NBA Trade Deadline: Thunder-Celtics, Cavs-Clippers Make Key Trades

The NBA trade deadline ended recently, and there are two trades that caught my eye.

They weren't blockbusters like the ones that sent Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams to the Knicks and Nets, respectively. However, they did provide each team something they needed going forward.

In the case of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics, their trade improved the teams as they try to make a run at the NBA title.

The Thunder received Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, adding some veteran presence (and, with Perkins, some help in the low post for Kevin Durant) to a young, upstart team. In exchange, Boston got younger but remains a legitimate championship contender, receiving Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, on the flip side, are two teams who won't be contending for a playoff spot, let alone a championship, this season. Therefore, they made a trade that may give them some building blocks for the future.

The Clippers received Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, two players that, along with Blake Griffin, can make this team a future playoff contender, at least.

The Cavs, obviously, don't have a player around whom they can build a team. So they received the Clips' first-round pick; this gives them two lottery picks with which they can find that superstar.

They also obtained Baron Davis, who could provide some much-needed veteran leadership to Cleveland, and whoever is drafted by the Cavs.

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