Tobias Harris is a second year NBA player (the 19th pick in the 2011-’12 draft) who was recently dealt in the J.J. Redick-to-Milwaukee trade on February 21. To most, he was a throw in. Redick was clearly the best player in the deal (and dealt at the deadline)…
Over the years, the NBA trade deadline has been a time of year that spoils us. Once in a while, there is a year when very little happened, like 2007 when Anthony Johnson was the most meaningful player moved. This year was bizarre because there was sheer volume of trades — yet very few that moved the needle.
This year’s trade deadline was a weak one in terms of star power, but it did include one of the top candidates for the NBA Sixth Man Award in J.J. Redick, who was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a six-player deal.
Like Redick, many top-notch bench players have been battling injuries for some time now, and the All Star break brought a very convenient period for players such as Jamal Crawford and Gordon Hayward to nurse their injuries and prepare for the rest of the season.
The break is over. The deadline has passed. Now all we have left is what’s left of the regular season as teams try to push their way into the playoffs.
No more breaks, no more player movement. All that’s left is basketball.
Some would say that this year’s trade deadline was all about who didn’t get traded.
Josh Smith will ride out the season eating conch salad in Atlanta. Boston’s legends will try extract one more extended playoff run, and Utah elected not to mess with its team on a winning streak despite a young core and two valuable assets on expiring contracts.
But we’re here to talk about a select quartet among the 27 players dealt on Wednesday or Thursday from a statistical standpoint, led by new Milwaukee Buck J.J. Redick.
Playoff basketball will return to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for the first time since 2010.
And Mark Cuban can ring Dwight Howard’s doorbell at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on June 30.
If there were two definitive things you could surmise from this year’s trade deadline deals, those were the biggest two.
If you want to make it a threesome, the Celtics did pretty well for themselves, too, by getting Jordan Crawford as the latest backcourt replacement for Rajon Rondo/Leandro Barbosa.
Can you say “I don’t wan’t to finish eighth in the East?”