Fact or Fiction
February 21, 2014
By Mike Rose
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Up until this point in the season, there was no certainty as to who was going to be on any roster on any given night. Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, we know what those rosters are going to look like for the rest of the campaign. Today, we'll look at the truths and the untruths for NBA betting fans about the deadline which just passed.
Andre Miller Makes the Washington Wizards the Third Best Team in the East: Miller fell out of favor with the Denver Nuggets, and he really had to be traded at the deadline. Miller went to Washington in exchange for very little, and if he brings his “A” game, he very well could be the difference maker this year for Washington. The road is clear to get to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and don't think for one second that the familiarity the Wizards have with the Miami Heat make it totally impossible to make that a series if that's what it comes down to. Washington could be a force to be reckoned with.
The Los Angeles Lakers Were the Deadline's Biggest Losers: Sometimes it's about what you do. Sometimes it's about what you don't do. The Lakers had to move F Pau Gasol at the deadline, even if they only got a second round pick back for his services. Instead, what's left is a man that isn't going to be tendered in the offseason anyway in all likelihood, and even if he is, that's probably going to be as devastating of a deal as the Kobe Bryant deal was for the franchise. These Lakers just don't get it right now, and they are going to ultimately pay the price by being one of the lousier teams in the league for the next few seasons as a result.
The Cleveland Cavaliers Have No Clue What They're Doing: That's about right. If the Lakers were the worst losers of the West, the Cavs take that title in the East. They traded away a couple second round picks to get C Spencer Hawes. Now, though they are probably going to end up taking one of the last couple playoff spots in the East this year, this clearly isn't going to be the key to getting this franchise back to the top of the East. Instead, at the end of the year, Hawes and Luol Deng will both be gone, and Kyrie Irving probably isn't going to be all that far behind either. Trading assets for expendable players who are going to be gone at the end of the year isn't the key to success in this league for teams who aren't close to challenging.
The Indiana Pacers Made Themselves Better By Picking Up Evan Turner: We just don't get it. Trading Danny Granger was something which could have easily been done, but what came back was supposed to really help out immediately. We fail to see where Turner really fits in here. Lance Stephenson has clearly locked down the starting shooting guard spot, and Turner's productivity has mostly come because of the amount of minutes which he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. We just don't see him doing that in Indiana with a much slower-paced team.
The 76ers Were Big Losers at the Deadline: Actually, the Sixers were the biggest winners as we see it. They probably aren't going to catch the Milwaukee Bucks for the most Ping-Pong balls in the NBA Draft lottery, but they're going to make sure they have the second most balls in the quest to get the #1 pick in the best looking NBA Draft in years. There is a great chance now to have four picks in the Top 40, including perhaps two picks in the Top 10. Evan Turner probably wasn't coming back to the team next year anyway, and neither was Spencer Hawes. The fact of the matter is that Danny Granger is probably going to be bought out, and that's fine as well. The Sixers are basically at the salary floor, they aren't going to be competitive this year anyway, and they have the big time assets there to reanimate the entire team in 2014-15.
The Kings Made the Right Moves By Holding Their Best Assets: Sacramento is in a tough spot right now. It isn't going to even remotely get into the playoffs this year, and it is trying to build a team that was warranted by staying in town instead of moving to Seattle. Here's the issue: We don't think that the Kings are really all that close. They do have some good players, but Rudy Gay is a liability because of his contract, and it probably prevents the team from resigning Isaiah Thomas in the offseason. Gay could have possibly been moved at the deadline, as could have Thomas. Instead, the Kings elected to trade for Jason Terry, which just doesn't seem to make all that much sense. It's not that particular move that bothers us. Instead, it's that Sacramento decided to just hold pat with everything else it had. It might make the team a little better now, but in the end, we wish the Kings would have either taken a big stance as buyers or sellers and not be stuck in limbo.
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