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02-15-2006, 03:50 PM
Updated: Feb. 15, 2006, 3:29 PM ET
50 deals great and small
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By Chris Sheridan
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Since the Vince Carter blockbuster of December 2004, there have been exactly 50 trades, including the biggest trade in NBA history.

With only eight days left before the trade deadline, one way to get perspective on the significance of this week's swaps -- and all the trade talk -- is to look back at the deals of the past 14 months.

So we're breaking down the details on the last 50 NBA trades and declaring a winner and a loser for each.

Let's go:

JUDGING THE PAST 50 TRADES
DATE TRADE ANALYSIS
Dec. 23, 2004
lue

Lue
Atlanta acquired Tyronn Lue from Houston for Jon Barry. Winner: Hawks. Barry was a steady contributor to the Rockets as they made it to the second round of the 2005 playoffs, but he's been out virtually this entire season with a calf injury. Lue was Atlanta's No. 1 point guard until going down last week with a sprained knee.

Dec. 27, 2004
wesley

Wesley
Houston acquired David Wesley from New Orleans for Bostjan Nachbar and Jim Jackson.

Winner: Rockets. Wesley has been a steady third scoring option behind Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming in Houston, while Jackson refused to report to the Hornets and Nachbar has had no impact and is back on the trading block.

Jan. 3, 2005


lue

Cabarkapa
In exchange for two second-round picks, Golden State acquired Zarko Cabarkapa from Phoenix.

Winner: Too soon to tell. Cabarkapa has done nothing for the Warriors, while the Suns dealt one of the picks to Boston for Walter McCarty and haven't used the other.

Jan. 10, 2005


wesley

Mobley
Sacramento acquired Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley from Orlando for Doug Christie.

Winner: Kings. The trade worked out for neither team before both players left as free agents, but Sacramento got more out of Mobley (14.8 points in five playoff games) than Orlando got out of Christie (5.7 points in 21 games).

Jan. 21, 2005


jax

Jackson
Phoenix acquired Jim Jackson and a second-round pick from New Orleans for Casey Jacobsen, Maciej Lampe and Jackson Vroman.

Winner: Suns. Jackson gave the Suns 11.0 points per game in the playoffs. Jacobsen is out of the league, Lampe has been hurt all year and Vroman now backs up Aaron Williams.

Jan. 21, 2005


wesley

Arroyo
Detroit acquired Carlos Arroyo from Utah for Elden Campbell and the Pistons' No. 1 pick in 2006.

Winner: Pistons. Arroyo remains the backup point guard behind All-Star Chauncey Billups, and the Pistons got Campbell back after the Jazz waived him. Detroit's 2006 pick looks like it'll be No. 30 overall.

Feb. 8, 2005


waltah

McCarty
Phoenix acquired Walter McCarty from Boston for a second-round draft pick.

Winner: None. McCarty played limited minutes for the Suns in eight playoff games, scoring just four points. The Celtics have not used the pick, which was originally Golden State's.

Feb. 14, 2005


wesley

Robinson
New Jersey acquired Clifford Robinson from Golden State for two second-round draft picks.

Winner: Nets, for now. Robinson has helped New Jersey in the frontcourt, but the Warriors got Chris Taft and are still owed a pick in 2007.

Feb. 23, 2005


wesley

Webber
Philly acquired Chris Webber, Michael Bradley and Matt Barnes from Sacramento for Kenny Thomas, Brian Skinner and Corliss Williamson.

Winner: Sixers, for now. Both teams have been mediocre at best since this trade, and Webber's contract will likely make the Sixers a tax-paying team in 2007 and 2008. Thomas has filled in nicely for Shareef Abdur-Rahim this season, but Skinner and Williamson are trade bait again.

Feb. 24, 2005


jax

Robinson
Philly acquired Jamal Mashburn and Rodney Rogers from New Orleans for Glenn Robinson.

Winner: None. A swap of injured players with huge salaries, but neither Robinson nor Mashburn ever played for his new team. Rogers was used sparingly in four playoff games.

Feb. 24, 2005


wesley

Allen
Charlotte acquired Malik Allen and cash from Miami for Steve Smith.

Winner: Bobcats, only because they got some cash. Smith played in only 13 games for the Heat and did not score in two brief playoff appearances. Allen left the Bobcats over the summer and signed as a free agent with Chicago.

Feb. 24, 2005


jax

Van Horn

Dallas acquired Keith Van Horn from Milwaukee for Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash.


Winner: Bucks. By getting Van Horn off their salary cap, they freed up the money they used to sign Bobby Simmons as a free agent. Van Horn's final value to Dallas won't be known until after this season, but for now he's a very expensive ($15.7 million) bench player.

Feb. 24, 2005


wesley

May

Cleveland acquired Jiri Welsch from Boston for a No. 1 pick in 2007 and the removal of lottery protection on its 2005 pick.

Winner: Celtics. The removal of lottery protection enabled the Bobcats, who ended up with Cleveland's pick, to grab Sean May at No. 13. Welsch played in only 16 games for the Cavs, who shipped him to the Bucks for a second-round pick.

Feb. 24, 2005


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Walker
Boston acquired Antoine Walker from Atlanta for Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta, Michael Stewart and a No. 1 pick (originally Lakers').



Winner: Celtics. Although the Celts went out of the playoffs in Game 7 of the first round, they turned Walker into something (a pair of second-round picks and the rights to Albert Miralles) by shipping him to Miami in a sign-and-trade. The Hawks moved the pick to Phoenix in the Joe Johnson deal.

Feb. 24, 2005


wesley

Davis

Golden State acquired Baron Davis from New Orleans for Speedy Claxton, Dale Davis and cash.

Winner: Warriors. Davis fueled Golden State's resurgence at the end of last season, and he's averaging 19.1 points and 9.4 assists this season. That still manages to outweigh the not-to-be-overlooked contributions of Claxton to the Hornets' resurgence this season. He's a legit contender for the Sixth Man Award.

Feb. 24, 2005


walker

Rose

New York acquired Malik Rose and two No. 1 picks from San Antonio for Nazr Mohammed and Jamison Brewer.



Winner: Spurs. Mohammed was the starting center on the Spurs' championship team, and San Antonio got out from under Rose's contract. New York used one of the No. 1 picks on David Lee. The other is the Spurs' pick in 2007.

Feb. 24, 2005


wesley

Baker

New York acquired Maurice Taylor from Houston for Vin Baker, Moochie Norris and a second-round pick.

Winner: Knicks. Baker contributed zero to the Rockets, which is slightly more than Norris did. Taylor has a hefty contract but is a frequent starter now under Larry Brown.

Feb. 24, 2005


walker

Najera

Denver acquired Eduardo Najera, Luis Flores and a No. 1 pick (originally belonged to Dallas, protected 1-7 in 2007, 1-5 in 2008) from Golden State for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White.

Winner: Nuggets. An abysmal trade by the Warriors, who got nothing out of Skita and Rodney and tossed away a first-round pick.

Feb. 24, 2005


wesley

James
Houston acquired Mike James and Zendon Hamilton from Milwaukee for Reece Gaines and two second-round picks.

Winner: Rockets, for now. James was eventually turned into Rafer Alston, which at least gives the Rockets something to show for this deal. The Bucks haven't used either pick yet, and Gaines is a bust.

June 7, 2005


walker

Acker
Sixers acquired a 2008 second-round pick from Utah for a 2005 second-round pick.

Winner: None. The Jazz eventually sent the pick to Detroit, which used it to take Alex Acker at No. 60.

June 28, 2005


walker

Webster

Portland traded the No. 3 pick to Utah for three No. 1s (No. 6 Martell Webster, No. 27 Linas Kleiza and the Pistons' 2006 pick)

Winner: Too soon to tell, but the Jazz passed on Chris Paul to select Deron Williams, which now looks like a mistake.

June 28, 2005


wesley

Jack

Denver acquired the rights to Linas Kleiza and Ricky Sanchez from Portland for Jarrett Jack.

Winner: Too soon to tell. Kleiza and Jack are having quiet rookie seasons. Sanchez, drafted out of high school, is in the CBA with the Idaho Stampede.

June 28, 2005


walker

Welsch

Bucks acquired Jiri Welsch from Cleveland for a 2006 second-round pick.

Winner: Bucks. Welsch is averaging 5.0 points in 17 minutes per game for Milwaukee, decent production considering the price

June 28, 2005


wesley

Andriuskevicius
In a deal giving Orlando a 2006 second-round pick and cash, the Cavs acquired the rights to Martynas Andriuskevicius.

Winner: Too soon to tell. The rookie from Lithuania has been up and down to the D-League, appearing in only three games for Cleveland.

June 28, 2005


walker

Roberts

Memphis acquired the rights to Lawrence Roberts from Seattle for two future second-round picks and cash.

Winner: Too soon to tell. Grizzlies president Jerry West has a pattern of picking players like Roberts, not many of whom have worked out. He's played only in garbage time thus far.

June 28, 2005


wesley

Richardson

In a deal with the Suns, New York acquired Quentin Richardson and Nate Robinson from Phoenix for Kurt Thomas and Dijon Thompson.

Winner: None. The production Richardson and Thomas are providing to their new teams is nothing like what they gave to their old teams. Robinson is a fan favorite but not a Larry Brown favorite and might be moved before the trade deadline. Thompson has made 10 garbage time appearances for Phoenix.

June 28, 2005



Orlando acquired the rights to Martin Gortat from Phoenix for cash.

Winner: Too soon to tell. The Polish center is averaging 8.8 points and shooting 70 percent for Cologne of the German League.

Aug. 2, 2005


wesley

Jackson

Sacramento acquired Bonzi Wells from Memphis for Bobby Jackson and Greg Ostertag.

Winner: Grizzlies. Jackson has been huge off the bench for Memphis, while Wells has missed considerable time with the Kings because of a groin injury.

Aug. 2, 2005


wesley

Hart

Sacramento acquired Jason Hart from Charlotte for a future second-round pick.

Winner: None. Hart has not played particularly well for the Kings as Mike Bibby's backup.

Aug. 2, 2005


wesley

Butler

Wizards acquired Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins from the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit.

Winner: Wizards. Butler has eased Gilbert Arenas' scoring burden in Washington, which inked him to a contract extension. Brown has been his usual disappointing self for the Lakers, whose coach used a synonym for the word "cat" when speaking to Brown earlier this season.

Aug. 2, 2005


voskuhl

Voskuhl

Charlotte acquired Jake Voskuhl from Phoenix for a 2007 second-round pick.



Winner: None. Voskuhl is a backup big man for the league's worst team.

Aug. 2, 2005


wesley

Williams

Miami acquired Antoine Walker from Boston and James Posey, Jason Williams and Andre Emmett from Memphis and the rights to Roberto Duenas from the New Orleans. Boston acquired Qyntel Woods, the rights to Albert Miralles and two second-round picks from Miami and Curtis Borchardt from Utah; Memphis acquired Eddie Jones from Miami and Raul Lopez from Utah; New Orleans acquired Kirk Snyder from Utah and Rasual Butler from Miami; and Utah acquired Greg Ostertag from Memphis.

Winner: Hornets. Snyder is a starter and Butler is a key shooter off the bench for New Orleans, which surrendered only the rights to Duenas (the hairiest player on the planet; if he ever makes it to the NBA, he'll be Wookie of the Year). Too soon to tell for the Grizzlies and Heat until everyone sees how Miami's and Memphis' new players perform in the playoffs.

Aug. 9, 2005


wesley

Jackson

New Jersey acquired Marc Jackson from Philadelphia for a future second-round pick.



Winner: Nets. The price was low for the gritty Jackson, who's being dangled as trade bait again as the Nets seek an upgrade at power forward.

Aug. 12, 2005


wesley

Cassell

Clippers acquired Sam Cassell and a lottery-protected first-round pick from Minnesota for Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers.

Winner: Clippers, big-time. Cassell has helped lead Los Angeles to its best start since the franchise was based in Buffalo, while Jaric has lost his starting job and is now behind Anthony Carter and Marcus Banks on the Wolves' depth chart.

Aug. 19, 2005


wesley

Diaw

Atlanta acquired Joe Johnson from Phoenix for Boris Diaw and two future first-round picks.



Winner: Suns. Diaw is one of only a handful of players averaging six assists and six rebounds, playing a prominent role as a starter for the Pacific Division's best team. Of the two first-round picks Phoenix received, the better one is Atlanta's with lottery protection that drops to 1-3 in 2007 and comes off in 2008.

Aug. 25, 2005


wesley

Jones

Phoenix acquired James Jones from Indiana for a future second-round draft pick.

Winner: Suns. Jones has knocked down 80 3-pointers as the first shooter off the bench for Phoenix.

Sept. 30, 2005


wesley

Dickau

Boston acquired Dan Dickau from New Orleans for a 2006 second-round pick.
Winner: None. Dickau played poorly for Boston before going down for the season in December with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Oct. 4, 2005


wesley

Alston

Houston acquired Rafer Alston from Toronto for Mike James.

Winner: Raptors. James is averaging 17.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 47 percent. Alston is averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 39 percent.

Oct. 4, 2005


wesley

Curry
New York acquired Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis from Chicago for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, Jermaine Jackson, the Knicks' No. 1 pick in 2006, the right to swap No. 1 picks in 2007, and two second-round draft picks.

Winner: Too soon to tell. Curry has been less productive -- especially on the boards -- than the Knicks expected, while Davis was turned into Jalen Rose. The deal has hurt Chicago in the short-term, but judgment can't be rendered until the Bulls are finished using the Knicks' picks. They also might be able to deal Thomas and Sweetney before the deadline.

Oct. 4, 2005



Cleveland reacquired its 2007 second-round draft pick from Orlando in exchange for Milwaukee's 2007 second-round pick.

Winner: Too soon to tell. Right now, it appears Milwaukee's pick will be more favorable, so the leader at the turn is Orlando. An odd trade, since the only way the Cavs win it is if they finish behind Milwaukee. Right now, the Cavs hold a three-game lead on the Bucks in the Central Division.

Oct. 26, 2005


wesley

Magliore

Milwaukee acquired Jamaal Magloire from New Orleans for Desmond Mason and a No. 1 pick.
Winner: Too soon to tell. Mason has been playing better lately after a poor start, while Magloire has given the Bucks about what they expected of him.

Oct. 26, 2005


wesley

Jones

Charlotte acquired Jumaine Jones from the Los Angeles Lakers for a second-round draft pick.



Winner: Too soon to tell, although a second-rounder that falls No. 30 or 31 could be quite valuable. Jones has played well since moving into the Cats' starting lineup less than a month ago.

Jan. 25, 2006


wesley

Artest
Sacramento acquired Ron Artest from Indiana for Peja Stojakovic.

Winner: Too soon to tell. The Pacers are 4-2 with Stojakovic, the Kings are 5-4 with Artest.

Jan. 26, 2006


wesley

Tskitishvili

Phoenix acquired Nikoloz Tskitishvili from Minnesota for a future second-round pick.



Winner: Too soon to tell. Skita was 1-for-4 in four minutes in his only appearance for the Suns thus far.

Jan. 25, 2006


wesley

Davis

Minnesota acquired Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed and two second-round picks from Boston for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a No. 1 pick.

Winner: Too soon to tell, although early indications point to the Wolves. Boston is 2-6 since the trade, while Minnesota is 3-7 with Davis averaging 19.5 points and Banks averaging 12.5. Szczerbiak's scoring average is down almost three points since the trade.

Jan. 31, 2006


wesley

Williams

New Orleans acquired Aaron Williams from Toronto for second-round picks in 2006 and 2009.



Winner: Too soon to tell. Williams has averaged 21 minutes in six games for the Hornets, with 4.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. They are 5-1 since he arrived.

Feb. 3, 2006


wesley

Rose

New York acquired Jalen Rose and a No. 1 pick (Denver's) from Toronto for Antonio Davis.
Winner: Too soon to tell. Rose averaged 20.3 points in his four games for the Knicks, but they lost them all. The Raptors acquired salary cap relief for this summer, when they'll be a player in the free agent market.

Feb. 9, 2006


wesley

Bogans

Houston acquired Keith Bogans from Charlotte for Lonny Baxter.



Winner: Too soon to tell. Bogans had a dunk for his first basket with the Rockets, while Baxter played two inconsequential minutes for the Bobcats on Saturday in his debut.

Feb. 13, 2006


wesley

Lampe

New Orleans acquired point guard Moochie Norris from Houston for center Maciej Lampe.



Winner: Too soon to tell, but give Carroll Dawson credit for trading Norris' $12.6 million contract not once, but twice (he dealt Norris and John Amaechi to New York for Clarence Weatherspoon). Norris is now on the Hornets' cap for $4.55 million next season.

Feb. 14, 2006


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Radmanovic

The Clippers acquired Vladimir Radmanovic from Seattle for Chris Wilcox.



Winner: Too soon to tell. Radmanovic will emerge as the winner himself if he can boost his value for free agency. He turned down $42 million from Seattle, and he may have a hard time matching that amount on the open market. He has forfeited his Bird rights, so the Clippers cannot sign-and-trade him.

Chris Sheridan, a national NBA reporter for the past decade, covers the league for ESPN Insider. To e-mail Chris, click here.

Kegboy
02-15-2006, 05:43 PM
Uh, what's the point of this article if half are rated "too soon to tell'? :crazy:

SwissExpress
02-16-2006, 12:39 PM
That article has some hard work in it, but almost most of the statements there are so half-baked... Not only because some of them end with "too soon to tell", but also because criteria for the "winner" are so unclear.

Many teams are named loosers in the deal just because the guys they got got injured, even if that happened next season. Also Sheridan seems to take into consideration only (statistical) impact of players in their new clubs. E.g. the 'Mobley for Doug' trade is declared a winning trade for the Kings just because Mobley had better numbers in Kings than Doug in his new team, where he didn't have good communication with his new teammates; however, what is missed here is the eventual fragmentation of Kings' offence that happened after Webber/Doug/Jackson trades last year.

One of the more half-baked ESPN articles I've seen.

KINGS FAN
02-16-2006, 07:50 PM
That article has some hard work in it, but almost most of the statements there are so half-baked... Not only because some of them end with "too soon to tell", but also because criteria for the "winner" are so unclear.

Many teams are named loosers in the deal just because the guys they got got injured, even if that happened next season. Also Sheridan seems to take into consideration only (statistical) impact of players in their new clubs. E.g. the 'Mobley for Doug' trade is declared a winning trade for the Kings just because Mobley had better numbers in Kings than Doug in his new team, where he didn't have good communication with his new teammates; however, what is missed here is the eventual fragmentation of Kings' offence that happened after Webber/Doug/Jackson trades last year.

One of the more half-baked ESPN articles I've seen. if you dont think the kings won in that deal your drunk. doug just retired and didnt even do anythin for the magic.

SwissExpress
02-16-2006, 08:21 PM
if you dont think the kings won in that deal your drunk. doug just retired and didnt even do anythin for the magic.

I usually don't reply to seemingly insulting posts, but here I'll repeat: as I said, it's not only about what Magic did not get, it's also about what Kings have lost.

There are 4 intangibles in every deal: losses and benefits for team 1, losses and benefits for team 2. In this case, it was not enough to say what Magic or Kings have received as benefits. And even in describing benefits, it's not enough to look at statistics. Did Doug really mean so little to the Kings as his statistics and behaviour in the Magic might suggest? I would never agree with that. I don't know what the final result would be in that particular Mobley case, but I would definitely like a much more encompassing evaluation and more obvious criteria.

For instance, I would not only need info on their stats and the fact that Doug retired. I would also need the fact of the turmoil Doug created in Orlando's lockerroom to be mentioned. Also info on how things ended up with Mobley in Sacramento (he's not a King anymore too, is he?). How does their impact compare with prior expectations (Doug obviously did not fulfill Magic' expectations; how about Cuttino and Kings' expectations? Despite his stats, he did not become a solution to the problems in Sacramento either, did he? If you think he did, then why did he ended up in the Clippers?)? What impact did Doug's excile had for the Kings' lockerroom spirit and their tactical system? Obviously, smth wrong must have happened with all the decisions Kings have made during these years (in Webber, Divac, Jackson, Doug situations); otherwise they wouldn't be so low.

That's the minimum of questions that should be answered before coming to final conclusion on who won in that particular deal. And I'm not sure what would be the answer.

I know that maybe it's impossible to do a thorough examination when you are examining so many deals; however, in this case one should ask if there's any sense in providing any half-baked conclusions at all.