2012 NBA Trade Deadline Results
With 2012 NBA trade deadline in our rearview mirror, it is time to take a look at all the significant changes going on around the league in its aftermath. By far the biggest trade news was the one that simply wasn’t to be, as Dwight Howard ultimately committed to staying a Magic, at least for one more season.
After months of indecision and trade demands, Superman’s loyalty led him to not only stay in Orlando, but also to waive the early termination option in his contract. In the end, the Magic are at least guaranteed that Howard will remain in the Magic Kingdom until the start the 2012-13 season.
“I’m glad this is finally over,” Howard said. “It’s not as easy as some people think. It’s very hard. We’re talking a career-changing event. Most people don’t see that. I am very loyal, and I have always put loyalty above everything.”
In other trade news, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to keep the bigs intact amidst all the rumors, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t changes. Instead of shipping Pau Gasol or even Andrew Bynum, the Purple and Gold decided to part ways with one of the most beloved Laker of this generation.
According to reports, the team’s front office has traded away 5-time NBA champ, Derek Fisher in exchange for (Forward) Jordan Hill of the Houston Rockets. Although the Lakers improved their one-position and added depth by acquiring point guard Raymond Sessions and forward Christian Eyenga from the Cavaliers, the Fisher move is being looked at mainly as a salary dump.
But the Lakers weren’t the only team making headlining moves at today’s 3 PM deadline. Other 2012 NBA Trade Deadline Results include:
Indiana Pacers acquire Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors for a second round draft pick.
Washington Wizards acquire Nene and Brian Cook in a three-team deal that sends Ronny Turiaf and JaVale McGee to Denver and Nick Young to the LA Clippers.
Houston Rockets acquired Fisher and Marcus Camby, sending Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, and a second round pick to the Trail Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs have acquired Stephen Jackson from the Golden State Warriors for Richard Jefferson in a conditional first-round draft pick.
The New Jersey Nets have acquired Gerald Wallace from Portland sending 2 injured players — Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams — and a protected first round pick.