The NBA trade deadline is always an entertaining day for me. I love to hear all of the rumors that get leaked out and to try to figure out what most general managers are thinking. The last 24 hours have been no different.
But trying to figure out what some of the GM’s are thinking right now is just beyond me after seeing some of the early moves.
The worst deal of the day so far was made by the Washington Wizards. They traded away Jan Vesely, Eric Maynor and two picks to get backup point guard Andre Miller according to sources including Yahoo!sports. I fully understand the Wizards’ need to get a quality backup point to make a run at the playoffs, But did they really have to give up so much to get him? By all accounts, the Nuggets were going to buy out Miller if they didn’t find a trade.
I know Vesely hasn’t reached expectations to this point, but Washington basically just gave him away. He still has plenty of potential and could have been a nice piece for the Wizards moving forward if he ever developed.
The other deal that doesn’t make sense to me is the trade made by the Philadelphia 76ers. They traded away starting center Spencer Hawes while only getting late picks and spare parts in return from the Cleveland Cavaliers according to ESPN. I know the Sixers are trying to rebuild, But Hawes should’ve been a part of that process. He is only 25 years old and can do so many things from the 5 spot. He is a solid rebounder, decent passer and can really stretch the defense with his shooting ability. So far this year, Hawes is averaging 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range.
I wouldn’t have made either move if I was the GM of the Sixers or the Wizards. Then again, I would have done a lot of things that most GM’s do. I guess that is why they get paid the big bucks and I just write about it!