Houston Rockets Get: 18th pick in 2012 NBA Draft Minnesota Timberwolves Get: G/F Chase Budinger, rights to Lior Eliyahu
Why this makes sense for Houston:
Daryl Morey loves collecting assets and that's what this deal is all about. Houston now has the 14th, 16th, and 18th picks but obviously won't be keeping all three. The rumors have them trying to make a run at packaging those picks to move up in the draft, and then make an offer for Dwight Howard that could include picks, Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola. It's a bold, balsy strategy especially since Howard doesn't have Houston on his wish list and would likely be a 1-year rental. Josh Smith and Tyreke Evans have also been rumored as potential targets for the Rockets.
Why this makes sense for Minnesota:
It was unlikely that any of the top shooting guards in the draft were going to fall to 18, so Minnesota turns that pick into a proven commodity in Budinger who can provide some scoring punch off the bench. They must not have been in love with anyone who would likely be on the board at 18 and realize their gaping hole on the wing for a scorer. More importantly, as my good friend Peter Christian pointed out, the Timberwolves can now put a whiteout starting five on the floor. That's exciting.
Charlotte Bobcats Get: SG Ben Gordon, 2013 lottery-protected first-round pick Detroit Pistons Get: SF-Corey Maggette
Why this makes sense for Charlotte:
The Bobcats sorely need a shooter/scorer on the wing, and that's Gordon's biggest asset. Sure, he's due $25.6 million over the next two seasons, but Charlotte needs help right away and sure as heck isn't going to be luring any big-name free agents in the near future so cap space isn't a major priority right now. They also pick up a future draft pick that should assist their re-building project. All that cost them was Corey Maggette? I'm OK with that.
Why this makes sense for Detroit:
With Maggette entering the final year of his deal, this move saves the Pistons almost $15 million in future cap space. Yes, they had to throw in a future first-round pick, but it gives them some needed cap flexibility for the future. Besides, Gordon was nothing more than a bench player in Detroit due to the emergence of rookie point guard Brandon Knight last season which allowed Rodney Stuckey to move over to the two-guard position.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.