D. Smith: SouthWest division
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What happened?

A recap of the moves, thanks to our friends at nba.com.

Most significant switch

Has to be Trevor Ariza in and Ron Artest out in Houston. Yes, the Rockets wonít have Yao and McGradyís still out for months but this is somewhat of a sea change for the Rockets, way more a long-term move than a quick fix solution.

Treading water, I

I donít know that New Orleans with Emeka Okafor is much better than New Orleans with Tyson Chandler, to tell you the truth. One offensively-limited, shot-blocking youngster for another offensively-limited shot-blocking youngster.

Biggest impact

Richard Jefferson, San Antonio

Yes, heís got a bit of a thumb problem now but heís insurance against Manu if he gets hurt again and Jefferson would seem to be a perfect fit for the Spurs offence. And he defends every now and then, too.

Treading water, II

Dallas

Yes, they got Shawn Marion at rather little cost but, really, I donít know that they are all that better, to tell you the truth. Especially given what some other teams did. Second? Third? Weíll have to see but I donít know about legit contenders.

Oddest move

Okay, so Memphis goes and trades for Zach Randolph and signs Allen Iverson and lets Hakim Warrick walk? I canít figure out what theyíre trying to do. And the folks in Vancouver must be sighing.

Best under-the-radar move.

Antonio McDyess to the Spurs.

Heís a wee bit long in the tooth but his skills, his personality and his willingness to buy into a team concept make him a perfect fit for the Spurs, methinks.

Whatís it all mean?

Well, San Antonioís the power and the chalk, Iím not sure Dallas or New Orleans can win a playoff round (thatíll all be determined by matchups) and Houston will be life and death for the eighth seed. Or not.
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