After not getting the ultimate prize in the MeloDrama or Dwightmare, the Nets didn't get the big one in the JSmoovemove either. Nor did they make any moves. Although they had been optimistic something might evolve, the Hawks were unwilling to accept their offers or offers from any other NBA team. In fact, the deadline did not see a single star change teams. It was instead, filled with minor deals and salary dumps.
Ultimately, said one insider, "Nothing really made a lot of sense. The new CBA has really putting a kink in player movement."
What's next for the Nets? They will keep their roster spot open and see if anyone gets bought out by March 1. That's the so-called "buyout deadline" or "second trade deadline." A player waived between now and March 1 is still eligible to play in the post-season. Players who want to play for a contender will often ask to be waived or bought out by March 1.
It was David Aldridge who fiinally killed the the Nets chances of getting Smith just before 3 p.m.
Nets are "done" and are officially out of Josh Smith talks, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 21, 2013
In the hour before the ultimate tweet, Aldridge penned increasingly pessimistic tweets, preparing fans for disappointment through the final hour of trading.
Nets are "real long shot" for Josh Smith, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 21, 2013
Nets still hanging on by a thread in Josh Smith talks, while Bucks look like leaders with less than an hour to go.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 21, 2013
Not only did Smith stay in Atlanta, but none of the other power forwards linked even peripherally to the Nets moved. Paul Millsap stayed in Utah; Ersan Ilyasova in Milwaukee and Andrea Bargnani in Toronto.
In addition to turning down the Nets offer, based Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first round pick (or Bojan Bogdanovic) the Hawks turned down an offer from the Bucks, which didn't seem to be much, if at all, better.
Atlanta would have received Ekpe Udoh, Luc Mbah a Moute, Beno Udrih and a protected first round pick from the Bucks for Smith, according to Ric Bucher. While Humphries and Brooks are guaranteed $13,210,080 over the next two years of their contracts, Udoh, Mbah a Moute and Udrih are owed a total of $13,440,508 over the next two years. Brooks also has a team option for $2,179,354. One issue that could have changed the dynamic: who would the Bucks have had to accept along with the Smith?
- Rapid Reaction: Nets don't make a deal - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Brooks handling himself well for Nets despite being on trading block - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Hawks Trade Deadline Analysis (Video) - David Aldridge, Dennis Scott & Mike Fratello - NBA.com
- NBA Trade Deadline: Hawks pull out of Josh Smith deal with Milwaukee in final minute - Dan Sinclair - Brew Hoop
- Nets should be disappointed with no deal - Rodger Sherman - SB Nation