Sacramento Kings trade Thomas Robinson:
The Thomas Robinson trade from the Sacramento Kings to the Houston Rockets is probably one of the worst moves by the Kings since they decided to fire ex-coach Paul Westphal in favor of problem child DeMarcus Cousins. This time the Kings traded away a talented young rookie for three players, two of which won’t be of any immediate benefit to the team other than clearing cap space. Tony Douglass belongs in the NBA D-League, Patrick Patterson is a very solid player at the forward position and he will add some additional scoring and rebounds while Cole Aldrich will be utilized as a backup center or to pickup fouls. The only reason the grade is not an F is because I think the trade should be a good decision for the future of the Kings as the organization looks to relocate to Seattle, the trade may allow the Kings the ability to lure a marque player next season.
Houston Rockets: Acquire F Thomas Robinson, F Francisco Garcia and F Tyler Honeycutt
I like the idea of Thomas Robinson playing for the Houston Rockets alongside James Harden and Jeremy Lin. The Houston front-court appears to have a quicker and more versatile combination of players who can run the court in transition. Harden loves to dish the ball, now he has a slasher in Robinson who can finish at the rim, run coast to coast, and finish above the rim off the lob pass. Essentially, Houston traded away three players in hopes of paring a talented player with potential around James Harden. Harden will definitely help Robinson in becoming a better player.
Boston Celtics trade guard Barbosa and center Jason Collins for Wizards guard Jordan Crawford
The Celtics should have delt Jason Lee, Jason Terry, and Jeff Green in return for a marquee player like Josh Smith, or perhaps even considering a trade for Rajon Rondo. I think the Celtics are playing better basketball without Rondo, offensively the team is more involved and players are getting more touches as opposed to standing around waiting for Rondo to pass the ball. The Celtics should have pulled the trigger and moved some of the more underachieving players I mentioned earlier. Jordan Crawford will bring in additional scoring off the bench but I’m not that impressed with the trade. Crawford played well for a troubled Wizards team which lacked scorers, however, I don’t expect him to match his offensive production Washington with the same output in Boston.
New York Knicks trade G/F Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City for a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash
Ronnie Brewer was more of a liability than an asset for the Knicks, he was a very unproductive offensive player coming off the bench and he just didn’t fit with Mike Woodson’s spread the floor style of play. The Knicks are a team that privies on shooting from the 3-point arc and Brewers 3.6 points per game and .310 3-point percentage wasn’t enough of a contribution to keep him in the organization. Great move by the Knicks to make the trade for a future second round draft pick and cash.
Orlando Magic trade G J.J. Redick, C Gustavo Ayon and G Ish Smith to Milwaukee for G Doron Lamb, G Beno Udrih and F Tobias Harris
J.J. Redick is arguably the best player in this trade but I doubt if he becomes an immediate impact in Milwaukee. Redick does provide the Bucks with more firepower, especially from the 3-point arc but defensively Redick won’t be able to keep up with some of the quicker shooting guards in the Eastern Conference. It will interesting to see how may shot attempts Redick will receive after guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings have their share. I like the trade, just not sure if Milwaukee needed an additional guard. On the flip side, Redick has the size to defend some of the larger guards who like to exploit smaller players in the post.
Overall, Houston and Milwaukee have the best trades while Boston, Atlanta, and Orlando won’t see any immediate success. Many people though Danny Granger and Josh Smith would be headed elsewhere but It appears that their organizations have shown more prolonged beliefs in their players attributes and contributions to the team.