The NBA Trade Deadline came and went at 3pm today, and it was a huge disappointment, with very little action at all. Here is what went down, in case you missed it, with our thoughts on each trade:
J.J. Redick (SG), Gustavo Ayon (C) and Ish Smith (PG) traded from the Orlando Magic to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tobais Harris (F), Beno Udrih (PG), Doron Lamb (G) – This was the big deal of the day, and the best player to be traded at the deadline was J.J. Redick, the deadly shooter from Duke ends up on a Milwaukee Bucks team which currently be the eight seed in the Eastern Conference. The deal definitely makes them better, and Redick will give them an excellent outside shooter who can knock down open shots generated by the penetration caused by fellow guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. I am not sure how the minutes will shake out between these three players, and it is likely impossible to play all three at the same size due to size concerns. Orlando gets young prospects Tobais Harris and Doran Lamb in the deal, who can now play meaningful minutes on a bad Orlando team, to gauge their potential.
Josh Smith stays with the Atlanta Hawks – The biggest deal was the one that didn’t happen, as talented and versatile forward Josh Smith was not traded, and will play out his contract with the Atlanta Hawks and become a free agent this summer. The Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets and others were rumored to be interested in Smith right up into the deadline. Now Smith will walk this summer as a free agent, and Atlanta will get nothing for him in return, which could be a mistake. If I was Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, I would have probably traded Smith for a combination of young players and draft picks, rather than lose him for nothing this summer.
Other Minor Trades:
Jordan Crawford (SG) traded to Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa’s expiring contract and Jason Collins (C) – The Wizards know rookie Bradley Beal is their shooting guard of the future, and they shipped Crawford to Boston, for essentially nothing but cap savings. Leandro Barbosa tore his ACL and is out for the year, his contract is up this summer, so the Wizards wanted Crawford off of the books. The Celtics get another guard, and I am not sure how Crawford fits in their crowded backcourt, but he is a streak shooter who will deserve a heat check off the bench every night.
Sebastian Telfair (PG) traded from the Suns to the Raptors for Hamed Haddai (C) – The Raptors get a better backup point guard for Kyle Lowry who can bring some energy and defense off of the bench. I like what the Raptors are doing, and I would work hard to develop rookie big man Jonas Valanciunas this offseason, they could be a good team next year.
UPDATE: Hearing the Knicks won the Keyon Martin Sweepstakes discussed below when they signed him to ten day contract. Martin is expected to sign a deal which will keep him with the Knicks for the remainder of the season shortly. Great get by the Knicks, now instead of relying on three old bigs for the playoff push (Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas) they have four.
Heat trade Dexter Pittman (C) to Grizzlies – The rumor is that this move was made so the Heat can sign a free agent big man such as Kenyon Martin for their playoff push.
New York Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer (G/F) To Thunder for a second round pick: This was a late addition at the deadline, but see above, the Knicks traded Brewer to clear a roster spot and will know look to sign a free agent such as Kenyon Martin.
Atlanta Hawks send Anthony Morrow (G) to Dallas Mavericks for Dahntay Jones (G/F) – Mavs get a better shooter, Hawks get a better defender, neither team gets much better.
Magic send Josh McRoberts (F) to the Bobcats for Hakeem Warrick (F) – A reserve forward for a reserve forward. Riveting. Welcome back to North Carolina, Josh McRoberts, who is a Duke alum.
Eric Maynor (PG) traded from Thunder to Trail Blazers – Maynor had fallen out of favor after a promising start to his career in Oklahoma City, and was not playing at all, the Blazers get a nice backup point guard to rookie sensation Damian Lillard.
The reason that this trade deadline was so anticlimactic was because two major trades – James Harden to the Rockets, Rudy Gay to the Raptors – happened prior to the deadline. This is rare. Plus Thomas Robinson was traded to the Rockets yesterday which has to be included. Either way. Pretty weak trade deadline, NBA, pretty weak. Breakdown of all three of these trades here:
Winners: The Houston Rockets and general manager Daryl Morey who best case scenario got a promising rookie power forward for next to nothing while saving cap space and who worst case got another asset at next to nothing while saving cap space. What were the Kings thinking?
Josh Smith, who gets to pick and choose his destination of choice this summer, while playing out his contract in Atlanta. He wants a max deal. Expect a big second half from Smith.
Kenyon Martin, who gets to sign with the title contender of his choosing.
Losers: The Kings who shipped away a promising forward who they just picked fifth in the NBA draft to save a few bucks.
The Kings again, did they even bother to call around? I’m sure they could have gotten more for Thomas Robinson, who was stuck in a terrible situation.
The Heat, look out Miami, the eight seed Bucks have J.J. Reddick now! Miami will beat them in five games instead of the expected four game sweep. (kidding, relax)
The Hawks, who will get absolutely nothing for Josh Smith this summer.
Whichever team signs Josh Smith to that max deal he wants, because he doesn’t deserve it.