Last week was the NBA trade deadline, but some things actually did happen outside of that, believe it or not. Sadly, most of them were injury-related. More happily, we have all the news in one place.
NBA goes HAM at the trading deadline. — This was one of the most active NBA trading deadlines in recent memory, with 11 trades made on the day in all, including some blockbuster deals involving Enes Kanter, Reggie Jackson, Arron Afflalo, and even Goran Dragic. Typically, when huge names are on the block like this, we will see one, maybe two dominoes fall. But this year, it seemed like every rumored deal wound up going down. The Thunder seemed like the biggest winners on the day, sending out the disgruntled Jackson along with Kendrick Perkins and getting back a huge boost in Kanter, Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin.
You can read our network’s full rundown of the deadline here.
Blood clots put Bosh out for the season. — Get ready for a string of depressing injury news here, the first being that the Miami Heat have lost Chris Bosh for the rest of the season to blood clots around his lungs, which is a potentially life-threatening injury and a bit scary in light of the death of Trail Blazers legend Jerome Kersey to the same malady earlier this week.
Bosh is the second player to suffer from blood clots this season, joining Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets. Many players, including LeBron, made public showings of support for Bosh and pointed out that his situation was truly bigger than basketball.
In basketball terms, however, it doesn’t bode well for the Heat, who were hoping to enjoy a resurgence in the second-half of the season after trading for Dragic at the deadline.
Durant has surgery for soreness? — So, this seems normal. Kevin Durant, whose foot is allegedly healing “excellently,” underwent another procedure during the weekend on the foot he broke in the preseason. The reigning MVP has missed time recently due to lingering soreness, and this procedure was simply done to reduce his discomfort. He allegedly is fine, will miss only a week, and be healthy down the stretch, despite undergoing this procedure. Then again, Russell Westbrook had like three surgeries in a month last fall, so maybe KD will be OK.
OKC is 31-25, two games ahead of Phoenix for the No. 8 seed.
AD to miss more time after another fall. — After suffering through a series of frightening falls leading up to the All-Star break, Anthony Davis sat out the All-Star Game itself to rest.
Of course, in Davis’s first game after the break, he fell again, spraining his shoulder badly enough that New Orleans expects him to miss two weeks. Still trying to run down the final playoff spot themselves, the Pellies will probably have a hard time staying within striking distance, as Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Jrue Holiday are all currently sidelined for weeks, plural.
Shabazz’s sophomore season shut down. — The Timberwolves have an interesting young core up there, and Shabazz Muhammad had become one of the teams most interesting pieces in his second year, a post-up beast at the shooting guard position who rebounds well and plays mostly below-the-rim. Muhammad had recently begun to add a three-pointer to his arsenal, but now, he’ll miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his shooting finger. While Minnesota could probably push him to come back, it seems they’ll play it safe and allow the youngster to rest a full offseason.
Perkins plans to sign with Cavs. — As mentioned, Kendrick Perkins was finally traded by the Thunder this week, as he went to Utah as part of the Enes Kanter trade. Utah soon bought out the veteran big, and it looks as if he’ll sign with the Cavaliers.
This is another big move for Cleveland, who has made as many in-season transactions as I can remember for a contender. Perkins will add some much-needed depth to their front-line and a quality understanding of what it takes to play your role in order to win a title, something LeBron has harped on over and over again this season.
Amar’e signs with Mavericks. — Dallas finally found its roll-man to replace the departed Brandan Wright, and while Stoudemire isn’t Wright’s equal in protecting the rim, he’s an even savvier offensive player who will hopefully inflate a Mavericks offense that has been flat since Rajon Rondo’s arrival a couple months ago.
DUNK OF THE WEEK: J.R. Smith, who should win Comeback Player of the Year, chops down this reverse alley-oop from Iman Shumpert against their former team, and the pair turns MSG into a swimming pool of Knicks fan tears: