Best trades during the 2009-10 NBA Season.

Amar’e Stoudemire and Kirk Hinrich were spared in this year’s player swap but these guys weren’t. Some of them are perennial trade baits and some are disgruntled employees. I also see some as expiring contracts.

How they fared? Here are the top ten reasons if want to see yourself as a great general manager in the future.


NEW YORK: Brian Cardinal
MINNESOTA: Darko Milicic

(Note: Josh Howard is at the inset because I haven't found any Darko pic wearing a Wolves jersey) Darko thinks that his NBA career is a nightmare. We all agree to this. Pretty soon, two years after he moved back to Europe, getting top minutes for AC Milan or Real Madrid or Olympiakos or Barcelona or Bayern Munich (I might be messing up football teams over basketball squads)… people will regard him as a draft bust. Minnesota wants to give Darko something good to tell his grandkids how he played in the NBA. Being second in a draft were your batchmates including Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh is tough. So this is make or break time for Darko… if he wants this.
WINNER: MINNESOTA (if Darko plays)

CHARLOTTE: Tyrus Thomas
CHICAGO: Future first-round pick, Flip Murray, and Acie Law

Some might say that I’m going to for Charlotte here but I’m going for the Bulls in this trade. While the Bobcats will definitely use Thomas, Flip Murray has been a key player for the Bobcats because he leads and at the same time score whenever possible. His entry bolsters the Bulls’ backcourt and bringing Law with him in a way further depletes the very green Charlotte lineup. I see this more as a strategic rather than a “utilitarian” swap for the Bulls. This also gives the Bulls closure on what they could have had if they stuck with their supposed choice, the post up player LaMarcus Aldridge and not trade him to a above the rim guy like Thomas.

CHICAGO: Joe Alexander and Hakim Warrick

MILWAUKEE: John Salmons and 2011 and 2012 second-round draft picks
There is a reason why Tyrus Thomas was sent elsewhere and that’s because the Bulls were accommodating a couple of young blood in their roster. Salmons is a good find but with the troika of Hinrich, Derrick Rose, and Luol Deng, he is expendable. Alexander is a younger version of Salmons and Warrick can because the post up PF that Thomas isn’t right now.

NEW YORK: Eddie House, JR Giddens, Bill Walker, and a conditional second-round pick
BOSTON: Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry
At best, these two squads needed these players to shore up their backcourt. With Marquis Daniels often injured, they need a scoring backup that can deliver the shots and Nate Robinson will be that guy. His entry gives Boston a great reliever for Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. I don’t know how he’ll adapt to the team’s chemistry but I don’t think the new guy will be up-in-arms in his new title-hunting team. At the Knicks, they lost a scorer but Mike D’Antoni is happy with House. House was Mike’s boy when House was in Phoenix and he is a defensive guy that can hurl long bombs. Plus, with the rift D’Antoni and Robinson had, it’s a matter of time that these two get separated. I going to give Boston the benefit of the doubt that they will use Nate wisely.

HOUSTON: Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong
SACRAMENTO: Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey

Kevin Martin was an up and coming star for the Kings. But he got injured. And Tyreke Evans became awesome. Sacramento sacrificed a great backcourt because they think they need to shore up their frontline. Oh well, Landry at best is a fourth option that would perform better because the Kings lack name players that can deliver. Houston will benefit on K-Mart because he is another scorer to de-load Trevor Ariza and Luis Scola.

LA CLIPPERS: Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake
PORTLAND: Marcus Camby
Portland is preparing for a more fruitful NBA Playoffs and those hopes were dashed when Greg Oden injured himself for a season. Camby is a great addition for the team but giving up a PG and a SF that has reinforced their rise to the top is harsh. Wait… hmmm… hell screw it, the Blazers won this! Outlaw is often-injured and Blake is a lesser-level version of Jason Williams. Camby is not the player to build for the future but he is a helpful addition. Even if the Clips have given up on this season to strengthen their lineup upon the return of Blake Griffin, I think the Blazers have a big chance to swell their chances in the postseason.

WASHINGTON: Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross (Gooden was later traded to the Clippers for cash considerations)
DALLAS: Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson
Howard gets the trade out because Mark Cuban was pissed at Howard for being too wasted to attend practice. Definitely, Dallas getting Butler is great. Also, they found a center they can sub for Erick Dampier in Haywood. Stevenson is an offense/defense guy that can spell good quality minutes. It seems like the Wizards are unloading all the players part of the “Arenas era” but they didn’t do well here. Howard injured his ACL and is out for the season. Guess who won in this swap?

CHARLOTTE: Stephen Jackson and Acie Law (later part of a deal that sent Tyrus Thomas to the Bobcats)
GOLDEN STATE: Vladimir Radmanovic and Raja Bell

This is not a draft deadline trade but Charlotte is enjoying this sudden rise at the Eastern Conference race because of this trade. Sure, Gerald Wallace is the star of this show but Jackson is that other guy where Larry Brown will have a sure source of those sweet deuces and troikas. Radmanovic hasn’t been a great player to head a team and Raja Bell is a good addition for the trade to commence. But still, the Bobcats own this swap. Michael Jordan is doing well as GM now. Took him a decade to do that!

NEW YORK: Tracy McGrady
HOUSTON: Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, and a protected 2012 first-round pick and the right to exchange first-round pick in 2011
Unless the Rockets claim a super rookie a la LeBron James, I will always see this pick as pro New York. I believe T-Mac is an all-time Top 75 player. He has height, leaping ability, power, and skills. The only problem I see working against T-Mac is his health. This is dangerous since he’ll join a lot of superstars that wilted after playing a season with the Knicks (Glen Rice, Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway, etc).

CLEVELAND: Antawn Jamison
WASHINGTON: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the rights of Emil Preldzic, and 2010 first-round draft pick

There is no chance in hell that the Wizards will have the advantage in this trade. Jamison is a wide body that can play both forward positions with ease. Trading him to their Eastern rivals could be a ploy to infuriate the gun-toting Gilbert Arenas. And sure, even if Jamison’s entry made the Cavs a little off-sync, Z Ilgauskas will not play for the Wizards and will eventually be waived. If this works as planned, Z will return to Cleveland, the team he played his whole career. However, Cleveland needs to be wary of Ilgauskas because Atlanta is seriously interested in acquiring his services.

That’s about it. Hurl insults at me if I made a booboo in my checklist.

Until then…

Game over!

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