Trade Deadline Deals (Part I)

Trade deadline has come and gone, and it’s one of the busiest one I can remember. It started with the Melo trade and once Melo was traded to the Knicks, the floodgate opens and here we are. Couple of big name players are traded, couple of surprises. Here is what I thought about each trade, beginning with the Carmelo Anthony trade:


Trade: Denver trades Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round draft pick (2014 or later) and cash. Knicks also send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota for Corey Brewer.

Skinny: Melo got what he wanted, the Knicks got what they wanted, but did they too high of price for a player who is going to come anyway? Basically, the Knicks sort of bid against themselves on this one, and gave up way too much.  They did get the best player in the deal, maybe even best 2 players with Billups, but they sacrificed a lot of depth, and Billups isn’t young anymore.  Denver did a great job of playing this hand out.  They used the Nets as baits and played the hand beautifully. Wilson Chandler is an upcoming free-agent, but I could see the Nuggets re-signing him. Gallinari didn’t do much in NY except shooting 3 and going to the FT line, but I think he has more skills than that. Mozgov has some potential as a big man who can rebound, but foul too much. I don’t expect the Nuggets keeping Felton around with Lawson there as PG, unless he is a willing backup. Knicks also received Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry. Curry is useless, but Randolph is intriguing. He has top 5 talent, but his head is in the wrong place and it didn’t help that D’Antoni likes a short rotation. Brewer is a good defender, but useless on offense, in a way it fits a need for the Knicks, since they will be very bad on defense. Billups can’t guard quick guards anymore, Melo isn’t much of a defender, and we know about Amare.  But offensively, they will be a lot of fun to watch. You will see a lot 120-115 games in MSG.
Grades: NYK C, DEN B+, Minny B-

Trade: Utah trades Deron Williams to New Jersey for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and cash considerations.

Skinny: Well, New Jersey is getting a star one way or another and they got one in Deron Williams. He is legit 20-10 guard who can control a game at any time. This trade immediately improves the Nets from a 27 win team to 35 win team. The big question is: Will Williams re-signed with the Nets in 2012? Well, if the new CBA has a franchise player clause, then it’s a big win for the Nets. It’s a bit of a gamble though. If he leaves, this is a disaster for them. In the short term, the Nets still isn’t any good and won’t make the playoffs this season. They may have the worst starting wing players in the league. I think Utah panicked here, I know the situation between Sloan and Williams, and Deron may have something to do with Sloan quitting. The Jazz don’t want another Melo situation next season so they make the move now. I think you can get more than this for Williams who is one of the best PG in this league. Harris is a fine player, Favors is an intriguing prospect and the 2 first round picks are likely lottery picks especially the NJ pick this season. But in a week draft, that may diminish the value.
Grades: NJ C, UTH B-

Trade: Sacramento trades Carl Landry to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton and cash considerations.

Skinny: One 6th man for another. Thornton is not getting a lot of minutes for whatever reason, so moving him make sense for the Hornets. When you factor that the Hornets have almost no depth at the frontline, this trade makes a lot of sense. Landry can score with his midrange jumper and his drives. The Hornets, unlike the Jazz are trying to show CP3 that they are going for it. The Kings got Thornton who is a restricted free agent next season, so in some ways they dictate his future. Thornton can score, and he will do a lot of it with Evans out with an injury.

Grades: NO B+, Sac B-

Trade: Washington trades Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to Atlanta for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round draft pick.

Skinny: In reality this is Hinrich for Crawford and the first round pick for Washington, though I am not sure Bibby will get bought out by the Wizards since he has another year remaining. This is a solid trade for the Wiz, they are rebuilding anyway, so they need draft picks and prospects. Jordan Crawford is an intriguing prospect, in a lot of ways he is a lot like Nick Young or even his namesake, Jamaal Crawford.  As for the Hawks, they finally have a PG who can guard the opposing PG. Hinrich’s defense and leadership ability will be very helpful the Hawks.  It’s an easy trade to make for ATL.

Grades: ATL B+, Wsh B

Trade: Nets trade Troy Murphy and a second-round pick in 2012 to the Warriors for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.

Skinny: A bit puzzled with this one for the Warriors. I know they don’t like Wright, but is that all they can get for him? Wright has talent, he is injury prone though, but he will get playing time in NJ. The Warriors are expected to buy-out Troy Murphy, at least the Celtics are hoping so.

Grades: GSW C-, NJN B

Trade: Chicago trades James Johnson to the Raptors for a first-round draft pick.

Skinny: We talked about this one on Tues from the Raptors POV. It’s a low risk move for them, a late first round pick in a weak draft doesn’t hold much water especially considering the upcoming CBA. I think the Raptors second round pick which would be around 33-34 range, is more valuable than the 28-29 pick of the draft because of the guarantee money.  Johnson isn’t a high ceiling prospect; he is 24 already. However I do like that the Raptors plug him as a starting SF right away, and he didn’t embarrass himself. From my first look, he looked trimmer, and moving a lot better on defense. Hopefully he can prove himself with the playing time he is getting. He has one more season left on his rookie contract, so the Raptors will give him every chance. Chicago shed some money and add a first round pick for a player they don’t need.
Grades: TOR C+, Chi B

Trade: L.A. Clippers trade Baron Davis and the Clippers’ 2011 first-round draft pick to Cleveland for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.

Skinny: You hear the term “I like the trade for both teams”, here is one that I would say I hate the trade for both teams. I never like the idea of giving up a lottery pick for nothing, no matter how weak the draft is. Basically, the Cavs bought a lottery pick for 12 mil, that’s the difference between Davis’ contract and Williams’. This could be really ugly for the Cavs watching an unmotivated Baron going thru the motion. Davis was playing well for the Clippers thanks to Blake Griffin, but looking at the Cavs roster, it’s quite a depressing sight. The only good news for Cavs fans is that their owner is showing a willingness to improve no matter the cost. For the Clippers, they will be saving money, and they will have cap room, but with their history, no one significant wants to play for Donald Sterling.

Grades: LAC D, Cle C-


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