Kings and Rockets complete seven-player deal
The Kings' Kevin Martin has been traded along with Sergio Rodriguez, Hilton Armstrong, and Kenny Thomas, to Houston for McGrady, Carl Landry, and Joey Dorsey. As many people thought McGrady would be going to the Bulls or Knicks, the Kings snuck in and made a deal for the high scoring Martin.
This is a good deal for the Kings in that they are able to get some great cap relief this summer, and if McGrady does play for them, he will fill some seats. The Kings also gain a good hustle and low-post player in Carl Landry, who can team up with Evans and Hawes to form a good young core for the Kings.
Final Grade- A (A+ if they are able to move McGrady to the Knicks for expiring contracts and draft picks)
For Houston they gain a scorer capable of putting up huge numbers when healthy. His shooting numbers are very good, 44.9 percent career and 39.7 percent this season. His contract is reasonable, but he needs to stay healthy. Giving up Carl Landry will hurt but Sergio will be a solid backup for Aaron Brooks.
Final Grade- A
Minnesota and Knicks trade expiring contracts
In a swap of expiring deals, Minnesota sent Brian Cardinal to the Knicks for Darko Milicic. Cardinal will be waived to make room for players from Boston and Milicic is just and expiring contract. Darko will give them a seven footer, but how and who will he play with, as Kevin Love, All Jefferson, and Ryan Hollins are taking a majority for the minutes.
Final Grade- Inc. (Minnesota has the most to gain if Darko has a revival)
Salmons to Bucks in three-player deal
The Bucks and Bulls have made a deal which would send John Salmons to the Bucks for the expiring deals of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander, the former lottery pick who has been battling injuries since coming into the NBA.
This move gives the Bulls for room to try and recruit D-Wade, and athletes that will more than guarantee that Tyrus Thomas is on his way out. Warrick is a good solid player he won't put up any amazing numbers but he gives them a long shot blocker to pair with Noah. Alexander has battled injuries but when healthy he could provide some energy for the second unit.
Final Grade- B+ (clears room for this summer, but doesn't help their playoff push)
For the Bucks they get a scorer who can replace Michael Redd. He a good role player and will get his points along with Bogut and Jennings. His contract is reasonable around $6.5 million this season and will come off the books next season.
Final Grade B
Cavs, Clippers, Wizards make trade
Antawn Jamison was traded to the Cavs for Big Z and a first round pick. The deal also included the Clippers Al Thorton who was sent to the Wizards for recently acquired Drew Gooden. Both Gooden and Big Z will be expected to waived and return to the Mavs and Cavs respectively.
Great move by the Cavs to get a PF who can shoot from long range to match Rasheed Wallace in Boston, and Rashard Lewis in Orlando. He gives them Amar'e like production even though he will turn 34 during the playoffs, his game has never been based of athletic skill.
A great move by Ferry by not giving up youngster JJ Hickson. Also he has that added long range dimension that Amar'e does not. Also included in the deal is PG Sebastian Telfair.
Final Grade- A
For the Wizards this is just a salary dump and Big Z will be back in Cleveland in 30 days. They are able to clear a lot of salary by moving Jamison two remaining seasons of $13.36M and $15.08M. They also got a first rounder from the Cavs which will be in the last three spots of the first rounds, but you can always package picks.
They were also able to young Al Thorton from the Clippers. A good move but he plays the same position as Josh Howard. But it looks like they will let Howard walk and Thorton's respectable contract will fill its place. They would of liked to get Hickson, but this deal makes the losing easier since they will have more cap room.
Final Grade- C+
For the Clippers this first looked like another bad move, but based on Thorton's production and the probability that Gooden's contract will be bought out they will now have enough cap space to sign a max free agent this summer. Even though it’s the Clippers LA will look good for a free agent when he sees he can play will Davis, Gordon, Kaman, and a healthy Blake Griffin.
Final Grade- A