Trade-Deadline Dollars And Sense

It continues to be billed as 'the slowest trade deadline ever.' Nonsense. The motives were different, but the actually number of trades - including Dallas' pickup of Anthony Morrow - mirrors almost exactly the activity of the previous two years. Now, what was gained in the deals? We look at the dollars and sense of all of them:

We believe we've collected most of the details (picks involved, cash thrown in, continegncies written in, trade exceptions included) and will continue to do so. To the moment, here's what we've got on the deadline-day deals -- and the handful of trades that preceeded deadline day -- all of which add up to a surprise to anybody who thought the Feb. 21 action was "slow.''

1. Dallas - SG Dahntay Jones to ATL for Anthony Morrow

*Morrow has contributed nothing in his first week with the team despite being billed as an all-timer as a 3-point marksman.

2. WAS - Jordan Crawford to BOS for Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins

*WAS gets TE of $1,1198,680

*BOS slices $510,098 off their cap but still ends up on the tax-payer list by a relatively small amount

3. MIA - Dexter Pittman plus 2013 2nd rd pick and cash to MEM for rights to Ricky Sanchez

*opens up a roster slot for MIA

4. ORL -- J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to MIL for Beno Udrih, Doron Lamb and Tobias Harris

5. OKC -- Eric Maynor to Portland for the draft rights to Giorgio Printezis (2007 end-of-2nd pick, probably no NBA value)

*opens up a roster slot for OKC

*OKC awarded a TE of $2,338,721

6. NYK -- Ronnie Brewer to OKC for second-round pick

*OKC acquired using min salary exception

*NY awarded a TE of $854,389

*NY opened up a roster slot to sign Kenyon Martin

7. CHA -- Hakim Warrick to ORL for Josh McRoberts

8. GS -- Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta for 2nd round pick (so contingency-laden that it will never get conveyed)

*in essence, a giveaway to whoever will take him

9. GS -- Charles Jenkins to Philly for 2nd round pick (so contingency-laden that it will never get conveyed)

*in essence, a giveaway to whoever will take him

*this pair of small deals slides GS under the tax line

9. PHX -- traded Sebastian Telfair to TOR for Hamed Haddadi and a second-round pick

Now, that's the sum of the deals done right at the deadline. We must, however, include the trades done in the weeks previous to Feb. 21, too:


10. SAC -- Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt to HOU for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, Toney Douglas and $1 million

11. HOU -- Marcus Morris to PHX for 2nd round pick

12. MEM -- Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick to CLE for Jon Leuer

*MEM sliced more than $6 million off their payroll to get under the luxury tax threshold

13. MEM 3-way -- MEM Rudy Gay, Hamed Haddadi to TOR for Ed Davis, Jose Calderon, 2013 2nd rd pick ...then MEM sending Calderon to DET for Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye

In the end, we realize that. locally, maybe it was the lack of usual Dallas Mavericks buzz that created the impression of a "slow'' period.'' (And even that comes with a confusing caveat as Mavs owner Mark Cuban told one radio station that Dallas was close to a big deal and then hours later told that nothing was close and that there was more speculative info at " and'' than there was real-life exchanges.

But even Houston general manager Daryl Morey, "I don't think I've seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever'' -- and he says that despite the fact that the last three trade deadlines have produced roughly the same total of deals.

Perception isn't reality. Though, as some of these deals suggest, an eventual "Nuclear Winter,'' as Cuban once predicted, might be reality.

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