LOL how many mid round players do they expect to slide into the late rounds? How can you downgrade a team for taking players in the 6th round that were projected to go in the 6th round? News flash, most of those picks are for depth and/or special teams anyway so the teams dont expect them to come in and start. It feels like he was just looking for a team to put in his losers list and because he doesnt know who many of the late round prospects are, why not just put a random team and say their picks were all UDFA quality. I found a couple of sites that had all of the Cowboys prospects rated in the round they were taken so I dont know Walt gets this information of them being UD talents. Must be the same "sources" that told him the Rams wanted Wentz. Didn't take an NFL GM or scout to tell you that it was Goff all along
I think the Bears deserve to be considered a winner for day 2. Getting Cody Whitehair after trading down twice (although they did miss on Spriggs when the Packers traded up), getting 2 4th round picks to make up for the one they gave up to get Floyd, and then landing Bullard in round 3. PFF called those two picks the best picks in the entire draft, so I would say that was a decent haul for day 2.
All along, it seemed as if Orlando had to either trade Dwight Howard prior to the deadline, or more than likely lose him this summer and get nothing in return. Instead, Howard pulled somewhat of a shocker by announcing he wanted to not only stay with the Magic for the remainder of the season, but also opted in on the final year of his contract for 2012-13. Kudos to general manager Otis Smith for hanging onto Howard and not panicking at any point in the offseason or past few months by dealing his star player. Now comes the challenge of trying to find some better talent to surround Howard with this summer.
Los Angeles Clippers
Brian Cook and a second-round pick in 2015 for Nick Young? Yes, please. An injury to Chauncey Billups has left the Clips a little short-handed at the two so they were looking for a true shooting guard. Young knows how to score the basketball and should benefit playing alongside Chris Paul. He is a free agent after the season so this is more than likely just a rental, but since it cost so little, it absolutely was a steal.
Leandro Barbosa for a second-round pick? Sign me up. Indiana had some free cap space meaning it could acquire a player without having to give anybody up in return. Barbosa gives them some added scoring punch off the bench and will be an asset in the postseason. Plus, he is a free agent at the end of the season so giving up a second-rounder for a three-month rental of Barbosa is a great bargain.
Daryl Morey is always one of the most active general managers at the trade deadline, and this year was no different. Houston ultimately gave up three younger players in Jordan Hill, Hasheem Thabeet and Jonny Flynn, all of whom have team options for next season and likely weren't going to be part of the Rockets' long-term future, for a pair of veterans in Marcus Camby and Derek Fisher. They will give Houston some valuable leadership and postseason experience as the team looks to improve its playoff standing. Houston also picked an additional first-round pick, meaning it now has three first-rounders in the 2012 NBA Draft. Camby is a free agent after this season and Fisher has a player option for next year, meaning the Rockets were able to make these moves without hurting their future cap space.