Dallas→Added: SF Caron Butler, C Brendan Haywood, G DeShawn Stevenson →Subtracted: SF Josh Howard, PF Drew Gooden, G Quinton Ross, F James Singleton. →Impact: Butler gives the Mavericks a scoring option to complement Dirk Nowitzki. Haywood, an inside force in the paint on both ends, arrived on the same night Erick Dampier left with an injury. Howard hasn’t played well and Gooden is a solid bench player, but Dallas upgraded, giving the Mavs a legitimate shot to compete for the No. 2 or 3 seeds.
Houston→Added: SG Kevin Martin, PF Jordan Hill, SF Jared Jeffries, C Hilton Amrstrong, right to swap first-round picks with Knicks in 2011 and Knicks’ first-round pick in 2012. →Subtracted: PF Carl Landry, SG Tracy McGrady, PF Joey Dorsey →Impact: Martin, who has averaged 20 or more points four straight seasons, complements guards Aaron Brooks and Kyle Lowry. Landry, a Sixth Man award candidate, was the Rockets’ second-leading scorer (16.1) and third-leading rebounder (5.5). Jeffries is a role player. Hill is a project. Armstrong is a non-factor who has played in only six games. Houston will miss Landry. With Martin and the draft picks, this trade is geared towards the future as much as this season.
Portland→Added: C Marcus Camby →Subtracted: PG Steve Blake, SF Travis Outlaw, cash →Impact: The Trail Blazers filled their inside void (Camby) after losing centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to season-ending injuries. Camby is a premier shot-blocker and rebounder. But trading away Blake and Outlaw, with Brandon Roy nursing a hamstring injury, affects their depth. Camby and Aldridge form a solid inside combo, but whether Roy can get fully healthy is the most important variable.
Memphis/Utah→ (Memphis) Added: G Ronnie Brewer → (Utah) Added: Memphis’ 2010 first-round pick (protected) → Impact: The Grizzlies’ biggest shortcoming is a lack of depth. Adding Brewer gives Memphis a 30-minute, off-the-bench player (9.5 points, 2.8 assists). It’s doubtful Brewer will help the Grizzlies reach the playoffs, but he could help them stay in the race. For the Jazz, similar to their trade with Oklahoma City (Eric Maynor); it’s an opportunity to get under the luxury tax threshold. Utah will give more minutes to rookie Wesley Matthews, who has played well (8.1 average in only 19 minutes a game).
Standing pat→LA Lakers — Lakers decided to stand pat. Wise strategy. Winning without Kobe is proof Lakers are huge favorites in the West. →Denver — Nuggets didn’t make a trade for a big man. Most important for Denver now is coach George Karl’s battle with cancer. →Utah — It’s what the Jazz didn’t do that was significant. They didn’t trade Carlos Boozer, making them a post-season threat. →Oklahoma City — Sam Presti understandably wants to see more of his nine-man rotation, focused on building for the future. →San Antonio — Spurs made their moves last summer. It’s been hit and miss. San Antonio is expected to charge but not a given. →Phoenix — Suns didn’t trade Stoudemire, reportedly unhappy to stay in Phoenix. Suns can be a factor if Stoudemire doesn’t affect chemistry. →New Orleans — Hornets the past month have traded players to get under luxury tax. With Chris Paul out, they’re a playoff long shot.