NBA Uncontested Shots: Lakers Stand Pat & Other Trade Deadline Observations

The trade deadline finally passed on Thursday afternoon and Amar'e Stoudemire is still a member of the Suns, Carlos Boozer is still in Utah, and Kirk Hinrich is still on the Bulls.

There were some deals that did get done that will surely help teams either this season or next.

This we know: the big winners were the Cavaliers and Rockets. The losers were either the teams that got fleeced under the premise of trying to create cap space, or the teams that didn't make a move that probably should have.

There is still the chance for player movement as veterans on non-contending teams will seek buy-outs so they can sign on with contenders for the stretch run.

Without further delay, here is my latest edition of Uncontested Shots.


Tip Of The Cap to Daryl Morey

Marcel Mutoni of Slam Magazine said it best when he Tweeted, "The hoop blogosphere drools over (Houston Rockets GM) Daryl Morey more than they do Erin Andrews."

This was in the aftermath of Morey obtaining Kevin Martin, Jared Jeffries, Hilton Armstrong, Jordan Hill, the Knicks first-round pick in 2012, as well as the right to swap picks with the Knicks in 2011.

All of that for the low, low price of Tracy McGrady's expiring contract, Carl Landry, and Joey Dorsey.

I know that I've famously cried about how I don't think teams should spend big money on shooting guards or small forwards who aren't superstars, but there are exceptions to every rule.

Considering how little Morey gave up and how the Rockets offense has struggled to score points, Martin could be the perfect fit for them.

Martin just turned 27. With three more years left on his current deal that maxes out at about $13 million in the final season, the Rockets can now afford to re-sign Yao.  They can surround him and Martin with a nice nucleus that includes Shane Battier and David Andersen, as well as young play...

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