Evaluating the NBA Trades

The trade deadline has come and gone, and there was some activity over the past week leading up to the salary dump or be a contender deadline. I can’t say I was surprised that Amare or Boozer didn’t go anywhere since both teams are still in the playoff hunt, and the Jazz look to be a threat in the west. There were some big moves by teams in contention, so I’ll go through and give you my thoughts on if these teams actually made themselves better to contend for a title…

Camby to the Blazers for Blake and Outlaw

Great pickup for a team that desperately needed someone to help out Aldridge down low. Aldridge has been playing out of position since Oden and Pryzbilla went down, so moving back to his natural PF spot should increase his productivity. I don’t see Portland as a contender, but this move could get them into the playoffs, and give them a little more experience come next year when they have a better chance at competing for a title. That is, if Brandon Roy starts looking like his old self, and gets that hammy healthy. Trade grade B.

Caron and Haywood to the Mavs

Yeah, I know. I already wrote about this one. I’ll rehash what I wrote before, this does make them better defensively, which should improve their soft image. Caron hasn’t had a great start in Dallas, but I’m sure it will take a little while to assimilate to the new team. I really like Haywood down low. I caught some of the game against the Suns last night and he was swatting all that weak sh** out of the paint. I thought they had a chance before the trade to do something in the west, but this only increases their chances. The trade grade B+

Tyrus Thomas to Charlotte

This feels like a terrible trade for the Bulls. They are finally gelling and out of nowhere they ship out a big man that is finally playing well out of town. I like the move for Charlotte, who needed to make a move to be better, and getting rid of Acie Law and Flip Murray won’t effect them at all from an on court standpoint. They’ve easily leapfrogged the Bulls in the east to get destroyed by one of the top three seeds. I still like that they made an improvement, so I’ll give them a B.

Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, and a first round draft pick to the Rockets

Great deal for the Rockets, although I don’t see why they traded away Landry who has a shot at 6th man of the year. I’m just glad he landed in Sac who now has ten PF’s. I think having K-Mart will help the Rockets in the clutch, and since they are in a lot of close games, they will need him at the end of games. I feel like he will give some relief to Ariza and Brooks on the scoring load, and also make their offense tougher to zero in. He’s being reunited with his old coach Adelman so at least there’s a familiarity there. Martin also has that high basketball IQ which never hurts on a team that looks to overachieve. Trade grade B+. I don’t like them giving up their best bench guy in Landry could hurt their chemistry, but overall it’s a good move…

Antawn Jamison to the Cavs

I really like Jamison (partially for his Warriors ties, and partially because it’s my favorite Irish Whiskey). There’s no doubt that Amare would’ve been a bigger acquisition, but Jamison is no slouch. He’s a team guy and his averages are nearly identical to Amare’s 20ppg and 8 rpg. I’m not sure why people don’t view this as a great move. I mean look how well Jamal Crawford is doing for Atlanta after being stuck on crappy teams for years and years. The Cavs didn’t need to add someone that needs to dominate the ball to be effective, and Jamison is a guy that can get his without holding the ball too much! I thought they were the best team to knock off the Lakers, and this only improves them. Trade grade A-. It’s only a minus because they could’ve gone for Amare.

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10 responses to “Evaluating the NBA Trades

  • Anthony Burrola

    Dallas is now on par with Denver, Houston is now better than Memphis and will be very fun to watch when Yao loses weight and returns to action, and Cleveland is better but loses its matchup advantages it may have had over LAL. Boston and Orlando will have something to say about the East before it’s all said and done.

  • By

    Tyrus Thomas to Charlotte was a great trade … in terms of fantasy! Now maybe I can get some minutes out of him.

  • Anthony

    I’m just glad the heat didn’t trade for boozer!

  • tophatal


    Someone said Dallas in on par with the Denver ? Since when did the Mavericks get a back bone much less a spine ?

    Donnie Walsh is making me now think how smart ‘Zeke’ was when he was running thing for the Knicks ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Alan Parkins

  • Anthony Burrola

    Someone said it, and I am that someone. Deal with it.

  • chappy81

    I have to agree that Dallas crept into Denver’s tier in the rankings. I think that the moves Houston made will get them into the playoffs, but don’t see them beating anyone in the first round, unless they overachieve like crazy! One trade I didn’t write about was the Nate Robinson to Boston trade. Watching them against the Lakers last night it was painfully obvious they need another scorer to let guys like Pierce and Allen rest more during the game, and Nate could be that guy… We will see…

  • Anthony Burrola

    Nate could be, but he’s a liability defensively. He’s a nice pickup, but it’s just not enough.

  • tophatal


    And they’ll still end up being someone’s bitch come the playoffs !

    They’re good for regular season play much like the Cowboys are. When they stare adversity in the face they become wimps !

    Alan Parkins

  • Anthony Burrola

    I would argue with you, but I’m not going to waste my time, because time and time alone will tell all.

    Good day.

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