All the Suns needed to do was trade one player, and for all the noise we heard over the last three years, we were pretty sure that this year was the year. Amare may stay, but after being discussed in rumors for the last three deadlines, he's pretty good as gone this offseason.
The Suns will be left with only memories.
What they got: G Nate Robinson, F Marcus Landry
What they gave up: G Eddie House, G J.R. Giddens, F Bill Walker
Eddie House was a solid streak shooting veteran who knew his role with this team. Robinson does give them energy, a high scoring ability, and an ability to to fit in with the veteran mentality of this team.
What they got: G Acie Law, G Flip Murray, F Joe Alexander, F Hakim Warrick, first-round pick
What they gave up: F Tyrus Thomas, G John Salmons, two second-round picks
As with the Bucks, I was torn where to put the Bulls but since the admitted failure of the Tyrus Thomas project, so I decided to place them here. Freeing up the cap for a run at Wade was a good move.
Also sending Salmons to a team who trails you by 2.5 games for the final spot?
Not a move I liked.
What they got: G Jodie Meeks, C-F Francisco Elson
What they gave up: G Royal Ivey, C Primoz Brezec
They talked for weeks about trying to unload the contracts of Andre Iguodala, Samuel Dalembert, and Elton Brand; in the end, they were unable to move any of these contracts, instead just swapping minor parts.
San Antonio Spurs
What they got: Future second-round pick
What they gave up: Theo Ratliff
R.C. Buford admitted a mistake when he tried to trade Richard Jefferson but there were no takers of his large contract and poor production this season. Roger Mason asked for a trade, but it was not granted.
The team needed youth and energy. You never know though, a second round draft pick in the hands of the Spurs could be something amazing.
Los Angeles Clippers
What they got: F Drew Gooden, G Steve Blake, F Travis Outlaw
What they gave up: F Al Thornton, G Sebastian Telfair, C-F Marcus Camby, F-C Brian Skinner
Same old story of the Clippers moving players to gain cap space and to lure potential free agents. Deals don’t sit well now, but the nucleus for next year of Davis, Gordon, Griffin, and Kaman could be enticing to a free agent.
You never know.
What they got: C Darko Milicic
What they gave up: F Brian Cardinal