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Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get the idea. Let’s look at the winners and losers from the trade deadline.

Winner: Milwaukee Bucks

Acquiring J.J. Redick from Orlando will help Milwaukee’s 24th ranked offensive efficiency and should lock up a playoff spot. That’s a pretty good deal considering Milwaukee didn’t have to part with any future draft picks. Acquiring Redick is a win-now move that has a slight chance of paying off later, especially if Monta Ellis opts out and Redick likes what he sees from Milwaukee these next few months.

Loser: J.J. Redick

Of course, Redick probably won’t like what he sees — primarily because he won’t see the ball. Redick has posted career highs in points per game and assists this season in an offense designed around him, but that won’t happen with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis chucking up shots all game. Going to a potential playoff team is a good thing, but there were so many other contenders (Chicago, Memphis, Denver) that likely could have boosted his value (and stats) much more.

Winner: Los Angeles Clippers

Sacrificing a good chunk of the future by trading Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan could have been disastrous. Simply by welcoming back Chauncey Billups and getting healthy, the Clippers improved as much as any of the contenders did at the deadline. Not making a panic trade was the right move.

Loser: Chicago Bulls

They didn’t improve, and they didn’t get under the tax. Accomplishing neither of those tasks is a pretty big failure — the Bulls couldn’t afford to do nothing in either regard.

Winner: New York Knicks

Freeing up a roster spot to sign Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract and getting a future second rounder for Ronnie Brewer was a nice move, so long as it doesn’t mean Amar’e Stoudemire finds his way into the starting lineup. Martin, a noted coach killer, can also cause some problems, but we’ll give this a tentative win.

Loser: Brooklyn Nets

Not surprisingly, no team bit on the Kris Humphries/MarShon Brooks package. For a team clearly in win-now mode, accomplishing nothing at the deadline to try and shorten the gap hurts. Humphries was signed to that big 2-year, $24 million dollar contract to match salaries for a big move, but now it just looks kind of silly.

Winner: Portland Trailblazers

Acquiring Eric Maynor from Oklahoma City for a trade exception and the rights to Giorgio Printezis is a smart buy-low move for Portland. Even if Maynor never fully recovers from his knee injuries, he’s still a much better backup point guard option than Ronnie Price, who has been absolutely brutal this year. It’s a low risk, high reward move.

Loser: Sacramento Kings

Giving up on a top-5 draft pick after 800 minutes just to save a few bucks is painfully shortsighted, but that’s the issue of having lame duck decision makers in the organization. Patrick Patterson is a nice player, but Thomas Robinson will likely make this trade look very stupid for a very long time.

Winners: Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt

Congrats, gentlemen. You were lucky enough to land a spot on the first lifeboat.

Losers: Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas

No one likes going from being a rotation player on a potential playoff team to a cellar dweller where the on-court product literally matters to no one.

Winner: Houston Rockets

They got the best asset in the trade in Robinson, a guy multiple teams apparently like. They also managed to shed salary off next year’s books, which could free up the money needed for Dwight Howard or another big free agent. It might not translate to the floor right away since Robinson is young and developing, but it’s an incredibly strong front office play.

Loser: Washington Wizards

It’s pretty hard to believe that the best assets Washington could get for Jordan Crawford was ancient center Jason Collins and out for the season guard Leandro Barbosa. Unless Crawford was awful in the locker room and was peer pressuring Bradley Beal into doing terrible things, it’s hard to commend the Wizards for this one.

Winner: Tobias Harris

Harris should get playing time on a young Orlando team that will be much more patient with him than Scott Skiles or Jim Boylan was. At just 20 years old, Harris has the potential to be a very solid rotation player in the future.

Losers: Josh McRoberts and Hakim Warrick

Agent: “Good news, you’ve been traded!”

Player: “That’s great! Ha — see ya suckers! I’m tired of being on this crappy team. So where am I headed?”

Agent: “Um…well…

Winner: Oklahoma City Thunder

Ronnie Brewer has been awful this year for the Knicks (he’s shooting 36.6 percent from the field), but Brewer has been a useful defender in the past. Sam Presti essentially swapped third string point guard Eric Maynor for Ronnie Brewer, and Brewer could prove useful in offense/defense substitutions with Kevin Martin. In a very limited role, he could be useful.

Loser: Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks ended up with nothing but a burned bridge for all this trouble (and Dahntay Jones, but whatever), and now they face the very real possibility of losing Josh Smith for nothing but cap room this offseason. You’d like to think that Milwaukee’s bevy of expiring contracts could have at least landed Atlanta a useful young prospect or future draft pick, but apparently Atlanta got cold feet. There are worse things than having a boat load of cap space, but Smith is too good of a player to just let walk away. Atlanta screwed this one up.

Winner: Anthony Morrow

One of the greatest shooters ever (I’m not exaggerating, look at the numbers) should get a chance at regular playing time again with the Dallas Mavericks. I’m irrationally excited about this.

Loser: Utah Jazz

How the Jazz didn’t trade Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap is absolutely baffling. They clearly have a logjam in the frontcourt with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter needing more playing time, and Jefferson and Millsap are both on expiring deals. Does Utah really think they’re a free agent destination? Do they really think they have a shot at a championship this year as is? What a waste.

Winner: Philadelphia 76ers

I have no real opinion on acquiring Warriors guard Charles Jenkins, but I’m listing them as a winner for allowing us weekly looks at Andrew Bynum‘s hairstyles.

Loser: Boston Celtics

I’m as sentimental as the next guy, and I realize trading franchise legend Paul Pierce is not easy. Don’t the Celtics have to get on with it eventually, though? I suppose they could get really lucky if Miami suffers injuries, but every year they let Pierce and Garnett get a little older, their trade value goes down. Getting Jordan Crawford for nothing was a nice move, though, given the direction they chose.

Winner: Mr. and Mrs. Morris

Having twins in the NBA must be a hassle. You have to pick your favorite child on a nightly basis and rack of a lot of airplane miles. No more! Phoenix has always loved getting the other brother (Robin Lopez, Taylor Griffin), but putting Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris together makes everyone a winner, so long as Rockets GM Daryl Morey airballs on the second round pick they had to give up.

Loser: Los Angeles Lakers

I think everyone expected some Mitch Kupchak magic at the deadline, even if it was acquiring a useful, smaller piece. Nope. For better or worse, the Lakers are going to ride this season out. I’ll guess worse.

  1. greej1938l - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Damn DJ doing work on the article. Nice work!

  2. jmclarkent - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    My Utah Jazz are screwed. Now their options are to let Milsap and Jefferson walk for nothing, or resign them and bench Favors and Kantner forever. At the very least, you’d think they could get a bag of stale donuts for Raja stinkin’ Bell.

    See ya after a 1st round playoff elimination and an underwhelming draft position!

    • abasketballthing - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      They were lowballed. The offers they got for Millsap were of the Kris Humphries-Marshon Brooks variety, and the rumored offers for Jefferson were just as bad.. That’s not much better than losing one of them for nothing(they are not going to let both of them walk). There is a chance they resign both as well, but that doesn’t mean they can’t trade one of them next season if they get better offers.

    • saint1997 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      yeh everyone knew that they wanted to move them so why would they offer them anything of substantial value. Your future is still promising if you can land a good young point man (Jennings, Bledsoe, Vasquez) to pair with Burks (who i like and want to see get more minutes) Hayward Kanter and Favors

  3. pvaz869 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Lakers would have been labeled trade deadline losers no matter what they would have done. Making a move with a team that has no chemistry on the court, no system to run and another lame-duck coach would have been more fuel to the fire. I believe the Lakers are winners for not making things worse than they are.

    Why bring in players on “loan” for an already lost season??

    • zacksdad - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      If they traded D’Antoni for a pee wee basketball coach, they would have been labeled winners.

  4. siege102 - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Totally on board with your assessments of the Hawks and Celtics. Nice job on the article

  5. obeidl - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    The reason the Wizards gave up Jordan Crawford for nothing is because he’s a knucklehead. I was sitting right next to the Wizards bench at the Pistons game just before the All-Star break; he didn’t listen to the coach, didn’t participate in timeout huddles, didn’t root for his teammates. What he did do was get in a fight (playfully) with the Pistons’ mascot after the Wizards lost a 10 point lead, and play catch with a fan. Good talent, no brains.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      The Celtics have a much better chance of handling Crawford’s ego than a young team like the Wizards. If Doc and Garnett can’t control him, no one can. Just like the signing of Williams, it’s a win-win situation. All they gave up was a guy with a blown out knee and a guy who is tall (with no other talents than fouling).

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Watching Crawford ball pretty hard for the Celts right now.

  6. justorion - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    A trade of D’Antoni for a cardboard cut out of Phil Jackson would be a win for Lakers

  7. j0esixpack - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    So the Celtics improve without, gaining a backup guard and giving up anything at all, and they are listed as losers?

    Hey, maybe a newbie PBT blogger really does know more than Danny Ainge but since one can’t trade Garnett its really pointless to blame Ainge for not blowing up the Celtics – especially when they’re in good position to make the playoffs and have shown how dangerous they can be when they get hot.

  8. herkulease - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    The bulls have nothing to offer any team. Deng is the most attractive piece but they are not going to move him. Nada on Noah too.

    Exactly who is going to take on Boozer’s 15 million cap number and his remain 31 million. Neither will anyone take Rip Hamilton. Unless they were willing to take garage in return.

    the rest of the guys make so little its unlikely they’d get anything back that would put them below tax level. It would have to be for draft picks and nothing else.

  9. mydoglouie - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Franchise lengend…..ok

    • andyhr17 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Let’s hear your case against it.

  10. reasonablemindsays - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Teams have been trading for the rights of Giorgio Printezis for the last half decade. When is this guy going to actually come to the NBA?

  11. wwttww - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    So Hawks screwed up by not trading Josh in the end for probably nothing but what will be the 15th pick in the draft?…they are going to have picks 16 & 20 in the 1st this year anyway in a shallow draft….let him walk keep the cap space…Danny Ferry isn’t Billy knight or Rick Sund…not gonna panic in lowball offers. The right decision was to keep him.

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