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Big Trade #1
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison on Wednesday night, the forward they hope will fit in between LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal on a championship front line. Jamison goes to Cleveland from the Washington Wizards in a three-team trade that sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year's draft from Cleveland.
The Wizards also received forward Al Thornton from Los Angeles.
Cleveland gets guard Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers.
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My take on #1 is this - Jamison is more of an outside player then the inside force they needed. Jamison has proven that he makes no one around him better and can score a lot on really crappy teams. Big deal.

Amare STUDormier would have been far better for the Cavs for this year AND the long run. He is a proven player in the league and young. He would have been James "other great player" he needs to win for years to come. I do not think this is the "piece" they needed to finally WIN it all, which is what it is all about.
Also, I am willing to bet that Ilgauskas ends up back on the Cavs in about 30-45 days after he is released from Washington. Telfair has been a big bust to date, but he is young and had some talent at one time, so who knows.
The Wizards have literally BLOWN their team apart getting rid of C. Butler and Jamison in the past few weeks. The team is basically done at this point.

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Big Trade #2

The New York Knicks have acquired disgruntled guard Tracy McGrady and his massive expiring contract in a three-team swap with the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings, a person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press.
The person spoke Thursday and requested anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
The Knicks will also get Sergio Rodriguez from the Kings, though the lure of the deal was McGrady and his expiring $23 million contract.
The Rockets will get guard Kevin Martin and forward Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento and forward Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and draft considerations in 2011 and 2012 from New York. They're also relieved to have finally found a taker for McGrady, the troublesome seven-time All-Star they've been trying to trade for almost two months.
The Kings will get New York guard Larry Hughes and Houston forwards Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey.
The Knicks have been courting McGrady -- or at least the financial benefits of his contract -- almost since the moment in late December when the Rockets granted him an indefinite leave and announced they were trying to trade him.
While interested in seeing McGrady play for the last two months of a lost season, New York is more interested in dropping their payroll and becoming a major player in this summer's free-agent sweepstakes.
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My take on #2 is THAT IT IS SAD that trades in the NBA are MORE MOTIVATED by money instead of talent. The McGrady trade was done for one reason and one reason only - to release him at the end of the season to free up his salary to get other players. This is nuts to me. There is no team loyalty to players or building of teams and fan following the same players for long terms.

The Rockets get 3 players 6'10" and up which is nice for their front line, but the best player in this trade is 6 foot 7 guard K Martin who is a 20 ppg scorer.
 

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Knicks may not be done....looking at a trade with Celtics,,,,
 

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Spaceview wrote:
Knicks may not be done....looking at a trade with Celtics,,,,
That trade is now done also -

The Boston Celtics shook up their bench at Thursday's trade deadline, acquiring point guard Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks in exchange for Eddie House as part of a five-player deal. The Celtics also sent J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker to the Knicks and acquired Marcus Landry.

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Basically and bottom line - the KNICKS ARE SALARY DUMPING and trying to get as much money as they can for the off season and free agents.
 

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I am not all that sure that the Blazers made the right move getting Marcus Camby either. Giving up Travis Outlaw a legit scorer and was scheduled too return soon will hurt. Portland has done a good job on the defensive end, but fails too have a go too person outside of Brandon Roy accept for Outlaw!
 
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