1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Friday. “NBA-Trade Deadline–Who Won-Who Lost-17 Trades”

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“NBA Trade Deadline–Who Won–Who Lost–17 Deals”

The wheeling and dealing is complete.  Teams fighting for playoff spots dealt away young talent for proven veterans

Teams out of the playoffs conducted fire sales.

Some teams moved spare parts to get 2nd round picks.

17-trades in all..highlited by the Clippers deal of shooting guards, the Lakers inability to pull off a trade, the Knicks getting shutout, Houston moving another name player.

Big names like Andre Drummond-Kyle Lowrey-Lonzo Ball are still with their teams, the salary cap issues blocking those trades.

A look at the trades, courtesy of NBC
The NBA trade deadline has passed, here’s a wrap up of the deals and news made.

TRADE: Dallas adds shooting by picking up J.J. Redick
Dallas gets: J.J. Redick, Nicolo Melli
New Orleans gets: James Johnson, Dallas’ 2021 second-rounder, cash

Analysis: You can never have enough shooting around Luka Doncic, so the Mavericks went out and got a veteran sharpshooter in Redick, plus a big who can space the floor in Melli. Both have had a down season, but around the league the feeling was that once Redick was put in a different system and situation everything would get back to normal. For the Pelicans, they were going to buyout Redick, so this trade is better than nothing. Johnson brings some grit and toughness to the table — with Johnson and Steven Adams, nobody will be punking the Pelicans.

TRADE: Miami adds Victor Oladipo to help with playoff push
Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Miami gets: Victor Oladipo
Houston gets: Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, 2022 swap rights (Nets pick)

Analysis: Oladipo was Plan B in Miami, they thought they might land Gordon or Lowry, but when those fell through Oladipo became the option. He’s played better of late and is averaging 20.8 points a game this season, but has not been terribly efficient shooting 40.6% overall and 33.2% from three. He’s just not the same player he was before the injury, but he does give the Heat another playmaker on the wing for the postseason.

TRADE: Rajon Rondo headed to Clippers for playoff run in exchange for Lou Williams

Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
L.A. Clippers get: Rajon Rondo
Atlanta gets: Lou Williams

Analysis: The Clippers are making a bet on playoff Rondo helping them in the postseason the way he helped that team down the hall a year ago. The Clippers needed more shot creation at the point, someone who can organize the offense (not Williams’ strengths) and now they have their guy. Williams will play out the season in Atlanta, a playoff team in the East, boosting their bench. Williams goes back home to George, where he will be near his favorite wings spot.

TRADE: Three-team trade lands George Hill in Philadelphia, Austin Rivers to OKC
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Philadelphia gets: George Hill
New York gets: Terrance Ferguson
Oklahoma City gets: Austin Rivers, Toney Bradley, and two second-round picks

Analysis: Philadelphia wants help at the point guard spot — whether or not they land Kyle Lowry in a trade (this may be a signal they will not) — and George Hill is that. The veteran in his 13th NBA season is averaging 11.8 points a game, he creates shots (mostly for himself, but he creates), and he’s played on the biggest stages.

With this deal and others, the Thunder have 34 picks over the next seven drafts, 17 in the first-round and 17 in the second (they will trade a lot of those, but they are stocked for a rebuild).

TRADE: Norman Powell headed to Portland, adds shooting to Blazers roster
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Portland gets: Norman Powell
Toronto gets: Gary Trent Jr., Rodney Hood

Analysis: This is a very good addition for Portland, which adds shooting to an already dangerous backcourt. Powell thrived since being made a starter in the middle of this season in Toronto, averaging 23.1 points a game and shooting 46.5% from three — a ridiculous 68.5 true shooting percentage — in that role. Hood did not work out as Portland hoped, Powell steps into that role. Hood gets a fresh start in Toronto, and the Raptors will love what Gary Trent Jr. brings to the table.

TRADE: Miami Heat land sharpshooting forward Nemanja Bjelica from Sacramento
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Miami gets: Nemanja Bjelica
Sacramento gets: Moe Harkless, Chris Silva

Analysis: Miami has been looking for help at the four — whether or not they send out Kelly Oubre Jr. in another trade — and Bjelica will help them at that spot. He’s a solid rotation power forward who is a career 38.8% shooter from three, he can put the ball on the floor a little, and just makes solid plays. (His numbers were down this year in Sacramento because he got squeezed as the Kings tried to develop Marvin Bagley; Bjelica should bounce back in a better environment like Miami).

TRADE: Denver Nuggets land Aaron Gordon in big trade with Orlando
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Denver gets: Aaron Gordon, Gary Clark
Orlando gets: Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, first-round pick

Analysis: Denver felt they were one piece away — not anymore. This was the fit they wanted. Gordon is another shot creator on the offensive end who can draw defenders and get buckets if defenses overload against Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Plus, Gordon is a big-bodied quality wing defender who can take some minutes on the huge wings in the West — LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, etc.

For a now rebuilding Orlando, they get a good young player in Hampton and a first-round pick.

TRADE: Boston adds shooting, gets Evan Fournier from Orlando for picks
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Boston gets: Evan Fournier
Orlando gets: Two second-round picks

Analysis: Boston just added a sniper. Fournier is scoring 19.8 points a game this season in Orlando, shooting 38.8% from three. He’s a free agent this offseason — Boston has to decide if it wants to pay up or if this is a rental — but he’s going to help space the court for Boston and he’s considered good in the locker room (more of a joker, keeps things light). Orlando is rebuilding and will take the picks rather than lose Fournier for nothing (this deal could expand as well).

TRADE: Chicago gets Nikola Vucevic from Orlando
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Chicago gets: Nikola Vucevic, Al Farouq Aminu
Orlando gets: Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter, two first-round picks

Analysis: The Bulls just got a whole lot better. Carter had not taken a step forward this season — certainly not like Zach LaVine, who made a leap — and the big man had become a drag on their lineups (Thaddeus Youngwas the center Bulls coach Billy Donovan trusted). Now Chicago has an All-Star center who can space the floor, score inside, and is going to get them 20/10 every night. Vucevic is also under contract for two years after this one (at a reasonable total of $46 million), so this is a bet on the long term. In Orlando, let the rebuilding begin. Carter could develop into a quality center over time, he will get the chance, and the two first-round picks are exactly what a rebuilding team needs.

TRADE: JaVale McGee going to Denver
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Denver gets: JaVale McGee
Cleveland gets: Isaiah Hartenstein, a protected 2023 second-round pick (through 46), and an unprotected 2027 second-round pick

Analysis: Denver looked ahead to potential playoff matchups, saw that the Lakers are already big and are expected to get Andre Drummond off the buyout market (although the Knicks are in the mix), saw Ivica Zubacwith the Clippers off the bench, and decided to get bigger and more physical behind Nikola Jokic. This was a playoff-thinking trade by Denver. Cleveland gets an athletic project at center in Hartenstein they can play behind Jarrett Allen, plus a couple of picks.

TRADE: Pistons to trade Delon Wright to Kings for Corey Joseph and picks

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news, here’s how it shakes out:
Detroit gets: Corey Joseph, the Lakers 2021 second-round pick, Detroit’s 2024 second-round pick.
Sacramento gets: Delon Wright

Analysis: Sacramento turns out to be buyers, not sellers, at the deadline as reports are they want to make a play-in/playoff push over the final months of the season. The Kings add some quality guard depth with Wright, who is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 assists a game, and more importantly is shooting 35.6% from 3-point range. Detroit picks up a third second-round pick in the 2021 draft. Joseph could be a mentor to Killian Hayes(both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Halliburton praised Joseph), and if they don’t want to keep Joseph around he is only guaranteed $2.4 million for next season.

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