Now that all the last-minute madness has passed we decided to take a look back on what was a crazy last few hours before the NBA trade deadline today. So here’s your comprehensive look at all the moves that went down Thursday before the 3 p.m. deadline.
Boston Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic
Like most people around the sports world I can’t tell you what the Celtics were thinking with this one. Perkins gave them a rugged defensive presence in the post that they don’t have elsewhere on their roster. In return they got Jeff Green, a player who isn’t a good defender or rebounder and doesn’t really have a true position. I have no idea how he fits in Boston, and he’ll become a restricted free agent after the season. The Celtics also got Krstic, an all-offense post player who also can’t defend or rebound the way he should be able to.
With this move the Celtics are taking a huge risk with their front court. They are apparently banking on the O’Neals (Shaquille and Jermaine) to carry them to a championship. Yes, Perkins has been injured for most of the year but he has always been a stalwart down low defensively, is reliable and has been a key part of the team’s success over the past three seasons. When you’re the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference – as the Celtics currently are – you usually don’t make huge changes at the deadline. And getting rid of Perkins and the incredibly popular Nate Robinson just doesn’t make sense.
On the other hand, the Thunder got the post presence they’ve been looking for all season with Perkins. If he stays healthy they will have a legitimate post threat and only really gave up Jeff Green, who had refused to sign an extension with the team anyway. There was no guarantee he’d be back next season. Adding Perkins and a spark-plug like Robinson off the bench makes an already scary Oklahoma City team even more difficult to guard.
Charlotte Bobcats trade Gerald Wallace to Portland
Despite breaking off talks last night, the Bobcats and Trail Blazers got back together, kissed, made up and got a deal done. Charlotte will receive two first-round picks, center Joel Przybilla and forward Dante Cunningham. Both players are in the final year of their respective contracts. The Bobcats were just looking for a way to cut payroll and set themselves up for the future. They did an excellent job of that.
The Blazers got Wallace, the athlete they wanted and needed. He’s a versatile forward who will definitely give Portland a lift. If Brandon Roy was healthy, the Blazers would be a dangerous team.
Boston sends Luke Harangody and Semih Erden to Cleveland
The Celtics also sent Luke Harangody and Semih Erden to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a second-round pick. Boston further depleted its frontcourt depth with this move, though Harangody and Erden didn’t play much. Meanwhile the Cavs are really size-deprived and added a bit of bulk with the 6’7 Harangody and the 6’11 Erden.
Oklahoma City gets Nazr Mohammed from Bobcats
The Bobcats made another cost-cutting move as they shipped center Nazr Mohammed to the Thunder in exchange for Morris Peterson and forward D.J. White. This was another move based purely on need. The Thunder got an additional inside player in Mohammed as they are clearly beefing up for a playoff run. The Bobcats are just dumping salary and will also give White a look on the inside, as he never really found consistent playing time with the Thunder.
Celtics unload Marquis Daniels and his contract on Sacramento Kings
The Celtics then sent the injured Marquis Daniels and his contract to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for cash. Boston made this move to open up a roster spot and clear cap space, likely because they will add a player that ends up being bought-out, like Troy Murphy. Sort of a nothing deal, since Daniels is not expected to play for the rest of the season, and his contract expires when the season ends.
Memphis finally unloads Hasheem Thabeet
It seems like the Grizzlies have been trying to trade Hasheem Thabeet since the day after they drafted him No. 2 overall in 2009. Well, they finally did it Thursday, shipping the 7’3 disappointment to the Houston Rockets. In exchange for one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, Memphis received Shane Battier and his expiring contract. Thatbeet is making about $4.8 million this year and will make $5.1 million next season and the team will have an option on him for 2012-13.
For a Rockets team desperate for size Thabeet is probably worth the gamble. He went to high school in the Houston area and a change of scenery might do him some good. Hell, it can’t be any worse than what he was doing in Memphis (1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds in 45 games).
Houston sends Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic
Aaron Brooks was not content with his playing time, and Houston was not happy with Aaron Brooks. It was a good time for these two to part ways. After almost leading the Rockets to a second-round upset of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 playoffs, Brooks has simply not been as explosive as he was. He eventually lost his starting spot to Kyle Lowry, and there was no sense in keeping both players. In return the Rockets get Goran Dragic, a second-unit guard who is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 assists, but only hitting 27.7 percent of his 3-point shots.
We’re not sure how Brooks will fit in with the Suns. He has the skills to be a difference maker but his attitude hasn’t exactly been the best. If he embraces the role of learning from Steve Nash, this could be a great pickup for Phoenix. If not, he could just be traded again.