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Winners and losers in NBA trades

Thunder beat writer John Rohde looks at NBA trades this season and declares winners and losers.
By John Rohde Modified: March 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm •  Published: March 19, 2011

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ns gave up on him too soon. Verdict: LOSER

* Grizzlies: Battier returning to Memphis gives the Grizzlies one of the best role players in the game, a superb locker room presence and just a great all-around guy. Verdict: WINNER

KINGS-CELTICS
Sacramento acquires guard-forward Marquis Daniels and cash considerations from Boston for a future draft pick.

* Celtics: Boston is all about winning right now. An injured Daniels (back) wasn’t going to help the team this season. Salary dump. Verdict: WINNER

* Kings: Daniels and his $2.47 million contract come off the books after this season. Cash considerations offset the cost. Verdict: WINNER

Feb. 23

JAZZ-NETS
Utah trades guard Deron Williams to New Jersey for guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, a 2011 first-round pick, a 2012 first-round pick (via Golden State) and cash considerations.

* Jazz: Even though the Jazz somewhat surprisingly is going through some growing pains right now, this trade should pay dividends in the long run. Verdict: WINNER

* Nets: Williams has posted some ridiculous assist numbers since joining the Nets, but he won’t want to stay when his contract expires after next season. Verdict: LOSER

HORNETS-KINGS
New Orleans trades guard Marcus Thornton to Sacramento for forward Carl Landry and cash considerations.

* Hornets: The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Landry give the Hornets some much-needed beef to help out Emeka Okafor and David West. Verdict: WINNER

* Kings: Thornton has become team’s leader scorer (21.0) since his arrival, but what will it cost to re-sign him after contract expires this season? Verdict: WINNER

Feb. 22

BULLS-RAPTORS
Chicago trades forward James Johnson to Toronto for the 2011 first-round draft pick Toronto acquired from Miami.

* Bulls: The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Johnson was lost in the shuffle with the talented Bulls, who have five other players that height. Verdict: WINNER

* Raptors: Johnson has played commendably. This month he is averaging 7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2,6 apg, 1.5 bpg and is shooting 52.0 percent. Verdict: WINNER

KNICKS-NUGGETS-WOLVES
New York acquires forward Carmelo Anthony, guard Chauncey Billups, guard Anthony Carter, forward Renaldo Balkman and forward Shelden Williams from Denver for forward Wilson Chandler, forward Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton, center Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round draft pick and a 2012 and a 2013 second-round pick and cash. Traded center Eddy Curry and forward Anthony Randolph to Minnesota for forward Corey Brewer.

* Knicks: Like all things in NYC, this trade was too expensive. The Knicks gave up too much and still want either Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Billups deserved a better fate. Verdict: LOSER

* Nuggets: Heading into Saturday night, Denver was 8-3 since this trade. Coach George Karl has signed a three-year extension and there are smiles up and down the roster. Verdict: WINNER

* Timberwolves: Randolph has been surprisingly productive since arriving, averaging 8.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg in just 16.9 minutes, but why get rid of Brewer? Verdict: LOSER

Jan. 24

MAVERICKS-RAPTORS
Dallas signs guard/forward Peja Stojakovic off waivers from Toronto. Trades center Alexis Ajinca to Toronto for the rights to forward Georgios Printezis.

* Mavericks: Peja is shooting it sideways this month (29.6 percent), but he’s getting paid the minimum and might explode at any time. Verdict: WINNER

* Raptors: Ajinca is barely playing, but is playing more than he did in Dallas. Verdict: WINNER

Dec. 18

MAGIC-SUNS-WIZARDS
Orlando trades forward Rashard Lewis to Washington for guard Gilbert Arenas and guard Vince Carter, guard Mickael Pietrus and center Marcin Gortat to Phoenix for forward Hedo Turkoglu, guard Jason Richardson and forward Earl Clark.

* Magic: Orlando was 16-9 when it made this trade and has gone 28-17 since. Still underachieving. Arenas remains disgustingly overpaid. Verdict: LOSER

* Suns: Gortat is becoming a force in Phoenix. Carter and Pietrus also have contributed nicely. Much better than being stuck with Turkoglu. Verdict: WINNER

* Wizards: Lewis is the most overpaid player in NBA history. Or is it Arenas? The Wizards will have to decide. Verdict: LOSER

Dec. 15

ROCKETS-KINGS
Houston trades guard Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to Sacramento Kings for a conditional 2011 second-round draft pick.

* Rockets: Taylor’s numbers have roughly doubled and he has made eight starts with Kings, yet only got a second-round pick. Verdict: LOSER

* Kings: Add Taylor’s name to the lengthy list of young players to keep an eye on with Sacramento/Anaheim. Verdict: WINNER

NETS-LAKERS-ROCKETS
New Jersey acquires guard Sasha Vujacic and a 2011 first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers and a 2012 first-round draft pick from Houston in a three-team trade. The Nets send forward/center Joe Smith and two second-round draft picks to Los Angeles and guard Terrence Williams to Houston.

* Nets: Not good enough to play for the Lakers, Vujacic is good enough to play for the Nets, who also got two first-round picks out of the deal. Verdict: WINNER

* Lakers: Got two second-round picks and Joe Smith and forked over a first-rounder just to dump Vujacic and his expiring contract? Huh? Verdict: LOSER

* Rockets: Houston gave up a first-round draft choice to get a New Jersey headache. Want a do-over? Verdict: LOSER


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