HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The blockbuster Carmelo Anthony and the Deron Williams deals were just an appetizer for the flurry of deals done at today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Plenty of the league’s big boys dove in and got involved on what has to go down as one of the craziest trade deadline days in NBA history.
You’ll need name tags for all the new names and faces once everyone passes their physical and is suited up for their first game with their respective new teams.
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But before we get to all that, here’s a quick recap of all the drama you might have missed (if you were trapped on an island without Internet or television access, or any digital device capable of updating you on the basketball world getting turned inside out in one afternoon):
Easily the most shocking deal of the day, the Celtics ship Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, thus ending the Shrek (Big Baby Davis)-Donkey (Robinson) era after just one trip to the NBA Finals. Even tougher to figure is why the Celtics would spend all season talking about how great things would be once they got Perkins back from offseason knee surgery and then move him after just 12 games. Green and Krstic would appear to be good fits on a Celtics team already stocked in all the right places.
Portland gets Gerald Wallace while Joel Pryzbilla, Dante Cunningham and two first-round draft picks head to Charlotte in a deal that wasn’t nearly as surprising as some others, especially when you consider how often Wallace’s name came up in trade rumors with other teams. Wallace has the kind of motor and plays with the sort of reckless abandon that should make him a hit with the fans in Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy certainly are happy to see him. It’s hard to tell what exactly is going on with the Bobcats, who were also shopping Stephen Jackson. But the draft picks will make this all go down a lot easier later on.
Baron Davis is on the move once again, this time to Cleveland for Mo Williams, Jamario Moon and a first-round draft pick. Williams must have good karma to go from riding shotgun with LeBron James to riding shotgun with Blake Griffin. He’s certainly going to put that ugly losing streak and those cold Cleveland winters behind him now that he’ll occupy space in the Clippers’ locker room — he gave up his early termination option to get the deal done. Things don’t look nearly as sweet for Davis, who seemed to be having a ball in his native Los Angeles, whose days popping out of Kia sun roofs are probably over.
With Aaron Brooks headed to Phoenix and Goran Dragic and a first-round pick headed back to his old locker stall in Houston, you have to wonder just who is the heir to Steve Nash‘s point guard throne now. Brooks certainly has the scoring bit down. But can he run that Suns’ second unit the way Dragic did? Brooks tweeted his excitement about backing up the two-time MVP, insisting that he can learn a lot from Nash. It remains to be seen what sort of chemistry will develop for both of these guys in their new settings. Neither should have much of a problem easing into their roles, though.
The Rockets weren’t satisfied with dealing just Brooks. They also shipped Shane Battier back to Memphis, where he was a fan, franchise and community favorite for his work on and off the floor, in exchange for Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round draft pick. The Grizzlies need a veteran presence like Battier in their locker room in the worst way. They don’t have a leader of his caliber on the roster right now. He’ll bring an instant dose of gravity to the proceedings there. Thabeet is being granted his second chance and needs to make good use of it. The No. 2 pick in his draft, he has yet to come anywhere close to living up to his hype. This is a fresh start big fella, so don’t blow it.
Two of the busier outfits on trade deadline day, the Thunder capped off the fireworks by snagging Nazr Mohammaed from the Bobcats in exchange for D.J. White and Morris Peterson. If the Thunder’s aim was to amass a towering and physical frontline rotation capable of challenging the Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs in the Western Conference, consider that mission accomplished. Once again, we’re still trying to sort through what the Bobcats are doing before passing any judgment. White and Peterson aren’t exactly franchise-changers at this point. But if they are a part of a bigger plan, good for the Bobcats.
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