New Jersey Nets
Their wet dream of landing Dwight Howard before the deadline didn't happen, and on top of that, it appears Howard is staying in Orlando which means the Nets won't be landing him in free agency either. As a result, the Nets somewhat panicked in trying to find another star player to bring in along free agent-to-be Deron Williams in hopes of enticing Williams to re-sign with the team this offseason. Giving up their biggest expiring contract, Mehmet Okur, and a likely top-seven first-round pick was a lot to acquire Gerald Wallace from Portland especially since Wallace has the ability to opt out of the final year of his contract this summer. Think about it this way; New Jersey could lose Williams and Wallace in a couple of months and then not have their lottery pick while they will be in re-building mode. If I were Jay-z, I'd be pissed.
More than likely, Ramon Sessions was going to opt out of his contract after this season anyway, so trading him seemed inevitable. However, I wouldn't have taken on the contract of Luke Walton, who is owed $6.1 million next season just to add the Lakers' first-round pick which will likely be in the low-20s. Cleveland did benefit from a similar deal like this last year when it acquired Baron Davis and the Clippers first-round pick (which turned out to be Kyrie Irving) but this just didn't seem worth it to me.
The Timberwolves had one of the more intriguing trade pieces on the market in Michael Beasley but were unable to turn him into the shooting guard they desperately needed. There were plenty of rumors that Jamaal Crawford was possibly coming to Minnesota, but David Kahn was unable to pull off a deal to help the Timberwolves' playoff push.
New Orleans Hornets
I am really surprised the Hornets didn't move the expiring contract of Chris Kaman and gain some assets in return to help them for the future. There is little chance of Kaman re-signing with New Orleans since Emeka Okafor is already at center, so why not move Kaman since he clearly is not going to help you past this season?
My criteria for this mock is what I would do at each pick, not what I think will actually happen. I still try to tie the picks to reality as much as possible, but this far out, it just isn't realistic to try and make predictions. When the rumor mill really starts plugging away, I'll make some real guesses.