As the NBA trade deadline passes by near minutes, the biggest trade of the day happened between the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers. A deal that sent reeling star Danny Granger to the 76ers, for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. In particular, this has been the most significant NBA trade as the deadline passes, among trades that have lacked the star power of star-studded names that were rumored to be brewing before the deadline hit. It is unfortunate to fans and their teams alone to see such lackluster trade movement happen when rumors swirled around some of the biggest names in the league; with none of those trades coming to fruition.
Some of the rumored names to be had might have been a little far-fetched, and a little more difficult for teams to make the trade happen. Names like Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, and Carmello Anthony highlighted some of big names being thrown around by the analysts. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love were probably two of the hottest commodities rumored nearing the deadline. Rajon Rondo was supposedly being highly pursued by the western conference contender, Houston Rockets; who were looking for a legitimate guard to help man the back court heading into the playoffs. The Rockets signed Jeremy Lin two years ago, hoping ‘Linsanity’ could solve their guard issue; but inconsistency and lack of production has landed Lin on the bench, only starting about half of the Rockets games this year. The hottest NBA commodity being rumored on the move was Kevin Love. Teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers have all been linked to having high interest in one of the NBA’s best power forwards in the league. Many have questioned whether Love would return to the Minnesota Timberwolves after he becomes a free agent next season, and Minnesota’s front office would face extreme criticism if they allowed one of the league’s best to walk without no return for the all star.
Some of the teams that were involved in the trade deadline were the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings. The Denver Nuggets were finally able to unload disgruntled guard Andre Miller to the Washington Wizards, who were looking for a veteran guard to back up their all star and Dunk Contest winning guard, John Wall. A long time veteran, Antawn Jamison has been shipped to the Atlanta Hawks, as the Clippers are looking to free up a roster position on the team. Though the NBA trades lacked star power as the deadline passed, there were other notable players that had been traded including Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Kings, Steve Blake to the Warriors, Gary Neal to the Bobcats, and Spencer Hawes to the Cavaliers.
The NBA trades may have lacked the star power needed to attract most fans, but they still had quite a bit of movement, nonetheless, as the deadline passed. Many big names were flirted with but no one made the move to pull the trigger on any of the elites. There are still more dramatics to be played out as teams push forward towards the playoffs, and the lesser teams look towards the draft. Can Lebron James lead the Heat to their third consecutive championship or can the Indiana Pacers knock off the top team in the league? Can Kevin Durant finally win his first Most Valuable Player of the year award? Or even more important, can the Thunder win their first ever title in Oklahoma City? Many questions to be answered in the coming months, providing much more anticipated events yet to come for the NBA.
by Justin Huffman