Winners, losers from NBA deals
It was a fabulous bazaar at this NBA trading deadline and it began with the megastar Carmelo Anthony landing in the capital of glamour basketball. It continued with the bizarre, as in why in the world did a title contender in Boston act like a small-market club in dealing its glue guy, Kendrick Perkins?
We already dealt with the 'Melo deal in depth, but here are the winners and losers from the other biggest deals:
The Nets miss out on 'Melo, but they get the next biggest star to change hands at the deadline. Trading the picks seemed to be a bit excessive, though, especially for a lottery team. Murphy goes to the Warriors to make this a three-team deal.
The Celtics prepared for life without Perkins early, because they apparently weren't going to afford the offseason free agent. This deal nets them a reserve forward, a part-time center but far less than what the glue Perkins had provided them when he was healthy.
The Kings give up on Landry, who looked capable of being a solid starter but wound up performing better as a reserve. Thornton was having a down second season with the Hornets, but it will be giving a great opportunity with the rebuilding Kings.
The Bobcats were capable of making the playoffs, but getting stomped in Round 1 against the Celtics, Heat or Bulls wasn't as intriguing as rebuilding, apparently. The Blazers picked up a legit small forward in Wallace, who is arguably the best rebounder at the three position and fits perfectly with their gritty defensive M.O.
Another contender has decided to make a significant change at a critical position here. It is a more subtle move than the Perkins deal, but Hinrich is heady and a younger distributor who will be asked to run the show for a playoff club.
Davis was a lost cause with the Clippers and this deal probably won't do much for him either. The Cavs are as lost of a cause as there is in the NBA.
The Grizzlies give up on the once well-regard Thabeet and pick up a veteran hammer in Battier.