2011 NBA Trade Deadline Analysis: The 5 Biggest Swaps Last Week

March 1st, 2011 by Brian Chen Leave a reply »
Another NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and if you’re still frantically trying to process everything, stop panicking because we’re here to help. Aside from the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony deal that had us painfully blue-balled for weeks, many of the deals that were pushed through Thursday morning came with little or no warning. Let’s run through the transactions that should have the greatest implications, both real and fantasy.

LA Clippers get Mo Williams, Jamario Moon; Cleveland Cavaliers get Baron Davis, first-round pick

The Clippers definitely get a little stronger here. Assuming Williams can get healthy, his substantially superior (over Davis’) perimeter shooting should come in handy with the attention that Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman will attract down low. Moon’s athleticism and defensive mindset off the bench should also serve them well.

As for the Cavaliers, they inherit Davis’ fat…contract. All jokes aside, Davis had actually elevated his level play, averaging 17 points and 7.5 assists in January and February before his knee flared up, causing him to shoot 3-18 in his last two games. But ...

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