Feb 21 2014
For anyone who didn’t already know what today was in the NBA—and, for some reason, you couldn’t tell by the title of this article—let us remind you that it was the Trade Deadline.
With it being the last day for teams to upgrade their rosters in hopes of making a deep playoff run—or, in some cases, to just being the rebuilding process—we’re looking at the winners and losers of the day, to analyze who made the right moves and who completely blew it.
5. Winner: Los Angles Lakers
A day after the Lakers got blown out by the Houston Rockets, why would we actually have them as a winner on trade day? Simple, because they finally admitted to themselves what their reality is—the lottery.
While no diehard ever wants to hear that, the proof is that without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol or anyone else worth a damn in the starting lineup, the best thing for the team to do is just take the rest of the year off and plan for the offseason.
That may mean getting lucky and “earning” the top pick in the draft, or enticing a big-name star like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or someone else to play alongside Kobe next season. The thought of winning games this year was stupid, and them trading away Steve Blake was a solid move in securing their position towards the bottom of the league.
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