The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and as usual, it was a crazy week. We are going to recap all of the trades of the week and breaking down the impact that these trades will have on the NBA and their teams.
Mavericks receive Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway, Courtney Lee, and Trey Burke.
Knicks receive Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, the Mavericks’ 2021 first-round pick (unprotected), and the Mavericks’ 2023 first-round pick (top-10 protected).
At first, I was appalled by the Knicks decision to trade Porzingis, but the more I have thought about this trade the more I think that the Knicks committed highway robbery. They traded an underweight 7 foot 3 player coming back from a torn left ACL who didn’t believe in the team's culture for basically three first round picks. Don’t sleep on Dennis Smith Jr. The point guard picked right after Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina, now has the potential to be a part of a deadly backcourt next to Ntilikina. If you’re thinking that DSJ coming to New York spells bad news for Ntilikina, it is worth noting that Ntilikina is more physically suited to play the 2, as DSJ has the prototypical frame for today’s NBA point guard. The Knicks waived Wesley Matthews.
Bulls receive Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash ($2.6M)
Thunder receive Bulls 2020 Second Round Pick (Top 50 Protected - If not conveyed it is extinguished)
This is an interesting trade for the Bulls. They basically pick up cash and a good Euro ball player for nothing. It’s very unlikely that the draft pick conveys, for the Bulls will probably be a lottery team for the next few seasons. However, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (TLC for short) had a strong career overseas before coming to the NBA. The Bulls pretty much found a cheap lottery scratch off that has the potential to win big, but does it really???
Trail Blazers receive Rodney Hood.
Cavaliers receive Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, the Trail Blazers’ 2021 second-round pick, and the Trail Blazers’ 2023 second-round pick
This trade seems like a solid win-win. The Cavs begin their Process by stocking up on second-round picks and getting a shooting guard entering his prime in Nik Stauskas, who they later flip.
Sixers receive Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott.
Clippers receive Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, the Sixers’ 2020 first-round pick (top-14 protected), the Heat’s 2021 first-round pick (unprotected), the Pistons’ 2021 second-round pick, and the Pistons’ 2023 second-round pick.
This is by far the most complicated trade out of the whole league. There’s a lot of different moving parts to this trade that affects several teams. This is where my bias and expertise need to be addressed. I’m a lifelong Sixers fan, however, I pride myself on being a smart fan and hold the Sixers to a higher standard of accountability than other teams. Anyway, the Sixers have created an amazing starting line-up by adding all-star caliber Tobias Harris who is in his prime. However, they did pay a very hefty price. Landry Shamet is going to be a star in this league. I can see Doc Rivers turning him into the next J.J. Reddick. The 2021 Heat pick is one of the most valuable trade chips in the whole league right now, and Wilson Chandler was playing some great ball this year. However, this trade is a true win-win for a number of different reasons.
The Clippers have punted on the season. They were the 8th seed and thought it’d be better to sell and gain assets to build a better team going forward. They’ve been drafting well so I think this is a very smart decision. So now that leaves the 8th seed open to the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers. By potentially letting the Kings move up, that devalued their draft pick that is due to Boston in this year's draft. That became one fewer asset that the Celtics could use in their failed pursuit for Anthony Davis. Even further, however, the Clippers currently owe their first-round pick in this year's draft to the Celtics, but it’s lottery protected. So the Clippers will keep their pick this year and if it doesn’t convey next year it becomes a second round pick. So since the Celtics came out of this specific trade as the biggest losers, I wouldn’t be surprised if this coupled with his inactivity at the deadline is the beginning of Danny Ainge's downfall in Boston.
Lakers receive Reggie Bullock.
Pistons receive Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and the Lakers’ 2021 second-round pick.
The Lakers help build their bench up while the Detroit Pistons add a second round pick as they middle between competing and rebuilding. Second round picks are worthless to established teams but mean so much to rebuilding teams.
Sixers receive Malachi Richardson, the Raptors’ 2022 second-round pick, and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic.
Raptors receive cash.
The Sixers pay for a second round pick and the draft rights to a promising Euroballer. Who knows if he ever sees time in an NBA game, but it’s a lottery ticket. The Sixers waived Malachi Richardson after the trade making him a free agent.
Suns receive Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and cash.
Heat receive Ryan Anderson.
This is a confusing trade. It’s one that doesn’t make sense how it happened. Most trades at the deadline are between a selling team and a buying team. This seems to be two sellers exchanging rough goods. Ryan Anderson is on the wrong side of 30 and the Suns waived Wayne Ellington. This could have been an attempt to save money and cap space for both teams.
Bulls receive Otto Porter.
Wizards receive Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and the Bulls’ 2023 second-round pick (top-36 protected).
The key rule of grading NBA trades is who got the better player? The Bulls gave up a good amount to get the better player of Otto Porter Jr. The former third overall pick still shows quite a bit of promise. I think this is a great trade for the Bulls. Plus they are able to unload Jabari Parker. It’s best for the Wizards to start rebuilding after the awful luck John Wall has had this year. After rupturing his Achilles’ after falling in his own home, it’s fair to question if Wall will ever play again. Hopefully, he gets better soon.
Pelicans receive Markieff Morris, the Wizards’ 2023 second-round pick, and cash.
Wizards receive Wesley Johnson.
The Pelicans made a trade, it just wasn’t the player we were all expecting. The Pelicans trade away Wesley Johnson picking up a second round pick as they prepare to blow it all up after Anthony Davis leaves this offseason. The Pelican waived Markieff Morris.
Kings receive Harrison Barnes.
Mavericks receive Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
The biggest story around this trade was actually that it happened mid game. Harrison Barnes was traded in the middle of a game against the Hornets. I have a big issue with the ownership handling the trade the way that they did. Not that they traded him mid-game, but that they kept him on the floor the entire night. It’s not uncommon in baseball for this to happen. However, when it happens in baseball they tend to give the player whatever freedom he needs. They should’ve sent Barnes to the locker room and give him privacy to digest the information. The only reason Barnes found out he got traded is because we live in the age of social media. No team representative told Barnes that he was traded until after the game.
Otherwise, solid trade on both sides. The Kings lose a lot of their cap space taking on Barnes ugly contract but add someone who was worthy of a finals MVP. Zach Randolph is one of the most consistent players in the league, he reminds me greatly of Frank Gore in the NFL.
Rockets receive Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, and the Bucks’ 2021 second-round pick (from Cleveland).
Cavaliers receive Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, the Rockets’ 2019 first-round pick (top-14 protected), and the Rockets’ 2022 second-round pick.
Kings receive Alec Burks and either the Rockets’ or Warriors’ 2020 second-round pick (whichever is less favorable).
The Rockets help retool their lineup as they’re getting ready to challenge the Warriors. The Cavs accrue some more draft picks and the Kings get a pick and some needed cap space.
Trail Blazers receive Skal Labissiere.
Kings receive Caleb Swanigan.
A trade of young former first-round picks. A simple swap of lottery tickets trying to see if these players just needed a change of scenery. Both teams can afford this low risk - high reward opportunity.
Clippers receive Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green
Grizzlies receive Avery Bradley.
This is a rather uneventful trade. The Grizzlies will take Avery Bradley and see if they can get him back to his Boston-self. The Clippers do however clear enough cap space to prepare themselves for this offseasons stacked free agency class including Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Kawahi Leonard.
Magic acquire Markelle Fultz.
Sixers acquire Jonathon Simmons, the Thunder’s 2020 first-round pick (top-20 protected), and a 2019 second-round pick (whichever is most favorable).
Another solid win-win, however, I do feel that the Sixers may come out as the bigger winner of this trade. Jonathon Simmons is no joke, they got the Thunder 2020 pick back (they originally had it in the Jerami Grant trade). They also recoup another second-round pick that they spent in the Tobias Harris trade. However, I still very much believe in Markelle Fultz. He was the number one overall pick for a reason. It’s unfortunate that the past two years have played out as they did, but the Magic have the patience and money to wait for him to get back to the Fultz that we knew and loved.
Nets receive Greg Monroe and the Raptors’ 2021 second-round pick.
Raptors receive cash ($110K).
The Nets have bought themselves a second-round pick while the Raptors freed cap space that they can use towards resigning Kawahi Leonard. The Nets waived Monroe after the trade.
Bucks receive Nikola Mirotic.
Pistons receive Thon Maker.
Pelicans receive Stanley Johnson, Jason Smith, the Nuggets’ 2019 second-round pick, the Bucks’ 2020 second-round pick, the Wizards’ 2020 second-round pick, and the Wizards’ 2021 second-round pick.
The Pelicans have all the second round picks… The Bucks and Pistons get deals here especially the Bucks. The Bucks adding Nikola Mirotic without giving up a first round pick is highway robbery. This helps the Bucks from being passed by the new look Philadelphia 76ers.
Lakers receive Mike Muscala.
Clippers receive Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac.
The Clippers flipped Mike Muscala for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac. It helps the Clippers as they continue to save money in preparation for free agency.
Raptors receive Marc Gasol.
Grizzlies receive Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright, and the Raptors’ 2024 second-round pick.
The best ability is availability. That’s why the Raptors were willing to ship of Jonas Valanciunas. He’s been dealing with some minor injuries and just hasn’t looked like his old promising self. But much like the Milwaukee Bucks deal, adding Marc Gasol without giving up a first round pick is an unreal trade. Adding depth at center was a must after the 76ers added Boban Marjanovic and the Bucks added Nikola Mirotic. The Raptors are keeping up with the Joneses.
Hawks receive Jabari Bird and cash.
Celtics receive the Hawks’ 2020 second-round pick
The Celtics were able to pay the Hawks to take Jabari Bird’s contract. The Hawks immediately waived Bird. The Hawks pick is top 55 protected, if it doesn’t convey then it is extinguished. It most likely will not convey.
Pacers receive Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, the Bucks’ 2021 second-round pick, and the draft rights to Maarty Leunen.
Rockets receive cash.
Nik Stauskas and Wad Baldwin continue their world tour, while the Rockets receive cash for the assets.
Sixers receive James Ennis.
Rockets receive the right to swap their own 2021 second-round pick with the Sixers’ 2021 second-round pick.
The Sixers are able to add a very capable shooter in James Ennis. Meanwhile, the Rockets have the right to swap with the Sixers in the second round. This could help even if the Sixer draft later than the Rockets. They could see a guy they want and then swap and wait for him to get him on a lower rookie wage deal.
Hawks receive Shelvin Mack.
Grizzlies receive Tyler Dorsey.
An anticlimactic end to the trade deadline. Two selling teams swap assets. The Grizzlies get a young player with potential in Tyler Dorsey, while the Hawks get a known commodity in Shelvin Mack.
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