Eating the trade bait

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The best trades in the NBA this year have resulted in two great point guards heading to Southern California. At the beginning of this season, the Los Angeles Clippers received Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in return for Clippers traded forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, guard Eric Gordon and a 2012 first-round pick. On March 15, the Los Angeles Lakers sent forwards Luke Walton and Jason Kapono to the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with a 2012 first-round pick, getting point guard Ramon Sessions in return. The worst trades, which were made by the Dallas Mavericks this past December, included trading guard Rudy Fernandez, forward Corey Brewer and a 2012 first-round pick in return for former Lakers forward Lamar Odom and a 2016 second-round pick from the Denver Nuggests. The following is a more detailed look at these trades.

Chris Paul (Clippers): The Clippers have not had a plus .500 year since the 2005-06 season. Now that Paul is playing for them, they have managed a .571 record after 49 games, putting them in fourth place in the Western Conference. With All-Star forward Blake Griffin present, teams have not been able to devote as much attention to Paul as they did when he was in New Orleans. This has allowed him to run wild, racking up 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. Paul has shown that he was the best acquisition this year, since his leadership skills are compatible with the rest of the Clippers team.
Ramon Sessions (Lakers): Since Sessions replaced veteran point guard Derek Fisher, the Lakers have gone 4-3. He has managed 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He had a season-high 20 points in the Lakers March 23rd victory over the Portland Trailblazers. Sessions has filled his role as point guard very well, getting the ball to center Andrew Bynum and forward Kobe Bryant for a basket 6.3 times per game on average.

Lamar Odom (Mavericks): Since coming to Dallas, Odom has averaged 6.9 points in the 45 games he has played in. When he was the Laker’s sixth man last year, he scored 14.4 points per game, making him the best bench player in the NBA. Now the Lakers best bench player is Matt Barnes, who puts up numbers much lower than Odom used to. This trade was a horrible deal for both teams, since Odom has played awfully off of the Dallas bench and the Lakers have not found an adequate replacement for the former Sixth Man of the Year.

2016 second-round pick (Mavericks): The two players the Nuggets obtained are helping them maintain their status as the league’s highest scoring team. From the bench, Fernandez and Brewer are both posting nearly 10 points per game in Denver, while Dallas relies on guard Jason Terry for help. Furthermore, Dallas cannot replace either of these players in the near future using the draft pick they acquired in the trade, as it is for the 2016 draft.

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