The NBA trade deadline didn’t feature Dwight Howard leaving Orlando, but it did feature a slew of minor deals that could have playoff implications. Here a run-down from around the NBA:
* The Denver Nuggets: have dealt away Nene – the guy they just spent a ton on in the offseason – in a three-team deal: Nene to Washington, JaVale McGee to Denver and Nick Young to the Clippers. Guess the Nuggets were so desperate to unload a contract, they were willing to take on McGee. I love the Young pickup for the Clippers, who will get wing scoring from him that they couldn’t get from Caron Butler.
* The Portland Trailblazers: have decided to go into rebuilding mode. In addition to trading Gerald Wallace to New Jersey, they traded center Marcus Camby to the Rockets for Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet. Those two guys were great in the Big East, but have done nothing in the NBA. Enjoy the rebuilding, LaMarcus Aldridge. Oh, and he’ll have to do it without his coach, Nate McMillian, who was fired.
* The Houston Rockets: if and when Kyle Lowry comes back, Houston could give somebody fits in the first round. A Camby/Scola/Parsons/Martin/Lowery lineup isn’t bad, especially with Dalembert/Patterson/Budinger/Lee/Dragic as a second unit. A poor man’s Denver Nuggets of 2011?