NBA Trades 2013: Ranking the Top Deadline-Day Hauls
The NBA Trade Deadline ended up being a snoozer, but some sneaky trade packages have a few teams sitting pretty heading into the second half.
While no team closed the deal on Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett or Eric Bledsoe, Houston got an early first-round pick from last year to pair with all of those quality second rounders on its roster.
Ditto for two other teams that will be contending in April.
Scroll down for the three teams that are welcoming the deadline’s best trade hauls.
1. Houston Rockets: Thomas Robinson, Tyler Honeycutt and Francisco Garcia from the Sacramento Kings for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and $1 million in cash
Rockets GM Daryl Morey got away with highway robbery.
His team needed more length inside and came away with potentially the second-best rebounder in last year’s NBA draft, Thomas Robinson.
Yes, the Kings gave up on their first-round selection 50 games into his first season.
The Rockets were happy to oblige, solidifying their frontcourt with the manageable contracts of Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and Robinson.
Sure, Houston will miss Patterson’s versatility and Douglas’s defense of quick point guards, but their rotation has been reduced. Plus, they are no longer undersized. Mark down two huge problems solved for Morey’s team that has gone through the biggest transformation this season.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a Second-Round Pick in 2014
Sam Presti does it again, but this time a bit more quietly.
The New York Knicks had no use for Brewer in their rotation, and in the process, the Thunder found another capable defender on the wing.
I look at the Brewer acquisition as primarily a Miami Heat-related measure.
OKC’s newest acquisition has the size, quickness and motor to disrupt LeBron James for spells while Kevin Durant takes a break.
Not to mention, Brewer can be a force in transition, complementing Durant and Westbrook in that regard.
Not bad for a second-round pick next year that wouldn’t make Oklahoma City's rotation anyway.
3. Boston Celtics: Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins
The Celts essentially dealt two expiring contracts for Crawford, who should provide instant offense for a team that ranks No. 25 in points per possession.
The swingman out of Xavier knows at least one thing: how to get buckets.
Doc Rivers would be smart to let him freelance from Boston’s bench over the next few games. That offensive rating should bump up a few spots in no time.
The reason this deal isn't any higher is because Crawford may not play in the flow of the offense.
Plus, Crawford will have to play a bit more defense than he's accustomed to. On a team-driven squad such as Boston, that may cause conflict.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.
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