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Ainge On Cold Streak

Chris Sheridan breaks down the winners and losers of the last 62 NBA trades.  As you might guess, Ainge comes up short on his two:

RickyJan. 26, 2006

Boston traded Ricky Davis, Mark Blount, Marcus Banks and Justin Reed to Minnesota for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a future first-round pick (likely in '09 or '10).

Winner: Timberwolves. As Davis noted upon his return to Boston earlier this season, Minnesota won this trade big-time. Davis and Blount are averaging nearly 30 points between them as the Wolves' No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Szczerbiak is out for the year with a bum ankle, and his contract is borderline untradable.

Not shocking.  I was happy to get Blount out of town, even at the expense of Ricky (who may have been part of the locker room problems anyway).  However, one has to wonder if we could have gotten more for them than the broken down remains of Zoolander. 

BassyJune 28, 2006

Portland traded Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a second-round pick in 2008 to Boston for the draft rights to Randy Foye, Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau.

Winner: Blazers. Portland turned Foye into leading Rookie of the Year candidate Brandon Roy, while Telfair lost his starting point guard job in Boston.

Another non-shocker.  The cap flexibility will be nice, but if you don't trade for Wally, then getting rid of Raef's contract is less of a priority and we get to keep the 7 pick.  Oh yeah, and Raef's contract was only around because of that first trade Ainge made.

Alas, hindsight is 20/20 and I was in favor of both deals at the time, so feel free to call me a big dummy too.