Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

The Post Up: Trade Drama


by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

OK, waaaaay too much went on last night. I mean, my goodness. Wednesday nights are crazy enough on their own, but this trade deadline business is mad! Okay, so games, I don’t really know what to tell you, except, the Grizz stole one against the Raptors…. Or, the Raps gave the game away after being down 16 to start then leading by five with 37 seconds remaining. A Mayo three and a Z-Bo layup and there was overtime. In the extra session, the Raptors stupidly continued to switch so Jose Calderon was on Rudy Gay, and, well, Rudy took advantage, scoring eight straight for the Grizz to give them the win.

It was another rough night for Hedo, who was booed quite loudly when he checked into the game.

Rudy Gay is really fun to watch. OJ Mayo is really nice to talk to. He gives good, long answers. Wished I had the opp to sit down with him for a longer interview, like our man Tzvi did awhile back.

Grant Hill and Dirk Nowitzki were jawing at each other in Dallas where the new-look Mavs got the 107-97 victory. Weird, right?

CJ Watson went OFF against the Kings as the Warriors raced to a 130-98 blowout win. Watson had a career-high 40 points on a ridiculous 16-for-23 from the floor. He was balling as he started for Monta Ellis who is expected to miss another week of action. Steph Curry had a career-high 15 assists and the Warriors rolled all over Sacramento, taking over in the second quarter when they outscored the Kings 42-16.

33 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and seven blocked shots for Dwight Howard in a 116-91 victory over the Pistons. Love seeing big numbers from Dwight like that. I miss the Dwight from last season. Anyone else with me here?

The Heat managed to scrape by with the 87-84 victory against the Nets in New Jersey and did so without Dwyane Wade for most of the game after their superstar left the game with a strained left calf. Michael Beasley led the way for Miami with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Meanwhile, as I was filing a story and going home, news was breaking. The Kings are letting go of Kevin Martin, Hilton Armstrong, Kenny Thomas and Sergio Rodridguez for Tracy  McGrady, Joey Dorsey and Carl Landry. Who knows if they’ll keep TMac, but they’ll most certainly keep Landry and Casspi is going to love playing with a hard-nosed guy like Carl. I really like that piece for them. Didn’t expect them to be in such a rush to let go of Martin, though.

Now, the Cavs. This went down in the first half of my game. They accquired Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair while shipping Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a first round dradt pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic to Washington. Drew Gooden was sent to the L.A. Clippers and Al Thornton was sent to the Wizards. You get that?

All you need to know is that the Cavs were able to keep J.J. Hickson, attained Jamison and are going to be really, really good. They’ll probably get Z back in the end, too. Nuts. I’m just happy for Antawn. He deserved a better situation than the one he had in Washington and the fans in Cleveland are sure going to love him. Now, to see how it all falls into place.

In other smaller trade news: The Knicks traded Darco Milicic to Minnesota in exchange for Brian Cardinal.

The Bulls will send John Salmons to Milwaukee for two expiring contracts in return. According to ESPN, these contracts may be Kurt Thomas and Francisco Elson or Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.

A deal between the Knicks and Celtics is expected to go down today, sending Nate Robinson to the Celtics for Eddie House and another contract, perhaps J.R. Giddens.

Now, I’ve gotta get myself to the ACC to see if they make any moves today. I’m hoping not! Also hoping I can get back into the normal swing of things tonight. At least the trades will be over by then, right?

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  • http://myspace.com.vandalworks vandalworks

    i also hope theres no trades involving the raptors… jose and the second unit have been doing a decent job, and we can only get better. i just hope bosh will stay. hes the face of the franchise, and he means so much to the fans and organization

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Darko for Cardinal?!?!?!?!??!

  • jumpman3224

    I can’t believe the Cavs got Jamison for essentially a draft pick. Major props to DHoward. That is the Superman the Magic need to repeat in the East.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    It appears Amare is staying put. Damn shame.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com TADOne

    It has been reported that Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander will be the two players joining Chicago for John Salmons.

  • Michael

    watching hedo last night was really painful.
    him and demar need to reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaallllllllly step it up. demar derozen should just never shoot.

  • T-Money

    I’m starting to doubt how serious Kerr was in moving STAT. Cleveland had Z, JJ, Danny Green and a 1st pick on the table and he passed. He wasn’t going to get a better offer from somebody else considering that Iggy and Beas were off limits. Once everybody comes back Cleveland’s bench is going to get crowded! Gibson, Jawad, Hickson and Powe will likely be out of the 9-man rotation.

  • http://heavyasheaven.blogspot.com DP

    As long as Nate stays under control, the celtics did a nice move with that trade for house.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    I don’t get choosing Hakim warrick and Joe Alexander over the other two aging corpses. I think both Warrick and Alexander are underrated players who had trade value and some years on them. Interesting choice.
    T-Money: I bet the rotation widens with Jamison in. I can see Cavaliers running a ten man rotation.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I don’t like this move, should have gave more away for Amare, Jamison is a good role player to me and will not make the Cavs the team to beat. Mark my words, The Cavs have the best record in the NBA with their core, why add Jamison who needs the ball and shots. I don’t like the trade, to me it messes with team chemistry and now other players get less burn. If I was a Cavs fan, I would be leary of this trade. I would have kept the core, plus Jamison is 33, Amare was the better talent at 27 and could played with Lebron for the next seven years, I even would have went with Troy Murphy/ Mike Duleanvy over Jamison, Just my thoughts.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Bron & Bassy reunited. The Slam circle is complete.

  • T-Money

    The Seed: what you’ve said doesn’t really make sense, i suspect you wouldn’t have liked ANY trade for cleveland. jamison is a proven 20 ppg scorer in the league and has to be guarded on the perimeter. you say that it might leag to chemistry problems but then turn around and says that they should have got amare who has a me-first attitude and wants A LOT of touches. and jamison is a flat out better player than troy murphy. twan has shown in dallas that he is willing and able to take a lesser role and everybody seems to love him. there’s really no reason to fear chemistry problems with twan. / jukai: 10-man rotation in the playoffs? who you got? i’d go mo/ap/bron/twan/shaq with andy and d-west playing heavy minutes, jmoon/z getting burn and maybe gib knocking down a ffew clutch threes. i can’t see how you plug in a 5th big man like JJ or Powe…

  • http://slamonline.com CB 34

    @ t-money: I don’t know how they’ll work out the rotation but right now the cavs are 12 deep, probably 13 if you count bassy when healthy. I think if powe is healthy enough that he will get some burn in the playoffs. As long as he resembles the player from 2008 then brown will givw him minutes.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    T-Money you are right what I said doesn’t make sense, I just don’t like this trade, it makes the Cavs better, I admit it. I tried to justify myself, by writing nonsense. Thanks for calling me out on it.

  • J-Ro

    Can the Cavs possibly be TOO good for their own good?

  • http://asfkl.com Jukai

    T-Money: Yeah, you’re on the button. I just see Lebron playing less because of Jamison now.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    JJ Hickson has 2 years to learn how to shoot a jumpshot from Tawn.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    Antoine is perfect for Lebron. Unselfish, puts up points, team guy, and physical. Amare calls himself Black Jesus. The End.

  • grimmjow

    hope this happens, bulls will have drose1, monta ellis2, dwade3, stat4 and noah5…they will really be a contender…assuming dwade doesn’t leave miami…

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  • J-RO

    grimmjow is on crack.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    The beauty of the Suns (for once) was they weren’t just going to let the talent walk… it’s not like Amar`e wants to be gone – he knows he’s on a good wicket with Nash and the Arizona desert weather… but the SUNS are not a ‘dead-team-walking’ ala, Wizards. They want to get somewhere this season! SO I can understand, if they aren’t going to get decent value for STAT then you hold onto him.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Did the Blazers get Camby or did I dream that up last night?