I had to sit through work, with my phone in between my knees, fighting the low battery struggle with a dimmed light screen, panting through the busiest Trade Deadline days of all time. When it was all over, there were some good and bad news for the Golden State Warriors. To recap for the Warriors, they did sign James Michael McAdoo to the rest of the season. So there's that (and also no Ray Allen or Jermaine O'Neal). It adds depth to the minor league and scouting system that has brought Justin Holiday into the fold.
As for the rest of the Western Conference teams that post a threat to the Warriors:
Also traded away their first-round pick that belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers (top-five protected).
The Suns looked like the biggest loser before Twitter exploded. Then they swung a last-second deal for Brandon Knight, who might be as talented as either Thomas or Dragic but clears a logjam of three point guards and is a better fit with Eric Bledsoe. From a Golden State Warriors point-of-view, things remain unchanged. They hope Phoenix can stave off the Thunder just enough for the 8-seed.
Everything seems pointed to a first-round matchup between the Warriors and Thunder. If that happens, the Warriors have reason for concern, even before this trade. They rid themselves of a redundant ball-dominant guard in Reggie Jackson and plodder Perkins. They get back shooting in Augustin and Singler while adding a decent backup offensive forward in Kanter. Perhaps the biggest impact will come from Singler, who is a good shooter and long defender. He's better than Andre Roberson in a vacuum. This adds depth for the Thunder in ways we haven't seen. It's up to Scott Brooks to piece everything together. Fortunately enough, he doesn't bring much confidence in that regard.
A superb trade for the Blazers. They add a good shooter and defender along the likes of Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum. This means less minutes for guys that either can't play (Thomas Robinson) or isn't good enough to play (C.J. McCollum). The downside, though, comes with Batum's health. If he's healthy, the Blazers are a very dangerous playoff team. If not, the Blazers are who they are now, very fun but not a true contender in the Western Conference.
Perhaps my favorite move by a Western Conference contender. The Rockets gave up zilch and got back a hyper-athletic forward they can use in the future (if they re-sign him) and a point guard that is perfectly content passing the steal. Prigioni is up there in age but adds needed depth and shooting behind Patrick Beverley. The Rockets have been dominated this season by the Warriors and these moves don't really move the needle, however.
Phew. Let me know in the comments who made the scariest moves.
The Golden State Warriors play the San Antonio Spurs at home tomorrow at 7:30 PST. Happy Chinese New Year.