NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Looking at the Losers

Liam CallahanContributor IFebruary 22, 2010

DALLAS - FEBRUARY 17:  Forward Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks on February 17, 2010 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Phoenix Suns

No moves


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.

Boston Celtics

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.

Chicago Bulls

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


Video Play Button
Videos you might like

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.

Philadelphia 76ers

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.

Minnesota Timberwolves

What they got: C Darko Milicic

What they gave up: F Brian Cardinal


No comment.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.