Marc Stein's Trade Scorecard

Originally Published: February 24, 2005
By Marc Stein |

Surely you're wondering what happened. How we went from GMs everywhere predicting a quiet trade deadline ... to an absolute avalanche of trade activity.

Well, you came to the right place.

We know the secret.

Executives all over the league map, from what we're hearing, didn't appreciate Al Davis' attempts to eclipse the NBA's trade deadline by swooping for Randy Moss.* So they decided to trade just about anyone mentioned in a trade rumor over the past month.

The following is a breakdown of the 11 deals that went down in the final 24 hours before Thursday's trading deadline.

G Baron Davis
C/F Dale Davis
G Speedy Claxton
On Thursday morning, Golden State had the league's longest playoff drought and only one former All-Star on its roster: Dale Davis. By Thursday afternoon, Golden State had the most hope it has seen since Chris Webber played by the bay. It was expensive -- Baron Davis has a lot of money coming the next few years -- but it was a worthwhile gamble for a franchise that needs this sort of by-the-lapels shakeup. Especially since a Dale Davis-Speedy Claxton package isn't a ton to give up if Davis turns out to be the Baron who went to two All-Star Games (or close to it). The Warriors can't wait to find out what happens when Davis is paired with Jason Richardson in the backcourt ... and with Troy Murphy as a promising four man if he can ever shake his injury rut. No matter what you think of Mike Dunleavy, there's an interesting core in Oakland now.

F Jamal Mashburn
F Rodney Rogers
F Glenn Robinson
A big reason we liked the Chris Webber trade for Philadelphia so much -- besides the idea that Allen Iverson might finally have a sidekick who can star at his side -- is because the Sixers didn't have to part with any of their studly youngsters or Big Dog's expiring contract to make this deal. That enabled the Sixers to send Robinson to New Orleans for another inactive former All-Star (Jamal Mashburn) and a reserve forward Jim O'Brien definitely will like and use (Rodney Rogers). It's much tougher, on the flip side, to get excited about New Orleans coming away with a mess of cap room from its two deadline-day deals because we don't know anyone eager to take the Hornets' money ... and we're fairly sure George Shinn won't want to spend it.

F Keith Van Horn

C Calvin Booth
F/C Alan Henderson
There are certainly folks in Dallas who will never forgive Mark Cuban for letting Steve Nash go, but it's impossible to accuse the league's maverick owner of putting the checkbook away. After spending his Nash money on Erick Dampier, Cuban just sanctioned a trade for a backup power forward who will make $16 million next season and take the Mavericks' payroll into the vicinity of $100 million. Keith Van Horn isn't worth anything close to that amount after floundering in the most pressure-free of markets, but he has some value to Dallas to act as a (very) poor man's Dirk Nowitzki and to boost a corps of shooters that doesn't stretch the D the way it used to. There's even a possibility (albeit remote) that Milwaukee might waive Henderson and Dallas could re-sign the former Indiana man, who has been a handy spot contributor.

G Mike James
C Zendon Hamilton
G Reece Gaines
Houston's second-round picks in 2006 and 2007
Thursday was a pretty good day for the Milwaukee Bucks. They moved the contracts belonging to Mike James and Keith Van Horn to give cost-conscious owner Herb Kohl more spare funds to throw at free agent-to-be Michael Redd -- while giving general manager Larry Harris the added flexibility to try again to find some good players to put around Redd. The Bucks, as a result, have never felt better about their ability to re-sign Redd this summer. Of course, it must be noted that Cleveland remains a serious threat to steal Redd away ... really the only threat Milwaukee fears. Especially if Redd asks himself whether Kohl will ever spend enough again to build a whole team.

F Vin Baker
G Moochie Norris
2006 second-round pick
F Maurice Taylor
Houston is my unheralded success story of this trade season because the Rockets have done everything they wanted to do. They changed the dynamic of the roster before the deadline by acquiring David Wesley and Jon Barry, then acquired James (a longtime target) and offloaded the unhappy (and unneeded) Taylor. Houston's hot streak extends beyond the standings, obviously. Even the return of quirky Moochie Norris probably will thrill the locals.

C Nazr Mohammed
G Jamison Brewer
F Malik Rose
Two first-round draft picks
The week began in Gotham with Chris Webber fantasies. It ended for Isiah Thomas with Webber going to a division rival and the Knicks swinging two panicky deals for two more undersized power forwards with bloated contracts. Ugh. One of these days, Thomas is going to get the memo that this ain't no 6-foot-8-and-under league. Spurs general manager R.C. Buford, meantime, also did what he always does ... the difference being that that's a good thing. San Antonio had hoped to bring Karl Malone out of retirement, or at least move Rose for Donyell Marshall or Clifford Robinson. When those options were exhausted, Buford came up with a fine save to land Mohammed. It cost the Spurs a fan favorite and a first-round pick, but it's safe to say Zeke won't do as much with the late draft turn as Buford could.

F Antoine Walker
G Gary Payton
C Michael Stewart
F Tom Gugliotta
Future first-round pick
If Boston thinks Gary Payton is going to clear waivers and re-sign with the Celts, then you have to applaud Danny Ainge. If he traded away a guy who seemed to be fitting in so unexpectedly well in Boston, in exchange for a Celtics alumnus who left town in such a messy divorce, we're not exactly sure how to react. Because we're not quite sure why Ainge feels the Celtics need Walker again. The Hawks' interests here, meanwhile, aren't much more explainable -- unless they do something special with the draft pick they got. The only real winner here to us is Payton, who'll have the chance to sign with Minnesota or another Western contender after no one claims him off the waiver wire or the Hawks buy him out.

G Jiri Welsch
Boston's first-round pick in 2007
No matter how willing they were to send Drew Gooden to Milwaukee, LeBron James' Cavaliers were not going to get Michael Redd away from the Bucks. Not yet, anyway. Cleveland will have to wait until free agency in July to see whether it can lure the former Ohio Stater back home, so getting Welsch as a deadline-day fallback for its lack of perimeter shooting is a Spurs-like save.

F Eduardo Najera
G Luis Flores
Future No. 1 pick

F Nikoloz Tskitishvili
F Rodney White
The Nuggets parted with two guys George Karl wasn't going to play for a first-rounder and a Kiki Vandeweghe favorite (Eduardo Najera) who's bound to be Karl's kind of guy, too. It wasn't the splashiest move, but Denver didn't want to mess with its core -- Nene, specifically -- with Karl so new to the program.

F Malik Allen

G/F Steve Smith
Classy move by the expansion Bobcats to send Smith to a contender. Shrewd move by Miami to add one more perimeter threat to the bench before Alonzo Mourning signs on. The Heat aren't nearly as thin now as they were when the season started.

F Chris Webber
F Matt Barnes
F Michael Bradley
F Brian Skinner
F Kenny Thomas
F Corliss Williamson
In the ninth year of the Allen Iverson experience, Philly feels as though it has finally found the answer. The question? Will the Sixers ever come up with a second star to partner with The Answer? After failed attempts to tag team Jerry Stackhouse, Keith Van Horn and Glenn Robinson with the game's most dynamic little man, it's Chris Webber's turn to be The Answer's sidekick. Will it work? My feeling is that health is the only variable that can hurt these two, who share a lifetime of far more criticism than praise. Which gives them plenty of motivation to succeed together -- assuming, again, that their bodies hold up. Call it a big risk if you want, but it's a risk we say Billy King had to take. As for the Kings? I'm decidedly down on the deal from their end, as you read late Wednesday/early Thursday, I hope. If it really helps them fend off the Lakers in the summer of 2006 when Peja Stojakovic hits free agency, then my opinion changes. Apparently, though, the panic is already spreading among the Kings' loyal fan subjects. Not about Peja, necessarily, but about the idea that the club is headed for a move to Las Vegas someday. Which was an easy leap to make after the double whammy of a stunning Webber exile mere hours after the Maloof brothers' latest plan for funding a modern arena in Sacramento collapsed. Rough week.

*Just kidding, baby.

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