The NBA’s trade window closed with a flurry of activity on Thursday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats all swinging a pair of deals.
The trade deadline did not produce the type of blockbuster deal that generated the massive buzz Carmelo Anthony did with his move from Denver to the New York Knicks or Deron Williams’ jump from Utah to New Jersey on Wednesday.
However, there was no shortage of action as teams beefed up for a championship run or sold-off assets looking ahead to next season.
The Cavaliers (10-47), who went from the NBA’s best record last year to the worst this season, entered full rebuilding mode with a couple of last-minute deals, acquiring Baron Davis and this year’s first-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers for veteran point guard Mo Williams and forward Jamario Moon. Davis, 31, is averaging 12.8 points and seven assists this season. The key to the trade for the Clippers was Williams, who is averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 assists.
The Cavaliers acquired rookies Luke Harangody and Semih Erden, a 6-foot-11 (2.11m) center from Turkey, from the Celtics for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics also dealt Kendrick Perkins, who had spent his entire eight-year career in Boston, and guard Nate Robinson to the Thunder for forward Jeff Green, who is averaging 14.2 points a game, and Serbian center Nenad Krstic.
The Memphis Grizzlies reacquired Shane Battier from Houston for a future first-round pick and Tanzanian center Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Battier fills a hole left by Rudy Gay, who is expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks with a sore shoulder.
The Rockets also swapped guards with Phoenix, sending Aaron Brooks, voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2009-2010 and averaging 11.6 points, to the Suns for Goran Dragic (7.4 points) and a future first-round pick.
The Bobcats were also busy at the deadline shipping All-Star forward Gerald Wallace, who is averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, to the Portland Trail Blazers for a package of assets that includes two first-round picks, center Joel Przybilla and forward Dante Cunningham.
The Bobcats also sent well traveled center Nazr Mohammed to Oklahoma City for forward D.J. White and guard Morris Peterson.