By Craig Edwards
Another yearly tradition is in the books for basketball fans. The NBA trade deadline passed about an hour ago (as I write this). So far, no major deals, but a healthy number of minor ones.
The Blazers also stayed pretty much where they are. Rumored deals involving Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson never came to fruition. Raef LaFrentz and his expiring contract are staying in Portland (or to be more specific, his home in Iowa).
Here are some of the deals that DID go down (and were officially announced) today.
--Minnesota sent guard Rashad McCants and center Calvin Booth to Sacramento for forward Sheldon Williams and guard Bobby Brown. Williams should replace the injured Al Jefferson in Minneapolis.
--In a 3-way deal, Orlando landed guard Rafer Alston from Houston. The Rockets picked up forward Brian Cook from the Magic and guard Kyle Lowry from Memphis. The Grizzlies also get a first round pick from Orlando.
--Chicago traded guard Larry Hughes to New York for forward Tim Thomas, center Jerome James, and guard Anthony Roberson.
--The Knicks then sent forward Malik Rose to Oklahoma City for Chris Wilcox.
If Chris Wilcox's name rings a bell, that's because he was also part of the trade that sent Tyson Chandler to OKC earlier this week. In fact, the biggest news today was that this deal got rescinded after OKC said Chandler failed his physical.