Report card time: Grading the trades

John Hollinger hands out trade-by-trade, team-by-team grades.

Originally Published: February 18, 2009
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Take my contracts … please.

That would be the Henny Youngman way of evaluating this year's trade deadline. With the stumbling economy and expected declines in the salary-cap and luxury-tax levels for the next two seasons, most of the league's teams were anxious to shed salary.

That created a buyer's market for those teams willing to take on additional money instead of shed it. Alas, that's the rub. Precious few teams were in a position to increase their payrolls, ...

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