2011 NBA Tradeline: Breaking Down Each Trade with Winners and Losers

Tom JenkinsContributor IFebruary 25, 2011

2011 NBA Tradeline: Breaking Down Each Trade with Winners and Losers

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    Melo to the Knicks is one trade being discussed in this article.
    Melo to the Knicks is one trade being discussed in this article.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    The 2011 trade deadline was certainly a busy one. Here's to breaking down each of the big trades made on the market. 

    Deron Williams to the Nets...what this could mean for the future of the club.

    Atlanta acquiring former Jayhawk Kirk Hinrich—genius trade.

    Blazers acquiring veteran all star Gerald Wallace—will be discussed.

    Melo to the Knicks was probably the biggest trade made, but everyone is forgetting about Chauncey.

    Baron Davis for Mo Williams. I liked the trade, but for which team?

Carl Landry to NoLa, Thornton to California's Capital

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 21:  Carl Landry #24 of the Sacramento Kings goes up for a shot against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 21, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    Hornets send: Marcus Thornton and cash considerations

    Kings send: Carl Landry

    Winner: Hornets

    Why: The Hornets get more depth in their front court, and they are likely playoff bound. The Hornets have CP3 and Landry will be a nice backup who might even get the occasional start at the two. Kings clearly see something in Landry, the sophomore, but if they want to rebuild a team around Tyreke Evans, Landry was the guy to start it.

    Landry, who is 6'9, is in his fourth year out of Purdue. Thornton, who is 6'4, is from LSU.

    Landry Stats: 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg.

    Thornton Stats: 7.8 ppg in his second NBA season. 

Gerald Wallace to Portland, Pryzbilla to Charlotte

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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot against Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center on February 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bobcats 106-94. NOTE TO USER: User
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    Portland Sends: Joel Pryzbilla, Dante Cunningham, future first round picks 

    Charlotte sends: Gerald Wallace

    Winner: Portland

    Why: Portland is for real this season, they're here to play. With Roy back, Lamarcus Aldridge playing as well as anyone in the league, and they get to keep their starting point guard Andre Miller... things are looking up. Wallace is a defensive powerhouse as well. Portland is postseason bound and they've just added a former all star.  

    However, if you're looking through the eyes of a Bobcats fan, you've won. Owner Michael Jordan is thinking about the future and is looking to cut payroll.

    Pryzbilla stats: 1.8 ppg, 3.9 ppg in limited time. 

    Cunningham stats: 5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg in limited time.

    Wallace stats: 15.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg

    Sean Byrne...you picked the right team

Celtics Send Perkins, Nate; Receive Green, Kristic from Thunder

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers splits the defense of Thabo Sefolosha #2 and Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on January 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Ge
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    Celtics send: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson

    Thunder send: Jeff Green, Nenad Kristic

    Winner: Celtics

    Why: Although the Thunder did succeed in finding their solid big man in Perkins, they gave up way too much talent in Jeff Green. The guy can do it all for the Celtics—rebound, shoot, even some dribbling, and that's hard to find in the four spot. He'll be a nice addition to the Celtics for the playoffs, though Green being traded isn't going to hurt the Thunder's playoff chances. Robinson will be some nice quick relief for the Thunder's guards.

    Robinson stats: 7.1 ppg, 1.9 apg

    Perkins stats: 7.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg

    Green stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg

    Kristic stats: 7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg 

Battier to the Grizz, Thabeet to Houston

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 10:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics tries to pass the ball as Shane Battier #31 and Luis Scola #4 of the Houston Rockets defend on January 10, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Rockets defeated the Celtics 10
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    Grizzlies send: Hasheem Thabeet, first round pick

    Rockets send: Shane Battier, Ishmael Smith

    Winner: Grizzlies

    Why: Clearly nobody notices that the Grizzlies are currently in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, and if the season ended today they'd be in the playoffs. Battier is one of the smartest basketball players in the game, and he's a defensive wizard. Battier will bring words of wisdom to the team (OJ Mayo), and will be able to help shut down superstars when the Grizzlies play tougher opponents toward the end of the year or even the playoffs.

    Thabeet stats: 1.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, limited playing time

    Battier stats: 8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg

    Smith stats: 2.4 ppg, 2.6 apg 

Hinrich to ATL, Bibby to Wizards

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    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18:  Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Miami Heat at the Verizon Center on December 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and o
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    Hawks send: Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans, first round draft pick

    Wizards send: Kirk Hinrich, Hilton Armstrong

    Winner: Hawks

    Why: Bibby's playing time has been limited at the point due to his struggles, and now the Hawks won't have to deal with him any more. They bring in Hinrich, who has been playing well and has proved himself in the past. Bibby's playing time will be blocked by a wall in Washington.

    Bibby stats: 9.4 ppg, 3.6 apg

    Crawford stats: 4.2 ppg

    Evans stats: 4.5 ppg

    Hinrich stats: 11.1 ppg, 4.4 apg

    Armstrong stats: 1.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Davis a Cav, Mo Joins Griffin

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    CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 02:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat smiles while takeing a free throw in front of Mo Williams #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 2, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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    Cavs send: Jamario Moon, Mo Williams

    Clippers send: Baron Davis, first-round draft pick

    Winner: Clippers

    Why: Mo Williams is in my mind a younger Baron Davis. The Clippers don't appear to be headed to the playoffs this year, and they'll have some money to play with in the off season.

    Moon stats: 4.7 ppg, 3 apg

    Williams stats: 13.3 ppg, 7.1 apg

    Davis stats: 12.8 ppg, 7 apg

D-Will to the Nets, Harris and Favors to Utah

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  NBA player Deron Williams arrives to the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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    Utah sends: Deron Williams

    New Jersey sends: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first-round picks and $3 million

    Winner: Nets

    Why: The Jazz won the trade, but the Nets have a plan. 

    The Deron Williams trade shocked everybody—it shocked me too. But the thing is, this was not just a desperation trade for the Nets.

    It was a trade to acquire someone they are going to build their future franchise around. Five to eight years ago, the Nets were great, with Richard Jefferson in his prime, Vince Carter and Jason Kidd. At that time, the Nets were really one of the better teams in the league.

    Now, Avery Johnson is going to be the coach of another one of those teams.

    The Nets made this trade, but people questioned them.

    Was it smart to give up Favors? After all, Favors is playing well and he's still about three years away from his prime.

    It's too late for doubt, though.

    Williams' contract has him in New Jersey until after the 2012 season, unless, of course, he signs a contract extension. People think he won't want to—but I think he will.

    Now, Williams was not thrilled with coming to New Jersey, nor should he have been. The Nets won 12 games last season; who would want to come to this team?

    But, Williams is going to finish this season and want to be in New Jersey forever.

    For starters, he's going to have spotlight all to himself. There is no other name in New Jersey right now.

    Brook Lopez is good, but he's no All-Star. Plus, he's never been in the playoffs, unlike Williams.

    Deron Williams is going to get so much popularity on such a small market team that he's going to feel that he is in the perfect place.

    The Nets also have over 20 million dollars to play with in the offseason. Their projected salary for next season is 39 million.

    However, don't be surprised if they shed the contract of Outlaw, Petro, Farmar, or Morrow either before the trade deadline or this offseason.

    And, lots of money means a chance at lots of talent. They might wait until this off season or next, but expect the Nets to grab a star. Whether it includes nabbing CP3, forcing Deron to the two or Dwight Howard, forcing Brooke to the four, the Nets mean business.

    The Nets are bringing a new franchise into Brooklyn next year. 

    The new king of Brooklyn is never going to want to leave.

    This of course all depends if the Nets can sign someone to make Williams want to stay. 

    Williams stats: 21.3 ppg, 9.7 apg

    Harris stats: 15 ppg, 7.6 apg

    Favors stats: 6.3 ppg, 5.3 apg 

Melo a Knick

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks on the court against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/o
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    We've all heard enough about this deal, so I'll just give a brief overview of the trade.

    The Knicks got Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets got Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and a lot of money.

    The Knicks won this trade because of how happy Anthony is in New York. Expect him to sign a big extension and want to play with Amar'e for a while. They appear to be headed to the playoffs and Billups is a huge upgrade over Felton because of his experience...He's played in over 100 playoff games while Felton has zero. Anthony can play with any player in the league and him and Amare on the same team is beyond lethal. 

Other Trades That Happened Around the League

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    - Nazr Mohammed to Oklahoma city

    - Marquis Daniels to the Kings

    - Aaron Brooks to the Suns, Goran Dragic to Houston

    - Harangody and Erden to the Cavs 

    - Troy Murphy to Golden State, Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to New Jersey

    - James Johnson to the Raptors