The 2013 NBA Trade Deadline turned out to be a dud.
Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk as there were no major deals and very little movement across the board.
NBA fans who love the trade deadline such as myself walked away extremely disappointed from Thursday’s lack of action. With that being said, I think everyone got a good look at how the new CBA will impact things going forward as teams aren’t willing to take on salary and covet draft picks like never before.
With that being said, not every team had a disappointing deadline.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers at the NBA trade deadline.
Winner: Houston Rockets
The Rockets were able to land the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft in Thomas Robinson and save $1.6 million in the long haul. Robinson is very talented and has a bright future despite not seeing much playing time in Sacramento so far. He is a steal for the Rockets and a bright part of their future. In addition, the money saved will allow them to offer to Dwight Howard or another free agent a max contract this summer.
Loser: New York Knicks
I hate to say it, but the Knicks needed to make a move to bring in someone of impact and I don’t mean Kenyon Martin. Of course that is easier said than done, but this is a different team than the one that began the season. The Knicks are only 13-13 over their past 26 games since starting the season 19-6. J.J. Redick or another asset would have made sense for this team, who has major problems shooting the ball and defending right now. It would have been tough to part with the struggling Iman Shumpert, but the Knicks only have a two-year window to win a championship and now was the time to go for it. If Knicks management feels that this current team can matchup with teams like Miami, Indiana and Chicago in the playoffs, they are kidding themselves.
Loser: Brooklyn Nets
The reasons are similar to that of the Knicks. As they are constructed right now, the Nets are not suited to making a run through the Eastern Conference. They needed to add another big piece and were unable to do so.
Winner: Thomas Robinson
T-Rob had to have a huge smile on his face when he heard the news. He is going from the dysfunctional Kings to the Rockets where he will get more minutes on a better team, but also gets to learn from one of the best big men in NBA history in Kevin McHale. His athleticism will fit in nicely on this young Rockets team.
Loser: Atlanta Hawks
Danny Ferry held out and tried to get a better offer for Smith. That didn’t come and they are stuck with an unhappy J-Smoove for the rest of the season and will likely get nothing for him as they watch him leave as a free agent in the summer.
Loser: Los Angeles Lakers
This is more of a “what-if,” but there is nothing that would make anyone feel comfortable that Dwight Howard will re-sign in Lakerland after this season. It is likely that Howard doesn’t and similar to the Hawks, the Lakers will get nothing for him. I know Mitch Kupchak said often that he wouldn’t move Howard, but now he is sitting on pins and needles hoping that he didn’t make a mistake.