Let’s get one thing out the way first: What the hell were the Boston Celtics thinking?!? If you’ve been sitting under a rock or just haven’t cared to pay much attention to the NBA over the past week, then you missed out on what was single handedly the craziest trade deadline I’ve ever seen.
Several key players from both conferences were being shipped left and right. Here’s a list of the key trades made before the Thursday afternoon trade deadline.
• Nazr Mohammed to the Thunder.
• Marquis Daniels to the Kings.
• Aaron Brooks to the Suns for Goran Dragic.
• Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to the Cavaliers.
• Gerald Wallace to the Blazers.
• Jeff Green to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.
• Shane Battier to the Grizzlies for Hasheem Thabeet.
• Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks for Mike Bibby.
• Baron Davis to Cleveland for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.
• Deron Williams to the Nets.
• Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.
• Carl Landry to the Hornets.
• Troy Murphy to Golden State for Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric.
• James Johnson to the Raptors.
The most obvious trade that everyone knew about came on Tuesday when the Nuggets shipped Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Ranoldo Balkman, and Shelden Williams to the Knicks for four of their five starters in Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov.
It almost seemed inevitable that Carmelo would eventually be dealt to New York and there wasn’t too much surprise when the deal was finalized.
The big shocking trades came in the days to follow. Almost out of the blue, Deron Williams was traded to the Nets for All-Star point guard Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. This occurred almost immediately after former Utah Jazz head coach and 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Sloan resigned from the organization.
And if that wasn’t shocking enough, the next morning fans woke up to seeing L.A. native Baron Davis being traded to the deserted wasteland of Cleveland for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. (On a side note: Out of all the trades that went down over the past few days, I’d have to say this one made me feel so bad for Baron Davis.)
In the heap of all the moves that happened before the trade deadline, the Boston Celtics make one of the most questionable trades in recent years. In a deal that would send Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston, the Celtics actually agreed to send their defensive anchor in Kendrick Perkins along with their backup point guard in Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now that folks, is a head scratcher.
All the other trades that were made had some kind of reasoning and thought behind them. Most of the transactions made before the deadline could be justified. However, this trade makes you think someone has to be pulling your leg when they tell you about it.
At this point in the season, the Celtics are doing great. They’ve got the number one spot in the Eastern Conference and it looks like this might the year they win another title. Now, I’m not so sure about that one. Obviously, someone has a plan but I’m confused at the moment as to what that could possibly be.
With only about a month and a half left in the season, we’ll have to wait and see how these trades play out down the stretch and into the playoffs.