NBA Trade Deadline: The 10 Biggest Losers During The Deadline Drama

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2011

NBA Trade Deadline: The 10 Biggest Losers During The Deadline Drama

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    The NBA trade deadline is every teams last chance to acquire the one final piece of the puzzle that can hopefully help bring an NBA Championship to their city.

    Many deals have already gone down during the month of February, but no day is quite like the deadline day. Teams are scrambling as targeted players are on the move and trade scenarios pop up by the minute.

    Even though teams are making big trades, some organizations are getting the raw end of the deal.

    Here are the 10 biggest losers from this NBA Trade Deadline.

No. 10: New Jersey Nets

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    Even though the Nets acquired Deron Williams from the Jazz, the Carmelo Anthony deal should be considered a loss to the organization.

    Nets management flip-flopped on reported interest of Anthony on several different occasions, and was eventually just outbid for him by the Knicks.

    The Nets should not be totally disappointed in their new acquisition, but should be slightly embarrassed from losing out on Anthony.

No. 9: Golden State Warriors

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    Even though it is promising that the Golden State Warriors are making deals, their decision to send two big men to New Jersey may have not been the best move for the organization.

    It is hard to say that this was a total loss, as the team did acquire Troy Murphy and a 2012 draft pick, but this trade will not put them over the hump in the immediate future.

No. 8: Washington Wizards

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    The Washington Wizards have been rebuilding for the last several years, and losing a perimeter scorer like Kirk Heinrich will probably not go over too well.

    Heinrich was a standout with the Bulls and was a slight victim of the lack of talent surrounding him while with Washington.

    The Atlanta Hawks sent Mike Bibby and other players along with this year's first round pick to Washington. This trade may play out better for the Wizards in the long run, but will help the Hawks become a significant playoff contender sooner rather than later.

No. 7: Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics have failed to add any significant depth to a team that has battled through injury all season long, and becoming one of the oldest teams in the league.

    The Celtics were reportedly in the market for either a perimeter shooter or big body down low and did not pull the trigger on any significant deals.

    The East still runs through Boston, but it may be tougher for the Celtics down the road if their bench cannot get healthy.

No. 6: Minnesota Timberwolves

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have found a very good player in Kevin Love, but failed to obtain any help for him at the deadline.

    The Wolves have an abundance of young players, but could not put any sort of package together that teams found appealing.

    Minnesota will have to continue to build through the draft and hope they can lure some key free agents this summer.

No. 5: Orlando Magic

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    An organization is never in a good place when it's best player becomes disgruntled, and that it exactly where the Orlando Magic stand at this point in the season.

    Dwight Howard is not happy and neither are the fans as the team had big trade aspirations, but failed to make a deal.

    Orlando better figure out a way to please "Superman," or the team may be in even worse shape following this season.

No. 4: Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz cut ties with one of the best players in the league, and didn't receive enough compensation in return.

    Williams will be a cornerstone for the New Jersey Nets franchise for many seasons to come, while almost every asset Utah received has some serious question marks.

    The Jazz will have to use their picks wisely and rely on younger players in order to keep their organization on track.

No. 3: Cleveland Cavaliers

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers have put one of the worst NBA franchises in history on the floor this season, and everyone around the league knew that Dan Gilbert would be looking to make a deal at the deadline.

    It may have been a panic maneuver or just a bad decision, but acquiring an 11-year veteran on a team that seems to be going nowhere fast may not have been a great choice.

    Cleveland traded away the contracts of Mo Williams and Jamario Moon but did not gain much help in the payroll department by acquiring Davis.

No. 2: Detroit Pistons

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    The Detroit Pistons were in just about every trade rumor that surfaced over the last few weeks, and even went as far as benching one of their best players before doing absolutely nothing on deadline day.

    The Pistons apparently did not find any trade offer worth making for Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton, as were both supposed to be on the move.

    Detroit may now be forced to deal with some player attitude issues after dangling the futures of two of their best players on a string for several weeks.

No. 1: Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored to be searching for that one key player that could take the team over the top during their quest for an NBA Championship.

    The Lakers became an afterthought in the Carmelo Anthony discussions, and just when it seemed like they would make a deal at the deadline, nothing happened.

    The Lakers will now enter the postseason with a team who lost some very winnable games just a few short weeks ago, and will be surrounded by questions until season's end.

    The Lakers should not worry too much about it though, they still have Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.