NBA Trades: Breaking Down Summer Trades

July 12th, 2010 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
The first volleys of trading and free agency have swept across the NBA battlefield.

Let’s examine the first trades fired and what they’ll mean to their prospective teams. Only trades involving two teams swapping players who weren’t subsequently cut will be analyzed.

New York acquires Anthony Randolph, Ronnie Turiaf, and Kelenna Azubuike from Golden State for David Lee

David Lee would be superfluous with Amar'e Stoudemire in tow, so the Knicks shipped him off for solid depth and a potentially high reward in Randolph.

Randolph is a long, lean forward who runs like a gazelle, falls in love with his inconsistent jumper, plays zero defense, and has a limited understanding of the game. However, if he can gain some upper body strength and put things together, he could become a big-time player in an uptempo offense somewhere down the road.

Turiaf will always play hard on defense, even if his undersized frame mitigates the success of his efforts. He’ll block shots, rebound, and make plays simply on his competitive spirit.

Azubuike can defend a little, shoot a little, handle a little, and run the ...

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