Although some minor deals were completed before the NBA trade deadline yesterday, there wasn’t a lot of action in terms of volume or significance, at least it may seem that way on the surface. The deals that went through under the wire actually may have a larger impact on the remainder of the regular season that some bettors realize. And as always, some teams came out with the short end of the stick, while others took advantage of the better part of the deal. Let’s take a look at a couple of winners and losers from the 2013 NBA trade deadline.
Winner – Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks definitely came out on top in a deal they made yesterday with the Orlando Magic. Both teams gave up and received three players, but the trade was highlighted by J.J. Redick, who was shipped to the Bucks.
The Bucks – currently in eighth place in the East – certainly needed a boost on the perimeter and they couldn’t have picked up someone much better than Redick, who is 11th in the league in three-pointers made. Redick is also having a career year, averaging 15.1 points this season. Big win for the Bucks here.
Loser – Orlando Magic
Sure, the Magic saved some cap space by shipping Redick, but what kind of talent did they get in return? Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb. Things don’t quite add up here. Orlando didn’t help themselves much with this trade because none of these guys has much future potential and since the Magic didn’t secure a pick in the trade, don’t expect them to improve much next season either.
Winner – Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers, who are in 9th place in the West, were also in need of a push and it looks like they got it by bolstering one of their weaknesses – the backup point guard spot. They haven’t had anyone to fill in for rookie sensation Damian Lillard when he needs a rest, that was until they picked up Eric Maynor from the Thunder. The Blazers also won by not having to give up a player and instead sent a $2.2 million trade exception. So, if Maynor doesn’t work out at the position, Portland can consider him a rental and release him at the end of the season since his contract expires at the end of the 2012-2013 campaign.
Loser – Sacramento Kings
Some would argue the Kings came out a winner from their deal with the Rockets on Wednesday after acquiring Houston’s fourth-leading scorer Patrick Patterson, but considering they had to let go of the highly valuable Thomas Robinson to get him, it looks like the Kings’ already bleak future got a little bleaker.
The Kings – who are likely headed to Seattle soon – threw away their 2012 first-round draft pick Robinson to get under the salary cap, which they did, but they also threw away a player with almost unlimited potential. There’s a reason they drafted him fifth overall, but there’s not a good reason for trading him away so soon.