Winners and losers at the deadline

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Despite the lack of big names, there were quite a few trades over the last 24 hours — twelve in all. I’m going to list my winners and losers, but before we get into that, here is a list of all twelve transactions:

Winners

Milwaukee Bucks

Using very simple methods — only using this season’s numbers and not accounting for minute allocation, positions played, depth charts, etc — the Bucks had the biggest net gain in wins at the trade deadline. Beno Udrih is the most productive player leaving town, and he’s been slightly below average over the course of his career. In contrast, the Bucks are adding J.J. Redick and Gustavo Ayon, both of whom have been above average players over the course of their careers. Milwaukee also got rid of Doron Lamb, who’s been one of the worst players in the league this year, saved $0.9 million in salary for this season, and didn’t add significant salary past next year. And bringing in Redick makes it very possible that the Bucks are about to part ways with Monta Ellis, who has been an overrated score since the 2007-08 season.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets did not really win their trades because of who they traded for. In fact, in the trade with the Kings, the Rockets gave up the most productive player in the deal — Patrick Patterson, who has been below average across his career so far — and most of the other players in the deal will probably not have much of an impact for either team. They also added $1.8 million in salary for this season (although they will save $0.7 million next season). So why do I think they are winners? The Rockets are clearing out the dead weight on their roster; while this might not mean much for many teams, Houston has some very productive and very underplayed backups (Greg Smith at PF/C, Patrick Beverley at PG). Moving these players into bigger roles is likely to help the team’s win totals. They are also taking a shot on two young players (Thomas Robinson, Tyler Honeycutt) who might end up becoming productive players, given enough minutes. These are the types of moves that well-run franchises make.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder traded away Eric Maynor, who has been very unproductive since he returned from the serious injury he suffered last season. Despite his potential, Maynor has never produced at an average level, and in exchange the Thunder received a $2.2 million trade exception that might come in handy in the future. OKC also managed to get Ronnie Brewer from the Knicks in exchange for a 2013 second round draft pick. While the second round pick could turn into a productive player, Ronnie Brewer has been a productive player for eight seasons now. Even though most people prefer potential to actual results, the Thunder made the right choice. Did I mention that Brewer is only making $1.1 milllion this season and his contract expires this year?

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors took two unproductive players on rookie deals and turned them into second round picks. While that may not scream “winner!” to you, it’s a great way to rid the team of dead weight and helps the team retool during the draft. Even if they don’t hit with these draft picks, the salaries of the future rookies won’t be very big and it will be easy to either cut them or trade them away. And if they do hit on the picks, they would have productive players on very cheap deals. What’s not to like?

Losers

Orlando Magic

Things are rotten in the Magic kingdom. Using the simplest of methods (again, only using this season’s numbers and not accounting for minute allocation, positions played, depth charts, etc), the Magic suffered the largest swing in wins at the trade deadline. They traded away the most productive player in the day’s deals (J.J. Redick), and sent him away with two normally productive and currently underused big men (Gustavo Ayon and Josh McRoberts). In return, they recieved Doron Lamb and Hakim Warrick, who rank 9th and 16th in losses produced this season (that’s bad). They added salary for this season and saved practically nothing in the long run. At least they didn’t trade away Vucevic.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns added Hamed Haddadi, a protected 2013 second round draft pick from Toronto, and Markieff Morris‘ twin brother, Marcus Morris. Not surprisingly, the twins are very similar players and offer redundant skillsets, which would be a good thing if they were productive, but they aren’t. Haddadi has been okay across his career, but it’s hard to say if he will get any minutes. The real problem is that Phoenix added money to both this season’s payroll as well as next season’s payroll, without making the team any better (maybe even worse).

New York Knicks

The Knicks traded away the perennially productive and underrated Ronnie Brewer in exchange for a second round draft pick. While second round draft picks can be quite useful and valuable, a healthy and young player with many productive seasons under his belt is always the better bet. To top it all off, apparently the Knicks went out and signed 35 year old Kenyon Martin to a 10 day contract after the trade. After a few good seasons, are the Knicks already sliding backwards?

Meh

Portland Trailblazers

The Blazers got Eric Maynor, who isn’t productive and probably won’t play too much behind Damian Lillard. At least he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.

Washington Wizards

The Wiz traded away the overrated Jordan Crawford, but in exchange received another overrated scorer (Leandro Barbosa) who is out for the season with an ACL injury and has an expiring deal, and the expiring Jason Collins. This adds to their salary this season but saves money for next season. Yay, I guess?

Dallas Mavericks

Swapped Dahntay Jones for Anthony Morrow. Morrow’s probably a bit more productive, and the deal adds to the Mav’s payroll for this season. Morrow expires at the end of the season, so this might help the Mavs a tiny bit in their attempt to make the playoffs.

Memphis Grizzlies

Got Dexter Pittman and a 2013 second round pick for nothing. Shrug.

Philadelphia 76ers

Got Charles Jenkins for a 2013 second round pick. Personally, I’d try using the pick on an underrated college player, but there probably isn’t much of a difference here.

Toronto Raptors

Saved a bit of money for next year, added that third-string point guard the team needed after trading away Jose Calderon. But Bargnani is still in Toronto? Now we have to wait until at least the summer.

Atlanta Hawks

Swapped Anthony Morrow for Dahntay Jones and picked up Jeremy Tyler for a 2013 second round draft pick. Saved a tiny bit of money this year, added a little bit next year. Definitely meh.

Miami Heat

Tried to save money and created a roster opening — very exciting.

Charlotte Bobcats

Traded away a bad player for an average player, saved money, and didn’t add any salary past this season. Not bad, but you’ll have to do better than that to get out of the terrible hole you put yourself in, MJ.

Boston Celtics

Got rid of two unproductive players, added one younger overrated player; saved money this season, add money next season. After what’s transpired with the other teams fighting for those last two Eastern playoff spots, it looks like the Celts will probably make it to the postseason, but this move won’t make much of a difference.

Sacramento Kings

Is there any semblance of a plan in Sacramento? Other than cutting payroll for the inevitable move to Seattle? Because the Kings just added a bunch of expiring deals and swapped Thomas Robinson for Patrick Patterson.

- Devin

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