Winners and Losers
Here are this years winners and losers in my opinion.
Here is a easy to read trade tracker incase you missed anything
OKC - Oklahoma City has always been missing a big enforcer inside and they got exactly what they needed in Perkins. Perkins is a great physical down low defensive presense who has championship experience. I really wanted and expected OKC to go after Perkins in the off season and I knew there was a chance they would lose Jeff Green so I think it was an amazing trade for the Thunder. They also traded for Nazr Mohammed who will be a fantastic backup C who will bring more defense. I think the Thunder is now a western conference contender.
Nets - I don't believe the Nets ever thought Melo was going to agree to an extension with them. I believe the ONLY reason they came back in the talks was to make Dolan and the Knicks pay more. Prokhorov is a great business man and made a team in his division pay more than they should have for a star player. Melo was highly highly likely going to be traded to New York and the Nets made them up their offer. The Nets ended up getting Deron Williams instead ;who I believe is the best PG in the game. It was a surprise to see the Utah Jazz trade him and the Nets got a superstar player to build around. The Nets will have cap room next summer and I believe Williams will sign an extension because Prokhorov is going to do whatever it takes to build a winner.
Cavaliers - I am sure most people do not really think that the Cavs came out winners, but I do and heres why. They did take on Baron Davis' god awful contract, but they also got the Clippers first rounder this year. It will be a lottery pick and most likely a top 10 pick. This draft class may be weaker but they have to use the draft to rebuild again. They hardly have any assets and they only way this team is going to get better is through the draft. Maybe they will get lucky and end up the 2 or the top 3 picks because they certainly need it.
Houston - Houston was out to get a big name this summer and missed out. They then decided to try and trade for a big name star...didnt happen. They traded Battier away for Hasheem Thabeet or Thabust if you want to call him that. They sent out talented Aaron Brooks for a Goran Dragicpick in the 15-20 range. For a team that many expected to get a star ending up with Thabust and a backup point guard...
Bobcats - The bobcats traded away Gerald Wallace, who is a very underrated player for some expiring contracts and a couple draft picks. It was a cost cutting move and moved the team back even further.
Magic - They major made no moves at the deadline and too me that makes loser for a team that needed to trade. Dwight Howard went off on his team mates recently and this team just isnt going to get it done. I think Howard is going to take a good hard look at leaving because right now this team is looking at a first round exit.
Indy lost out BIG TIME
Howard is welcome in Chicago anytime he wants. Rose and him would be unbelievable.
I don't necessarily think the Bobcats lost out, Jordan it seems is finally trying to rebuild his current group, I'm just surprised he didn't manage to move Stephen Jackson, who would have been the ideal player to trade away for picks. I think Mike realised that he had no young talent with upside, and pulled the trigger. They might suck in the interim, but hopefully it'll pay off in the long-term.
I actually thought Houston had a nice day. Not everyone can land a superstar at the trade dealine.
I think that Boston should be considered a loser. Perkins was able to guard Dwight 1 on 1, something that most teams aren't able to do. The Celtics are putting a looooottt of faith into Shaq. Phoenix put a lot of faith in Shaq and in his two years with them, they lost in the first round and missed the playoffs. Also, the Celtics lost Robinson, who I thought was a big wild card. Robinson is one of those streaky players who can go off at any time and provide the offense that can be the difference maker in a game. I never liked Jeff Green's game but I guess that could be because he was in an unnatural position. Still, he doesn't strike fear in my eyes coming off the bench like Robinson could. I guess Kristic can start at center for the time being, but he is a big downgrade from Perkins. Just my two cents.
they went from being one of a handful of teams with a legit chance of winning it all to now standing no chance imo perkins was invaluable to them on def and the boards then trading away erden and luke for a 2nd round pick really way to go danny
Clippers are losers they lost there pick this year which could be a top 5 and they already traded there pick for next year so as of now they won't be able to bring in any young talent to partner with Griffin until his final year of the contract.
^ they have Bledsoe,Gordon,Aminu,Griffin, and Jordan. How much more young talent do they need. The trade was great for them, they saved like 15 million to go after a legit PG or maybe sign a SF like Thad Young in the offseason. This draft is weak anyone so not that big of a lose.
Too risky for Boston, IMO, what if Shaq and Jermaine are not healthy in the playoffs? Green is a huge asset at 4, but they shipped away one of the best defensive centers in the league and a young 7 footer and got one of the softest centers in the league in return.
They got better at the forward, but a lot worse at the center.
Those guys are young but do you really see Bledsoe as the PG of the future he is a back up in my opinion. And what top PG's are out there that are 1. Going to go to the Clippers and 2. better the Davis was anyway?
Gordon is good I like him a lot. He is better defensivly then people think and we know what he can do offensivly. But everyone loves to say you need 3 three stars to win in this league. So lets say Gordon and Griffin are two who is the third. What I'm saying is it could have been (using this website mock draft) Barnes, Terrence Jones, Donatas, Burks, Honetcutt, Leonard. Instead its going to have to be the mid level free agent they sign with the money they got from trading Davis. I would take my chance on the draft.
I would put Memphis in the category as a loser. They set the market price for OJ Mayo and failed to move him. So they will most likely never get better than Josh McRoberts and a 1st round pick (are you kidding me) and have a disgruntled player on your team who knows you are willing to move him.
Mitch Kupchak should give Ainge a call thanking him for shipping out Perkins. I just think Boston is counting on getting Troy Murphy and others once they are bought out. I just wonder what assurances Ainge must have had to feel confident to move Perkins. This move does not pass the smell test to me.
They probably won't face the Magic in the playoffs, and Perkins was going to leave them in the off-season if they did not trade him first. It is very risky, but I don't think that the Celtics are definitely losers. They are trying to look towards the future. They also get a lottery pick for the first time in years. Perkins will be a big loss, though. Glen Davis is a good defender, though, and Garnett makes a big impact when healthy, like he is this year (for the most part). I expect the Celtics to sign Murphy and leave Kristic out of the rotation.
I would put the Jazz as "winners." They may have given up their star player but he was gonna leave next year anyway. They also got pretty good value for trading Dwill. Harris used to put Allstar numbers and I believe he can do so again. He could put up something 20 pts and 8-9 assists not bad, especially when you won't see Derrick Rose, or Russell Westbrook on the trade block ever. And then Favors while he may not be able to do much this year, he has a huge amount of potential. He could be the next Elton Brand (before the injuries). And he's even taller then Elton is. If the Jazz develop Favors well which I think they will they may be able to benefit more than the Nets well. And they got another draft pick for this year. This year may be a weak draft but they could really use two players. A SF and a SG especially if they want to rebuild or more like reload in this case. Either way when you are looking to build a new face of the franchise and a new team you need all the draft picks you can get as well all the potential you can get. The Jazz did that. I actually think in the future, utah fans will look back and be very happy the Jazz traded Deron Williams and so will the Jazz. It was a very good move especially for a small market team like the Jazz.
Cavs could turn out to be big losers if theres a lock out and players decide to go back to school.
And the number one pick goes to the ...CAVS....The Cavs pick...SR. Jimmer ferdette withe the number one pick. Wait they have the number 2 pick as well and they select..Enis Kanter. Actually that wouldnt be that bad now that i think about it
And i think the Nuggest are winners as well even though they lost Melo. They have draft picks and some good players and lets face it, even with Melo they werent going further than the second round