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Recapping the NBA Trade Deadline

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Small and minor trades made for a rather boring deadline period with all the big names staying put.

Recapping the NBA Trade Deadline

This year's NBA trade deadline offered up the promise of big names like Josh Smith, Monta Ellis, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, Eric Gordon and Paul Millsap possibly getting shipped off to new teams. There was plenty of talk swirling about role players like Iman Shumpert and Jared Dudley. But when the deadline passed yesterday, all of those players were still with their current teams. There was a minor flurry of activity, but the names involved certainly weren't the major attractions that got thrown about in the days leading up. 

Still, some of these players have the potential to impact the playoff picture as the season progresses. Let's take a look at a few teams that made some shrewd deals to potentially improve here.

Milwaukee Bucks: Acquired JJ Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith from the Orlando Magic for Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris, and Doron Lamb.

Milwaukee is hanging on to that eighth seed in the Eastern Conference standings, sitting three and a half games above the Philadelphia 76ers. They were big players in trying to land Josh Smith, but were able to land Redick as a consolation prize. 

Redick will come off the bench in Milwaukee where Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis currently occupy the starting roles. Redick brings his deft shooting touch (which will help space the floor for Jennings/Ellis) and his much improved overall play (he's averaging a career-high 4.4 assists per game this year and has turned into a capable perimeter defender). Picking up someone like Ayon to do the dirty work down low is also a nice low-key pickup for the Bucks.

Udrih was in the final year of his deal and was just a role player for the Bucks, but they do give up two promising prospects in Lamb and Harris. Lamb is only 23 and Harris is still just 20, so both of those players will have a chance to get much-needed playing time in Orlando. 

Houston Rockets: Acquired Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from the Sacramento Kings for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas; Traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a 2nd Round Pick.

Daryl Morey continues to wheel and deal like no other GM in the league. How he was able to pry Thomas Robinson, the 5th overall pick from last year's draft and a player with tons of upside, from the Kings for players like Patterson, Aldrich and Douglas is just astounding. Robinson should fit in nicely with the young talented core already assembled in Houston. They might not only improve this season (where they currently sit at 8th out West), but in the long term this deal might work out great for Houston.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Acquired Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a future 2nd round pick; traded Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis.

OKC made a couple minor moves with the playoffs in mind. In acquiring Brewer, the Thunder get another big, capable perimeter defender to pair with Thabo Sefalosha and really cause problems for opponents. Brewer may not be as capable as Sefalosha is offensively, but his instincts and smarts are top notch. He'll find a niche and embrace it there. 

Boston Celtics: Acquired Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards for Leandro Barbosa.

Anytime you can acquire a perfectly healthy player for one that is injured for the season, it's a win, right? Boston gets some much needed help out on the perimeter where they have lost both Rajon Rondo and Barbosa for the season to injuries. Crawford is more than capable of providing a boost offensively, and just having another able-bodied player will help Boston as they try to make another run with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Portland Trail Blazers: Acquired Eric Maynor for the draft rights to Giorgos Printezis.

Damian Lillard is having a tremendous rookie season for Portland, but he doesn't have much help behind him when he isn't on the court. Eric Maynor provides that in spades. He is a terrific floor general that will be able to run the offense in spurts while Lillard gets a breather. Portland is only four games behind the Rockets for the 8th seed, and there's still plenty of basketball left. Maybe Maynor solidifying the second unit can help Portland turn a corner.

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