The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and no major moves were made. Championship contenders declined to improve their squads, while other teams unloaded big expiring salaries in preparation for the off season. Take a look at the notable trades made before the deadline:
Toronto Raptors/Miami Heat, Key players: Shawn Marion & Jermaine O’neal-5 years ago this would have been a marquee trade, but these players skill level has steadily declined over the years. Both players are overpriced Marion-$17 million a yr. and O’neal is owed $23 million next season. Though O’neal will help fill the void down low in Miami, I consider this trade a wash.
Chicago Bulls/Sacramento Kings, Key players: Brad Miller, John Salmons, Andres Nocioni & Drew Gooden– The Kings released Miller and Salmons to trim salary for the upcoming season and the Bulls are perhaps preparing for the off season or possibly the “Lebron Sweepstakes” in 2010. Drew Gooden will likely be let go after the season.
Chicago Bulls/New York Knicks, Key players: Larry Hughes & Tim Thomas: Both teams seem to be unloading salary for the 2010 free agent extravaganza. Hughes and Thomas, along with the other players involved in the trade, contracts will expire by the summer of 2010. Both are likely to make a run for Lebron James, Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh.
Other notable moves: Boston Celtics traded Sam Cassell to the Kings for 2015 second-round pick, Cassell was later waived by the Kings. Hornets and Thunder trade was rescinded due to failed physical of Tyson Chandler. Chris Wilcox was sent to the Knicks after failed trade with Hornets.