NBA Trade Deadline: Winners, Losers and Ranking the Deals Made at the Deadline
The NBA Trade Deadline has passed.
In one of the more surprising and active deadlines in awhile, a lot of teams exchanged all-stars.
Perhaps the new potential CBA frightened some owners, so they wanted to jump on any deal that could get value for their stars.
The Carmelo Anthony saga is finally over. He is finally where he wanted to be all along...in New York.
We also had a couple surprise trades featuring the likes of Deron Williams and Kendrick Perkins.
Here is a recap of the deadline deals and a ranking of who made out the best and who did not do so well.
Winners: New York Knicks
Additions: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer
Subtractions: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, 2014 first round pick, 2012 and 2013 second round picks, cash
Stars have aligned in another city besides South Beach. The East has put together yet another trio.
The combination of Melo, Stoudemire and Billups will cement the Knicks as players in the Eastern Conference.
At a time when they were fading down the standings, the Knicks' brass made the biggest trade of the year.
The Knicks are officially back on the basketball map officially with Anthony on the team.
However, it may not translate into titles just yet. The Knicks are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and adding Anthony will not help that stat.
Winners: Denver Nuggets
Additions: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, 2014 first round pick, 2012 and 2013 second round picks, cash
Subtractions: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman
Carmelo Anthony wanted out of Denver. That was obvious.
How the Nuggets were able to get so much in return is beyond my thinking.
The Nuggets got three, maybe four, decent starters in the NBA. Chandler and Gallinari still have not reached their full potential. Plus, they received three draft picks.
The Nuggets sit right now as the sixth seed in the West. I expect them to still make the playoffs even after losing Carmelo Anthony.
With the very young team they have now, George Karl will get them to play hard and most importantly to play defense. J.R. Smith will turn into a star.
Losers: New Jersey Nets
Additions: Deron Williams
Subtractions: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first round picks, cash
In the second biggest, and most surprising, deal of the deadline, the Nets were able to pull off a trade to acquire Deron Williams.
Williams is widely regarded as one of the top point guards in the league. He is still young at only 26 and can be a piece that New Jersey builds around heading to Brooklyn.
The Nets might increase attendance now for two years, but I do not see this deal working out in the long run. Deron Williams will leave town once his contract is up after next season. He will continue the trend of stars realigning together in another city.
The Nets will be back to square one again. It was a good try though.
Losers: Utah Jazz
Additions: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first round picks, cash
Subtractions: Deron Williams
For the Jazz, it is not about who they got from the trade, but who they lost that makes them losers.
Derrick Favors will turn into a good player and Devin Harris is a good point guard.
The fact that the Jazz gave up on this season and traded away perhaps the top point guard in the West surprises me.
After letting Jerry Sloan walk, no one expected that Williams would be on the way out the door as well.
Utah also is letting fans walk because no one will be interested in the Jazz for some time.
Winners: Houston Rockets
Additions: Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, Goran Dragic, two first round picks
Subtractions: Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks, Ishmael Smith
The Rockets turned into a mess this season. With Yao Ming's future in jeopardy, Houston had to blow up the team and start from scratch.
Thabeet has very high potential, as he is still very raw. Dragic has turned into Steve Nash Jr.
The two first round picks will help the Rockets to rebuild beyond this season.
The Rockets were not going anywhere, so why not get some pieces to build for the future.
Losers: Memphis Grizzlies
Additions: Shane Battier, Ishmael Smith
Subtractions: Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, first round pick
I think that the Rockets stole this deal from the Grizzlies. Shane Battier will help Memphis get to the playoffs, but where are they going to go from there?
Memphis will be knocked out in the first round.
I do not see the point of trading away a good chunk of your future for a guy like Battier, who is more of a role player, not a game changer.
The biggest reason why Memphis might be losers though is the fact that they failed to trade away O.J. Mayo before the deadline.
Winners: Oklahoma City Thunder
Additions: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed
Subtractions: Jeff Green, Morris Peterson, Nenad Krstic, D.J. White, first round pick
Oklahoma City is serious about winning.
With the addition of Perkins, the Thunder can now go up against teams like San Antonio, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Perkins provides the team with a post and interior presence. Mohammed and Perkins give the Thunder front court a whole new look. Their physicality will make them that much more dangerous.
Look out for the Thunder in the playoffs and years to come.
Losers: Boston Celtics
Additions: Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, first round pick, second round pick, cash
Subtractions: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson, Luke Harangody, Marquis Daniels, Semih Erden, future draft pick
I am still puzzled as to why the Celtics made this move. Boston was the team to beat in the East.
They had the best record. The road to the Finals was almost certain to go through Boston.
And now they blow the team up? I just do not get the thinking behind this move.
Perkins was the one guy that separated the Celtics from the Heat. He was the one guy that could cover Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum.
Jeff Green is a good player, but where will he play? They gave up a first round pick, Perkins and Nate for two backups? Very interesting.
Winners: Los Angeles Clippers
Additions: Mo Williams, Jamario Moon,
Subtractions: Baron Davis, first round pick
Props go out to the Clippers for being able to get rid of Davis and the $28 million left on his contract.
Not only did they get rid of Davis, but they got a solid player like Mo Williams in return.
Just like how Mo Will hit it off with LeBron, I see Williams and Blake Griffin becoming the next high flying tandem.
Davis did have good chemistry with Griffin, but the Clippers now have a future without him.
They will not be crippled by his huge contract.
Losers: Cleveland Cavaliers
Additions: Baron Davis, Luke Harangody, Semih Edren, first round pick
Subtractions: Mo Williams, Jamario Moon, second round pick
The Cavaliers now have a better chance to win more games with Baron Davis running the point.
However, how long will he last there?
Davis went from a bad situation to an even worse one in Cleveland. There is no way he approved of this trade and who knows how hard he will play in Cleveland.
He is also stuck there until 2013.
One positive is that the Cavs get a possible lottery pick in this deal though.
Winners: Portland Trail Blazers
Additions: Gerald Wallace
Subtractions: Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, two conditional first round picks
PG- Andre Miller
SG- Brandon Roy
SF- Gerald Wallace
PF- LeMarcus Aldridge
C- Marcus Camby
The Blazers have now put together a very good starting five in Portland. With the addition of Wallace, they are primed to make a run into the playoffs.
The Blazers may be one of the deepest teams in the West now.
Losers: Charlotte Bobcats
Additions: Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, D.J. White, Morris Peterson, two conditional first round picks
Subtractions: Gerald Wallace, Nazr Mohammed
The only thing Charlotte had going for them was Gerald Wallace.
Stephen Jackson is having a good year, but Wallace is the one who brought the fans each night.
It is apparent that Charlotte is once again rebuilding, after they were so close just a couple of years ago.
The Bobcats are now primed to make a huge splash in the free agent market. It would be just a matter of who wants to play there.
Losers: Phoenix Suns
Additions: Aaron Brooks
Subtractions: Goran Dragic, first round pick
This is another deal I do not get.
The Suns have Nash as their point guard. Dragic was a Nash prototype and a very capable backup.
To give up Dragic and a first rounder for Brooks, who is not having the type of year he had last season is too much.