Every NBA Team's Biggest 2013 Trade Deadline Regret

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

Every NBA Team's Biggest 2013 Trade Deadline Regret

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    When the trade deadline passes and leaves a frenetic set of days in the dust, NBA teams are afforded the opportunity to look back and experience that vile thing called regret. 

    It's natural to either feel buyer's remorse or wish you'd done something that gave you the chance to feel it. Most teams do. 

    And, of course, these teams have one decision in particular that haunts them. It could be not moving a player, turning down a deal, not getting enough in return or something else entirely. 

    After quickly skimming over the teams with no need for regret, let's find out what these decisions were. 

No Regrets

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    The following teams have no true regrets in the aftermath of a lackluster trade deadline. Sure, none of them landed LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but it's not like that was realistically going to happen. 

    Staying grounded in reality, each team did as well as it could have hoped. 


    Boston Celtics

    The C's added a bit of backcourt depth and a scoring punch in the form of Jordan Crawford and decided not to part ways with either Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett in a nice display of stubborn loyalty (which is a compliment). 


    Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls are still biding their time and waiting for Derrick Rose, so their biggest regret was simply letting Rose's brother talk. As we're sticking to on-court activities, there's no reason for Chicago to have true regrets. 


    Cleveland Cavaliers

    There was no need for the Cleveland Cavaliers to make any big moves, as they have pieces in place for the future and a superstar already under contract. 


    Dallas Mavericks

    Swapping Dahntay Jones for Anthony Morrow might seem like an insignificant move, but leave it to Mark Cuban to make the savvy swap and acquire one of Dwight Howard's best friends for the inevitable offseason free-agency pursuit. 


    Houston Rockets 

    The Houston Rockets can definitely be called winners, as they cashed in on their ridiculous depth and wealth of young players to acquire a high-potential rookie they can develop: Thomas Robinson. It's amazing more teams don't take advantage of the Sacramento Kings. 


    Indiana Pacers

    Given the success that they're already experiencing and the fact that Danny Granger is returning, the Indiana Pacers had no need to make any big move at the deadline. 


    Memphis Grizzlies

    Trading away Rudy Gay is only going to make the Memphis offense more efficient, and the Grizz got some valuable big-man depth in return while avoiding the frenzy at the deadline. 


    Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat acquired the rights to Ricky Sanchez, which clearly makes them the title favorites. Oh, wait—they already were?


    Minnesota Timberwolves

    All the Minnesota Timberwolves need to do is get healthy, not make any roster swaps. 


    New Orleans Hornets

    I'm an unrelenting supporter of Eric Gordon's skills on the basketball court, so not trading him for Klay Thompson was a smart decision in my book. 


    New York Knicks

    The New York Knicks basically turned Ronnie Brewer—who didn't have a spot in the rotation—into Kenyon Martin. 


    Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Oklahoma City Thunder don't have much use for draft picks at the moment, so turning a second-rounder into a solid defender like Ronnie Brewer is no reason for regret. 


    Portland Trail Blazers

    The Portland Trail Blazers were in desperate need of some depth, and that's exactly what Eric Maynor provides now that he's escaped from the Thunder bench. 


    San Antonio Spurs 

    One of the golden rules in basketball is never to doubt whatever the San Antonio Spurs chose to do or not to do. 

Atlanta Hawks: Not Trading Josh Smith

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    The Atlanta Hawks must have been rumored to be trading Josh Smith to half the teams in the NBA. Whether it was the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks or some other squad, everyone wanted some Smoove in their lives. 

    However, when the deadline passed, Smith remained a member of the Atlanta Hawks, much to the chagrin of many members of the fanbase. 

    Talented as he may be, he's both frustrating and a free agent at the end of the season. Now Atlanta risks losing him for absolutely nothing.

Brooklyn Nets: Retaining Kris Humphries

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    Under P.J. Carlesimo, Kris Humphries has only played a minuscule part in the rotation. His minutes have declined each and every month, and he's averaging only 12.3 minutes per game in February. 

    Unfortunately for the Brooklyn Nets, you don't exactly need to use a microscope to find Humphries' contract. It's an enormous $12 million yearly—far too big for a player making this little of an impact. 

    Brooklyn wasn't able to find a taker for Humphries, which means it'll be leaving him on the bench as a high-paid seat-warmer for the rest of the year. 

Charlotte Bobcats: Not Moving Ben Gordon

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    The Charlotte Bobcats don't have much hope during this season (or in the future, by the looks of it), so it doesn't make sense to hold onto veterans when other teams covet them. 

    Such was the case with Ben Gordon, but the Cats weren't able to unload the 29-year-old shooting guard who doesn't figure to be part of the team's long-term plans. 

    Then again, did you expect Charlotte to make off with a steal at the trading deadline?

Denver Nuggets: Keeping Timofey Mozgov

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    The Denver Nuggets already have Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee on the roster, which makes Timofey Mozgov rather expendable. 

    So far in Mozgov's NBA career, his most memorable moments include getting dunked on hard by both Blake Griffin and DeMar DeRozan. That's not a good start. 

    Mozgov is only 26 years old and has plenty of potential left in his seven-foot frame, so it's not like the Nuggets would just have to give him up for nothing. 

    This wasn't a huge regret, but it's a regret nonetheless. 

Detroit Pistons: Not Moving Jason Maxiell

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    Jason Maxiell becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, so the Detroit Pistons are now going to be faced with letting him get away for absolutely nothing. 

    There isn't much of a place for Maxiell in Detroit. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are pretty clearly the starting frontcourt of the future when they're both healthy. 

    Maxiell surely could have brought back more parts around which to build, but Detroit instead decided to opt for a handful more games of his services.

Golden State Warriors: Giving Up on Young Players

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    Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler weren't exactly the most highly touted prospects, but it still doesn't make sense to sell them for pennies on the dollars. Well, I suppose it's more like pennies on the nickels, but you get my point. 

    Both players were traded to avoid luxury-tax penalties (per Ken Berger of CBS Sports), but you'd still like to see the Golden State Warriors at least get back something relatively valuable for the two young guys. 

    Golden State gets a second-round pick each from Atlanta (Jeremy Tyler) and Philadelphia (Charles Jenkins) in its tax-driven salary dumps.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 21, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers: Not Trading Eric Bledsoe

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    Eric Bledsoe was one of the more valuable chips on the trade market during the 2013 trade DUDline (see what I did there?), but the Los Angeles Clippers didn't choose to cash in. 

    Instead, they preserved their depth at point guard and didn't upgrade anywhere else. For a team with Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups, that doesn't make too much sense. 

    Bledsoe is eventually going to need a starting role, but it's not like he can earn one over CP3. Sooner or later, he'll need to change hands, and it would have made sense to make the trade when his value was highest. 

Los Angeles Lakers: Standing Pat

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    The way things are going for the Los Angeles Lakers this season (even if they are trending in the right direction), it would have been a nice message to at least make a minor move. 

    You know, the kind that says, "Hey, faithful Lakers fans, we aren't giving up on this season yet. Neither should you." 

    I'm not talking about a blockbuster deal involving Pau Gasol or Dwight Howard, but rather a smaller swap of bench players that generates a little buzz.

Milwaukee Bucks: Only Getting J.J. Redick

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    The Milwaukee Bucks seemed to have their sights set on acquiring a star player like Josh Smith, but they only wound up acquiring J.J. Redick. 

    That's a perfect fit, because Milwaukee was in desperate need of some help in the backcourt. 

    Except that they have Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings already, meaning that Redick is going to be relegated to a backup role without playing too many minutes. Either that or the Bucks will play him at small forward and accept that they're throwing out a horrific combination of defenders.  

    Well, I suppose that changes things. 

    I didn't understand this trade for Milwaukee when it was made, and I still don't now. 

Orlando Magic: Not Getting Back More for J.J. Redick

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    Let's stick with J.J. Redick for one more slide. 

    Not only did the Orlando Magic give up the best player on their team (based on the results of the 2012-13 season) along with his Bird rights in free agency during the offseason, but they didn't get that much in return. 

    Surely Rob Hennigan could have squeezed out a bit more from the Milwaukee Bucks than Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb, especially since he gave up Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith as well. 

Philadelphia 76ers: Keeping Evan Turner

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    The Philadelphia 76ers need quite a bit of help in the post, and trading Evan Turner would have been one way to solve that problem. 

    Turner hasn't had the breakout campaign he was supposed to this season, starting out strong and then quickly falling back down to earth. So far, he's averaging 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, but he's turning the ball over frequently and shooting only 42.5 percent from the floor. 

    The former Ohio State standout has improved his shot from the outside a bit, but he still doesn't help the Sixers get to the charity stripe all that frequently. 

Phoenix Suns: Giving Up a Draft Pick

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    The Phoenix Suns have a thing for twins. 

    Decades ago, Dick and Tom Van Arsdale played together in the desert, both making All-Star teams. Now the Suns hope that Marcus and Markieff Morris can follow in their footsteps. 

    One problem, though: Phoenix gave up a little too much to get Marcus, a player who hadn't exactly established himself during his short tenure with the Houston Rockets. 

    Even though Marcus was a first-round draft pick and the Suns parted ways with a second-rounder, he does almost the exact same thing as his brother on the court. Having both of them is redundant, unlike laying claim to the Van Arsdales in the past. 

Sacramento Kings: Giving Up on Thomas Robinson

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    Of all the moves made during the period of relative inactivity known as the trade deadline, none were more mind-boggling than the Sacramento Kings giving up on Thomas Robinson. 

    How does it make even a lick of sense to pull the plug on an experiment when your fifth overall draft pick has played in only 51 games during his professional career?

    Robinson wasn't exactly having a lot of success, but the Kings weren't putting him in position to thrive. The former Kansas Jayhawk was playing just over 15 minutes per game, and putting in work for a dysfunctional team/organization. 

    Even though Patrick Patterson is a solid NBA player, trading away Robinson makes absolutely zero sense. 

Toronto Raptors: Not Moving Andrea Bargnani

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    Yet again, the Toronto Raptors were unable to part ways with their former No. 1 pick, Andrea Bargnani. It's been quite clear that the organization is better on both ends of the court when the Italian big man isn't playing. 

    According to NBA.com's stat pages, the Raptors score four more points per 100 possessions and allow 3.3 fewer when Bargnani is sitting than when he plays. Obviously, that's not a recipe for success. 

    Factor in his massive contract, and it's quite clear that Bargnani doesn't hold much value in Toronto. 

Utah Jazz: Keeping Everyone

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    Much has been made of the Utah Jazz's depth in the frontcourt, as they started the season boasting the services of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. 

    Much will continue to be made of the Jazz's frontcourt depth, as they continue to lay claim to all four of the aforementioned big men. 

    Utah might be in playoff contention in the Western Conference, but the Jazz don't stand much of a chance when postseason play begins and they get to play the part of the sacrificial victim in the first round. 

    With Millsap and Jefferson set to hit free agency after they're eliminated, it would have made sense to get something now rather than risk losing everything then.

Washington Wizards: Not Getting Anything for Jordan Crawford

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    Jordan Crawford was ready to move past the Washington Wizards portion of his career, but he'd shown off his skills enough in the nation's capital that the organization could have at least gotten something back for him. 

    When a bottom-feeder like the Wizards trades a 24-year-old with potential, you'd expect there to be some sort of return. 

    Instead, Washington managed to haul in...wait for it...Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Both of those guys have expiring contracts, but neither will ever make an actual impact on the court for Washington. 

    Barbosa can't because he's out for the year, and Collins can technically make an impact, but it would likely be a negative one.