The NBA trade deadline 2011 has now passed. However, the moves before the NBA trade deadline 2011 stand to be debated for some time. Several teams put a lot on the line this week, like the Knicks, Nets and Jazz. Yet it seems that after the deals for Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, not much more would be done before 3 p.m. yesterday. But right before the deadline, the Celtics made perhaps the most questioned deals of the season.
Boston doesn’t have much to improve, since they co-lead the Eastern Conference and have four All-Stars. But they made a big shift with their supporting cast, as they traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
The Celtics stole the headlines at the last minute with a deal that seemed to stun fans. They sent away their top big man for smaller players, leaving the fragile Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal left on the pivot.
Despite having a Big Four on their squad, the Celtics prided themselves on having a size advantage as well. Now most experts believe they forfeited that advantage, which is good news for the faster Heat and Bulls.
The big question for Boston’s trade moves is why they would send away Perkins. Although he suffered an injury this week, he was expected to be at full strength for the playoffs. The Celtics faithful still insist that if Perkins played in Game 7 of last year’s finals, they would have beaten the Lakers. Now, if they lose without him in this year’s playoffs, they will lay into Danny Ainge this time.
A few years ago, the Celtics’ GM was hailed as a genius for bringing Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce together. But others said that he’d gotten a gift from Kevin McHale, who sent Garnett out of Minnesota and got the ball rolling. If Ainge’s deals this year come back to haunt the Celtics, few will call him a genius anymore.
The trades are especially risky since the Celtics don’t know how open their window is. They have defied their age to contend again, but the Heat, Bulls and Knicks are waiting to dominate in the next few years. Therefore, it’s now or perhaps never to win another title with this group, and many are worried that the task just got harder.
The biggest NBA trade deadline developments moved huge superstars – albeit to teams that aren’t title contenders. However, although the Celtics’ trades moved smaller names, they will impact this year’s championship chase a lot more, especially in the East.
Yahoo Sports- “The Celtics stun the NBA with a pair of deals”