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Jerry West says you may not see trade activity until deadline

Feb 9, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

Jerry West AP

Here’s another thing you can blame on the condensed NBA schedule.

We are just about a month out from the NBA trading deadline (March 15) and now is when you start to hear the buzz of moves bubble up and soon a few minor trades go down as we get closer.

But maybe not this year.

Jerry West, former Lakers and Grizzlies GM and now consultant to the Warriors, told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated that we many not see moves until close to the deadline.

I think you’re probably going to see very little player movement for a while, right until the trade deadline. Because the way the season has been condensed, I think people in the front office are really at a disadvantage when you’re trying to add players of caliber who can make a significant difference in your team.

Less practice time will make integration of players harder, and anything that messes with team chemistry can make GMs gun-shy.

So are the Warriors going to make a move? Watch West tap dance with the best of them.

“We need to have — every year going into training camp — seven players that you feel pretty assured that the coach is going to play on a nightly basis. That’s where we need to get. Does it come through trades? Does it come through free agency? I don’t really know, because I’m not involved in the day-to-day operations in terms of talking to other teams and finding out what’s available, but that will be a focus going forward for Larry (Riley, GM) and Bob (Meyers, assistant GM).”

By the way, just like the rest of us, West thinks the Bulls, Heat and Thunder are very good. Read the rest of the article to find out more.

  1. goforthanddie - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Well, if everyone has to wait for Howard to be moved, and he isn’t going anywhere until after the All-Star game…

  2. bknowledge - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    3 team trade rumor:

    Knicks get:
    Dwight Howard
    Monta Ellis
    Daniel Orton

    Orlando gets:
    Carmelo Anthony
    Andris Biedrinis
    Iman Shumpert

    G.S. gets:
    Tyson Chandler
    Jason Richardson

    Full disclosure: I live in New york area, and would like to see either Knicks or Nets become a championship caliber team…
    I am only recommending this trade because of the whole Dwight is leaving Orlando thing…I don’t think its really possible to get full value for Dwight…

    Orlando could start:
    Biedrinis
    Ryan Anderson
    Carmelo
    Shumpert
    JJ Reddick
    and that roster should make playoffs- with other bottom half teams Atlanta, Indiana, and Philly…

    Knicks could start:
    Dwight
    Amare
    Landry Fields
    Bill Walker
    Monta Ellis
    and they would have a great chance to win championship…

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