The NBA Trade Deadline has come and past so lets review what went down in the last week or so in case you live under a rock.
I won’t spend too much time on it since I already made a post about it here but the Boogie trade was the big one. Most people agree the Pelicans should be arrested for armed robbery after this deal sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to NO for Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2017 top-3 protected first-round pick. Just wild.
On Tuesday the Lakers fired GM Mitch Kupchak, Executive VP of Basketball Operations Jim Buss and VP of Public Relations John Black. Then they made Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations. I like the firings, honestly it has been a long time coming if you ask me but I don’t love the hire of Magic. I don’t hate it but I think people think he’s gonna come in and the Lakers will be competing for a title in two or three years, they won’t be. They also traded Lou Williams to Houston for Corey Brewer and a future pick. I’ve always liked Williams and I think the combo of Eric Gordon and Lou Williams off the bench will really be good for Houston. Great move.
Not much happened Wednesday, the Cavs signed Derrick Williams to another 10-day contract. The only trade of the day was done by the Nets and the Wizards. The Wizards got Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough from Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 protected first-round pick. I like the move for the Nets solely because they now have a pick and they desperately need new blood in the locker room. It won’t be a good pick but anything helps. For the Wizards I don’t hate it I just don’t think they gained as much as what some people are saying they did. This trade doesn’t make them much better if better at all and now they don’t have a pick in a stacked draft.
Thursday at 3PM EST was the deadline so like usual today was the busiest day. Lets start with who was signed/released. The Nets who got Marcus Thornton (who also played for Brooklyn a few years ago) was cut. The Grizzlies signed PG Toney Douglas who I am a big fan of. New Orleans also released Terrence Jones, who is interested in signing with Boston, after getting Cousins a few days prior and they signed Hollis Thompson. Dallas released Deron Williams, too. Now the fun part, the trades. The Nets who don’t learn their lesson traded away a future pick to Houston for K.J. McDaniels. Dallas traded Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round pick to Philly for Nerlens Noel. A very good trade for Dallas, they get a great young player on a good contract who won’t be making crazy money in two years when his deal is up plus they’re bad this year so they’ll probably be able to keep that pick. The Suns made two trades. First one they sent P.J. Tucker to Toronto for Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks and the second one they recieved Mike Scott, the rights to Cenk Akyol and cash to Atlanta for a 2017 second-round pick.
One last trade and it was a significant one. The Bulls send Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to OKC for Cameron Payne, Jofferey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and a 2018 second-round pick. Chicago can’t get out of their own way. It is so hard to try to compete and rebuild at the same time. They start the season with the media thinking they’ll be good cause they have Jimmy Butler and they signed Dwayne Wade who has been hurt the last few years and Rondo who is a shell of himself. They should rebuild but when trying to trade Butler to Boston they didn’t want young guys like Jaylen Brown or Marcus Smart no they wanted Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder which makes no sense for the Bulls situation. Aside from the front office not knowing what to do with the roster, they traded away Doug McDermott who is a solid player but they gave up SO much just to draft him. They gave Denver two first-round picks and a future seccond-rounder for McDermott. So basically they traded three picks to OKC for Anthony Morrow and a second-round pick. Am I the only one confused by the logic?
We are officially post trade deadline with the season coming to an end, who will end up in the playoffs? Did any of these moves make a significant difference? Like usual I have no idea but if you made it this far thank you. There are some signing rumors floating around but we’ll leave that for another day.