NBA: Who Gained the Most at the Trade Deadline?
A trade, by definition, is supposed to be fair to both sides. Two teams would not complete a deal unless they felt they were coming out better than they went in.
While some deadline trades this season were one-sided due mostly to certain teams attempting to shed costs, the majority of trades left both parties in a superior position than they were before.
New Jersey Nets
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New Jersey netted (no pun intended) the best point guard in the NBA, Deron Williams, and now have a star they can showcase when they move to Brooklyn.
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Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mosgov. Not a bad haul for a couple less months of Melo.
They managed to avoid letting their star walk for nothing, something Cleveland and Toronto were unfortunate enough to experience, and while Denver won’t be contending for championships anytime soon they won’t be fighting for a lottery pick either.
Oklahoma City Thunder
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They are now officially locked and loaded, ready to take down the Lakers.
While a front line of Serge Ibaka and the newly acquired Kendrick Perkins is still inferior to Bynum/Gasol, with the speedy Russell Westbrook and all-world small forward Kevin Durant it's hard to count the Thunder out of any seven-game series come playoff time.
New York Knicks
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They got what they were searching since the offseason: a superstar to complement Amare.
While there are certain intrinsic flaws in Anthony’s game that might have a slight resistance to playing along another offensive juggernaut in Stoudemire, it is believed that the “1/1A” punch will be more than most teams can handle.
Not to mention, they got a reliable point guard in Chauncey Billups.
Los Angeles Clippers
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The only thing bigger than Baron Davis’ gut was his contract, and the Clippers managed to get rid of both.
They only had to sacrifice a lottery pick in a draft they weren’t high on to begin with, and Mo Williams will cohere with the young Clippers better than Davis did.
New Orleans Hornets
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Carl Landry was someone the Hornets were keen on for quite some time, and having him on board adds depth to a team hoping to make a long run through the playoffs.
The scoring ability of Thornton will be missed, but in the end they came out a better team.
Aaron Brooks was expected to make a huge leap this season following his 20 points and five assists per game averages in '09-'10, but instead took a huge step back and found himself out of the starting lineup.
Hopefully, a fresh start in Phoenix can put him back in his best form.
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No matter how many injuries plague them, the Blazers still manage to stay relevant in the playoff picture.
The addition of Gerald Wallace gives Portland another reliable scorer, and if Brandon Roy can stay on the court things will finally be looking up.