This year’s NBA Trade Deadline talk was cluttered with rumors and speculation, with only a few deals coming together by Thursday’s deadline.
While many teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets were expected to make a move (and did), others were happy standing pat, and rightfully so. Many teams, including the deadline darling Atlanta Hawks, never pulled the trigger and left their big decisions for this summer.
Which teams were better off for keeping quiet? These three teams were clear winners in that regard.
Los Angeles Clippers
One of the most talked about teams during deadline week stood pat, as the Clippers did not find any package enticing enough to move prized backup Eric Bledsoe.
The Clips discussed dealing for Kevin Garnett and Paul Millsap in exchange for Bledsoe and others (as reported by Yahoo! Sports and NESN respectively). In both deals, though, LA would only ensure themselves a 36-year-old veteran for two years or a player likely to test the free-agent waters this offseason.
The hauls didn’t feature enough long-term stability to deal Bledsoe, who is set to make around $2 million for potentially three more years. The deals will keep coming in for Bledsoe’s services and the Clips will get their pick of the litter when that perfect deal comes along.
With a Eastern Conference Finals berth in their sights, the Pacers had no reason to stir the pot with their current roster.
Indiana will have Danny Granger back in the lineup soon enough, and that will be enough adjusting for one 30-game stretch.
Meanwhile, there’s no need to be fishing for any deals, as the Pacers look to have found their star overnight in Paul George. They will focus on ushering Granger back into the fold alongside him, while getting Roy Hibbert back to his efficient ways before playoff time.
New Orleans Hornets
I liked what the Hornets ultimately did in handling Eric Gordon. They whispered his name in potential deals, but then stood pat.
That should light a fire under Gordon, who wanted out of New Orleans when he signed an offer sheet with Phoenix this offseason. Now that he’s a Hornet for the next 30 games, he’ll focus on proving his worth with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson finally at full strength.
With a few young pieces experiencing growing pains, the future may not be today, but it certainly looks bright in The Big Easy.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.