Chisholm:Finding the Right Chemistry
Old 02-09-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A nice article on the buyers and sellers at the deadline, and the risks involved - I recommend reading the whole bit.


With the trade deadline a mere nine days away, the gap between buyers and sellers has never been more pronounced. Many struggling teams are willing to entertain offers for even their brightest stars while established, title-hungry teams are itching to pilfer those very assets. One segment of the NBA is in ‘sell everything' mode, while the other is in ‘buy anything' mode, though the wisdom behind either approach is questionable at best.
What were the biggest moves this summer? Vince Carter to Orlando, Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto, Andre Miller to Portland, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to Detroit, Rasheed Wallace to Boston, Emeka Okafor to New Orleans, Richard Jefferson to San Antonio - notice a theme here? Every single one of these players has had trouble finding their niche with their new club and each was brought in to elevate the play of their team.

While some have begun rounding into form (Miller comes quickest to mind), most are still trying to find their sea legs more than halfway into the season. This isn't because these are bad players or because the teams that nabbed them were foolish to do so, it's because major pieces take time to integrate to established units.

It's a lot easier for Memphis to bring along a guy like Zach Randolph (a wholly under-appreciated move even after Zach's All-Star selection) because the team is content to let him be a focal point since whatever they had going before him wasn't working anyway. When San Antonio has to find a place for Richard Jefferson, though, which includes fitting in around Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (not to mention Gregg Popovich), it can take a lot of patience before it eventually works - if it ever does.
At the end of the day this trade deadline will likely be like so many before it: quiet. Sure a major player may get swapped, but the seismic shift that occurred in 2008 is unlikely to happen again anytime soon. The deals being bandied about in rumor mills are too lopsided, the money being talked about too precious with an uncertain future to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the names being discussed are simply too hard to give up.
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