While the trade deadline over the past few years has spurred the movement of superstars such as Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony, this year’s deadline will be remembered for its lack of exciting deals.
Josh Smith, Paul Millsap and Monta Ellis were all rumored to be on the move due to their valuable expiring contracts. As the deadline passed, all three stayed put.
The prohibitive luxury tax in the NBA's new Collective Bargaining Agreement forces teams to determine whether a rental player is worth risking the future of the franchise. Teams clearly felt that Smith, Millsap and Ellis were not worth mortgaging their young talent or draft picks for short-term gains.
Though the stars didn't end up packing their bags, the “big” deals that went down over the last 24 hours still involved a few playoff teams.
In this Majority Rules SnapCall, we asked the audience which deal has the biggest impact on the rest of the season. Remember: Majority Rules is a question type in SnapCall that asks the audience to guess the majority opinion to get the points.
Houston turned some of their spare parts into the 5th overall pick from last year's draft: Thomas Robinson. They sent Patrick Patterson and cap fillers to the Sacramento Kings for the former University of Kansas standout. Robinson figures to start at power forward and get major minutes for the 8th-seeded Rockets down the stretch of the season.
The major takeaway from this deal is the complete lack of vision that the Kings have for their roster. Sacramento has sold their franchise, and is set to move to Seattle. While trying to re-brand the entire organization, trading a player who was selected in the top-5 just eight months ago seems odd.
Another “major” deal was announced merely moments before Thursday's 3:00 pm deadline. Sharpshooter J.J. Redick being dealt to the 8th-seeded Milwaukee Bucks was not much of a surprise, but gives the Bucks some much needed depth at the guard position. Redick, and his career-high 15.1 points per game, will aid Milwaukee’s attempt to climb the standings and avoid facing the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
However, sitting above Milwaukee in the 7th-seed, are the Celtics. Boston made their own move for Jordan Crawford. They didn’t have to give up any of their major assets, and still added a productive backcourt scorer. Boston is gearing up for one last playoff run with Pierce and Garnett before father time catches up with them.
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