It was just the same month last year when the Memphis Grizzlies starting center Pau Gasol was traded to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron Mckie and his brother Marc Gasol with two future draft picks. The trade shook the entire NBA teams and others are calling it unfair and unprecedented since the Grizzlies are more like giving away their franchise player with a bunch of bench players and underachieving center in Kwame Brown. The Lakers went on to become a title contender but fall short to the mighty Boston Celtics.
This year, with the nearing of the trade deadline teams are starting to reshuffle their roster and find prospective players to occupy some holes on their offense and defense. With the recent recession and global crisis teams are bending more on the financial side, releasing players who have multiple contracts and franchise players are now considered good trade baits for future and stability of a struggling franchise. There would be good and bad trades but not that shocking compared to last year. Amare Stoudamire is the biggest name around the trading block but so far there are no talks and no definite team who will take Amare’s athleticism although any team would take the young forward but Phoenix are trying for the best deal available for the team. Here are the supposed trades for teams who are making the good deal and teams who are on the worst end of the negotiations.
Tyson Chandler traded for Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox
It would have been a good trade deal for the Thunders since they are really in need of a talented center that could play solid defense and offense on the court. It would have been the worst deal for the Hornets considering the redundancy of positions against Ely, West and Armstrong but fortunately the deal was waived off with Chandler’s recurring toe injury the Thunders can’t afford to go on a losing streak again and decided to null the trade deal.
Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks for Jamario Moon and Jermaine Oneal
The talks about this trade surface way before the All-star weekend although Miami has doubts about the ailing center Jermaine Oneal but the trade pushes through. Miami is in dire need of a good center who could compliment their rookie Michael Beasley it would have been a bad deal but with the inclusion of forward Jamario Moon the Heat and the Raptors are in a fair proposition. The Raptors need the versatility of a Shawn Marion and with Andrea Bargnani rising to his level. Oneal has slowly lost his transition to the Raptors offense. With both teams loosing on their first game parading their new roster it just goes to show that they still need the chemistry more than anything.
Brad Miller and John Salmons for Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni
This trade benefited the Bulls organization, Miller could fill the veteran presence in the post and he shoots well in the perimeter with good defense. John Salmons is also a good pick although Gooden and Nocioni could shine there in Sacramento but the Bulls have the edged in this deal. Sacramento in the other end clears some space cap and gets quality players in return either team are in a win-win situation.
The Boston Celtics release Sam Cassel to Sacramento Kings for a future draft pick although Sam is a good veteran player but with Rajon Rondo playing superb basketball and his backup point guard Eddie House doing quite well, Sam needs some playing time and he could blend well with Sacramento with Bobby Jackson elevated to the two guard and Sam will serve as a backup point guard to Beno Udrih. Chris Mihm will now show his wares in a Memphis uniform being sideline most of his career but still manage to stay afloat despite playing limited minutes as a Laker.
Richard Jefferson– although the Bucks are vocally saying that Jefferson will be a Buck for the rest of the season but there are some talks that Cleveland want to trade Wally Szcerbiak for Jefferson. The Bucks could clear a lot of salary cap in that process but Cleveland should sweeten up the deal if they want this negotiation to materialize. How about adding Pavlovic for a change?
Vince Carter– The Blazers are dead serious in getting the services of Carter but they will also have to complement it with good marquee players and right now they are offering Travis Outlaw and Sergio Rodriguez those two have expiring contracts and the Nets needed that space cap to shop for some solid player this 2010.
Antawn Jamison– With his team on a downfall and with Gilbert Arenas still recuperating the Wizards might deal Antawn for a quality player. They need to inject some new blood to fill the scarcity on offense for the struggling Wizards. They could deal Antawn for a shooting guard or a power forward.
Raja Bell– the Celtics are pursuing Raja to fill the vacant position James Posey left last year but unfortunately there is no one in the roster that could make an appeal to Charlotte.
Amare Stoudamire– If any team who could pull this deal then they would be in for an exciting moment for the rest of the season. Amare provides the inside presence with his athleticism he is a proven shot blocker and a good post defender. But so far there isn’t any hope in landing Amare to a new team for now, hopefully before Thursday.
Trade Deadline is still a day from now and this would be the busiest week for any team in the NBA. Will we see any reminiscent from the “Pau” trade? Or will we see teams rebuilding? NBA… the drama continues.