As the NBA 2010 trade deadline passes, we are left to sort through the wreckage and pick at the deals that could make or break a team on the road to the NBA Finals. Lets divulge, shall we?
First off, the deadline saw 11 transactions in a six-day span, which is prettwy standard when compared to recent years.
So the big question beforehand was which teams would clear out salary cap room for next year when the free agent list will be containing an absurd number of marquis names. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudemire just to name a few of the stars who are scheduled to be up for grabs to the highest bidders and smoothest talking general managers.
We’ll begin in the basketball Mecca of New York. The Knicks may have landed the biggest name but also cleared the way for next year’s free agents. In a three way trade involving the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, they aquired injury plagued former all-star Tracy McGrady. McGrady can still be considered a great supporting player. Of course, that’s if his aging body allows him to.
Now are the woeful Knicks winners or losers on this day? How about this, we’ll check back in on July 1, 2010 when free agents hit the open market like housewives upon sales on Black Friday.
Hey, did I just use the Knicks and winners in the same sentence? When was the last time anyone heard that…be honest!
Now the Cleveland LeBron’s, or Cavaliers (you be the judge), made the best move when they acquired Antawn Jamison from the Wizards. This makes the league leaders even more dangerous in the sense that they can play a “stretch 4” and it will keep opposing defenders in check all the way out to the three point line. Yes, they gave up fan favorite Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a 2010 first round draft pick, but that finals trophy they look poised to make a run at sure will look better than any late first rounder.
And now we come across losers around the league. How about we first go with the Phoenix Suns? Amar’e Stoudemire now owns the team and GM. He is going to get paid whether it’s in the desert or anywhere around the league. The Suns have little to no leverage anymore at the end of the year when they will either try and resign the all-star, or will watch him hit the road and they are left with nothing but first-round playoff exits from years past.
Bean town should be wondering what was going through GM Danny Ainge’s mind when he traded for Nate Robinson in exchange for role player Eddie House and two others.
The Celtics get rid of a pure shooter and guy who is playoff tested and can come off the bench. Their pay out, an explosive slam dunk three peat champion who is great when it comes to contests. Oh wait, this is the push for the playoffs and this move makes no sense and more importantly doesn’t help Boston when they face the likes of the Hawks, Magic, or Cavs come playoff time.
So there you have it. Argue it, love it, or ignore it, but one fact emerges from the wreckage.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers are on a collision course for the Finals.