Oakland, CA – The trade deadline has passed yet the chatter still continues as what NBA teams have improved and the players who were smart enough to ask for a “buyout”. It’s been a long time since the NBA has met a trade deadline in February that has shook up an entire league. It all began this Summer when LeBron James decided to team-up with friends Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
James decision led to a frenzy for many to assume that a pay cut will bring South Beach another championship. However, the reigning champ Kobe Bryant still has about 3 to 5 years left to prove he is the best the NBA has seen since Michael Jordan. With 5 NBA championships and back-to-back wins Bryant knows every player wants what he has and more.
The East has drastically improved with the trades like Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York and a buyout that sent Mike Bibby as a back-up to the Heat. Meanwhile some surprises on the West left many shocked as Utah sent Deron Williams to New Jersey for Devin Harris, Shane Battier to Memphis to beef up their chances to make the playoffs and Kendrick Perkins being sent to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green who is now a Boston Celtic.
No one has knocked off the veterans of the San Antonio Spurs who hold the best record in the NBA followed by the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. The movement around the league was by far the best trades in a long time as teams are fighting for position for the upcoming post season. However, will the remaining half of the season prove worthy of the trades. Some teams will have to look ahead to next season if the league does not face a lock-out that looms.
The Golden State Warriors grand prize for trading Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuriz in the Nets deal was a second round draft pick along with forward Troy Murphy. Well, I think it was pretty obvious Murphy was not going to return back to a team that traded him years ago so the Warriors bought him out. Now he’s decided to sign with the Celtics. Not surprised that any player who has the option for a buyout will take their chances to win a NBA Championship with a winning team.
The Clippers traded Baron Davis to Cleveland for Mo Williams was another unexpected trade. While Davis takes his veteran leadership to the worst NBA team on the East he also reunites with a coach from his past. Williams excited for a fresh start since his ex-teammate James set sails for Miami this Summer joins the rookie sensation of Blake Griffith and up and rising star Eric Gordon. It’s safe to say the West will have less worries on which top teams will move on as the Jazz have fallen out of the playoff race since longtime coach Jerry Sloan retired and losing their star point guard.
Portland’s top #2 guard Brandon Roy has been battling bad knees all season, the Memphis Grizzlies have now claimed the eighth spot but don’t leave out Phoenix. Steve Nash and Grant Hill still have some tricks up their sleeve and might make some noise. But the question still remains the same, will the Lakers repeat and win another NBA Championship? Kobe is the best player in the NBA and is determine to add more hardware to his five rings. It’ll be an exciting post season and definitely jaw dropping to watch.