Thursday, February 18, 2010

Recapping the 2010 NBA Trade Deadline

- Tracy McGrady finally ended up with the Knicks after a three-team trade sent T-Mac and Sergio Rodriguez to New York. The Kings received Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston and Larry Hughes from the Knicks, while the Rockets brought back Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento and Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries from New York. The Rockets can also swap 2011 first-round draft picks with the Knicks and will get New York's 2012 first-rounder.

The Knicks gave up a lot but also cleared $9 million off their 2010-2011 cap number, allowing them to pursue two "max" free agent contracts in the offseason. The Rockets made out pretty well, bringing in a scorer in Martin and a young forward in Hill.

- New York also dealt Nate Robinson to the Celtics for JR Giddens, Bill Walker and Eddie House. Robinson will provide some nice bench scoring for Boston and should also play much better than he did in New York with the veteran presence of Kevin Garnett keeping him from making a lot of the silly mistakes he did with the Knicks.

- Tyrus Thomas was finally dealt from Chicago but ended up in Charlotte, a place many hadn't expected until early Thursday morning. That's a nice move for the Bobcats, provided Thomas stays in line, and it gives the team a very athletic squad.

- John Salmons ended up in Milwaukee, with Chicago clearing some cap space for the Summer of 2010 free agent bonanza. The Bulls are certainly shooting for Dwyane Wade, a Chicago guy who might be unhappy with Miami after they couldn't get him any help at the deadline.

- The Heat were rumored to be in on Carlos Boozer, but couldn't pull the trigger on a deal.

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