NBA trade review: 17 of 30 teams said 'Let's make a deal'
17 of 30 teams said 'Lets make a deal'
What they got: Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson
What they gave up: Royal Ivey, Primoz Brezec and a 2010 2nd-round pick
What it means: Meeks was a big-time college scorer in college at Kentucky. Philly will have a chance to see if he can duplicate that success at the NBA level and all it cost them, really, was a 2nd-round draft pick.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
What they got: Marcus Camby
What they gave up: Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and cash
What it means: Portland needed some help inside after injuries to Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla. Camby, one of the top defensive players in the league, will be able to fill that bill with his rebounding and blocked shots. He may just be a rental, as his contract is expiring. But if Camby works out, the Blazers could re-sign him for the long haul — especially since it appears Oden can't stay healthy.
What they got: Larry Hughes, Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey
What they gave up: Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong and Sergio Rodriguez
What it means: With the emergence of rookie Tyreke Evans as a star combo guard, Martin was expendable. Landry, meanwhile, is an undersized power forward with a big heart that Kings fans will love. Plus, the Kings freed up some cap space and can now be a player in free agency this summer.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
What they got: a 2nd-round draft pick from the Bobcats
What they gave up: Theo Ratliff
What it means: It was simply a cost-saving deal. Ratliff wasn't playing for the Spurs and they were able to dump some salary.
What they got: a protected 2011 1st-round draft pick from Memphis
What they gave up: Ronnie Brewer
What it means: While not the type of deal popular with fans, the Jazz's logjam at the two-guard made Brewer expendable and the $3.6 million or so that it will save the club made it worth it. It appeared that the Jazz and Brewer wouldn't be able to get a deal done this offseason, so he likely would have signed with another team as a restricted free agent and left Utah in a couple of months anyway. Really, the biggest possible drawback to cutting ties now is if it disrupts the chemistry on the red-hot team fighting for the No. 2 spot in the West. Jazz star Deron Williams and others were close to Brewer and hated to see him go.
The Jazz will miss Brewer's hustle and high-flying dunks, but he was never a consistent outside shooting threat. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, in fact, wouldn't even guard him when he was on the court during the playoffs last season, daring him to shoot. Now Wesley Matthews, Ronnie Price, C.J. Miles and Kyle Korver will battle it out in an attempt to get the minutes on the court that had been going to Brewer.
What they got: Josh Howard, Quinton Ross, James Singleton, Al Thornton, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, rights to Emir Preldzic, Cleveland's 2010 1st-round draft pick and a 2nd-round draft pick from Sacramento
What they gave up: Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison, Dominic McGuire and cash
What it means: The Wizards have gutted their team and are starting from scratch. Once the home to three All-Stars — Gilbert Arenas, Butler and Jamison — now the nation's capital has none of those players on the court and two have been dealt to title contenders. Arenas, of course, is suspended for the season and could be facing jail time on gun charges. Season ticket holders should demand their money back.
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