Winner: Boston Celtics
Actually the Celtics are both winners and losers, but they were the only team in the Atlantic Division to add a major piece in Jordan Crawford, who will help in the short-term. But the long-term plans look bleak as they needed to move one of their ‘Big Three” to get assets for the future.
Loser: Sacramento Kings
Parting with Robinson was not a basketball trade; it was nothing more than a salary dump. The sad part is that they saved only $3.7 million in the deal and still ended up holding onto Tyreke Evans.
Loser: Josh Smith
Smith has acted like a fool at times to get away from the Hawks and it didn’t pay off. Now he is stuck with them for a few more months. Throw in the fact that he thinks he is a max player and wants a max deal and you have to wonder if the Hawks will be the only team likely to overpay for him in the offseason.
Winner: Milwaukee Bucks
They failed to land Smith, but they did land the biggest name that was traded in Redick. The Duke-product will help the Bucks balance the floor and will have a huge impact as Milwaukee attempts to make the playoffs. They were able to hold onto Monta Ellis, Larry Sanders, John Henson and other pieces while making the deal, so this is a short-term victory. However both Ellis and Redick can walk at the end of the season so they have some decisions to make.
Loser: Orlando Magic
Really? They dealt Redick for a return of Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih and a 2012 second-round pick? With all of the suitors in on Redick throughout the weeks, they couldn’t land a better offer that included a first-round pick? While they likely wouldn’t have been able to re-sign Redick in the offseason, bringing in trio of mediocre players doesn’t help.
Loser: Utah Jazz
The Jazz have four talented big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. They can’t keep them all. In addition, they start Jamaal Tinsley, Randy Foye and Marvin Williams so they have other needs. With Millsap and Jefferson heading to free agency, it is borderline shocking that the Jazz didn’t make a move.
Ultimate Loser: NBA Fans
We wanted to see movement and action and walked away very disappointed as they trades that were made were for the likes of Ronnie Brewer, Eric Maynor, Sebastian Telfair and Dexter Pittman.
Fans of teams in contention have to be bothered that their teams didn’t make a move and fans of teams that are looking to the future have to be equally upset that there wasn’t more action.
Overall it was one of the most disappointing deadlines of all time.
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