The NBA trade deadline marks an exciting time for many NBA fans, but sometimes the trades simply don’t make sense. Now that the trade deadline has passed, I want to explain every NBA trade over the last week. So many trades have already happened and the trade deadline is still a day away, so I decided to split this into two parts. The last 24 hours of the trade deadline will be covered in the second part. Anyways, here are the last few days of NBA Trades Explained:
Kristaps traded to the Mavericks
Knicks receive: Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Two First Round Picks
Mavericks receive: Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
The Knicks landed a young point guard on a rookie scale contract in DSJ and two expiring contracts in Jordan and Matthews. They also received two first-round picks from the Mavericks which are always valuable assets. This deal was no doubt a gamble for the Knicks as they did give up their franchise cornerpiece, Porzingis. They did successfully shed Lee’s and Hardaway’s contracts creating two max-contract slots for the upcoming free agency. They can now recruit Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, and other star free agents. If they fail to sign a major free agent this trade will be looked at as a failure, but if they can pair two stars in New York this trade will be a huge win.
The Mavericks also took a risk by trading away three starters and two first rounders for an injured star and bad contracts. If Porzingis comes back healthy, he will make an incredible duo next to Luka Doncic. Getting a second star that fits the team’s timeline is a major positive for Dallas. The Mavericks haven’t had much luck in free agency, so taking on questionable contracts isn’t a that much of a problem.
For an in-depth breakdown of this trade click here.
Luwawu-Cabarrot sent to Chicago
Bulls receive: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Cash
Thunder receive: 2020 protected second-round pick
A pretty unexciting trade. Bulls get a young prospect and some cash while OKC gets luxury tax relief.
Cleveland trades Hood to Portland
Cavaliers receive: Nik Stauskus, Wade Baldwin IV, 2 second-round Picks
Blazers receive: Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood has quietly been having a solid season in Cleveland. So far he is averaging 12.2 PPG on 43-36-91 splits to go along with 2.5 RPG, and 2.0 APG. He offers wing depth and shooting the Blazers sorely need as they look to make a run in the playoffs. As for Cleveland, they received 2 draft picks and a couple young players which is always good for a rebuilding team. Considering Hood was going to leave Cleveland after this season this was a good return.
Sixers land Harris
Clippers receive: Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet, 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick (from Miami), 2 second-round picks (from Detroit)
76ers receive: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott
Although their bench is very questionable, the Sixers have created the best starting five in the East. The lineup of Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid can compete with anybody in the league. Unfortunately, this trade didn’t come without a cost. The Sixers thin bench just got even thinner as TJ McConnell, Furkan Korkmaz, and Amir Johnson will be the counted on to play a lot of minutes. Also giving up 4 draft picks and a Miami pick that could be in the lottery is dangerous. This trade is even riskier because Harris and Butler are both free agents this offseason. This trade signals to the rest of the league that the Sixers are ready to compete right now.
For the Clippers, they pick up a good rookie and lots of draft assets. The team did not want to pay Harris big money this offseason and he already declined their 4-year $80M extension. Picking up 4 draft assets and a young player is a great return for a borderline all-star on an expiring deal. Furthermore, they will get to keep their lottery-protected draft pick this season if they fall out of the playoffs. Overall, this move was made with the future in mind for the Clippers.
Lakers get 3-Point Shooting with Bullock
Pistons receive: Svi Mykhailiuk, a future second-round pick
Lakers receive: Reggie Bullock
The Pistons pick up a young prospect and a draft asset for an expiring contract. Detroit seems to have given up on making the playoffs this season as they traded away their best three-point shooter for future assets. Svi has the chance to be a great role player and second-round picks are always good to have. Bullock would be a free agent this offseason and likely demand more money from Detroit or find a new team.
The Lakers managed to acquire much needed three-point shooting. Bullock is shooting 38.8% from three this season on 6.7 attempts. With LeBron James style of play, the team needs to add more shooters to create driving lanes. Although it Lakers fans may be disappointed to see Svi go, Bullock will help the team push for the playoffs this season.
Sixers make another Trade
Raptors receive: Cash
76ers receive: Malachi Richardson, 2022 2nd round-pick, Draft rights to Emir Preldzic
Since the Raptors had no real use for Richardson, they shipped him to Philidelphia to save money. With the Sixers, Richardson will have a chance to earn more minutes given the team’s thin bench. This trade may not be as exciting as the Tobias Harris trade, but was a good move for the Sixers.
Bucks, Pistons swap disappointing lottery-picks
Bucks receive: Stanley Johnson
Pistons receive: Thon Maker
Although both players have potential and were promising players in the draft, neither has panned out in the NBA. Johnson has been a great defender but absolutely awful on offense (7.5 PPG on 38-28-80 splits). He will need to be able to start knocking down threes to get minutes with the Bucks. Thon Maker hasn’t been awful but hasn’t been good either. He is averaging just 5 points per game and is struggling to get significant minutes on the Bucks. Although Andre Drummond will remain the Pistons’ starting center, Maker will likely take Zaza Pachulia‘s minutes as a backup.
Heat Dump Johnson
Suns receive: Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington
Heat receive: Ryan Anderson
The Suns finally acquired a point guard in Johnson and traded away Anderson who was rotting away on the bench. Johnson obviously isn’t an incredible point guard and is extremely overpaid (2 years, $40M left on his contract), but the Suns don’t need cap space while rebuilding. Since the Devin Booker point guard experiment failed, this is a smart pick up for the Suns. Reports claim Ellington will be waived so he can join a contending team.
The Heat saves some money by getting rid of Johnson and Ellington. Ellington was a very good shooter, but apparently, Pat Riley wanted to get under the luxury tax very badly. Anderson may or may not play, but he is getting paid much less than Johnson next year which helps the Heat’s cap sheet.
Bulls acquire Porter from Wizards
Wizards receive: Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, 2023 second-round pick
Bulls receive: Otto Porter Jr.
In a slightly confusing move, the Bulls take on Porter’s atrocious salary for a solid young player, an expiring contract, and a future draft pick. Porter is obviously the most talented player in this trade but has 3-years and over $80M left on his contract. The Bulls were at the top of the tank race for Zion, but this deal might cause them to win a couple more games than they should and cause them to get a higher draft pick than they wanted. Porter’s bad contract isn’t too big of a deal for the Bulls because they weren’t realistically going to land a star free agent. Also, there is a slight chance Porter blossoms into a star on a new team. It isn’t a great pick up, but it’s not as disastrous as some fans made it sound.
On the other hand, the Wizards made a smart move. Porter was severely overpaid and would not become a star next to Bradley Beal and John Wall who are extremely ball-dominant players. Getting off his contract gives them sorely needed cap relief. Additionally, they improved their chance to tank and draft young talent while acquiring future assets. Bobby Portis could easily become a starting power forward in a few years. This season he’s averaging 14.1 PPG on 45-38-78 shooting splits and grabbing 7.3 rebounds in just 24 minutes a game. Since Wall might miss next season as well as the rest of this season, the Wizards need to start rebuilding and this trade was a great first step.
Three-Way trade sends Shumpert to Houston
Kings receive: Alec Burks, a second-round pick from Cleveland
Rockets receive: Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV
Cavaliers receive: Brandon Knight, a first-round pick from Houston
Watching James Harden score 40+ on a nightly basis was fun to watch, but if the Rockets want to compete they need to add bench depth. Shumpert was a perfect 3 and D player that fits the Rocket’s system beautifully. On the season, Shumpert is averaging 8.9 points per game while shooting 37% from three on 4.8 attempts per game. In fact, 58% of his shot attempts come from three, making him an ideal player for Houston’s three-point heavy offense.
The Kings’ get another decent wing player to replace Shumpert in Alec Burks and get draft compensation. For the Cavs, they give up a decent wing and take on a bad contract for a first round pick. Overall, this trade was a win for every team. Rockets add depth, Kings get a skilled veteran, and the Cavs get a pick.
Barnes traded to Sacramento
Mavericks receive: Justin Jackson, Zach Randolph
Kings receive: Harrison Barnes
Sacramento remains busy tonight. After trading away Shumpert, the Kings pick up Harrison Barnes. Although he is currently overpaid, his contract expires in 2020. Adding another scoring option should perk up the Kings’ 17th ranked offense. Barnes will be very useful in the Kings playoff push and greatly increases their chance to grab the 8-seed out west. On the season, Barnes is averaging 17.8 PPG on 40-39-83 shooting splits.
After making this trade, it looks like the Mavericks will tank for the remainder of the season. Their pick this year is top 5 protected, so if they start losing now they have a good chance to retain that pick. The Mavs have traded their entire starting line up beside Luka Doncic. They clearly won’t be contending for a playoff spot anymore and Marc Cuban is an unabashed tanker. This trade also clears up near-max salary cap room for the Mavericks in the upcoming offseason. Although they haven’t had much luck with big free agents, the Mavs can keep swinging. There is always a chance they will land a third star to pair with Luka and Porzingis to create a dynamic big three.