NBA trades 2011 – Part 1
There have been some lopsided trades in NBA history, but David Stern’s decision to veto the Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Lakers has everyone up in arms. Still, we had a couple of busy weeks for all the NBA GM’s. We have a list of the most important NBA trades , structured in two separate articles. On paper, a number of these trades seem illogical, and unfair. However, some of traded players (Jermaine O’Neal, Vince Carter, Grant Hill) were not happy about their situation and expressed their desire to be traded. Taking that into consideration may take the edge off of some of the trades.
The Suns wanted to bring Grant Hill back, but $6.5 million at 39 years old is an awfully steep price tag to pay for Hill at this point in his career. Hopefully, his experience will come in play in the key moments.
Considering that Al-Farouq Aminu has moved on to New Orleans, LA Clippers signed Caron Butler from Dallas. Depsite all injuries, Butler is a key man and no doubt, one of the most important NBA trades of the moment.
Shane Battier is a great fit for a team that already boasted premier perimeter defense, and the value of his contract makes this deal absolutely phenomenal for Miami.
The Kings have a lot of big bodies, but the team didn’t have a defensive enforcer with the same ferocity that Chuck Hayes brings to the table, and that’s why signing CHuck Hayes was a necessary addition for a very young team.
Mike Dunleavy certainly doesn’t have the “excitement factor” that some other players may, and while there are definitely durability concerns here, a two-year contract worth less than $8 million is a bargain to bring him over to Milwaukee Bucks.
A 4 year contract for JJ BArea offered by Minnesota Timberwolves will provide the team wih a strong back court presence.
The Pacers may have slightly overpaid for a veteran forward lke David West coming off reconstructive knee surgery, but the short-term commitment (two years) makes the move look absolutely excellent for a team that had an obvious void at the position.
No doubt that Jeff Green is overpaid at $9 million, but the Boston had to retain him for this season, knowing he’d be integral in a shortened season on a roster that is built around its veteran leaders.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at Milwaukee Bucks, a stout defender on the perimeter.The Bucks chose to match an offer sheet he signed with the Denver Nuggets, and considering it was for the same amount of money J.J. Barea signed for with Minnesota.
Thaddeus Young resigned with Philadelphia 76ers. Young’s game is one that hasn’t been put on full display as he’s been playing behind Andre Iguodala for the duration of his career, but this was one restricted free agent the Sixers could not afford to let slip through the cracks. The average annual value of Young’s contract might seem a little high at this time -a bit over $8 million – but it’s important to remember that these deals should never be negotiated on past accomplishments.