In the world of American pro sports, trading is a transaction by a sports league that involves exchanging draft picks or player contracts between different sports clubs. Cash considerations are also part of this trade and may be presented, along with draft picks or contracts, to complete it.
The deadline for the National Basketball Association, or NBA trades, is the 16th Thursday of its season, and usually occurs around the middle of February, at 3 pm Eastern Time. Due to the lockout that took place during the 2011 – 2012 season, that deadline fell on the 15th of March in 2012. Post-deadline trades are prohibited in the NBA, although teams may sign up free agents, and also call D-League players up until the regular season ends.
There were rumours surrounding the following 3 star players, and each has gone on to have their own ups and downs as the season progresses.
Russell Westbrook’s 34th Triple-Double of the Season
Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook had 10 rebounds, 16 assists, and 24 points for this 34th triple-double this season as his team managed to register their 4th successive win in a victory of 123 – 102 against the Raptors on Thursday the 16th of March in the Toronto game. This has brought him closer to the single-season NBA record for triple-doubles, set by Oscar Robertson during the 1961 – 1962 season, of 41.
LeBron Scores 33 Against Jazz
Utah Jazz has not managed its back-to-back game against the NBA defending champions, probably due to the fact that they have had to make do without two of their starters.
LeBron James managed to score 33 points in total, with 17 of these taking place during the 4th quarter of the game, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won with a final score of 91 – 83. Any NBA betting activity that favoured the Cleveland Cavaliers would have seen a win, albeit at less-than excellent odds due to their current champion status.
The big reason to stay on track with all the news of the latest trades made by the NBA is that it will affect any type of betting you are doing –whether you are enjoying a friendly wager with your friends, or take this pastime a little more seriously, knowledge is power, and keeping yourself informed is key.
Utah Jazz was playing their 5th straight game without Derrick Favors, their starting power forward, and also had to do without Rodney Hood, their shooting guard, who had to miss the game because of knee pain.
Dwyane Wade's Injury Puts Him Out of the Game
Dwyane Wade, the 35-year old, 6’44”, 220-pound guard for the Chicago Bulls from Oak Lawn Illinois is out of the game for the rest of the season.
Wade, with 13-years of experience behind him, after being drafted in 2003, and at a salary of US$23 200 000, has been removed from play after an MRI he underwent revealed not only a sprain, but a small fracture in his right elbow as well, the team has announced.
The elbow injury occurred in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in which, you will recall, he left during the 3rd quarter after battling Zach Randolph for a rebound. The Chicago Bulls ended up losing the game as well, with a final score of 98 – 91 granting victory to the Grizzlies.
What happens on and off the court may affect trades, and rumours always flow thick and fast when it’s open season, often with some truth behind them. NBA fans will now have to wait until next year to see who is traded, and which teams lose or gain players.