Going into the February 21st NBA trade deadline, the big question was whether the Atlanta Hawks would trade Josh Smith. The star forward, who averages 17.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 2.1 BPG, certainly drew plenty of interest; but he ultimately ended up staying put.
With the Smith trade rumors now squashed, it was a relatively quiet NBA trade deadline. However, there were some teams that made moves in an effort to either upgrade their club or dump salaries. That said, let’s take a quick look at some notable trades that happened yesterday.
Sacramento Kings deal No. 5 Pick Thomas Robinson to Houston Rockets
In perhaps what is the biggest trade deadline move, the Sacramento Kings sent fifth overall pick F Thomas Robinson, F Tyler Honeycutt and F/G Francisco Garcia to Houston for G/F Patrick Patterson, F Cole Aldrich and G Toney Douglas. The rookie Robinson (4.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG) hasn’t done a whole lot thus far, but he should get more chances in Houston’s high-powered offense. As for Sacramento, they’re getting a solid contributor right away in Patterson (11.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG), who shoots 51.9% from the floor.
With their season going nowhere, the Wizards made a move to improve team chemistry by dealing unhappy G Jordan Crawford to the Celtics in exchange for G Leandro Barbosa and C Jason Collins. Crawford is averaging 13.2 PPG and 3.7 APG this season, but wasn’t happy playing second fiddle to John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt. He’ll get plenty of shots with the playoff-hopeful Celtics, who were desperate to fill the backcourt void left by an injured Barbosa and Rajon Rondo.
Orlando Magic send J.J. Redick to Milwaukee Bucks
The Magic are clearly in rebuilding mode and sent sharpshooting G J.J. Redick, C Gustavo Ayon and G Ish Smith to the Bucks in return for F Tobias Harris and G Doron Lamb. Redick (15.1 PPG, 4.4 APG) spent his first six and a half seasons with the Magic. However, his 3-year, $19 million contract is up after this season, and it appears that Orlando had no intention of paying even more money to re-sign him.
New York Knicks deal Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City Thunder
New York sent swingman Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder for a 2014 second round pick and cash considerations. Brewer (3.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG) actually started for the Knicks to open the season and helped them get off to a strong start. However, the Arkansas product quickly fell out of the starting lineup, and eventually out of the rotation altogether. New York plans to replace his roster spot with Kenyon Martin, who’s back from an injury.
Journeyman point guard Sebastian Telfair will be playing for his eighth team in nine seasons after being sent to the Raptors for C Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second round pick. Telfair (7.5 PPG, 3.5 APG) had seen his minutes decline rapidly under new Phoenix coach Lindsey Hunter. But he should definitely get more playing time in Toronto after the Jose Calderon trade to Detroit.
Atlanta Hawks trade Anthony Morrow to Dallas Mavericks
As mentioned before, the Hawks didn’t pull off any big deal involving Josh Smith. However, they did trade G Anthony Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for G Dahntay Jones. Morrow (5.2 PPG) is an excellent shooter from 3-point range (39.5%), but has struggled with injuries this year. Jones (3.5 PPG) is a strong perimeter defender who should provide some quality minutes off the bench for Atlanta.