The Carmelo Anthony drama has finally came to an end. The Knicks finally received what is likely to be the last piece they needed to finally becoming a contender. Spike Lee must be rejoicing.
The Nuggets received some valuable young assets while clearing some cap room. There are already rumors of Denver shipping off players they recently received.
A number of teams are trying to add one more player to push them over the hump and into realistic contention. These include Houston, Portland, and Atlanta.
The Celtics are always rumored to be after a veteran to add depth to the bench, especially now that Marquis Daniels is out with injury.
With less than 48 hours until the deadline, there is bound to be at least one more significant deal that will effect the league.
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There have been reports that Denver is trying to extend Nene now that Carmelo Anthony has been traded. However, if Nene feels that he may be stuck in a position similar to that of Antawn Jamison in Cleveland, he may turn down a contract.
This would leave the Nuggets trying to move Nene, and several teams, including the Warriors and Thunder, have apparently displayed interest in a trade.
However, the Sixers would likely have the most to offer. Though the hefty contract Iggy would come with may stop this deal. George Karl will likely want one player who can at least excite the fans with some flashy plays.
A non-lottery first-rounder will sweeten the pot, and if Philly can add a real big man to play with Elton Brand, the team could really thrive. Also, this move will open some more minutes for Evan Turner so that he can progress.
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This trade will help Boston add depth behind Ray Allen, who tends to get into foul trouble early when playing Kobe Bryant, who is the opponent the Celtics likely feel they will see in the Finals.
The Celtics improve their bench while losing about $1M of payroll.
The Pacers get an expiring contract in Daniels, and a young talent who could become a decent pure shooter of the bench in Wafer.
This trade would be rather interesting because as far as the numbers go Monta Ellis carries much more value then Javale McGee.
However, the Warriors have been contacting teams in search for a legitimate center to pair up with David Lee. Though rookie Ekpe Udoh hasn't been great he has played pretty well for the limited action he sees.
Kirk Hinrich should be able to step in for Ellis and still score paired up with Steph Curry.
The expiring contract of Josh Howard will give the Warriors some cap room.
The Wizards will get a pure scorer in Ellis to replace Gilbert Arenas. Some argue that Nick Young is the future of the shooting guard however I see him as more of a sixth man or maybe even a small forward listing at 6'6".
This trade provides each team with a different winning scenario.
The Clippers get depth at the small forward and center position as well as Battier's $7M expiring contract to help them build around their young core.
The Rockets will receive a center to replace Yao Ming in Chris Kaman who is an afterthought in the "Clip-joint." Also adding Gerald Wallace as a small forward could be the final piece needed to make Houston a contender.
The Bobcats get what they need most. An expiring contract to slowly allow a rebuilding period after the first time around Michael Jordan failed to put together a winning squad.
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The Jazz added Raja Bell this offseason, but he does not contribute much to the offense.
Marcus Thornton is a young, talented scorer who is on the block for cheap. A team like Utah will likely move their late first round pick for Thornton.