2010 NBA Trade Breakdown: Handing Out the Grades
The 2010 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, as Thursday showcased a number of deals, most notably a blockbuster deal that sent Tracy McGrady to the Knicks and Kevin Martin to the Rockets.
But with the trade hype passing through, it's time to take a look at what all these moves mean for the respective teams, whether for the 2010 NBA playoffs, or for next year.
Read on to see how your favorite team graded out .
Dallas Mavericks (B+)
Dallas acquired Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, and cash from Washington, beefing up their post and overall offensive depth.
This deal allowed them to unload Josh Howard, who has regressed in the past two years, and didn't seem to even want to stay in Dallas. In return, they got a very similar (but more athletic) guard/forward in Caron Butler, along with a solid center in Haywood.
Butler has struggled with his shot in his first two games with the Mav's, but the fact that he's shooting the ball a lot shows Dallas is committed to getting him involved. Erik Dampier's recent finger surgery also made the trade for Haywood that much more worth while.
It was a solid move. The only question is: Does it change their title chances ?
Washington Wizards (B+)
Washington took on Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton in the trade with Dallas, although it's likely Howard will be the only one making an impact with the Wizards anytime soon, as Washington has already traded Gooden away to the Clippers, and Ross and Singleton are role players, at best.
Howard is a solid replacement for the loss of Caron Butler, but the really story in Washington is how the front office realize their team was a sinking ship, and they started to correct it.
This was the first big move, and after trading Antawn Jamison to Cleveland, they have just one more step (getting rid of Gilbert Arenas) to get exactly where they need/want to be.
Washington also acquired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas (who is likely to be bought out), and then traded Gooden to the Clippers for Al Thornton, a guy they could possibly keep and build with in the future. They also received a first-round pick for 2010 in the Cleveland deal, which will go to immediately rebuilding their core.
Portland Trail Blazers (A-)
Portland made an excellent move by shoring up their back-court with the addition of glass-cleaner and block machine, Marcus Camby .
And they only had to ship off a backup point guard and role player in order to do it.
They'll miss Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw, but not as much as you'd think. Jerryd Bayless has proven he can step up and contribute at point guard, and with Andre Miller still there (and hopefully a healthy Brandon Roy), the Blazers will be absolutely fine at the position.
The loss of Outlaw is also unlikely to hurt the team, as Martell Webster has been really turning on his game, while Nicolas Batum has looked very good in extended minutes lately.
Camby fills a huge hole in the middle, as Portland had been relying on aging power forward Juwan Howard on the inside, ever since losing both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla for the season.
Cleveland Cavaliers (A)
Move their grade to an A+ if they still end up getting Zydrunas Ilgauskas back and he can be added to the playoff roster, because that in essences means they landed Antawn Jamison for draft rights to Emir Preldzic and a first-rounder.
That's an amazing deal.
Jamison is 33, but has excellent versatility, and is one of the best teammates and "good" guys in the NBA, and will work hard all day to help get Cleveland as far as they can go.
He rebounds, plays defense, has great offensive moves, and can stretch the defense at the power forward position, as he has the ability to move like a small forward, and can jump out and hit the three.
They didn't get Amare' Stoudemire like they wanted to, but for the present time, this is the next best deal they could have made, and they also didn't have to unload J.J. Hickson (who they love), and might even be able to get their beloved "Z" back.
Adding Sebastian Telfair in a quiet trade with the L.A. Clippers just adds some bonus point guard depth behind Mo Williams and Delonte West.
Boston Celtics (C)
Boston passed up a chance to really improve their team, so they can't get a good grade. But in the long run for this season, it was probably best to keep a guy who can do the things that Ray Allen does. The only problem is, he has been struggling all season.
Adding Nate Robinson in exchange for Eddie House was basically a swap of two players who do the same thing. They're both energy guys who come off the bench, can't play quality minutes at the point, and are small.
However, Robinson does have superior athleticism and scoring ability over House, so he can be seen as an upgrade.
Overall, however, it doesn't look like the Celtics have drastically improved their chances of getting out of the Eastern Conference playoffs alive.
Charlotte Bobcats (B-)
Charlotte made two moves, one being loud by landing the potential-ridden Tyrus Thomas, while the quiet (yet important) acquisition was reuniting center Theo Ratliff with head coach Larry Brown.
They gave up a future first round pick to get Thomas, which should be relatively worth it, along with Acie Law (who never played) and Ronald "Flip" Murray, who gave solid minutes as a scorer off the bench. Ratliff was acquired for a second-round pick.
These were Larry Brown moves. He added two guys who provide depth and defense, while Thomas holds the potential to grow in Brown's system and possibly become a remarkable player.
But is that going to happen over night? Probably not. However, the Bobcats already have a solid core and are already in the mix for the playoffs. These could go down as two quiet moves, but could also end up paying off down the road (or even for this season).
Milwaukee Bucks (D+)
What's the point in acquiring help for this season when you're not even guaranteed a playoff spot, and if you do make the cut, you'll almost certainly earn a meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, or Boston Celtics?
The Bucks pulled off some eyebrow-raising moves by unloading expiring contracts to get John Salmons, and then brought back bench players like Royal Ivery and Primoz Brezec.
For what they gave up (solid cap relief for next year), they didn't get enough in return, as Salmons is a good, but not great scorer.
The move finally gives them a decent replacement for the injured Michael Redd, while Ivey and Brezec offer depth at point guard and center.
But they unloaded a quality forward in Hakim Warrick, and a young guy that they never gave a chance in Joe Alexander . To top it off, both guys' contracts come off the book next year.
They also unloaded Jodie Meeks, a promising shooting guard talent, to the 76ers, along with veteran big man Francisco Elson.
The Bucks did manage to acquire three second-round picks in both of the deals, and even managed a deal with Chicago that will flip their 2010 first-round picks.
The picks are nice, and we'll see how the "flip" turns out, but overall, this was an under-whelming trade season for Milwaukee, despite them being fairly active.
Chicago Bulls (A+)
Chicago played the trade game masterfully, adding a solid rotation guy in Hakim Warrick (who replaces Tyrus Thomas), while landing a young, athletic forward in Joe Alexander (who can replace John Salmons).
The best part? Both of these guys' contracts are off the books in the offseason, which allows the Bulls to re-sign them for cheap, or let them walk.
Chicago also landed another solid role player in Ronald Murray from Charlotte, along with Acie Law and a future first-round pick.
Chicago added a pick, cleared up cap room for the 2010 offseason, and did enough to remain competitive (if not even get better). Considering how inconsistent Tyrus Thomas was, it's arguably that Hakim Warrick can play that same role just fine and Ronald Murray has the ability to do what Salmons was doing before he left.
Joe Alexander is the wild card, as he never really got a shot in Milwaukee, and it will be interesting to see if he gets some minutes with the Bulls.
Houston Rockets (B+)
Houston finally unloaded the disgruntled Tracy McGrady, but ironically enough, they added another scoring guard (Kevin Martin) in the three-team deal with New York in Sacramento.
It will be interesting to see how Martin fits in, as he's capable of putting up 20+ points a night. The question is, will he get the minutes and shots to maintain that production, and can he have a big impact with a lesser role?
On top of those moves, Houston also acquired Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, along with Jordan Hill, Jarred Jeffries, and a protected 2010 first-round pick.
Hill and Jeffries could be used immediately inside (although Jeffries can also play a wing), as the Rockets shipped Carl Landry (their sixth man) out to Sacramento.
Losing Landry could hurt, but the Rockets got rid of their problem child, added a boost to their suffering scoring, and still got a decent, young post guy (Hill), who could earn some solid minutes to prove himself.
Sacramento Kings (B)
The Kings gave up Kevin Martin to land some serious paint help in Carl Landry, while also acquiring Larry Hughes and Joey Dorsey.
Martin is an elite talent, but the Kings were doing just fine without him when he missed action with a wrist injury, so he was bound to be moved sooner or later. Besides, Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans had been playing extremely well together, and now there will be minutes to be had for Francisco Garcia when he returns from his own injury.
Carl Landry will probably take over immediately in the starting lineup, and even if he doesn't, he should still bring the same energy and production he brought in Houston.
Larry Hughes is a candidate to get bought out and go to the team of his choosing, while the loss of point guard Sergio Rodriguez slightly hurts, but the extra minutes for Evans and Udrih isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Joey Dorsey and Dominic McGure (Washington) are two bench guys who likely won't have significant impacts.
Overall, Sacramento probably helped others a bit more than they helped themselves, but this move was for the best for the future of their growing team.
New York Knicks (A-)
New York may be the overall winner of this year's trade season, as they landed quite a few pieces to the puzzle for their future.
Landing Tracy McGrady was huge, as his contract comes off the books after this season, while the Knicks get a first-hand look at McGrady and can decide on whether or not he's worth bringing back as one of their starters for the future.
They also landed a solid, young point guard in Sergio Rodriguez, who at the very worst will battle for minutes behind Chris Duhon at the point. With Nate Robinson shipped to Boston and Duhon not doing things how Mike D'Antoni would like, it wouldn't be shocking to see Rodriguez step up and take over.
In the deal with Boston, New York added Eddie House and two young guys in J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker, along with a second-round pick.
House will provide good shooting and energy off the bench, but the whole story is about McGrady. If he can prove he's worth a contract, that will be an added bonus. But if not, his expiring contract becomes extremely valuable, as it would help clear enough money up for the Knicks to take a hard run at LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, or possibly two of those players.
And, as said, if McGrady can prove he still has some game, the Knicks could sign him for a discount price, while hopefully landing one of the star free agents of the summer.
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