The intent of every trade is to get better, to win. This is why the best trades are a win-win. Sometimes that comes with simple addition. Sometimes that comes with addition by subtraction.
Every trade doesn’t have to have a loser, but there always has to be a winner. If Team A gets rid of a player it doesn’t want, but ends up with a Teams B player who is even worse, that’s a win for Team B, which got rid of the deal’s worst player. It’s the worst of both worlds, but somebody is better off, right? Think about it. Have you ever heard of a lose-lose trade? That would mean both teams somehow got worse. How is that even possible, although Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas does come to mind. Hello, Orlando-Washington. The NBA trade deadline was Feb. 24 and there was plenty of action. Time to pick the winners and losers to this point: Feb. 24
THUNDER-CELTICSBoston trades center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Thunder for forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic, a 2012 first-round draft pick and cash. * Thunder: Though Perkins has played just three games since recovering from a sprained left knee, his presence literally and figuratively has given the Thunder a scowl. OKC is 3-0 with Perkins in the starting lineup. Verdict: WINNER * Celtics: Krstic has much better numbers with Boston than he did with OKC (25.8 mpg; 11.9 ppg; 6.7 rpg; .565 FG). Green is shooting lights out while coming off the bench as a solid sixth man (.510 FG; 23.5 mpg; 11.6 ppg; 2.2 rpg). Verdict: WINNER
THUNDER-BOBCATSThunder trades guard Morris Peterson and forward D.J. White to Charlotte for center Nazr Mohammed. * Thunder: Mohammed, 33, brings a needed inside presence, plus experience and wisdom for younger players. He also still produces. OKC went 6-1 with him starting at center. Verdict: WINNER * Bobcats: Peterson ($6.65 million salary) was waived four days after the trade, but White (19.8 mpg; 8.7 ppg; 5.4 rpg) had posted some nice numbers. Verdict: WINNER
CAVS-CELTICSBoston trades forward Luke Harangody and center Semih Erden to Cleveland for a 2013 second-round draft pick. * Cavaliers: Harangody is getting a chance to show what he can do, and has responded with 7.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 18.0 mpg. Verdict: WINNER * Celtics: The 6-foot-11 Erden had produced a bit and even started seven games before being dismissed by Boston, which got nothing in return. Verdict: LOSER
BOBCATS-BLAZERSCharlotte trades forward Gerald Wallace to Portland for center Joel Przybilla, forward Dante Cunningham, forward-center Sean Marks and a conditional 2011 and a conditional 2013 first-round draft pick. Waived guard Sherron Collins and forward Dominic McGuire. * Bobcats: Charlotte’s clearance sale has left almost everyone disinterested, including the remaining players. Shockingly, the Bobcats remain a playoff contender. Verdict: LOSER * Trail Blazers: Despite a ridiculous number of injuries this season, the talented Trail Blazers can not be overlooked, especially after the acquisition of Wallace. Verdict: WINNER
CAVS-CLIPPERSCleveland trades guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Baron Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick. Waived forward Leon Powe. * Cavaliers: This trade is a potential loser-loser. It’s all part of Cleveland’s grand scheme to dump, draft, trade and rebuild, a la the Thunder. Check back in three or four years, but for now … Verdict: WINNER * Clippers: Davis said he liked being teammates with Blake Griffin and the Clippers seemed to be figuring things out. If a grumpy Davis is happy, why mess with the mojo? Verdict: LOSER
ROCKETS-SUNS-GRIZZLIESHouston trades guard Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for guard Goran Dragic and a future first-round draft pick. Trades forward Shane Battier and guard Ishmael Smith to Memphis for center Hasheem Thabeet, forward DeMarre Carroll and a future first-round draft pick. * Rockets: Houston dumps an often selfish Brooks, who will be looking for a big contract after a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, and takes a chance with the 7-foot-3 Thabeet. Verdict: WINNER * Phoenix: Dragic was being mentored by the great Steve Nash and appeared to be a good student, although inconsistent at times.
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