The 3 p.m., March 15 trade deadline has come and gone as fast as your brackets will be busted by this weekend’s end. Most cats around the league can now breathe easy, knowing they haven’t been dealt and can focus on the remaining part of the schedule. Others, however, must deal with the reality they were shipped out like yesterday’s garbage. Either way, this a time for them to regroup and stop commenting on every rumor that appears on blogs and Twitter.
Likewise, teams’ short-term and long-term fate shall be determined through their ability, or inability, to have gotten something done by the deadline. And picking up a bought-out free-agent in the coming days isn’t going to drastically change that. GMs had to come through in the clutch like Kobe. Some of these guys succeeded with their moves or non-moves, and some failed.
As we’ve covered the moves teams should make and which cats would be better off traded than staying put, there’s always winners and losers from the trade deadline activity. These next 10 players, hoopers and organizations are the ones who’ve won and lost the most at the conclusion of all the trade talk.
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5. The Milwaukee Bucks
Captain Jack didn’t know “What’s a Lockout?” in his mixtape. He apparently won’t know what the playoffs might taste like again as a Milwaukee Buck either.
The Bucks simply couldn’t bear his “mandatory” contract extension demands and inexistent relationship with Scott Skiles any longer, as The Journal Times detailed early in the season. He’s been delusional to believe he’s “underrated” (10.5 PPG, 36 percent from the field, 28 percent from deep, and 9.34 PER) and “underpaid” ($9 million plus this season and $10 million next) at 33 years old.
Jackson’s last three stops in Golden State, Charlotte and now Milwaukee have proven how much of a cancer he can be. No team in their right mind would tolerate his kind of unwarranted claims and lack of on-court production. Captain Jack can’t call all the shots, like when he was a part of Don Nelson’s motley crew in the Bay. The Bucks hold the last playoff spot (19-24) while he’s been riding the pine. In these past 12 games, the Bucks have managed a .500 record and are currently on a three-game winning streak. So it was past the time for them to sing, “Hit the Road Jack.”
As for what the Bucks got in exchange for Jackson’s troubles, Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh certainly can fill immediate roles for them as they attempt to secure the 8th seed. While the backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Ellis is small, it’s instantly as dynamic as any in the league. Udoh is a nice pickup in this deal because he can play defensively at power forward right away and still hasn’t reached his ceiling quite yet. Both cats will be competitive from the outset and will give everything they got for Skiles.
Could the Bucks have waited until next year’s deadline to trade a healthy Andrew Bogut for a slightly better package? Possibly. But they got a pretty decent deal for a talented but oft-injured big that wasn’t going to play at all this season and got rid of Jackson’s baggage in the process. It’s hard to argue against their accomplished objectives from this trade.