With 2 blockbuster trades having been made by the Orlando Magic, it looks as though the NBA trade season is upon us.
After watching the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks each accumulate lengthy winning streaks, some of which are still going, the Magic cleaned house and re-made their roster. With the additions of Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Gilbert Arenas and Earl Clark General Manager Otis Smith has put together what he feels is a championship caliber team. It appears as though that they may not be finished wheeling and dealing quite yet. Their roster now has an abundance of talent on the wing and is loaded with shooters. With the departure of backup Center Marcin Gortat, Dwight Howard has been left alone to fight down low. Rookie Daniel Orton from drafted out of Kentucky is all that remains as a viable option down low, and he has yet to log even 1 minute of playing time thus far this season.
It’s clear that NBA General Manager’s have taken notice to the current landscape and have begun working the phones. It is time to either keep up with the NBA elite, or look forward to next years NBA Draft. Although it is still early, only having just passed the 25 game mark for most teams, this is the point in the season when teams start to pull away. Team identities have been built and it’s make or break time.
The question is of course, who is next? As we have discussed many times at TheBowse.com, there is a glutton of teams that have what other teams are in the market for. This being a salary dump, or a rent a player for the remainder of the year. These can come as either a large expiring contract with a quality a player attached to it or a large trade exception. Is it going to be The Denver Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony finally agreeing on a destination and signing a contract extension? Will it be the Toronto Raptors or Cleveland Cavaliers pulling the trigger and using their trade exceptions they received in the deals that sent Lebron James and Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat respectively? Will it be the New Jersey Nets who are sitting on an extremely productive Troy Murphy? These are just some of the examples of the type of moves that we expect to see in the very near future.
After watching the Orlando Magic blow-up their team and essentially starting from scratch, other team’s had to have taken note and will look to counter-act the trades the Magic made.
Aside from watching the game itself, the NBA is fantastic because there is just as much excitement following team roster moves that get made. The NBA is unique because there can only be 5 players on the court at any time and players play lengthy stretches of the game. No other professional sports league offers the excitement of following team roster moves as even one trade or signing can change a teams fortunes for the rest of the season.
Hopefully these trades made yesterday soft online are a sign of what’s to come and we see a good amount of movement in the near future!