Updated: Feb. 24, 2006, 9:58 AM ET

30 teams, 30 outcomes

The trade deadline has come and gone, and you've seen Chris Sheridan's take on this season's 16 deals.

Now check out our evaluation of how all 30 teams approached the deadline and how they came out on the other side.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. DETROIT
Going in: When he traded away Carlos Arroyo (with Darko Milicic), Pistons president Joe Dumars said he would be looking for a backup point guard.

Coming out: Dumars couldn't get one. No matter what rationalization he gives, the league's best team is taking a big risk relying on 35-year-old Lindsay Hunter and his subpar PER.

2. MIAMI
Going in: An offseason of turmoil, a coaching change and a series of uninspired performances led to questions about their heart and chemistry. Some believed more changes would be needed.

Coming out: Not counting the small pickup of Derek Anderson, Miami president Pat Riley stuck to his M.O. of eschewing the midseason trade. Now the Heat is on, for sure.

3. NEW JERSEY
Going in: The Nets were concerned about their weak bench and lack of size.

Coming out: They addressed the bench, sort of, by getting rid of big man Marc Jackson to try to sign Tim Thomas, if he becomes available. Thomas is 6-10, but he wouldn't strengthen them inside, given that he plays mostly on the wing.

4. CLEVELAND
Going in: The Cavs were expected to be players on deal day, with Drew Gooden on the block, starting shooting guard Larry Hughes on the shelf and no clear solution at the point guard position.

Coming out: The Flip Murray pickup was nice, but Gooden is still there and they're still making do with an inconsistent rotation of Eric Snow, Damon Jones and LeBron James at the point.

5. INDIANA (tie)
Going in: It was all about Ron Artest, though the Pacers were rumored to be interested in making some other moves as well.

Coming out: The acquisition of Peja Stojakovic for Artest has turned out well so far, and the Pacers seem to have righted the ship a bit. They might not be the serious contenders they seemed to be when the season began, but no one wants to face them in the playoffs.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. DALLAS
Going in: The Mavericks shot down suggestions that they trade Keith Van Horn for Antonio Davis.

Coming out: Mark Cuban's Mavs are suddenly the model of stability.

2. PHOENIX
Going in: After a flurry of offseason moves that have proved to be a resounding success, the Suns were too busy patting themselves on the back to make any further deals, though they did get Nikoloz Tskitishvili for a second-pick a few weeks back.

Coming out: The addition of Amare Stoudemire will be the big move for the Suns, assuming he can return this season from microfracture knee surgery.

3. DENVER
Going in: Denver was involved in dozens of discussions to move about half its roster, including (at least) Andre Miller, Earl Watson, Bryon Russell, Voshon Lenard, Kenyon Martin and Nene.

Coming out: At last, they moved Watson, Russell and Lenard, but kept Martin, to the surprise of many. They came out of all those talks with not Ron Artest (as was rumored in December and January) but the poor man's Artest in Ruben Patterson and Reggie Evans, both of whom are politely called "energy guys." (Don't they already have Eduardo Najera?) Now, let's see if coach George Karl and K-Mart can put on a happy face.

4. SAN ANTONIO
Going in: The champs were, as usual, not expected to do a lot at the deadline.

Coming out: They actually had some things going on below the radar, as Marc Stein will explain in his Weekend Dime. But they're doing just fine.

5. L.A. CLIPPERS
Going in: The Clippers weren't expected to do much.

Coming out: They added Vladimir Radmanovic (for Chris Wilcox) and Vin Baker (from semi-retirement). Now the questions are (a) when do they stop this losing streak and (b) will they get Corey Maggette back this season from a serious foot injury?

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Are You Sure, Ref?

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Rasheed Wallace calmly discusses a technical foul with official Bennett Salvatore. Thing is, 'Sheed might have been right.


Sheridan's Take
Chris Sheridan evaluated all 16 trades this season. Here's an excerpt:

Derek Anderson for Gerald Fitch
One more veteran scoring option added by Pat Riley, who couldn't resist the low price. If he gives them 40 good playoff minutes, that's 40 more than Fitch would have provided.

Flip Murray for Mike Wilks
Surprising this was all the Sonics could get for Flip, who waived his trade veto because he wants to be somewhere he can establish some value before becoming an unrestricted free agent. He could take minutes away from Damon Jones in Cleveland.

Lee Nailon to Cleveland
A pure money dump by the 76ers, who want to make a run at Tim Thomas and needed to move Nailon's salary to stay beneath the luxury tax threshold.

See the complete column by Chris Sheridan



News And Notes
Pistons

Isiah: Larry Pushed For Steve Deal
Steve Francis may not be the prototypical Larry Brown player, but when the three-time All-Star became available, it was Brown who pushed Isiah Thomas to acquire him. "When Francis' name was mentioned, (Brown) was the first to say hey, this is a guy that we'd be interested in," Thomas revealed yesterday. ... "If you look at the movement in the league, that's a pretty significant trade," Brown said. "I really believe he'll help us." -- New York Daily News

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Motion: Pacific Whoopin'
Sacramento had its sights on the Lakers' playoff spot. That's why L.A.'s 106-85 win, featuring 36 points and 10 assists by Kobe Bryant, stings.

Kings Of California



Medicine Ball

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As usual, the ball didn't quite fit into the basket for Memphis, as the league's third lowest-scoring team lost for the 13th time in 20 games, 97-87, at still-hot Dallas.


Extreme Behavior
Wallace

Thursday's Best
Rasheed Wallace, Pistons forward: The Motor City Madman went nuts in more ways than one, responding to a technical foul with 11 points in 97 seconds (and 28-9-2-3-3 in all) to edge Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki for our nightly award.

Thursday's Worst
The NBA's GMs: The league's front office folks spent tens of thousands of hours talking on the phone, and spread all kinds of rumors, and all they can come up with today is five piddling trades?

Johnson

Quote of the Day
"They didn't hear much from me at halftime. No throwing chairs, VCRs or Gatorade bottles. I didn't get in anybody's face."
-- Dallas coach Avery Johnson, on his approach after the Mavericks had fallen behind by 19 in the second quarter. The Mavs eventually downed the Grizzlies.

-- Royce Webb

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Where's Darko?
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Jonathan (Richmond, Ind.): Why trade for Darko and not play him?

I know it's only been two games, but a DNP and four minutes?

I first thought maybe they wanted to work him in and such, but Arroyo is getting burn already.

What's going on?

Chad Ford: I don't get it either.

They gave up a lottery pick for him and they have roughly a season and a half to see if he can play.

This is the problem with some NBA coaches. They can't see anything but the present.

Brian Hill's job security would be so much higher if he finds away to develop Darko into a legit player. Instead, even though the chances of the Magic making the playoffs this year are slim to none, he plays all veterans trying to eke out wins against the Cavs and Nets. The team loses both games, Darko doesn't play. What have they gained?

I know the GMs in Orlando aren't happy. It's tough to tell a coach what to do ... but I have a feeling that talk is coming.

Complete Chad Ford chat transcript



Elias Says
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The Mavs have won 15 of their last 16 regular-season games against teams with records more than five games above the .500 mark.

Memphis was 30-23 coming into Thursday's game.

Dallas' only such loss during that time was by two points to the Spurs earlier this season (92-90 on Dec. 1).

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What Dee Sees
Lakers

Charles (N.Y.): Do you think the Lakers will actually make the playoffs? I see Sacramento passing them in three weeks

Dee Brown: I think the Lakers will, just because Kobe doesn't want to go two years without going to the playoffs. For him to solidify himself into one of the best players of all time, he has to will his team into the playoffs. The Lakers will make the playoffs. That's a scary team to play with a guy that good.

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