Rating the offseason trades

No Dwight Howard yet, but plenty of trades to evaluate

Updated: August 7, 2012, 6:09 PM ET
By Bradford Doolittle | Basketball Prospectus

Trades are our favorite transactions because they are so much more fun to discuss. Who got the better players? How does the swap make each team better? Unfortunately, trades in the NBA are so bogged down by CBA-related restrictions, you almost have to be a lawyer to enjoy them. Many times, one of the teams involved in the trade isn't trying to "win" the transaction at all. It's merely trying to shed salary in order to go about re-stocking its roster in other ways. That makes evaluating NBA trades far from a straight-forward process.