Los Angeles Lakers Trade Derek Fisher, Acquire Ramon Sessions
Los Angeles dealt long time Laker Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets for center Jordan Hill. The deal came shortly after the Lakers acquired Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 32 games this season, Hill has averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game. It was obvious the Lakers were going to move Fisher once his playing time went down in favor of Steve Blake.
Along with Sessions, Cleveland also sent forward Christian Eyenga to Los Angeles and received forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono in return. Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists per game this season. He is exactly what the Lakers were looking for in a point guard for the right price.
San Antonio Spurs Acquire Stephen Jackson
Two days after trading Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and guard Stephen Jackson, the Golden State Warriors turned the tables again on another deal. The Warriors announced yesterday at a press conference they had no intentions of using Jackson as a bargaining chip but that statement seems to be false as they have traded him to the San Antonio Spurs for veteran forward Richard Jefferson.
Golden State is clearly trying to rebuild their team to be more aggressive in the middle but by doing so they are sacrificing speed, something the Western Conference is all about. Bogut and Jefferson have played together for one season with the Bucks so at least there will be good chemistry to build off of. In 41 games this season, Jefferson is averaging 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Needless to say he was not getting the job done in San Antonio which made him expendable. It is unknown if Jackson will be a better fit as he has proven to be a distraction this season. However, he did want to go to a contender so that could make a world of difference in his game play.
New Jersey Nets Acquire Gerald Wallace
The Portland Trailblazers have decided to part ways with Gerald Wallace and trade him to the New Jersey Nets. The Trailblazers will receive the expiring contract of Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams as well as a first-round pick. Gerald Wallace is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 42 games this season. Word is the Nets are apparently trying to stock up on players and draft picks in order to acquire Dwight Howard in the offseason. If Howard stays put in Orlando expect New Jersey to still make a big splash this summer while also keeping All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
Portland on the other hand is clearly rebuilding their team for the future. The team also decided to part ways with injury plagued center Greg Oden by waiving him which came as a surprise to no one.
Denver Nuggets Trade Nene Hilario to Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards acquired Nene in a surprise move that sends JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets. The Los Angeles Clippers are also involved in this deal and will send Brian Cook and a second-round draft pick to Washington for guard Nick Young. I personally cannot believe the Nuggets are parting ways with Nene after recently signing him to a big five-year contract. I expected the purpose of the deal was to keep him in Denver long-term while building a team around him. Apparently, the Wizards will now be the team doing the building as they have received a crucial piece to the puzzle. Washington is guaranteed to get a quality lottery pick which means this team could have some serious upside to them with youngster John Wall improving.
The Clippers made out good on this deal as well as they get a good shooting guard in Young to push for a top playoff seed in the Western Conference.
Thursday was a big day for the NBA even though the most highly anticipated trade never went down in that Howard will remain with the Orlando Magic. I still think the best deal over the past few days is not even on this last. The Bucks pairing Ellis with point guard Brandon Jennings will make some serious noise in the East before the season is over. Not to mention, Udoh is a solid young player with plenty of upside. The Bucks basically got both quality players for nothing as Bogut and Jackson were injured during the time of the trade.