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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Happy Hour 02/22: The NBA Trading Dud-line

Hey, would you like to make a trade just so we can say we made one?

Oh, you bet. And this way, my boss will think I'm actually working.

I'm betting such an exchange took place between two NBA general managers at least once today. But most everyone else appears to have been playing Solitaire, clearing out their e-mail, or out of the office to catch up on errands. They sure didn't seem to be working on making any deals or trying to improve their teams. What did we get today?

  • Atlanta acquired Anthony Johnson from Dallas for... a second-round draft pick. Johnson is surely thrilled that he gets to join the Hawks for the third time in his career. And how excited are they in Atlanta? The Journal-Constitution's "Hawks Hack" blog has a post titled "Trade brings ANOTHER backup point guard."

  • Portland shipped Juan Dixon (whom Detroit was reportedly interested in) to Toronto for Fred Jones (who I think won a dunk contest once). The Toronto Star's Raptors beat writer, Doug Smith, brings the sizzle by calling this transaction "a financial thing," and goes into some contract and salary cap stuff. I bet they almost went over the two minutes on "PTI" breaking down that deal.

  • And Philadelphia dumped Alan Henderson (who hasn't done anything of significance in the league for about six years) on Utah for "the rights to swap 2007 second-round draft picks." They're not even trying to sugarcoat this deal. Stephen A. Smith can't even raise his eyebrows for this one.

We'll probably hear about some of the trades that almost got through, only to fall apart at the last minute. Here in Detroit, we're a little disappointed Joe Dumars didn't pick up one more shooter to bolster what looks like the Beast of the East right now. But that will be only the smallest of consolation prizes to anyone anticipating a big, power-shifting deal at the NBA's trading deadline.

And really, hoping for such a deal was probably expecting too much. Very few teams are willing to significantly alter their roster during the season. And with the NBA standings essentially one big cluster#@$%, teams don't want to give up on a playoff run or help a competitor get better. Ultimately, all the fuss is probably just meant to keep ESPN.com's NBA page constantly refreshed. It's a good thing I DVR'ed SportsCenter.



  • At February 23, 2007 12:13 AM, Anonymous Jeff said…

    I was disappointed the Pistons could not move Mohammad and/or Flip Murray and/or draft picks for Mike James, Mo Pete, or Chucky Atkins, but I understand that teams aren't just going to give their players away, especially when they are in the playoff race still (Minny, Toronto). It was interesting that Chicago and Cleveland stood pat too, although even with making a move or two, those teams still don't have what it takes to beat Detroit in a seven game series, in my opinion.

    Great blog, by the way.

  • At April 04, 2007 4:59 PM, Blogger W2E said…

    Cool info about the NBA, but I was also thinking of shedding some more light on the WNBA, which doesn’t get much publicity, although it should. Here are some interesting facts about the WNBA:

    On February 15, 2005, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced that Donna Orender, who had been serving as the Senior Vice President of the PGA Tour and who had played for several teams in the now-defunct Women's Pro Basketball League, would be Ackerman's successor as of April 2005.

    The WNBA awarded its first expansion team in several years to Chicago (later named the Sky) in February 2005. In the off-season, a set of rule changes was approved that made the WNBA more like the NBA.

    The 2006 season was the WNBA's tenth; the league became the first team-oriented women's professional sports league to exist for ten consecutive seasons. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, the WNBA released its All-Decade Team, comprising the ten WNBA players deemed to have contributed, through on-court play and off-court activities, the most to women's basketball during the period of the league's existence.

    In December of 2006, the Charlotte Bobcats organization announced it would no longer operate the Charlotte Sting. Soon after, the WNBA announced that the Charlotte Sting would not operate for the upcoming season. A dispersal draft was held January 8, 2007, with all players except for unrestricted free agents Allison Feaster and Tammy Sutton-Brown available for selection. Teams selected in inverse order of their 2006 records, with Chicago receiving the first pick and selecting Monique Currie.

    For more info on NBA, NFL, MLS and NASCAR you are welcome to visit my future blog.

    Michael S.
    USA Sports News


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