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Grading the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline Deals
Posted By Derek Page On February 22, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In NBA | No Comments
In one of the most uneventful trade deadlines in recent memory, J.J. Redick was the most high-profile trade acquisition while the majority of teams that got involved made only minor deals. High-profile names like Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap all remained with their respective teams in a mostly uninteresting string of deadline deals.
Meanwhile, players like Thomas Robinson, Jordan Crawford, Eric Maynor and Redick snatched up all the headlines on Thursday. Still, with plenty of deals made yesterday, it’s wise to take a look at how these deals will affect the teams that actually threw their hat in the 2013 NBA Trade Deadline ring.
Let’s take a look at how the trade deadline stacked up from the beginning to the closing trade:
Phoenix Acquires Marcus Morris from Houston for a 2013 Second-Round Pick
One of the first dominoes to fall the night before the trade deadline, Morris to the Suns paved the way for a larger deal between the Rockets and Sacramento Kings. It was originally believed that Phoenix was looking to try to immediately flip Morris as part of a possible Josh Smith deal, but those talks fell through.
As it stands, Morris is reunited with his brother, Markieff, in Phoenix while Houston cleared the way to acquire Thomas Robinson.
Houston Acquires Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from Sacramento for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich and Cash Considerations
In what could be considered the most lopsided of all of the trades leading up to the deadline, the Rockets acquired the number five overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft for seemingly pennies on the dollar. While Robinson has struggled this season in limited minutes, no one doubts the massive potential the 21-year-old possesses and how much of an impact he can have in Houston for the foreseeable future.
While Patterson isn’t considered the same blue-chip prospect that Robinson is, the third-year player is solid at the power forward position as he will be reuniting with his former teammate at Kentucky in DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento, possibly facing relocation, also received monetary considerations to go along with the modest cap relief this trade provided.
While not the complete disaster for the Kings that many media pundits are calling it, this is still a clear win for Houston.
Memphis Acquires Dexter Pittman and a Second-Round Pick from Miami for the Rights to Ricky Sanchez.
With eyes on acquiring a veteran to possibly help with a lengthy playoff run, the HEAT cleared a roster spot and gave up a second round pick in the process. Originally linked to Kenyon Martin, Miami will now have to look elsewhere with the vet heading to New York.
Looking to fortify the frontline behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Memphis acquires a young and decent option at center in the 6-foot-11 Pittman.
Toronto Acquires Sebastian Telfair from Phoenix for Hamed Haddadi and a Second-Round Pick.
With both teams looking to add depth at two different positions, the Raptors and Suns swapped a couple of underachieving players Thursday afternoon. Neither player’s contract is guaranteed after this season so this is a low-risk, low-reward deal for both sides.
Atlanta Acquires Jeremy Tyler and Cash Considerations from Golden State for Future Draft Considerations
Not nearly the blockbuster deal Atlanta was expected to make Thursday, the Hawks acquired some frontline depth with the 21-year-old Tyler. After bouncing around between the D-League and the NBA squad multiple times this season, Golden State decided to shed the over $1.5 million Tyler is owed to him over the next two seasons.
Stout depth-wise already at every position, this was a deal the Warriors weren’t hesitant to make.
Philadelphia Acquires Charles Jenkins from Golden State for Protected Second-Round Pick
Another example of Golden State ridding themselves of a player that wasn’t seeing much time on the court this season, Jenkins was shipped off to Philadelphia for a future protected second-rounder. For the Sixers, the team adds some depth at the point guard position while taking a chance that the 23-year-old, on a one-year deal, could grow into his own.
Both of Golden State’s trades culminate in the Warriors not having to pay the luxury tax this season.
Dallas Acquires Anthony Morrow from Atlanta for Dahntay Jones
Not much of a fit in his first season in Dallas, the Mavericks had no problem shipping Jones to the Hawks for a more proven scorer in Morrow. Even though a presence defensively should seemingly be a higher priority in Dallas, Morrow will provide more of a scoring punch and could see more action than Jones off the bench.
Offensively, Jones doesn’t bring much to the table but there’s no doubt that the nine-year NBA vet is still a stout defender and will be a solid locker room presence in Atlanta. Both players are in the final year of their deals so both teams also keep cap flexibility for the summer of 2013.
Charlotte Acquires Josh McRoberts from Orlando for Hakim Warrick
Looking to the future and trying to free up cash, Orlando acquired Warrick and waived him. Meanwhile, the Bobcats acquired an expiring contract with the hopes that the much-younger McRoberts can provide more of a spark and possibly stick around past this season for the right price.
Boston Acquires Jordan Crawford from Washington for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins
Looking to bolster their scoring off the bench, Boston took a chance on a volume shooter (41.5 percent on the season) but solid scorer (13.4 points a night) in Crawford. What makes this a clear win for the Celtics is that it only took sending a player on injured reserve (Barbosa) and a 34-year-old center that wasn’t getting much playing time.
While the Wizards do save some cash in acquiring two players in the midst of the final year of their contract, Washington should have seemingly held out for something better for the 24-year-old or just stood pat. It’s abundantly clear that Crawford wasn’t involved in the Wizards’ future plans but trading him for what amounts to less than $2 million in cap relief has to be considered taking a loss.
Oklahoma City Acquires Ronnie Brewer from New York for a Second-Round Pick
Out of the rotation in New York with Iman Shumpert back in the lineup and healthy, the Thunder are hoping that Brewer can turn his season around on a team in desperate need of depth on the wing.
For the Knicks, the team needed to clear a roster spot in order to sign veteran power forward Kenyon Martin to bolster their frontline. Snatching a second-round pick for a player they were looking to dump anyways is certainly a win for New York.
Portland Acquires Eric Maynor from Oklahoma City for a $2.2 million trade exception
The odd-man out for the Thunder this season with second-year player Reggie Jackson taking over as the primary backup point guard, Maynor was deemed expendable by Oklahoma City at this year’s deadline. This was welcome news for the Blazers as the team with one of the best starting five’s but a paper-thin bench was desperate to add some depth to their struggling reserve core. Even though Maynor is still working his way back from a right ACL tear suffered about a year ago, he’s still a capable asset that Portland will have control over this season and next if they choose to make a qualifying offer this summer.
This deal works for both sides because Maynor, in the midst of just his fourth NBA season, is a rock solid reserve, while the Thunder are able to shed some payroll by trading a player who only averaged 10.6 minutes per.
Milwaukee Acquires J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith from Orlando for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb
Understanding that re-signing Redick this offseason was no guarantee, and with the organization’s eyes firmly on the future, Orlando traded their sharpshooter for young pieces in Lamb and Harris and a solid backup in Udrih. Both Lamb and Harris are locked into reasonable deals over the next few seasons, while Udrih will be a free agent after this season thus giving the Magic even more financial flexibility over the next few years.
In Milwaukee, making the postseason remains the team’s number one priority and this move coincides with that sentiment. Adding a deadly sharpshooter in the midst of a career-year only reinforces the idea that the Bucks can stave off the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors for the final playoff spot in the East.
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