NBA / Feb 24, 2011 / 7:00 pm

So Close: 7 Trades That Almost Went Down Before The Deadline

Another year, another NBA Trade Deadline gone by. As you probably would expect, the Dime office was Ground Zero today for anything and everything trade related. Whether it was Twitter, texts or phone calls, we were constantly on our toes looking for the most up-to-date info to relay to you, our readers. With players’ names being thrown around more than the gut of Chris Farley in a Matt Foley motivational speaker skit, it was difficult forecasting what gossip would end up reality. On the wake of the recently kyboshed Mayo/McRoberts deal, it brought my attention to the other rumored deals that were circulating, but for one reason or another didn’t quite come to fruition. Here they are:

1. Josh McRoberts (Indiana) and a first-round pick for O.J. Mayo (Memphis)

2. Shane Battier (Houston) for Jason Kapono and Marreese Speights (Phaldelphia)

3. Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks (Houston) for Marcus Camby (Portland)

4. Aaron Brooks (Houston) for Jonny Flynn (Minnesota)

5. Troy Murphy and Andris Biedrins (Golden State) for Antawn Jamison (Cleveland)

6. Zach Randolph (Memphis) for Jason Richardson and Brandon Bass (Orlando)

7. Courtney Lee (Houston) for Omer Asik (Chicago)

Which trades do you like? What deals would you have made?

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  • Chaos

    Randolph to Orlando would have been OD terrible!

    Lee to Chi-Town would have been a steal for the Bulls…

  • Me

    hasn’t this been the most active trade deadline in at least the last decade? Teams are just doin crazy ish.

    and whatever happened to courtney lee? he started off so well in orlando, did that missed alley oop affect him that bad?

  • Sporty-j

    To bad the Bulls did not get lee and now its time for me to watch my Heat destroy the Bulls…

  • http://about.me/natethompson Nate

    If I’m the Bulls I definitely would’ve pulled the trigger on that Lee deal

  • http://www.mmajunkie.com rangerjohn

    darrell morey was super active but his mojo is wearing off. he wants to much and thinks to highly of his skills. he is under the gun now, especially after getting some so so talent back. the draft picks where a nice piece BUT the rockets had as much or more assets this year and blew almost all of them. think about it, the NYC 1st rounder they got last year was a very coveted asset before the knicks kinda did something, now that pick is worth less then the pick they already had.

    thabeet has potential but damn so does jordan hill, and patrick paterson. brooks is a better PG then dragic and he is about to go replace nash when nash gets traded this summer.

    kinda tired of houstons front office.

  • Robmo35

    Glad that Heat destruction worked put for you Sporty-gay

  • CasualFan


    I present footage of your Heat “destroying” my Bulls…


  • that dude

    So i guess Dwayne Wade doesn’t get any touches in the clutch. He might not say it but he is thinking “Come on Bron pass that shit”

  • that dude

    Sorry for the curse word

  • Skeeter McGee

    None of those are tempting at all. Maybe that’s just me though…

  • ScoGo

    McRoberts and Mayo may be guys who need a change of scenery to improve. Asik for Lee is the worst idea of the bunch. Lee is not much of an improvement from the three SGs the Bulls have now – Bogans, Brewer and Krover.

  • ScoGo

    Make that Korver (Sorry Kyle)