This years NBA trade deadline moves were many and overall surprising. The couple that I will focus on will be the Carmelo Anthony deal to the Knicks, Deron Williams to the Nets, and Baron Davis to the Cavs.
The Carmelo Anthony deal, which finally happened after months of unbearable coverage and analysis on where he would end up. The Knicks, after years of miserable play and horendous contracts that had left them in financial disarray until recently made a great move in acquiring Anthony. This move along with getting Amare Stoudemire last off season has put them into a position to make the playoffs and possibly be a surprise team to upset one of the incumbent East champions (Heat, Celtics, Magic). I would more accurately predict that it will take another season or two to build around their two superstars, this is all under the assumption that Carmelo signs a long term deal with the Knicks.
The most surprising deal of the deadline has been the Jazz sending Deron Williams to the Nets. Arguably the best PG in the league and only 26, just very puzzling why they would make this move. The Jazz are only a game out of the eighth playoff spot in the western conference. There had been rumors about Williams forcing Jerry Sloan to retire which I'm sure his standing with the Jazz front office wasn't going very well. I guess sometimes deals like this have to be made to get rid of guys that don't want to be there, but I don't see the Nets getting a whole lot better anytime soon.
The Baron Davis trade to the Cavs does make sense in a lot of ways as far as saving the Clippers a lot of money in the next couple of seasons. I can't say Davis is happy to go to the worst team in the league, and not get to play along side Blake Griffin anymore, but this is just another move in the long line of anti winning, penny pinching moves that Clippers owner Donald Sterling has made over the years.