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Big Names in Big Trades

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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Reply Lev to Brandon
7:35 PM on March 28, 2010 

1) The Rockets really aren't going to be able to make the playoffs because it's starting to look as if the 8 teams are set
2) The Mavs' 13 game winning streak ended to none other than the Knicks
3) True, the other trades may have been more significant, but the T-mac trade was more interesting.
4) Good point about T-mac attracting a star to come
5) Many of my readers are New Yorkers and want to hear about this stuff.
6) Your right that those trades were very meaningful for those teams.

p.s. How long did it take you to right this essay because it's very well written?
Reply Brandon
5:26 PM on March 28, 2010 
Hey Lev,

I have to disagree with your trade deadline analysis. Like most of the NBA media that I read, you appear very NY-centric. ?The biggest trade was a 3-team trade that sent Tracy McGrady to the Knicks????? Really? I would argue that it was the third-biggest at best.

The trades that Cleveland and Dallas made with the Wizards significantly bettered both teams? chances at winning an NBA Championship. You said it yourself: ?the Mavericks are now a team that is talented enough to move past the Nuggets?. At a time when an injury to Eric Dampier could have severely hampered the Mavericks? chances at having home court advantage in the first round, the team added a center and was able to continue its season without skipping a beat. Not to mention, Haywood wasn?t even the staple of the trade. In acquiring Caron Butler, the Mavs brought in a long, versatile forward, who, like you said, will take some of the scoring load off of Dirk. But what you missed was that he also represents a strong on-ball defender who can make a big impact on the likes of Carmello and Kobe (and LeBron). Dallas has struggled defensively in years-past, and Butler could change this. This trade certainly played a part in Dallas? 13-game win streak.

I might be showing my own personal bias here, but in strictly looking at the TRADES themselves, I can?t see how Cleveland?s deal wasn?t the best this year. They essentially gave up cash for Antawn Jameson. How can that not be an amazing deal? Despite losing Shaq, the Cavs have maintained the best record in the league since acquiring Antawn.

You argue that Jameson represents an improvement over Anderson Varejao, but he really isn?t Andy?s replacement at all. Each has a different role on the team, and the two are complements of each other. The acquisition of Jameson was completely incremental, in terms of both players added and talent/skill acquired.

Reality is that the Cavs will not reap the full benefits of the Jameson deal until the playoffs. Last year, the Cavs were the best team in the league during the regular season, but were handled by the Magic in the playoffs because Cleveland couldn?t match up with Orlando?s front line. By adding Jameson, the Cavs made themselves able to offset the mismatches that Orlando would have had against O?Neal, Ilgauskas, Varejao, and Hickson.

Despite a trade that separates a team from the pack in the West, and another that pushes Cleveland past the single road-block that hindered their ?09 Finals hopes, you still think that the Knicks have benefited most from their trade-deadline activity. What has the trade done for the Knicks? Have they become playoff contenders? Have they even moved up in the standings? Sadly, the most beneficial aspect of the McGrady deal for the Knicks might be that it helps attract free agents next summer, but you didn?t mention that at all.

The most disappointing part of your analysis of the T-Mac trade, and what I think most proves your Knick-biased analysis, was the fact that the only time you mentioned ?Houston? in your article, it was preceded by ?Alan?. Did you forget how huge the trade was for the Rockets? They gave up a player who was not even on their active roster in exchange for Kevin Martin, who I think is a really good player that has TONS of upside. Despite being without their All-Star for the entire season, the Rockets have been in playoff contention, and the acquisition of Martin had the potential to push them over the top.

I know you?re a huge fan of PTI and Around the Horn. One of my favorite aspects of those shows is that they include analysis from people across the country in efforts to alleviate some of the bias that surrounds our New York-ridden media. I hope that your next post includes the same impartiality.

Let me know what you think!

Reply Kyle
5:04 PM on March 23, 2010 
Definetly a good trade by the Knicks, but they might need some luck to get those superstarts. Lebron James probably doesnt want to leave the cavaliers, and Dwayne Wade might want a lot of money.

p.s. i see you have sachas link :)
Reply Seth
11:29 PM on February 28, 2010 
I concur with your analysis, but the only real question is whether King James got enough to run with LA.
Reply Butters
1:16 PM on February 26, 2010 
Now that Caron Butler has been banned from chewing on straws, I think his focus will be solely on winning a championship.