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NBA trade review: 17 of 30 teams said 'Let's make a deal'

17 of 30 teams said 'Lets make a deal'

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 5:07 p.m. MDT

Antawn Jamison, left, shakes hands with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert following Thursday's trade. (Tony Dejak, Associated Press) Antawn Jamison, left, shakes hands with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert following Thursday's trade. (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:

BOSTON CELTICS

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.

Tracy McGrady says he'd be willing to take a huge pay cut to stay with N.Y. Knicks.    (Nick Laham, Getty Images) Tracy McGrady says he'd be willing to take a huge pay cut to stay with N.Y. Knicks. (Nick Laham, Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

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.

CHICAGO BULLS

What they got: Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick, Flip Murray, Acie Law and a future 1st-round pick from the Bobcats

John Salmons, left, is another proven scorer to help in Bucks' playoff push. (Duane Burleson, AP) John Salmons, left, is another proven scorer to help in Bucks' playoff push. (Duane Burleson, AP)

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.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

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.

Caron Butler, a former All-Star forward, gives the Mavs another offensive option.  (Ronald Martinez, Getty Images) Caron Butler, a former All-Star forward, gives the Mavs another offensive option. (Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)

DALLAS MAVERICKS

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.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

What they got: Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, a 2012 1st-round pick from New York and the right to swap 1st-rounders with New York in 2011

What they gave up: Tracy McGrady, Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey

What it means: The Rockets are now under the luxury tax threshold for the current season and no longer have to pay an enormous amount of money to McGrady to not play. They also got one of the league's best scorers in Martin from Sacramento. Hill, meanwhile, was the No. 8 overall pick in last June's draft and could help the Rockets forget about Landry, who had been a major contributor to the team's success this season.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

What they got: Drew Gooden, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and cash

What they gave up: Al Thornton, Sebastian Telfair and Marcus Camby

What it means: The notoriously cheap Clippers got rid of some salary — but this time they claim it's in order to pursue a big-time free agent this summer. It remains to be seen if L.A.'s other team can really entice LeBron James or some other All-Star to willingly put on a Clippers jersey. But they do have the cap space to at least make some offers.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

What they got: Ronnie Brewer

What they gave up: a protected 2011 1st-round pick

What it means: Brewer can start wearing a headband again, like he did in college for Arkansas. He never was able to do that with the Jazz, since Jerry Sloan forbids them.

Memphis is still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the West and was hoping that Brewer would help give them more depth for the stretch run. Unfortunately, he suffered a partially torn right hamstring in his first game with the Grizzlies on Friday night and will be out indefinitely.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

What they got: John Salmons, Royal Ivey, Primoz Brezec and a 2010 2nd-round pick from the Sixers

What they gave up: Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick, Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson

What it means: With Michael Redd out with an injury, the Bucks needed another scorer like Salmons to bolster their bid to make the playoffs this season. In the short run, it will make the Bucks better, while the rival Bulls will be weaker.

However, if Chicago can use the cap space to sign a big free agent this summer, it may be a deal that will come back to haunt Milwaukee.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

What they got: Darko Milicic

What they gave up: Brian Cardinal

What it means: Not much. Milicic has been a disappointment throughout his NBA career. The T-Wolves will be able to see what he can do for a couple of months, but so far Milicic — the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft — has had little success on the court.

NEW YORK KNICKS

What they got: Tracy McGrady, Eddie House, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, Brian Cardinal and Sergio Rodriguez

What they gave up: Nate Robinson, Marcus Landry, Larry Hughes, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, Darko Milicic, a 2012 1st-round pick and Houston's right to swap 1st-round picks in 2011

What it means: The Knicks are going for broke in their pursuit of LeBron and others this summer. McGrady's huge contract expires, and along with the other deals they've made it means the Knicks will have almost enough money to sign two players to max contracts. Meanwhile, McGrady is excited about playing in New York and says he would take a huge cut in pay to remain there next season. Imagine if the Knicks are able to sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and McGrady.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

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.

SACRAMENTO KINGS

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.

UTAH JAZZ

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.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

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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