NBA trades 2011
It has been a very agitated month in the NBA with plenty of rumors and lots of possible trades. Finally, after the All Star break we have a complete picture of what happened. We have the most important NBA trades in 2011 so far, and a few opinions.
The biggest trade of the year so far, that we discussed in a few previous posts, is the three Way trade between Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Knicks.
Knicks: New York Knicks receive Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman from the Nuggets, and the Knicks also receive Corey Brewer from the Timberwovles.
Nuggets: Denver Nuggets receive Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round draft pick, and the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash from the New York Knicks and receive Kosta Kousfos from Minnesota.
Timberwolves: Minnesota Timberwolves receive Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from the New York Knick.
Any negatives on the Nuggets’ decisions comes solely on the fact they gave up one of the NBA’s best scorers. Chauncey Billups may have been a hometown favorite, but including him brought back even more pieces from the Knicks. A lot of picks, young talent and removing some bad contracts made the Nuggets come out about as good as you can after losing Anthony.
Charlotte Bobcats trade forward Gerald Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers for C Joel Przybilla, F Dante Cunningham, F/C Sean Marks, a conditional 2011 pick, and a conditional 2013 first-round draft pick. This team isn’t going anywhere this year, so the Bobcats got ready for the future. None of the guys they acquired are on long deals, so Michael Jordan made a good move opening cap room and grabbing future picks. They will miss Wallace, but then again, the swingman couldn’t be considered the future there anyways
Phoenix Suns trade Goran Dragic and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for point guard Aaron Brooks. Houston Rockets Trade F Shane Battier and G Ishmael Smith to the Memphis Grizzlies for C Hasheem Thabeet, F DeMarre Carroll and a future first-round draft pick . Brooks can be a solid point guard and Battier is an excellent leader, but with Kyle Lowry and a team headed straight to the lottery, neither are assets the Rockets needed. Sure, Thabeet has little hope of developing, but Dragic and the two picks are good enough. Both picks could be lottery selections (although the Suns’ one is protected this year), giving the Rockets a shot of youth the team could use.
Boston Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, and a 2012 first round pick, and cash.
Boston Celetics trade F Luke Harangody and C Semih Erden to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
The Celtics’ size and strength was their bread and butter and now Boston dealt the man who holds the knife. The rest of the players are inconsequential after losing Perkins, who may have brought a title home to Beantown had he been healthy for Game Seven.
Green has a lot of potential, but he’s a sixth-man now and until Garnett or Pierce retires. The 2012 pick is really the only good sign here, as it’s the Clippers pick, who could be decent next year so it’s still a mid-1st selection
Also, Boston Celtics trade a future draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for G/F Marquis Daniels and cash considerations.
Cleveland Cavaliers trade G Mo Williams and F Jamario Moon to the L.A. Clippers for G Baron Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick. Cleveland just got a lot larger, and no, not because The Drew Carey Show is back. Taking on B-Diddy’s huge contract doesn’t seem so worth it when the pick is in an extremely weak 2011 draft. The real issue, however, is the deal they didn’t pull for Richard Hamilton.
Atlanta Hawks trade Mike Bibby, Mo Evans, Jordan Crawford and a 2011 draft pick to Washington Wizards in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong. Bibby is a ghost of his former self and Evans will likely be bought out. The Wizards mostly dealt for the draft pick. The team needs to be overhauled considering they have only three valuable players, on a good day.
New Orleans Hornets acquire F Carl Landry from Sacramento Kings for G Marcus Thornton. The Hornets become a threat. If all healthy, Emeka Okafor, David West and Landry make a fierce interior presence to help contend out West
Golden State Warriors acquire PF Troy Murphy from New Jersey Nets for PF Brandan Wright and C Dan Gadzuric. Murphy might be bought out, so this move is merely a salary dump from the Bay. Although, involving Wright seems silly. He’s oozing potential and while Golden State isn’t exactly the best place for him to achieve it, it seems like they could have gotten more for him
New Jersey Nets traded PG Devin Harris and PF Derrick Favors to the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams. This could go in either direction, all hinging on whether Deron Williams stays in New Jersey past the 2011-2012 season. If he does, it’s great for the Nets, if he doesn’t …. That very bad .
Chicago Bulls trade forward James Johnson to the Toronto Raptors for the 2011 first-round draft pick Toronto acquired from the Miami Heat. Trading a guy well out of the rotation for a first round pick is just a genius trade by the Bulls.
Sure, they could’ve used a two-guard, but keeping Omer Asik will prove wise when they need extra size in the playoffs.