Let’s Make A Deal


The NBA Trade Deadline is almost as exciting as the All Star Weekend and NBA Finals in one.  This year’s deadline was no different, and possibly the most impactful we’ve seen in recent years.  Here is a breakdown of the most significant deals, and what they mean for the present and near futures.


Knicks Get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Corey Brewer

Nuggets Get: Danillo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, Knicks’ 2014 (or later) 1st Rd Pick, Warriors’ 2012 & 2013 2nd Rd Picks, and $3 Million Cash

Timberwolves Get: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph

What The Deal Means For…

Knicks – The Knicks manage to bring in the marquee talent that they aimed to do during last summer’s free agent frenzy, pairing Melo & Amare together.  Had this deal not happened, it would’ve looked extremely bad on the Knicks’ front office, which had Melo gift-wrapping himself to them.  Anytime you have the ability to gain the services of an elite talent, You Do What You Must To Make It Happen!  What the Knicks gave up, were role players who made them a decent, mildly-competitive, franchise.  However, as they stood pre-Melo, how many games would they honestly win in a playoff series vs. The Heat, Celtics, Magic, Bulls, or Hawks…Probably not more than one.  Also, with the acquisition of Amare Stoudemire, there was some buzz back in the Garden for the 2011 season.  Bringing in Melo creates a Frenzy!  Ask yourself this…If you’re on the opposing team, “Are you afraid of Timofey Mozgov?” “Does the threat of Wilson Chandler giving you endless buckets all night, make your stomach turn?” No? Oh ok…This is why you go and get Carmelo Anthony!  The Knicks now have two legit threats that you are FORCED to game plan for.  Let’s not act like Billups is some throw in player either.  Billups’ deal expires at the end of the 2012 season, which makes him a very attractive commodity next season.  Billups is also a player that you use in a potential Chris Paul deal, who’s already been rumored to want to align himself with Stoudemire and Anthony.  Chauncey is also a former Finals MVP, and a veteran leader at PG, that the Knicks will need to keep them grounded during their playoff run.

Nuggets – Denver had to make a move, and seeing as how New Jersey presented the best overall deal, they had to stretch the Knicks for all they could.  The Nuggets got quality youth in return, and a player in Gallinari with a huge upside.  Gallo can be the league’s next Dirk Nowitzki, or of course, he could be the next Peja Stojakovic.  For Denver’s sake, let’s hope he’s more of the Dirk mold.

T-Wolves – Eddy Curry was the steal of this trade!  Curry’s still young and very promising, and has…ok obviously I’m joking.  Curry’s deal is a huge expiring contract that will give the rebuilding T-Wolves, some necessary cap space, so they can re-sign their own rising star, Kevin Love.  The jury is still out on what Anthony Randolph can do, so this was done more on potential.

Overview: The Knicks gave up players, whose talents can all be replaced.  I don’t see Chandler getting much better than he already is, and Billups is an upgrade at the Point over Felton.  The Knicks had to do something to remain competitive in the very loaded Eastern Conference.  A future addition of Chris Paul would put them where they’d need to be.  However, the person that holds to the key to that acquisition is Landry Fields.  Fields would need to continue his development, to make him an appealing young prospect to add to a team, along with Billups.  Either way this deal works for all parties, as the Nuggets also have several trading chips for the future.

Nets Get: Deron Williams

Jazz Get: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, 2 1st Rd Picks, & $3 Million Cash

Nets – Swinging for the fence and missing on Melo has its rewards.  Simply put, the Nets are moving to a new location, and needed a Fan Draw…Enter Deron Williams.  Williams is seen as the best PG in the league by many, and will surely attract other star players to NJ soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets.  Williams was set to hit free agency next summer, in a class that featured Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.  After the fallout with Jerry Sloan, Williams was sure to explore his options, and align himself with other potential stars.  Dwight Howard is almost certain to have some interest in playing with Deron in Brooklyn, for the 2012 Season.

Jazz – Utah gets a fairly young, and very solid PG replacement in Devin Harris, and a future star PF in Derrick Favors.  Favors would surely be the #1 pick overall had he stayed in college for another season, and will be a major building block for the Jazz.  In addition, the two 1st round picks will be huge in future trade talks, or in rebuilding a Jazz team, that’s headed for a youth movement.

Overview: Rather than be the Denver Nuggets of 2011-12, the Jazz dealt Williams while the market was hot.  The Nets needed a player to attract the fans, and they were willing to give up a very solid package in order to do so.  The Nets also hold a huge trump card in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, in the form of more draft picks, and big man Brook Lopez.  Don’t be surprised if the opening night lineup of the Brooklyn Nets features both Deron Williams & Dwight Howard.  Utah on the other hand, will have to deal Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap at some point, so Favors can get his necessary room to grow.

Celtics Get: Jeff Green & Nenad Krstic

Thunder Get: Kendrick Perkins & Nate Robinson

Celtics – After failing to resign Perkins last year, the C’s were almost left with their hands tied.  While they sacrifice their size advantage in the East, they get younger, which was inevitable.  The front office didn’t feel they’d be able to resign Perkins in the off season, once he hits Free Agency, so they had to make a move.  Green provides help along the perimeter, backing up Paul Pierce, and can provide some help at the 4 position as well.  The Celtics are expected to sign Troy Murphy (dealt to Golden State), after his contract is bought out, which will help them get back some of what they lost.  This deal does however; make the C’s much more vulnerable for teams like the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls.

Thunder – HUGE Trade for OKC!  This deal gives the Thunder an almost flawless lineup.  They now have the size to match up with the Lakers and Spurs.  Nate Robinson gives them the spark off the bench that they desperately needed, to go along with James Harden.  The athleticism throughout the Thunder’s lineup will be very difficult to deal with in the West, and now make the Thunder a very likely candidate to unseat the Lakers or Spurs in the Western Conference.

Overview: The Thunder was going to have to deal Jeff Green eventually.  Green was an undersized PF, on a team with a dominant SF.  There was no way they’d make it passed the Lakers or Spurs with the same lineup as last season.  Perkins was also seen as the reason that the Celtics lost that playoff series against the Lakers last year.  Which leads us to the C’s who have to be confident that Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal will be healthy enough to help them in the playoffs.  Krstic and possibly Murphy, will help them as well, but don’t take up the space, or play defense like Perkins.  The major gain for the Thunder is an equally huge loss for the Celtics.

Blazers Get: Gerald Wallace

Bobcats Get: Joel Pryzbilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks, 2 1st Rd Picks, & Cash

Blazers – Another huge deal for a Western Conference Contender.  The Blazers were almost an afterthought in the Western Conference Pecking Order…Not Now!  Wallace adds athleticism, defense, and a hole in the Blazers lineup that could’ve been fixed thru the draft a few years ago…Kevin Durant Anyone?  Instead, the Blazers dump several benchwarmers and Pryzbilla for a player that can help the Blazers immediately!  Wallace literally does everything on the court, and with Rookie Wesley Matthews lighting it up, it makes the load lighter on Brandon Roy.

Bobcats – Cap relief, and possibly Kemba Walker!

Overview: The Bobcats clear up some cap space, and look to rebuild through the draft.  Although, we do remember how well Michael Jordan was at drafting…let’s see how this works out.  The Blazers created a situation where they can get out of the first round of the playoffs, and give the Spurs and Lakers a major run for their money.  Wallace allows the team to rest Brandon Roy a little more, which will preserve him for the playoffs.  This deal makes the Blazers a very dangerous team down the road.

Other Notable Deals

Clippers send Baron Davis & 2011 1st rd. pick to the Cavs for Mo Williams & Jamario Moon

Davis has to be the sickest man in the country right now!  It’s not looking like he’ll play much for the Cavs down the line, and has even chosen to wear the number 85, Weird.  The Clippers unload a huge contract in Davis, but get another smallish combo guard in Williams, to go with Bledsoe and Gordon.  Williams’ contract runs through the 2011-12 season, with an ETO for 2012-2013, so let’s see what happens down the line.

Wizards send Kirk Hinrich & Hilton Armstrong to the Hawks for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, & 2011 1st rd. pick

Hinrich provides immediate help at the point, which had an inconsistent Jeff Teague, and aging Mike Bibby.  Teague is the PG of the future of Atlanta, but Hinrich provides major help going into the playoffs.  The Wizards get cap relief after Bibby’s deal expires after this season, as they look towards the future of their very young team.

Rockets send Aaron Brooks to the Suns for Goran Dragic & 2011 1st rd. pick

Personally, I liked the heir apparent that Dragic was for the Suns, after the Nash era ended.  Dragic is a very athletic PG, with a game similar to Manu Ginobilli’s.  Brooks fell out of favor in Houston, and has seen his role diminish greatly this season.  In all, this was a solid deal for both teams, and Brooks will be a nice replacement for Nash once he moves on.

Overall this Trade Deadline might have had the most impact in recent years.  Both conferences got extremely competitive, which make for an exciting playoff season in the NBA.  Immediate Winners – OKC Thunder and the Portland Trailblazers.  Future Winners – New York Knicks, and the NJ/BK Nets.  Biggest Losers – Boston Celtics, and Baron Davis!

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4 Responses to “Let’s Make A Deal”
  1. The FrankMan says:

    Great breakdown. I’m not sure how Gerald Wallace will work in Portland though. Still on the fence about the impact there.

  2. Chris Ross says:

    Really nice article here bud. What a trade deadline, this must have been one of the best one’s in the history of the sport if not the best. It was really fun all day watching so many deals go down. Some of these trades were just so out of left field and they kept coming in that it just made the past 72 hours so interesting. I think in these trades there were definitely some major winners and losers, when in actuality trades should be mutually beneficial for both teams (but I guess that doesn’t happen all too often). I thought OKC, Denver, Houston and Cleveland did a really god job bolstering their teams for the future. They made some major shake-ups but I think in the long run it will be beneficial for their team, especially the Perkins trade. Also, you think you could take a look at my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/head-scratching-deals-highlight-nba-trade-deadline/

  3. HReid says:

    Very thorough Skoob. The Blazers needed to add a seond scoring threat with Aldridge carrying the load and Roy trying to operate with 2 bad wheels. He brings a toughness to that team that they needed for some time. Brooks better start hooping or he will be considered a bust, think the Rockets got the better end of the bargain with Dragic and got even younger with the trade. Plus Thabeet can end up living up to his talent, especially with Hakeem, his fellow countrymen now in arms reach to get him NBA prime time ready. The Rockets GM knew what they were doing when they landed him, creating the heir apparent for Yao “My Legs are Not built for this league” Ming. We shall see….

  4. HReid says:

    Very thorough Skoob. The Blazers needed to add a second scoring threat with Aldridge carrying the load and Roy trying to operate with 2 bad wheels. He brings a toughness to that team that they needed for some time. Brooks better start hooping or he will be considered a bust, think the Rockets got the better end of the bargain with Dragic and got even younger with the trade. Plus Thabeet can end up living up to his talent, especially with Hakeem, his fellow countrymen now in arms reach to get him NBA prime time ready. The Rockets GM knew what they were doing when they landed him, creating the heir apparent for Yao “My Legs are Not built for this league” Ming. We shall see……

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