This may have been the craziest day of trades I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime. I literally had to call my family and make sure they weren’t uprooted in one of the trades. It must be this looming CBA that has everyone going crazy…or maybe they’re just trying to win. Either way, there were a few shockers that made me reach for my asthma pump.
First, the Blockbuster…
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter, Sheldon Williams for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Kosta Koufous, Timofey Mosgov, $3 million, 1 first round pick, 2 second round picks and a free tour of NYC on the China bus
First, I need to start by expressing how happy I am that the front office didn’t listen to their fans. If they would have had it their way, no one would have been traded. Also shocked that they let Gallo go because that was D’Antoni’s baby…yall already know how I feel about his skills though so you know I’m happy.
Yes, I’m just as happy as everyone else that they picked up Carmelo but what I’m most interested in seeing is Chauncey run the team. Who cares if he’s receiving AARP applications in the mail, he’s one of the best SOLID guards in the league and he knows how to win. I honestly think the big issue with the Heat is they don’t have a veteran at the one to control the team.
Chauncey is the difference between the Knicks winning and losing in the playoffs. If he plays well, the Knicks will win a chip before the Heat. You’ll see. Taking all bets.
Deron Williams to
I didn’t even know they were considering trading Deron. Did they give him the boot because of the beef that he
started didn’t start with his former coach, which led didn’t lead to his retirement? Who knows? All I know is, the Nets have a new franchise player and the East just got stronger. Next…
Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to OKC for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green
Ok…WTF?!?! Was I the only one who thought the Celtics L-O-V-E-D Perkins?? Weren’t they anticipating his healthy return? I mean…I get it. Jeff Green is more athletic and agile which makes him a better defender of players like Lebron and Kobe. They definitely made their team better defensively- but Perkins?? I can’t…
Gerald Wallace to Portland for Dante Cunningham, Joel Pryzbilla and two draft picks
He’s a good co star to LaMarcus Aldridge (who should definitely be getting more love this season- the kid is averaging 22 and 9). They’re still not winning anything though…
Baron Davis to the Cavaliers for Jamario Moon, Mo Williams and a first round draft pick
Well, looks like Mo hit the lotto once again. Nothing really to say about Baron except…I’m sorry. Sucks that you were playing on a decent team in your hometown and now you have to move and play for the worst team in the history of the NBA. Keep your head up…
Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic and a first round pick
I’m elated to see that Brooks will be the backup to Nash. Brook’s already a great scorer but hopefully Steve can teach him how to really run a team so he can make the transition to an elite guard in the league. I wish him luck…
Shane Battier and Ish Smith to Memphis for Hasheem Thabeet and a first round pick
They love Battier over in Memphis, he should do well. Hmmmm, what is there to say about Thabeet? Oh, the questions/thoughts/screams in my head right now…don’t want to call him a bust but- this is his last chance. He should be watching game tape, trying to workout with the legends and eating his Wheaties like no other. Don’t blow it! (oh, can anyone tell me who Ish Smith is? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Cool…)
Nazr Muhammed to OKC for DJ White and Morris Peterson
Welp, OKC looks like they’re trying to compete in the “big” west. They now match up a little better with the bigger squads, let’s see if they can convert that into Ws!
Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to the Hawks for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first round pick
The Hawks needed a better shooting guard and they got that with Hinrich. They match up better in the east now but still aren’t going to get past the Knicks.
Carl Landry to the Hornets for Marcus Thornton and cash
The Kings need all the help they can get. They called me but I don’t like Sacramento.
There was also plenty of cap space clearing going on but these were the trades that interested me the most. It’s like a brand new season! I love this game!
Who do you think came out on top?