This year was the first in a few that I can recall this many trades happening to this many contenders. One thing is for sure, the West just got a whole lot better, and the East seem to cool itself back off again.
1. Lakers become title contenders.
L.A. Lakers acquire Pau Gasol and a 2010 second-round draft pick from Memphis in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round picks in 2008 and 2010.
2. Diesel moves back out West.
Phoenix acquires Shaquille O’Neal from Miami in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.
3. The Jason Kidd saga.
Dallas signs Keith Van Horn and trades Van Horn, Devin Harris, Trenton Hassell, Maurice Ager, DeSagana Diop, first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010, and cash considerations to New Jersey for Jason Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright; waives Nick Fazekas.
1. Cleveland getting better?
In a three-team trade, Cleveland acquires Ben Wallace, Joe Smith and a 2009 second-round pick from Cleveland plus Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West from Seattle; Chicago acquires Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Shannon Brown and Cedric Simmons from Cleveland; Seattle acquires Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble from Cleveland and Adrian Griffin from Chicago.
2. Atlanta tries to get better.
Atlanta acquires Mike Bibby from Sacramento in exchange for Shelden Williams, Lorenzen Wright, Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue and a 2008 second round draft pick.
3. Houston makes a push.
In a three-team trade, New Orleans acquires Bonzi Wells and Mike James from Houston, Houston acquires Bobby Jackson, Adam Haluska and a 2008 second-round pick from New Orleans as well as the rights to Sergei Lishouk from Memphis and Memphis acquires Marcus Vinicius from New Orleans and the draft rights to Malick Badiane from Houston.
4. Watch out again for the Spurs.
San Antonio acquires Kurt Thomas from Seattle in exchange for Francisco Elson, Brent Barry and a 2009 first round draft pick.
5. Interesting move for Detroit.
Detroit acquires Juan Dixon and cash considerations from Toronto in exchange for Primoz Brezec.
6. Gerald Green comes home!
Houston acquires Gerald Green from Minnesota in exchange for Kirk Snyder, a second-round pick in 2010 and cash considerations.
7. Worthless trade; sorry it made this list.
Denver acquires Taurean Green from Portland in exchange for Von Wafer.
8. We needed 8…
New Jersey acquires Stromile Swift from Memphis in exchange for Jason Collins and cash considerations.