Part 2 of Sams trade deadline recap[caption id="attachment_14539" align="aligncenter" width="484"] Photo Credit: Getty Images[/caption] Part 2 of the recap of the trade deadline which came and went on Friday.
Memphis Grizzlies receive Dexter Pittman Miami Heat receive rights to Ricky Sanchez and 2013 2nd round pick Another boring and typical trade deadline move, as the Grizzlies added another big body with limited potential for a pick that will likely never eventuate and a player who will never play in the NBA. The Heat though have now freed up a roster spot and grumblings on the net suggest that they’re targeting Greg Oden – watch this space. Heat grade: C is for Carry on, nothing to see here. Grizzlies grade: D is for Does anyone think Pittman will be in the league this time next year?
Boston Celtics receive Jordan Crawford Washington Wizards receive Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins Opting to not blow it up, Danny Ainge shifted the expiring cap friendly contract of Leandro Barbosa, and the stat-less wonder Jason Collins. Barbosa was strictly a financial move as he is out for the season. I can see Crawford and Jason Terry combining well in the second unit, Crawford may even see some time with the first unit next to a defender like Avery Bradley or Courtney Lee. The Wizards like what they see from Bradley Beal, and freeing up time for he and John Wall to bond as the future back-court combo was imperative. Celtics grade: B, as in Better than nothing, isn’t it? Wizards grade: B, as in Bradley Beal gets to flex and not look over his shoulder.
Phoenix Suns receive Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 2nd round pick Toronto Raptors receive Sebastian Telfair Instead of getting rid of a big in Jermaine O’Neal or Marcin Gortat, the Suns acquired another big for the end of the bench. They nabbed another 2nd round pick, although this one is protected which basically means the Suns traded away Sebastian Telfair’s contract for two parts that likely won’t see any time for the Suns. Suns coach Lindsey Hunter has repeatedly said back-up point guard minutes will go to lottery pick Kendall Marshall. Telfair has never lived up to the mystique created around him after coming out of NY, bouncing around as a reserve for the majority of his career, and it isn’t likely to change. Suns grade: D+, as in Dollars and cents dictated this deal. Raptors grade: C, for Competent back-up point guard on the cheap.
The trade deadline didn’t live up to the fast and furious deals that we’ve seen from previous years. Do you think this is a direct result of the new collective bargaining agreement and how it’s got teams playing safe?