Almost a month ago the NBA (National Basketball Association) had its annual trade deadline. The deadline is always the 16th Thursday of the NBA season at 3 p.m. (random, I know right?). Around this time, NBA General Managers (GM) are wheeling and dealing their players out, attempting to get the best trades to make their respective franchises into more elite and admired teams in the league.
The days leading up to this deadline, are some of the most stressful of the year, for NBA General Managers. The basic roles of the GM are to control player transactions, negotiate player contracts, and to maintain the coaching staff.
So, what is the NBA trade deadline? The deadline is the last time any of the NBA teams can trade players for the rest of a remaining NBA season (this does not include signing and releasing players on a roster).
Taking a look at some of this year’s trades which happened right before the trade deadline, there is one obvious winner, the New York Knicks. The main players the Knicks traded were point guard Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler (all to Denver). Along with trading those players the Knicks gave the Denver Nuggets their 2011 first round draft pick, two second round draft picks that New York had previously received from Golden State, and three million dollars in cash.
That may seem like quite a bit, although the Nuggets gave up two of their franchise players in point guard Chauncey Billups and forward Carmelo Anthony to get all those bits and pieces. Carmelo being one of the best players in the NBA wanted nothing less than to leave Denver and go play for another team. These two Showtime players are going to make the Knicks mush better than they have been in recent season
While The Knicks gave up a bouquet of valuable pieces to get these All-Stars, it was well worth it. You can’t win championships in the NBA without superstar players, the Knicks received two big name players and the Nuggets received none. The draft picks that the Nuggets received are a big part of this deal, but they are based off of hope of drafting a good player and there is no guarantee that will happen.
The Boston Celtics made trades with the Oklahoma City Thunder; Boston received forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic and a future first round draft pick from OKC. Oklahoma City received big man Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson in this deal. I don’t know a reason as to why the Celtics wanted to make this trade; they had Kendrick Perkins an already proven big man who had been with the team the past 8 seasons. He was also a valuable part of the Celtic’s squads when they Celtics had made it to the NBA championship each of the past 3 seasons. Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic were starters on the Thunder, they are very good players who can play at a faster pace and make the Celtics quicker. Yet the Celtics lost size down low and no longer have that dominant go to center, the Oklahoma City Thunder received the best of this trade.
The New Jersey Nets completed trades with Utah; The Nets had just missed out on bringing Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey but they did receive a nice consolation prize in getting point guard Deron Williams to come play for them. Williams, one of the best guards in the league, now gives New Jersey that All-Star player that they have been so desperately searching for. Although the Nets did have to give up point guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors who was the Nets 2010 first round draft pick, their 2011 first round draft pick which could be very high in the draft, considering that the Nets currently have the 6th worst win-loss record in the NBA, and 3 million dollars in Cash.
The Nets gave up 2 of their top 5 players and a high draft pick in this summer’s 2011 NBA Draft in order to get Deron Williams but the Nets can still win this trade. William’s contract expires after this season and if the Nets can sign him to a new contract and keep him on the Nets squad for seasons to come, then the Nets will be the team that got the best of this trade. If Williams decides to leave and opt out of signing a contract with the Nets in order to stay with the team, then Utah absolutely got the best of this trade, and the Nets will be back where they started; only time will tell.
To conclude these trades the L.A Clippers finished a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers; it being the last marquee trade of the 2011 season. The Clipper’s gave up point guard Baron Davis and a 2011 NBA Lottery Pick (one of the first 14 selections in the first round). In turn to receive point guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon from the Cav’s. The Clippers mainly made this deal to rid of Baron Davis’s large contract worth 65 million dollars over five years. With two and a half years left on the contract Davis wasn’t living up to the high expectations set for him, so shipping him to Cleveland made a great deal of sense. Cleveland can afford him with ease particularly after losing Lebron James in the offseason; the Cavaliers had plenty of player salary cap space left (the amount of money a team can spend on paying its players) to use on Davis.
The Clippers were trying to clime themselves out of an already deep hole and cut their losses before they continued to accumulate. They did do so, but not before losing a high draft pick, which is another asset that the Clipper’s could have used to build around star forward Blake Griffin and all the young talent on L.A’s team. The Cavaliers got the best of this deal because there was no way this trade could have affected the Clippers positively.
In sum, the Knicks, Thunder, and Clippers got the best of their trades with other NBA teams. If the Nets can keep Deron Williams and sign him to a contract extension, then they too got the best of their trades with the Jazz.