Under Cap
The W’s didn’t add anything but future draft considerations at the deadline, but they managed to relieve themselves of two underutilized players and slid back under the luxury tax threshold.
Reserve big man Jeremy Tyler was shipped over to the Atlanta Hawks, while backup guard Charles Jenkins wound up with the Philadelphia 76ers—places where each player should get more of a chance to shine.
The cap relief is more important than losing the talent. With the league instituting the “repeater tax” for teams that are consistently over the luxury line, it is prohibitively costly to reach and remain in that bracket.
Even though Golden State has been slumping as of late, the organization has saved itself financial headaches in the future and should be able to remain a contender for years to come.