The last few trade deadlines in the NBA have been boring and anticlimactic. At least draft day isn’t following suit.
The major trades keep on coming as we speed toward the first pick. The latest is Vince Carter going to Eastern conference champion Orlando in exchange for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston, and Tony Battie. This takes a lot of pressure off Orlando to resign Hedo Turkoglu, who will opt out of his contract. It give New Jersey a ton of cap room for next summer, when they will jostle with the Knicks and 10 other teams to lure marquee free agents.
Most of you know about the Shaq trade. The Daddy went to Cleveland for the expiring contracts of Sasha Pavlovic and Ben Wallace. On the surface this looks bad for the Knicks, because the addition of talent makes LeBron more likely to stick around. But I think Shaq is on the verge of falling off a cliff. He could easily play 40 games this year, be miserable defending the pick and roll, and clog up the lane so LeBron can’t drive. I can see Bron bumping into him for the 10th time, rolling his eyes, and bolting town.
Richard Jefferson was sent to the Spurs for Kurt Thomas, Fabricio Oberto, and Bruce Bowen.
Mike Miller and Randy Foye were sent to Washington for the No. 5 pick, Etan Thomas, and Darius Songaila.
And former Knick Jamal Crawford is supposedly on his way to Atlanta for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton.
So much action already. Can’t wait for tonight.