2013 NBA Trade Deadline Deals That Got Done
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The 2013 NBA Trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon and while there was a lot of activity, notable wouldn’t exactly be the way to describe it. Eleven trades were completed prior to the deadline, and only a couple of them contained what could be considered recognizable names. The high-profile guys who were rumored to be on the block, like Paul Pierce, Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett and Al Jefferson, all stayed put. Below you can find all the deals made before the trade deadline and some analysis as to why they were completed.
Houston Rockets receive: Thomas Robinson, Tyler Honeycutt and Francisco Garcia
Sacramento Kings receive: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas
Analysis: This move was purely about cutting costs for the Kings. Moving Thomas Robinson is something that they could regret for years to come, while the Rockets could really reap the benefits from it. Honeycutt is another nice young prospect for them to add to the fold and Garcia could help in their quest for the playoffs this year. Kings fans are upset about this trade and have a right to be, the only bright side to this deal is that Patterson is close friends with DeMarcus Cousins.
Houston Rockets receive: 2013 second-round pick
Phoenix Suns receive: Marcus Morris
Analysis: Morris just never really fit in with the Houston Rockets for a variety of reasons. With Robinson on board and Terrence Jones looking ready for the opportunity to play, the Rockets went ahead and moved out Morris for pennies on the dollar. Getting just a second-round pick for a player two years removed from being a lottery selection isn’t ideal, but Morris is in a much better position to succeed now and the Rockets have plenty to replace him.
Memphis Grizzlies receive: Dexter Pittman
Miami HEAT receive: Right to Ricky Sanchez
Analysis: After working hard to develop over the last few years, the HEAT finally decided it was time to move on from Pittman. Their style of play just doesn’t suit him at all. Memphis’ on the other hand, though, does perfectly. Pittman will have the best opportunity of his career under Lionel Hollins, who has been campaigning for a backup center for weeks now.
Phoenix Suns receive: Hamed Haddadi, second-round pick
Toronto Raptors receive: Sebastian Telfair
Analysis: The Raptors were lacking depth behind Kyle Lowry after the Jose Calderon trade and are able to get a decent one in Telfair for a very reasonable price. Haddadi wasn’t playing in Toronto, and is even less likely to in Phoenix, and the Suns are better off giving Kendall Marshall the backup minutes at point guard.
Atlanta Hawks receive: Jeremy Tyler
Golden State Warriors receive: Draft considerations
Analysis: Golden State did this solely to get under the luxury tax. Rookie center Festus Ezeli made Tyler expendable. Tyler is a good prospect for Atlanta to grab, though, with a big portion of their frontline headed towards free agency.
Philadelphia 76ers receive: Charles Jenkins
Golden State Warriors receive: Draft considerations
Analysis: Reasoning is same as above for the Warriors. Jenkins could see some time in the backcourt in Philadelphia if he can run the offense to Coach Collins’ liking.
Dallas Mavericks receive: Anthony Morrow
Atlanta Hawks receive: Dahntay Jones
Analysis: If any deal epitomizes the kind of action the 2013 trade deadline contained, this is it. Both players are highly unlikely to stay on the team past this season and will have to really battle to get into the regular rotation.
Washington Wizards receive: Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins
Boston Celtics receive: Jordan Crawford
Analysis: The Celtics clearly get the better end of this deal. Their veteran leadership could have a very positive impact on Crawford. The Wizards wanted rid of him and were willing to settle on cap relief and a backup center.
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: Ronnie Brewer
New York Knicks receive: Second-round pick
Analysis: The Knicks needed to free up a roster spot, but do so in a manner that probably upsets a lot of contending teams. Brewer is a really tremendous pickup for the Thunder and someone who can really help them defensively in the process.
Portland Trail Blazers receive: Eric Maynor
Oklahoma City Thunder receive: $2.2 million trade exception and draft rights to Giorgos Printezis.
Analysis: At first the Trail Blazers didn’t want to bring in anyone to push Damian Lillard for minutes. Now that they’re in the thick of the playoff hunt and he has established himself as one of the league’s bright young stars, they need someone who can keep them going while he rests. Maynor can certainly do that; the Thunder were willing to move him for a TPE because they did not like their chances to re-sign him as a free agent this offseason. Printezis is 27 and unlikely to ever play in the NBA.
Charlotte Bobcats receive: Josh McRoberts
Orlando Magic receive: Hakim Warrick
Analysis: Both players are on expiring deals and unlikely to play much the rest of the season for their new teams, both of which are in the hunt for the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Bobcats save about $300 thousand in the trade.
Milwaukee Bucks receive: J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith
Orlando Magic receive: Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb
Analysis: This was the biggest deal of the day and a surprising one considering how much interest there was in Redick. The Magic obviously like the potential of Harris and Lamb, because there were at least four other teams making offers for Redick. For Milwaukee this is a great move. They weren’t in love with any of the three guys they sent out, and Redick should give their second unit a big boost as they look to make a playoff push.