This year's deadline was busier than seasons past, with contenders solidifying their rosters and other teams clearing cap space for a busy offseason. Let's take a look and see who won at the deadline:
•What they got: F Antawn Jamison, G Sebastian Telfair
•What they gave up: C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, 2010 first-round pick
•Analysis: LeBron James was probably in the ear of Ferry for the last two months before the deadline lobbying for Amare or Jamison. To Dan Ferry's credit, he went after the player that will mesh better with the players already there. Jamison is a solid role player who has the experience this team needs. If they get Ilgauskas back in a buyout this deal looks even better. This trade also shows LeBron that they are serious about winning and want to keep him there. We will all have to wait to June to see if this deal works out.
•What they got: G Tracy McGrady, G Sergio Rodriguez, F Brian Cardinal, G Eddie House, G J.R. Giddens, F Bill Walker
•What they gave up: F Jordan Hill, F Jared Jeffries, G Larry Hughes, G Nate Robinson, F-C Darko Milicic, 2012 first-round pick (top-five protected)
•Analysis: Moving Jeffries was the final piece that Donnie Walsh needed to move to allow the Knicks to offer two max contracts this offseason. Losing rookie big man Hill could hurt down the road but getting LeBron would make it all go away. Will they be able to make a big move in free agency? Stay tuned.
•What they got: G Kevin Martin, C Hilton Armstrong, F Jordan Hill, F Jared Jeffries, 2012 first-round pick (top-five protected) from Knicks, the right to exchange first-round picks in 2011 (top-one protected) with Knicks
•What they gave up: G Tracy McGrady, F Carl Landry, F Joey Dorsey
•Analysis: It is always tough for GMs to get equal talent in trades, especially when one is a former NBA superstar. GM Daryl Morey did a better job than expected by acquiring a 20 ppg scorer in Martin and a project lottery pick in Jordan Hill. Jeffries will provide scoring and defense and could replace the now departed Carl Landry. The draft picks he acquired will help put talent around Yao, Brooks, and Martin.
•What they got: F Carl Landry, F Joey Dorsey, G Larry Hughes, F Dominic McGuire
•What they gave up: G Kevin Martin, G Sergio Rodriguez, C Hilton Armstrong, future second-round pick
•Analysis: Losing a 20 ppg scorer is tough to replace. Luckily, they have potential Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans to reaffirm himself as the teams go to scorer. Carl Landry is a great low post presence for this team to play along with Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson. Larry Hughes will give them some veteran scoring for the last two months but will likely have a new home this offseason.
• What they got: G-F Caron Butler, C Brendan Haywood, G DeShawn Stevenson
•What they gave up: G-F Josh Howard, F Drew Gooden, G Quinton Ross, F James Singleton
•Analysis: The Mavericks were able to make a great move by getting rid of an unhappy player and bring in two players who want to win. Butler gives them a great complementary scorer to Dirk, and Haywood gives them depth and defense as well as insurance if Dampier gets hurt. Haywood and Butler are probably relieved to leave the disaster that is the Wizards and play for a title contender.
•What they got: C-F Marcus Camby
•What they gave up: G Steve Blake, F Travis Outlaw
•Analysis: Camby was the best center available after Haywood was moved. They desperately needed help after Oden and Pryzbillia went down with injuries. He is most likely a rent-a-player but he is a solid veteran who can score, rebound, and block shots and will help the young Blazers make the next step in the postseason.
•What they got: G-F Josh Howard, G Quinton Ross, F James Singleton, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, F-C Brian Skinner, F Al Thornton, 2010 first-round pick, future second-round pick
•What they gave up: G-F Caron Butler, C Brendan Haywood, F Drew Gooden (as part of a three-way trade with the Clippers and Cavaliers, without ever playing for the Wizards), G DeShawn Stevenson, F Antawn Jamison, F Dominic McGuire
•Analysis: It’s difficult to come out of this as a winner when you explode the core of your team for cap relief and draft picks, but Grunfeld did what he had to do in light of the Arenas situation. They are now under the luxury cap and will have an extra pick this year and space to sign a marquee free agent in the summer.
•What they got: G John Salmons, G Royal Ivey, C Primoz Brezec, three second-round picks, the right to exchange first-round picks in 2010 (top-10 protected) with Bulls
•What they gave up: G Jodie Meeks, C-F Francisco Elson, F Hakim Warrick, F Joe Alexander
•Analysis: Unsure of where to put the Bucks, I decided to make them a winner due to the fact that they got Salmons from the Bulls, a team they are trailing for the final playoff spot by two-and-a-half games. Alexander was a failed project and Ivey will give them a good perimeter defender.
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