It was the trade deadline that was nearly D.O.A.
Besides the last-minute deal that sent
Theories abounded as to what caused the inertia. There was less of a need to dump salaries among teams already mindful of more punitive luxury taxes, and there was widely believed to be a philosophical gulf between the new wave of analytic-minded general managers and their old-school counterparts.
That's not to say there weren't winners and losers among the teams that actually swapped players. Here's a look at whose moves made sense and whose could leave them with regrets:
The question is going to be whether Turner will hoard points or hog the ball in his allotted minutes. He put up shooting lines of three-for-14, two-for-10 and one-for-eight in his final three weeks with the
If the good Turner can nudge aside his maddening counterpart, the Pacers may finally zoom past the Miami Heat.
Golden State: Imagine
Blake also provides a gritty presence undeterred by broken eardrums or parking-lot spike strips.
Cleveland: Maybe the Cavaliers are finally getting it together. They acquired an All-Star in
Amazingly, all it took to get Hawes was
Cleveland now has enough talent around dynamic point guard
The veteran point guard who yelled at Denver Coach
Lakers: What, you thought newcomers MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore playing well in a victory over the dreadful
It isn't so much what the Lakers did — losing Blake for a pair of guys who either won't be here in a year or will be part of another bad team — but what they failed to accomplish that makes them losers. They were unable to move Gasol,
Get ready for at least one more season of mediocrity.
On the plus side, at least they rid themselves of the disaster that was Byron Mullens.
Milwaukee: The Bucks were going to be losers no matter what happened short of swapping rosters with Miami.
They shed some long-term salary by sending shooters
The bottom line is that a franchise perpetually stuck in ho-hum mode failed to move the interest needle once again.
Philadelphia: The 76ers may buy out newcomer Granger's contract, which would mean they essentially traded Turner and
Philadelphia's flurry of moves left it flush with six second-round picks, but unless they turn out to be the second coming of Willis Reed, Alex English,