There was a pretty agitated summer when we think about the NBA trades.
Big names also on the free agents list. We’ll do a short review of the most important moves on the NBA scene.
As you probably find out Shaquille O’Neal went to Cleveland in a trade that sent Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic a second round pick in 2010 Draft and $500,000 to Phoenix Suns. The 7-foot-1, 325-pounder had difficulty meshing in with Phoenix’s run-and-gun style. The Suns made just one playoff appearance during his 1 1/2 seasons in the desert, but O’Neal is confident he can adapt to whatever offense the Cavaliers install. “‘Win a Ring for the King,”‘ Shaquille O’Neal said in announcing his goal to help LeBron James get his first NBA championship.
One of the most important moves was made by Orlando Magic. They got Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson for Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie who moved to New Jersey Nets. Carter had more than $33 million remaining on contract, spanning two years with the Nets. This might be a very good move for the Nets. Lee, a native of Indianapolis and a product of Western Kentucky, averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Magic. He also played considerable minutes in 21 playoff games, averaging eight points per game, playing after suffering a broken eye socket that he said has since fully healed.
Atlanta Hawks got Jamal Crawford from Golden State Warriors in exchange for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton. Law, the 11th overall pick by the Hawks in 2007, did little to convince the new regime, led by former Sonics GM Rick Sund, that he would develop into a viable replacement at point guard for Mike Bibby. Crawford is owed more than $19 million over the next two seasons and doesn’t seem to fit.
New York Knicks got Darko Milicic from Memphis in exchange for Quentin Richardson and some cash. Milicic would have a chance to thrive as a one-year rental in Mike D’Antoni’s wide-open offensive system … and thriving is not something Darko has done particularly well since he was infamously selected No. 2 overall by the Pistons in the 2003 draft.
A really surprising move happened in Los Angeles : Ron Artest signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Lakers. Artest’s decision is another tough blow to the Rockets, who acquired Artest in a trade with Sacramento last summer. The Rockets envisioned Artest as the final piece to a “Big Three” with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, but those two All-Stars are now dealing with long-term injuries. The Rockets and Trevor Ariza later agreed on a multiyear deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because NBA rules prohibit announcing free-agent deals until next week, said the Rockets offered Ariza the full mid-level exception for the first year, about $5.6 million.
Hedo Turkoglu reportedly agreed to join the Portland Trail Blazers after helping Orlando reach the NBA finals. He opted out of his Orlando contract last week when the team acquired Vince Carter from New Jersey. Turkoglu was due $7.3 million next season in the final year of his $36 million, six-year deal with Orlando. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.
This deal is not done yet , because the Toronto Raptors made a significant offer to the player that might be considered.
Rasheed Wallace won’t be contributing to the Pistons cause anymore. He’s gone, off to the hated Boston Celtics. Wallace played the last six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, where he won an NBA championship in 2004. He heads to a Celtics team loaded with veterans such as Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, and hoping to make at least one more title run.
Wallace has averaged 15 points and 6.9 rebounds in 14 NBA seasons. He averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds last season.
Stay tuned for the weekly NBA trade report !