The deal: Milwaukee Bucks acquire Toronto native centre Jamaal Magloire from the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in exchange for small forward/shooting guard Desmond Mason, the Bucks' first-round draft choice in the 2006 draft, and cash.
Quick analysis: The Bucks are suddenly loaded, maybe even overloaded in the middle, with recently signed 6-foot-11 Dan Gadzuric (recently signed to a six-year deal), the NBA's most recent No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut and now Magloire. It doesn't put them up with the major players in the east, but it does move them up the ladder and they've now got to be considered a playoff team. Magloire, the Eastern Commerce product, is coming off a season cut short due to injury. He has two years and a little more than $17 million left on his contract. As for the Hornets, they get an athletic guy (2001 slam-dunk winner) who has some name recognition in their new home (an Oklahoma State product) and is coming off a career-best 17.2 points a year. They get a pick, and some money. But you wonder who will be jumping centre for them. Mason, like Magloire, has two years left on a deal worth a little less than Magloire's.
Edge: Bucks, big time. They get every team's dream: a young centre who can play right now, and they have the luxury to bring Bogut along slowly if they want to. They also clear up a logjam after re-doing Michael Redd, signing free agent Bobby Simmons and trading for Jiri Welsch.
Fallout for Raptors: They were mentioned in Magloire trade rumours for some time. But the fit wasn't there after the Raptors weren't willing to deal away their two 2005 first-round picks, using them instead to take Charlie Villanueva and Joey Graham. Now, with Magloire headed east, the conference just got a little tougher.