|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 7:52 AM|
Many stars who were expected to be traded stayed put after the trade deadline on Thursday, February 18. Ray Allen stayed in Boston, and Amare Stoudemire stayed in Phoenix because of his surge as of late. However, many other names were dealt before Thursday at 3:00.
The biggest trade was a 3-team trade that sent Tracy McGrady to the Knicks and Kevin Martin to the Rockets. This trade is huge for the Knicks because they get a big time scorer which is a type of player that they haven’t had since Allan Houston. The Knicks also save almost 2.5 million dollars because they got rid of Jared Jeffries and Larry Hughes who were being paid ridiculous contracts. They will either use this money over the summer to resign David Lee or to go for two of the four superstars that are free agents this summer (LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Joe Johnson).
Another trade was made by the Cavaliers to try to enhance their lineup into a championship team. They added Antwan Jamison who is a big improvement over Anderson Varejao because he is more of a perimeter player and allows Shaq to clog up the paint. LeBron James will get to play with a former all-star and 20 point scorer for the first time in his career.
The Mavericks moved a step closer to catching the Nuggets, Jazz and the Lakers in the Western Conference by adding Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. After loosing Gilbert Arenas because he brought guns into the locker room, the Wizards have gone to complete rebuilding mode by giving up Jamison and Butler. The Mavericks added another scorer to take the load off of Dirk Nowitzki, and Haywood gives them length and size that they didn’t have before.
I think the Mavericks are now a team that is talented enough to move past the Nuggets who have been struggling on the road lately. The Western Conference playoff race has become very interesting with the Jazz winning 18 of their last 21 games, and Oklahoma City going on a 9-game winning streak, and this trade.
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