Blockbuster Trade Brings Rajon Rondo to Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Late Thursday afternoon, the Dallas Mavericks pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent memory. Not only did the Dallas Mavericks acquire a premiere point guard in his prime, but one who has already made four All Star appearances and specializes in orchestrating offenses.

Photo Credit: Reuters

Photo Credit: Reuters

As for the cost of his acquisition, the Mavericks were most notably forced to send away fan favorite Brandan Wright, a spark plug backup center who leads the league in scoring efficiency. Other pieces of the trade included reserve forward Jae Crowder, starting point guard Jameer Nelson, and a pair of draft picks (a 1st and 2nd). Dallas also received Dwight Powell in the deal. [Read more…]

Phoenix Suns Take the Early Lead in 2014 Tankapalooza

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC NFL/NBA Editor

Days before the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. we were treated to a blockbuster trade, sending James Harden to the Houston Rockets, and once again we get another blockbuster just before the season starts. Last night, the Phoenix Suns completed a trade with Washington which is the first trade of the 2013-2014 season in attempt of tanking the season. The Suns traded away Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall, Malcolm Lee and a top-12 protected first-round pick in 2014, for injured F/C Emeka Okafor. Told you, BLOCKBUSTER!

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The Wizards are in win-now mode with so many teams in the East wanting to finish at, or near, the bottom to secure the best pick possible for the 2014 NBA Draft, which is considered the best in over a decade. The Wizards are desperate to make the playoffs now with their young core of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. The Suns are in super-rebuild mode and are looking to shed money, and gather as many future picks as possible. This is one of those win-win trades. People say that a lot, but this is truthfully a win-win. [Read more…]

Why the Cleveland Browns Aren’t Crazy for Trading Trent Richardson

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday that they had traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for their 2014 first-round pick. The reaction by the media has been overwhelmingly negative towards the Browns for making this trade. Richardson was the third overall pick in 2011 and was one of the building blocks of the Browns offense. I must admit that I was confused and against this trade when I first heard it but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. I still have some questions about the trade but I came up with a few reasons why it makes sense.

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1. New GM/Coach- Everyone knows that no one is safe when a new coach and general manager come in. They want “their” guys in their program and clearly Richardson was someone they could live without. Along with this trade, the Browns also named Brian Hoyer the starter this week over Brandon Weeden, so that makes two wasted first-round picks from 2011. Browns GM Michael Lombardi clearly wants to remake the offense from scratch.

2. Don’t build around a running back- This trade might seem bad, but drafting a running back third overall is worse. Adrian Peterson had as good of a year as any running back can have and what did it lead to? A borderline playoff team that got exposed. Why would anyone want to build around one of the most injury prone positions? Richardson isn’t the biggest back, but runs like one, which is a recipe for injury in the NFL. His new backup, Ahmad Bradshaw, is an example of this. Bradshaw is also an example of being able to find running backs late in the draft and plug them in for a few years. [Read more…]

Why The Trade Made A Lot of Sense for the Celtics (and the Nets)

By Thornton Mountford
PSDC Writer

That. Just. Happened. To recap: The C’s began the full throttle rebuilding by trading KG and Pierce to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Kris Joseph (reunited with Fab…. again! And just in time for Summer League!), MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and the Nets first-round picks in ‘14, ‘16 and ‘18 (with an option to swap picks in ‘17).

That was exhausting to type.

As a Celtics fan who is very emotionally connected to the team (and by extension The Captain) and ridiculously bias, this was my emotional reaction: http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

Also this:

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Here’s The Thing – Alex Smith

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

Stephen Thomas’ sports-humor commentary can be heard nationwide, weekdays on The Nick Bonsanto Show on the Sports Byline USA radio network. You can subscribe to the Here’s The Thing podcast on iTunes for free.  The transcripts will appear here daily.

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

Today I realized that I forgot to win the lottery last night.  I’d planned on it, it was in my iCal calendar, and it popped up as a reminder on my iPhone, but somehow it just slipped my mind.  It was a good plan, but there’s an old saying that if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. I say if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans and then do armpit farts – you wouldn’t think it, but the dude LOVES armpit farts. The point is, the best laid plans often go awry, which brings me to the Alex Smith trade. [Read more…]

Thunder Trades James Harden to Rockets in Multi-player Deal

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Oklahoma City Thunder G James Harden has officially been dealt to the Houston Rockets in what can only be described as a blockbuster deal with odd timing. The news of the trade was broken by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski when the sports world had their eyes on a Notre Dame upset of Oklahoma and I was watching Grosse Pointe Blank. [Read more…]

A Closer Look at the Dwight Howard Blockbuster

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor

The Dwight Howard saga is finally over. A four-team trade has gone through and has been stamped by the NBA, no veto this time by David Stern. The teams involved in the trade included the Lakers, Magic, Sixers and the Nuggets. In my opinion, every team got what they wanted and every team won. [Read more…]

Breaking Down The Dwight Howard Trade

By Matt Corder
PSDC Staff

Hey! By now you probably know that some man who formerly played center for the Orlando Magic is going to play center for the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Obviously this topic has been dissected on various horrible radio and television programs across the country, but that doesn’t mean you should skip this article! Where else will you find blatant homerism for the Denver Nuggets in a Dwight Howard trade column? That’s what I thought.

So, Dwight Howard, LA Laker…but what does it mean? [Read more…]