Thursday, February 24, 2011

Trade Deadline Leads to Widespread Panic in Boston

The trade deadline has passed in the NBA, and with the flurry of activity that has taken place today, it is very reminiscent of the MLB deadline.  Some of the moves were relatively minor, although some of the potential to reshape the spectrum of the NBA playoff race.  Here is a list of some of the major deals that have taken place over the last 24 hours.

  • Celtics trade center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Thunder for center Nenad Kristic and forward Jeff Green.  
This deal is a major head-scratcher for the Celtics.  While Perkins has been banged up this year,(he's played in just 12 games) he is a physical presence in the middle defensively.  With Delonte West coming back from injury, the organization deemed Robinson expendable.

Kristic is a serviceable center, but isn't known for his defensive prowess.  Jeff Green isn't a good rebounder, averaging less that 6 a game, and shoots way too many three's.  He's barely at 30% for the season.  The trade, if Perkins is healthy, is a resounding win for the Thunder.

  • The Rockets made two separate deals, sending guard Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for guard Goran Dragic, then sending forward Shane Battier to the Grizzles for center Hasheem Thabeet.  The Rockets receive first round picks in both deals. 
Perhaps Phoenix views the speedy Brooks as the heir-apparent to the aging Steve Nash.  The Grizzles gain a solid veteran for the playoff push, and clearly the Rockets are rebuilding.  Taking a flier on Thabeet could be an intriguing move.

  • Clippers trade guard Baron Davis, and 2012 1st round pick to the Cavs, for guard Mo Williams and guard Jamario Moon.
While Baron Davis has been solid this year(12ppg, 7ast's) he has a terrible contract, as he is owed $29 million over 2 years.  Williams was an All-Star last year, although that was playing with Lebron James.  Williams should share time with promising guard Eric Bledsoe.  The Clippers traded a likely lottery pick, which is a curious move, although with six players 22 or younger, perhaps they felt that they didn't need another rookie.  I like the deal for the Clippers.

  • Bobcats trade forward Gerald Wallace to the Blazers for Joel Pryzbilla, forward Dante Cunningham, and 2 future 1st round picks.  
Wallace, the only original Bobcat left, should be a great pickup for the Blazers.  Although his scoring is down this season, he is a solid defender.  The Bobcats are dumping salary and trying to rebuild under owner Michael Jordan.  I like the deal for Portland.

For the rest of the deals, check out www.probasketballtalk.com

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