NBA trade review: 17 of 30 teams said 'Let's make a deal'
17 of 30 teams said 'Lets make a deal'
Tony Dejak, Associated Press
Amare Stoudemire and Carlos Boozer are still with their respective teams, but that doesn't mean there wasn't any action near the NBA's trade deadline. In fact, 17 of the 30 NBA teams made at least a minor deal during the past week.
Here's a recap of went down with each participating team, in alphabetical order, and what it means:
What they got: Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry
What they gave up: Eddie House, J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker
What it means: Robinson is a little man — especially by NBA standards — but he is a scorer. The current NBA slam dunk champion should give the Celtics bench some much-needed instant offense. House played a nice role in Boston's 2008 NBA title run, but had regressed, which made him expendable.
What they got: Tyrus Thomas, Theo Ratliff
What they gave up: Flip Murray, Acie Law, a future 1st-round pick and a 2nd-round draft pick
What it means: The Bobcats are serious about making the playoffs this season and Thomas should help that cause. The 6-10 power forward — who was picked ahead of Rudy Gay and Brandon Roy in the 2006 draft — was averaging about nine points, seven boards and two blocked shots per game for the Bulls, and those numbers should get better in Charlotte.
What they got: Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick, Flip Murray, Acie Law and a future 1st-round pick from the Bobcats
What they gave up: Tyrus Thomas, John Salmons
What it means: These trades were made, pure and simple, in order for Chicago to clear up cap space to make a run at a top free agent this offseason. Miami's Dwyane Wade seems to be the guy the Bulls are targeting, but they could also make a play for current Jazzman Carlos Boozer.
In the meantime, losing Salmons and Thomas means the Bulls have pretty much thrown in the towel for this season. If they do manage to get into the playoffs, it will end in four — maybe five — games.
What they got: Antawn Jamison, Sebastian Telfair
What they gave up: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, rights to Emir Preldzic and a 2010 1st-round pick
What it means: Jamison is no spring chicken — he'll be 34 in June — but he can still score and rebound. While his Cavs debut was forgettable — he went 0-for-12 from the field on Friday night — Jamison will give LeBron James' club another scoring threat and should make the East's best team even better. Longtime Cav Ilgauskas, meanwhile, could return to the team before the playoffs start, too.
What they got: Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and cash
What they gave up: Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton
What it means: Butler is a former do-it-all All-Star small forward who has lost a step, but could thrive as a third or fourth option on a contending club. Haywood is a 7-footer who gives the Mavs another big body to bang around with the Lakers in a possible playoff series. They had to give up Howard, but he may have been more trouble than he was worth anyway. This trade was Mark Cuban's way of saying that Dallas is serious about competing for a title this season.
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