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Winners/losers of the trade deadline

It's a matter of person opinion. Share who you think the winners and losers of this trade deadline are, and why.

Doesn't have to be a team. Could be a player or someone else.

My winners:

Ramon Sessions - Goes from a borderline playoff contender to a title contender, and from being a backup to a rookie to being the starter for a very talented team.

Indiana Pacers - An underrated and quiet move, they got Leandro Barbosa for very little. They now have one of the deepest benches in the league, as Barbosa, George Hill & Tyler Hanbrough are all capable of putting up double digit scoring on any given night, and Dahntay Jones is still a good wing defender.

LA Clippers - Add Nick Young for Brian Cook & a second rounder. As much of a headcase as he is, theres no denying that Nick Young is a talented young SG who can score. with the loss of Billups, the Clippers needed that and even though there were better targets available, they got Nick Young for VERY little (no offense to Brian Cook)

Portland Trail Blazers - This one might get some debate, but I think the Blazers walked out from this pretty nicely. Not for the present, but they made some good moves for their future. They got a young project centre and a PG who can still be pretty good for a guy in his final years in the league. They also stole New Jerseys pick, which will likely still be in the lottery, for Gerald Wallace which isn't a bad move because it also opens up some room for Nicolas Batum to become the full time starter at the SF, which I think is his more natural position.

Washington Wizards: Took a step in the right direction. They had some talent, but lacked maturity. They couldn't dump Andray Blatche, but they managed to get rid of two of their other headcases AND get a legit low post option at the same time. It's not gonna change their direction a ton, but it's a step in the right direction.

Orlando - The team & everyone living in the city: Sometimes the best move is no move. Dwight stays in Orlando, and Orlando should continue to be a dangerous team. They managed to convince him stay at least one more year. The only sad part about this is it likely means we're gonna go through the exact same drama all over again next year.

Losers:

Denver Nuggets: They trade away their only low post option for a young immature center and put alot of pressure on Gallinari, Lawson and their other perimeter scorers to produce now that they don't have a legit post option. They do shed a big contract and get a little younger, but I don't think it was worth it. At least not while Nene is still in his prime.

Houston Rockets: They trade away some young talent for two 38 year olds in Marcus Camby & Derek Fisher. Whats the point in this? Plus, they never aquired the superstar they wanted.

Derek Fisher: So much for loyalty. The organization he'd won 5 rings and played for so long for trades him away unexpectedly, right after aquiring the point guard they were searching for and he goes from starting on the Lakers to likely being a backup or even third string point guard behind Kyle Lowry (when he returns) and potentially Goran Dragic.

New Jersey Nets: They traded away their pick, but i don't think Gerald Wallace was the turning factor that would convince Deron Williams to stay. And with Dwight Howard staying in Orlando next season, they should be very fearful of what Dwill will choose to do next season. If he leaves, they could be left with a mess of a roster and very few draft picks in the future to help rebuild, because they just keep trading them away (Derrick Favors, their first round pick last year plus another for Deron Williams, and now their 2012 pick as well). I think this Gerald Wallace move shows just how desperate they are.

New Orleans Hornets: This isn't a big deal, but they couldn't move Chris Kaman. Chances are now that they're likely going to buy out his contract. Chris Kaman is still a very talented center, so for a team in need of pieces to help shape the future, getting nothing back for him hurts a little.


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who is the "project" center

who is the "project" center you were referring to for the blazers?

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Hasheem Thabeet. The guy may

Hasheem Thabeet. The guy may be raw as hell offensively, but he was still drafted 2nd overall based on his defense and size, the latter of which you can't teach. He's still young. I'm not saying he's ever going to pan out, but considering big guys take longer to pan out then other players anyways, theres still always the chance for improvement, you never know.

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who is the "project" center

who is the "project" center you were referring to for the blazers?

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Those words were spoken by

Those words were spoken by Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle earlier this week as he sat alongside the majority of his new players for the 2012-13 NBA season. On his right were Dahntay Jones, Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand, all lined up at a table with microphones in front of each.

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“I’m not trying to replace

“I’m not trying to replace Jason Kidd,” said Collison. “That’s tough to do. I thought he was a great player for this organization, but I just plan to be myself. I was brought here for a reason. Some of the things that I want to bring are an up-tempo style, energy, defense, and whatever I can do to help out these guys. I’m just excited to be here.”

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“I do feel like I have

“I do feel like I have something to prove,” agrees Mayo, who was the subject of trade rumors and even a failed trade during his time with the Memphis Grizzlies. “It was a crazy four years in Memphis. I’ve been traded, then had the phone call that the trade didn’t go through and you have to come back to work. It was a reality check that this is a business, and as long as you take care of your game your game will take care of you. I just want to come here, have a breath of fresh air, compete with one of the greatest players that ever played, one of the greatest owners to own a team in one of the greatest sports towns in America. I’m here to give it my all and not fail.”

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Although the Raptors remained

Although the Raptors remained relatively quiet this summer other than adding forward Landry Fields in free agency, Colangelo said Toronto had the opportunity to get insert itself into the league’s blockbuster deals this summer before opting against that strategy.

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“I don’t think it’s something

“I don’t think it’s something on the front burner at this point,“ Petrie told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. “Going forward salary cap-wise, we have a lot of flexibility. There are no real concerns about our ability to pay going forward because of our future numbers. The most important thing in the big picture is that Tyreke takes his game to another level. The reward for that is ultimately what’s greater in a lot of respects.”

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Petrie sent out the reminder

Petrie sent out the reminder Evans has yet to turn 23, so there’s still potential for growth.

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Keith Smart: After taking

Keith Smart: After taking over for former Kings head coach Paul Westphal early last season on an interim basis, the Kings wisely removed the interim tag and made him the permanent head coach this summer. Smart has been a head coach on two different occasions earlier in his career; the experience he gained from those stints should serve him well with this opportunity, which has to be considered his best yet. Smart has a tough task on his hands, but the players really believe him and there is some serious talent on the roster. We’ll know what he’s really made of as a head coach by the time the season is over.

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There are several key areas

There are several key areas that plagued the Kings last year that they must improve on this year if they’re going to take any steps forward. It starts with their defense. They gave up 104 points a game last year, the worst in the league. That has to be Coach Smart’s top priority from day one, and taking care of the boards would go a long way in helping their defense. The Kings were outrebounded by two a game last season, something that should never happen considering the talent they have inside. They really struggled shooting the three last year and that looks like it could be an issue this year. It’s important for the Kings to differentiate good looks from open looks. Opposing defenses are going to give them open looks by design, but the Kings still have to look inside first, second, and third.

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The other big change from

The other big change from recent years is the addition of Darren Collison, who came to Dallas in a trade that sent backup center Ian Mahinmi to the Indiana Pacers. Collison may not be a crafty Hall of Famer like his predecessor Jason Kidd, but he does bring an up-tempo style of play that may remind Mavs fans of the last point guard to take them to the NBA Finals. Collison has Devin Harris’ quickness, but also brings a career 37% three-point average that Harris never added to his arsenal.

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“I do feel like I have

“I do feel like I have something to prove,” agrees Mayo, who was the subject of trade rumors and even a failed trade during his time with the Memphis Grizzlies. “It was a crazy four years in Memphis. I’ve been traded, then had the phone call that the trade didn’t go through and you have to come back to work. It was a reality check that this is a business, and as long as you take care of your game your game will take care of you. I just want to come here, have a breath of fresh air, compete with one of the greatest players that ever played, one of the greatest owners to own a team in one of the greatest sports towns in America. I’m here to give it my all and not fail.”

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Indeed, it is. And with a

Indeed, it is. And with a group as motivated and with as much experience as this new-look Mavs team will have, anything can happen.ss

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The most rumored deal was for

The most rumored deal was for All-Star forward Andre Iguodala, who was eventually shipped by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Denver Nuggets. Colangelo admits that the team could have potentially landed Iguodala but said the move would be too risky and would potentially jeopardize the foundation they’ve been building over the past several seasons.

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“We had a chance to jump in

“We had a chance to jump in there but he wasn’t the right fit for our team given the circumstances and the pieces that needed to go in and out,” Colangelo said. “His contract with one year of permanency and one year where he could opt out was too much risk given that we were unloading several current and future assets.”e21412

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In the rumored Iguodala

In the rumored Iguodala scenario the Raptors would have had to part ways with promising guard DeMar DeRozan, third-year forward Ed Davis, guard Jose Calderon and a first-round pick.64346

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But Colangelo didn’t rule out

But Colangelo didn’t rule out the team actively seeking trade offers for Calderon with Lowry now in the fold. Calderon, a low turnover guard, is in the last year of a contract which will pay him $10.6 million in 2013 – a deal which could bring tremendous value near the trade deadline.w1`1`1`1

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“I mentioned whether Jose

“I mentioned whether Jose [Calderon] was with this team or serving this team as a trade asset,” Colangelo said. “He really is a trade asset with that expiring contract.”21312

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The Raptors finished 23-43

The Raptors finished 23-43 last season but significantly increased their win percentage over their 2011 edition. The team enters the 202-13 season as a sleeper pick to make the postseason boosted by the addition of veterans Lowry and Fields and rookies Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross.321212341

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Sacramento Kings Hesitant To

Sacramento Kings Hesitant To Commit Long Term To Tyreke Evans312321

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Let’s be clear, Tyreke Evans,

Let’s be clear, Tyreke Evans, the former Rookie of the Year, has game. But, the problem plaguing Evans isn’t about overall talent or ability. Evans hasn’t been able to find his niche at the pro level as the Sacramento Kings have tried to utilize him at point guard, shooting guard and small forward without finding the right fit.
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Not surprisingly, Evans’

Not surprisingly, Evans’ future with the organization has come into the question and he’s been the subject of an assortment of trade rumors over the past season. Evans could potentially be a free agent next summer, but the Kings could choose to lock him up to a multiyear deal before letting the guard hit the open market.42142

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Kings general manager Geoff

Kings general manager Geoff Petrie says the team isn’t looking to lock Evans up immediately, but didn’t close the door of something being worked on down the line.4214r

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“I don’t think it’s something

“I don’t think it’s something on the front burner at this point,“ Petrie told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. “Going forward salary cap-wise, we have a lot of flexibility. There are no real concerns about our ability to pay going forward because of our future numbers. The most important thing in the big picture is that Tyreke takes his game to another level. The reward for that is ultimately what’s greater in a lot of respects.”dsadsaaas

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Evans is taking the trade

Evans is taking the trade talk and uncertain contract situation in stride, choosing to focus on his game as the first priority.
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“Eventually something would

“Eventually something would happen,” Evans said. “I’m just trying to do whatever I can to get us rolling this year. I’ve been working on my game. I got a lot to prove. The most important thing is I’m a lot better than I was last year. I’ve been receiving a lot of criticism about not being healthy and not playing like I did my rookie year. I just want to come back this year and show people I’m still here and that I haven’t lost a step.421421421

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Evans worked out with the

Evans worked out with the Kings extensively this summer and says he’s recent struggles were due to injuries and conditioning.4e21212

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“He’s been a lot more focused

“He’s been a lot more focused this summer,” Petrie said. “Part of it is maturing as a player. You kind of forget that he is only 22 years old. He’s definitely put in more work and concentration in trying to improve parts of his game. He wants to be thought of as one of the best players in the league.”324323223

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Portland Trail Blazers guard

Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams will require surgery to repair his torn left Achilles tendon after injuring it during a voluntary workout at the team’s practice facility.42121423

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Williams, the No. 22 overall

Williams, the No. 22 overall pick of the 2010 draft, has been oft-injured since entering the league. The guard missed his entire rookie season recuperating from knee surgery on both knees. Last season Williams appeared in only 24 games before being forced to shut it down due to a shoulder injury which also required surgery.214332542

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"We got enough Ray Allen Heat

"We got enough Ray Allen Heat jerseys," James said. "They don't need to wear a Celtics Ray Allen jersey. But if it's a Ray Allen jersey, I don't mind."var3

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Allen shot 5-of-11, including

Allen shot 5-of-11, including 3-of-7 from three point range, for 13 points. He didn't look like a 37-year-old guy out there.h2432323

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Allen didn't look like a guy

Allen didn't look like a guy who had offseason ankle surgery. He said he's feeling as good as he has since he lit up the Heat for 28 points for Boston last December at Miami.hje34334

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Among the other top marksman,

Among the other top marksman, Shane Battier shot 4-of-7 and Mike Miller 3-of-8. Even center Chris Bosh was 2-of-3 en route to a scrimmage-high 19 points. ghw

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"I think so," Bosh said when

"I think so," Bosh said when asked if a contest between three-point shooters on the Heat would be as exciting as the one they hold during All-Star Weekend. "I think we have some of the best three-point shooters in the world."h3et43423

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After Allen, Lewis was the

After Allen, Lewis was the Heat's second big free-agent acquisition during the offseason. Overall, he shot 1-of-9, although he did have a scrimmage-high nine rebounds.vaf3322

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"It's almost like how Orlando

"It's almost like how Orlando was with Dwight (Howard), you just surround him with so many shooters, you don't know what to do," said James, who 15 points in the scrimmage while looking mostly to get others involved. "It's going to be a good problem with us."y34444444444444

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The Chicago Bulls want to

The Chicago Bulls want to extend fourth-year power forward Taj Gibson. By letting Omer Asik sign with the Houston Rockets this past summer, they all but indicated that when given the choice between one or the other, Gibson was the one they’d rather hold onto.h43434

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Despite rumblings that there

Despite rumblings that there is optimism on both sides that a deal will get done before the October 31st deadline, an extension is no sure thing. There’s no telling what kind of payday Gibson could get in restricted free agency this summer, and there’s a chance taking an extension now wouldn’t be the most financially lucrative decision for him.jk5656

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And as far as playing

And as far as playing basketball is concerned, Gibson has been pretty solid his first three seasons. Granted, it’s been hard to get a great read on how productive he could really be since he’s spent almost his entire career as Carlos Boozer’s backup, but he’s talented enough on both ends of the floor to be a starting NBA power forward for a lot of teams in this league. hrt43

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If or when Chicago uses its

If or when Chicago uses its amnesty provision on Boozer, Gibson would be an ideal candidate to start for the Bulls, and for quite a bit less money than Boozer is currently making.uh4353434

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To do that, though, he’ll

To do that, though, he’ll have to continue to get better, and recently-extended Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau spent plenty of time this offseason making sure that happened.her32432

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“As soon as the season was

“As soon as the season was over, [Thibodeau] just had me in here with him, and we just worked out almost every day, just trying to get ready for the USA,” Gibson said of his preparation for the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team. “I wanted to make a good impression for the USA camp, and he came down and watched every practice. I did a good job, got good feedback, and I feel positive about it.dgf

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“After that, I just kept

“After that, I just kept playing basketball and didn’t really stop playing,” Gibson continued. “I just kept playing in local tournaments. Like Thib told me, ‘Just keep playing. Don’t worry about it; just find a way to keep playing.’ And it’s been great.”gfrtrgdy

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It would be even greater to

It would be even greater to get his extension taken care of, but that’s something he’s going to have to wait at least a little bit longer for. Gibson is unquestionably an important part of this team’s future, and the Bulls are hoping they can hold onto him for a reasonable amount of money.
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So while Gibson looks to

So while Gibson looks to improve and play a bigger role as Chicago’s unquestioned sixth man this year, he’ll do so either as an imminent restricted free agent or as a re-upped veteran who will have the benefit of knowing his future with the organization.65u856

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According to recent research,

According to recent research, it is estimated that approximately 40 million American adults suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. That’s nearly 18 percent of the population over the age of 18. I assume that number is higher than most of us would have suspected; and I also assume the reason we underestimate the number of those afflicted is partly because so many of us that suffer from anxiety do so quietly and privately.jhtf

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I certainly won’t attempt to

I certainly won’t attempt to speak for everyone battling the disease, but I will freely admit that one reason I rarely share my experiences with others is due to a certain level of shame/embarrassment that accompanies openly admitting that I occasionally become exceedingly anxious at the mere thought of seemingly mundane tasks that wouldn’t phase my wife or my five-year-old niece.hdrg34234

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