Wheelin’ and Dealin’

This year’s trade deadline has multiple teams trading for numerous reasons. Teams who are contenders will add a player here and there to bolster their line-ups for a championship run. Some are just looking to dump salary for the upcoming 2010 free agency class.

Whatever the reason is, this past week has been like the trading floor on the stock exchange. The first names to go were somewhat surprising. Washington Wizards foward Caron Butler, center Brendan Haywood, and guard Deshawn Stevnson were sent to Dallas for Josh Howard and Drew Gooden. That trade has some experts believing that the Mavericks are now one of the best teams in the western conference. The next player to go was veteran center Marcus Camby. He’ll fill the void that was left when Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla went down with injuries in Portland. Another huge, and somewhat unsupeceted trade that went down was a 3 team deal involving Washington, the Clippers and Cleveland. Antawn Jamison goes to Clevland for a first round pick and and Zydrunus Ilgauskus, Drew Gooden goes to L.A. and Al Thorton goes to Washington. The New York Knicks make a 3 team trade with the Kings and the Rockets sending Tracy Mcgrady to NY and Kevin Martin to Houston. The Knicks also sent Nate Robinson to the Celtics for Eddie House. In the non-deal department, Amare Stoudemire stays in Phoenix to the surprise of many NBA fans. Stoudemire’s name was linked to the Caviliers, the Heat and any other team that wanted his $16 million contract. But most people expect him to leave for Miami this summer.

Some other notable names that moved were Tyrus Thomas who went to the Charlotte Bobcats for point guard Acie Law. The Milwaukee Bucks also made a move and traded for John Salmons.

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