L.A. comes out ahead

Shandel Richardson

Sun Sentinel

The city of Los Angeles was the biggest winner at the trade deadline.

The Clippers and Lakers both made deals that moved them closer to competing with the Thunder. The Clippers acquired Nick Young from the Wizards for almost nothing (Brian Cook and a second-round pick). Young gives them another scorer in the backcourt to help offset the loss of Chauncey Billups.

The Lakers made similar progress with the acquisition of point guard Ramon Sessions. Sure, it was tough to say goodbye to Derek Fisher, but it was a needed move. Fisher wasn't getting any younger, and now the Lakers have someone who can defend in a conference that features Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook at the point.

srichardson@tribune.com

Add by not subtracting

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

Is this a trick question?

The team that improved the most, by far, was the Magic by keeping Dwight Howard.

Even if it was for just one more season.

The Magic were spared from trading Howard and deflating their franchise and fan base. Now they can gear up for the playoffs, where they have a puncher's chance if they make 3-pointers.

The Nets had it worse, banking their future on Howard.

The Lakers supposedly improved at point guard with Ramon Sessions, but can he hit clutch 3s like ancient Derek Fisher did? The Warriors finally got a center. But the Magic kept theirs to highlight the day.