A look at the day's events
Some of these deals have yet to be approved by the league and, as we know from the Tyson Chandler mess nothing’s official until the doctors say so, but here’s a look at the transactions on a mildly eventful NBA trade deadline day:
Raptors get: Patrick O’Bryant
Kings get: Will Solomon
Celtics get: Cash, conditional second-round pick
What’s it mean: Toronto had too many points guards and not enough bigs so they at least addressed a need deep down the depth chart; Kings get someone they can either waive now or cut at the end of the season with no contractual obligations and the Celtics gave away some salary and got some money back.
Winner: Toronto. And Boston’s bank account.
Magic get: Rafer Alston
Rockets get: Kyle Lowry, Brian Cook.
Grizzlies get: Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks, future Orlando first-round pick.
What’s it mean: Orlando greatly eased the pain of Jameer Nelson’s shoulder injury by picking up the mercurial Alston, who’s been on his best behaviour for months. The Rockets, who did nothing to replace Tracy McGrady, really, have seemingly waved the white flag on the season. If the Grizzlies get anything usuable out of hte guys they got for the buried Lowry, that’s all right.
Knicks get: Larry Hughes
Bulls get: Tim Thomas, Jerome James, Anthony Roberson
What’s it mean: The Knicks love to score and that’s what Hughes does best but where he fits on the New York roster is going to be interesting to watch. He's a two-guard on a roster without a two-guard, really, and the Knicks don't pass a lot so his lack of passing acumen shouldn't kill them. He's a suspect shooter who likes to; that might hurt. Bulls had no use for Hughes, to whom they owed $13.6 million next year, and they get back players they probably won’t use.
Winner: New York.
New York-Oklahoma City
Knicks get: Chris Wilcox
Thunder gets: Malik Rose, cash.
What’s it mean: Wilcox is a good floor-running big who should fit well into Mike D’Antoni’s system. He’s like an older, not-as-skilled David Lee. Thunder were looking for front court help, Rose probably isn’t the answer but the cash, whatever it is, will come in handy.
Winner: New York.
Thunder gets: Thabo Sefolosha
Bulls get: First-round draft pick
What’s it mean: Sefolosha, a former lottery pick, was a washout with the Bulls, who don’t have room for him to get on the court. Thunder had stockpiled four extra first-round picks so giving one up for someone who might crack the rotation probably a bad idea.
Winner: Jury is out until the pick’s value is determined.
Timberwolves get: Shelden Williams, Bobby Brown
Kings get: Rashard McCants, Calvin Booth.
What’s it mean: Tough to say, either way. Under-achieving former top picks McCants and Williams have been busts, maybe a change of scenery will spark one of them to show something. Brown? Booth? Next time they have a lasting impact in an NBA season will be the first.
Winner: Safe to say no one.
Grizzlies: Chris Mihm
Lakers get: Conditional second round pick.
What’s it mean: Guy who wasn’t playing in one city probably won’t in another.
Winner: You’re kidding, right?