Wins and Losses of NBA Trade Deadline
This year’s NBA Trade Deadline was pretty anticlimactic considering there were trade rumors around Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony, all of which stayed with their current team. With that being said there were definitely some winners and losers even with a lack of “Blockbuster” trades.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Traded Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and a 2018 2nd round pick to the Bulls for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott
Nothing to write home about but was an overall good trade for the Thunder. They traded three guys that combine to average 16 points per game to get a productive veteran big in Gibson and McDermott who is a serviceable deep threat from the wing.
Bottom Line: Slight win for the Thunder
LA Lakers & Houston Rockets
Lakers gave up Lou Williams in exchange for Corey Brewer and a future pick
Lou Will is clearly better than Brewer but Brewer provides some veteran experience to help with the core of young talent in LA and a pick never hurts a team in a rebuilding stage. On the other hand, Lou Will paired with Eric Gordon, who’s having a great year and will probably win 6th Man of the Year, will be a great tandem for the Rockets come playoff time.
Bottom Line: Rockets definitely got the better of this trade
Traded Terrence Ross and 2017 1st round pick to Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka
Traded Jared Sullinger and 2017 & 2018 2nd round picks to Suns for PJ Tucker
Neither of these trades were big ones but gave the Raptors what they needed nonetheless. They got a rim protecting stretch 4 that can also play the 5 and a bench player that will essentially fill the role Ross had prior to his trade. A starting five consisting of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas is definitely one of the strongest in the Eastern Conference.
Bottom Line: A big ‘W’ for the Raptors
Dallas Mavericks & Philadelphia 76ers
76ers trade Nerlens Noel to Mavs for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected 1st round pick
You can’t spell Dallas or Philadelphia with L’s and this was definitely an L for both teams. While Noel is a young athletic rim protector with some potential, in no way, shape or form can I justify trading two players and a 1st round pick for him. From Philly’s perspective, while trading Noel and/or Jahlil Okafor was inevitable, I also don’t think what they got for Noel was worth anything. Bogut will probably get waived and Anderson could be a solid wing in a few years, but they didn’t really get anything that would benefit them.
Bottom Line: Loss for both teams
New Orleans Pelicans & Sacramento Kings
Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and 2017 1st and 2nd round picks
This is the only trade at the deadline involving a superstar for the season. The Pelicans will still be an average team without other pieces but it’s a huge come up for them nonetheless. They now have the top player in their respective positions in Boogie and Anthony Davis, which has drawn comparisons to the David Robinson and Tim Duncan duo the Spurs used to have. As for the Kings, Vlade Divac has done a horrible job the past couple years. He has gotten rid of the likes of Hassan Whiteside, Isaiah Thomas and now DeMarcus Cousins with a losing record every season to show for it. Divac traded away the best center and, in my opinion, the best overall big man in the league, for 3 role players that won’t immediately be difference makers for the team.
Bottom Line: A fat loss for the Kings and a win for the Pelicans