Sheridan Hoops Sixth Man Rankings: Week 16

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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.

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Redick will help Bucks; Celtics shouldn’t start Crawford

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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.

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Sheridan: Big Trade Deadline Winners are Milwaukee Bucks, Mark Cuban and Boston Celtics

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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?”

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Sheridan: Five Potential Trades That Make Sense

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We are 48 hours away from the NBA trade deadline. Deals are being discussed, deals are going to happen, and deals are going to fall through.

Happens every year.

What makes this year different is the new collective bargaining agreement, with harsher luxury tax penalties on the horizon beginning with the 2013-14 season. The luxury tax line is going to act as a hard cap for all but the wealthiest owners – like guys who own gold mines in Siberia.

So expect to hear a lot of financial gobbledygook on Thursday night and Friday morning as NBA executives explain the moves they made.

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Sheridan: Bryant ambivalent on Howard’s future with Lakers

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HOUSTON — If you watched the All-Star game, you gained an appreciation for Kobe Bryant’s defensive determination.

If you stood 3 feet away from him and spoke to him afterward, as I did, you gained a clearer understanding of where he stands on the whole question of what the Lakers should do with Dwight Howard.

And if you read a little into his quotes, you get the feeling that Bryant wouldn’t be surprised in the least, or even bothered, if the Lakers decide to trade the big man before the deadline Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do. At this point, it doesn’t matter,”  Bryant said after putting on a signature defensive performance against LeBron James in the West’s 143-138 victory over the East Sunday night in the 2013 NBA All-Star game.

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