Mavericks acquire: Marcus Camby (one year, $9.1 million), Troy Murphy (two years, $23 million), Al Thornton (one year, $1.9 million), Luther Head (one year, $.8 million)
Pacers acquire: Tim Thomas (one year, $1.3 million), Drew Gooden (one year, $4.5 million), Ricky Davis (one year, $2.4 million), Rodrique Beaubois (two years, $2.2 million, player option after), 2011 First Round Pick (from Dallas)
Clippers acquire: Roy Hibbert (two years, $3.1 million), Josh Howard (one year, $10.9 million), James Singleton (one year, $1.0 million)
Mark Cuban has hinted in the last week that he wouldn't mind making a move before the deadline.
Ideally, the Mavs would want to add another two-guard to bolster their outside shooting. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of shooters that are on the market (aside from Boston's Ray Allen and Sacramento's Kevin Martin, who both could be on the move somewhere else).
Instead, the Mavs can turn Josh Howard's expiring contract into some beef inside. The Clips are refusing to part with Camby (we'll get to that in a second), but from a basketball standpoint, it doesn't make much sense.
Camby is a lanky defender inside and a rebounding machine. While not much of a threat offensively, he can still spread the floor relatively well, capable of hitting 10-15 foot jump shots. He's a better fit in the starting lineup than Erick Dampier (unfortunately for Dallas, Dampier's move to the bench would make him the most overpaid bench player in NBA history).
The Mavs will have to take on Murphy's contract, but Cuban has shown in the past he's not worried about spending if it brings results. Murphy is a good outside shooter that, again, can spread the floor for Dirk Nowitzki in the middle.
Al Thornton is the X-factor in this deal. He's an attacking small forward that doesn't mind banging bodies down low, which complements Nowitzki's game.
Dallas can trot out a starting five of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Nowitzki, and Camby, while bringing J.J. Berea, Murphy, Thornton, and Dampier off the bench. That's a nine-man rotation that can play multiple styles, whether it's banging bodies down low with the Lakers or playing up-and-down against the Suns.
Indiana ships out Murphy's contract, helping them get below the luxury tax line. The Pacers aren't going to the playoffs, so bringing in expiring contracts is their next best option.
For their troubles, Indiana acquires Rodrique Beaubois, the promising young guard from Dallas. The Pacers can keep him under contract until 2013, so if he pans out, he could be a great snag for the future.
The only question on Indiana's end is will they be willing to part with Roy Hibbert? Hibbert was played well in spurts this year, but his minutes (and production) have been up-and-down.
Is getting rid of Murphy's contract and acquiring a future draft pick enough for the Pacers to part with Hibbert?
Let's face it, Clipperland: This team isn't making the playoffs this year.
Why they are so unwilling to part with Camby's contract, we'll never know. But in this deal they bring in Hibbert, a solid young center that's under contract for two more years and is a much cheaper replacement for Camby.
By getting Camby out of the lineup, they free up more playing time for Craig Smith and DeAndre Jordan, who are both free agents after this year. The Clips can get a good look at who they want to re-sign for the future.
They rent Josh Howard for the rest of the year and can choose to not pick up his option for 2011. With only Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Blake Griffin, Sebastian Telfair (player option) and Hibbert under contract for next year, L.A. has plenty of options in the free agent market.