Feb 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills look on during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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New York Knicks

Despite every attempt by Phil Jackson to mentally break Carmelo Anthony and force him to waive his no trade clause, he is still a Knick.

Carmelo 1 – Management 0.

Advanced discussions between the Knicks and the T-Wolves led to nowhere. The trade would have featured a point guard swap of Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose. At 3:01 p.m., the two teams could not agree on terms because the Knicks wanted another piece in addition to Rubio. Unfortunately, Derrick Rose has not been the point guard the Knicks need regardless of his individual statistics. Instead of getting a defensive minded, playmaking point guard, the Knicks will most likely let Derrick Rose walk over the summer without receiving anything of value back.

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento received Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans Langston Galloway and a 1st round pick for their former franchise player Demarcus Cousins. According to Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive, he sees Stephen Curry potential in Buddy Hield, which is probably a stretch. Tyreke Evans is oft hurt and Langston Galloway is an NBA journeyman. In addition, the first round pick is top three protected. Sacramento missed a King’s ransom and accepted a bag of bones instead. Furthermore, the organization took a PR hit after voicing support for keeping Cousins all throughout the year.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls were almost as bad as Sacramento on the trade deadline. They sent out a young shooter in McDermott for an aged shooter Anthony Morrow. Morrows ability to create shots is limited. The Bulls also added Cameron Payne to a log jammed backcourt already featuring Rajon Rondo, Michael Carter Williams and Jerian Grant. Joffrey Lauvergne does have upside, but the Bulls should have been able to receive more in return for what they lost. This trade is a clear demonstration of lack of direction from the front office.

Jan 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel (4) stands during a break in action against the LA Clippers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers had an abundance of big men to trade away and decided to send Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks. Immediately, this trade looks like a win, clearing way for Joel Embiid and Dario Saric while adding a much needed wing player in Justin Anderson.

Unfortunately, the 76ers moved the wrong big man as Noel would suit their style of play going forward more than Jahlil Okafor does. Furthermore, with Embiid nursing injury and Ben Simmons season in question, the 76ers are not in a position yet to take chances on losing assets.

 

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