Today at 3 PM marked the NBA's trade deadline. Overall, it was a pretty quiet trade deadline day in the association...
Josh Smith ended up staying in Atlanta after a rumored deal with the Bucks fell through. Smith will be a free agent this summer, and the chances that Atlanta will resign him are slim to none. Atlanta did make a minor deal, sending Anthony Morrow to Dallas for Dahntay Jones. Despite not acquiring Josh Smith the Bucks did make a significant move. Milwaukee sent Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris to the Orlando Magic for sharp shooter J.J. Redick along with Ish Smith and Gustavo Ayon. The Magic also sent Josh McRoberts to the Bobcats for forward Hakim Warrick.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's names had been floating in trade rumors leading up to the deadline. Deals with the Clippers and the Hawks did not pan out for Boston. The Celtics, who have lost two straight games on the road to the Nuggets and Lakers, did make one small move. Boston sent injured guard Leandro Barbosa and backup big man Jason Collins to the Wizards in exchange for Jordan Crawford. The younger brother of Clippers guard Jamal Crawford should help the Celtics with scoring and depth. Crawford is averaging 13 points per game and should provide instant offense off of the bench for Boston.
Dwight Howard was the other big name on the block for the second straight trade deadline, and for the second straight deadline Howard will remain with his current team. The Lakers are ninth in the western conference, and are rolling the dice on being able to resign the troubled big man who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Other minor deals that happened on trade deadline day include; Sebastion Telfair going from the Suns to the Raptors, Ronnie Brewer going from the Knicks to the Thunder for a second round pick, the Thunder also traded backup guard Eric Maynor to the Blazers for a trade exception, the Miami Heat also made a minor deal sending back up Center Dexter Pittman to Memphis for a second round pick. Overall it was an underwhelming NBA trade deadline day. Although we can't forget that major deals involving Rudy Gay and James Harden happened earlier this season.
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