Woj and Shams were busy this afternoon as The NBA Trade Deadline passed today and GMs were wheeling and dealing all the way up to 3 PM. There was an arms race in the East, Anthony Davis is still a Pelican, and teams made their decisions on vaulting into a rebuild. It was a wild few hours in the Association and without further adieu, here are the big deals that went down
Magic get: Markelle Fultz
76ers get: Jonathan Simmons, a First Round Pick, and a Second Round Pick
A low risk move for the Magic and they were able to potentially get their point guard of the future. While Fultz’s career has been a disaster, he still has potential, and maybe a change of scenery would be the best thing for him. The Magic aren’t contending any time soon and they can take their time with Fultz. As for Philly, they depleted an already thin bench in the Tobias Harris deal and could use a boost on that front. They get that with Simmons and also bring home a couple of draft picks, not to mention that they get to just cut ties with Fultz.
Bulls get: Otto Porter
Wizards get: Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and a 2023 Second Round Pick
I guess there are still teams that believe in Otto Porter and justify having to pay him up to 81 million dollars in the next 3 years. While I don’t really love the player, I don’t mind taking a chance on him at the expense of guys who really didn’t move the needle anyways. It was all about getting off of that contract for the Wizards and they got 2 expiring contracts. Parker has a team option for next season and Portis becomes a restricted free agent in the summer. They can ride out the season and see if its worth it to bring one or both of them back and if not, at least they got that contract off the books and get reload while John Wall recovers.
Clippers get: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2 First Round Picks, and 2 Second Round Picks
76ers get: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott
Here we go, the Eastern Conference Arms Race started early yesterday morning and this deal came as a blindside to the rest of the league. It appears that Philly is going for it and this was the first out of a number of moves Elton Brand made. He went for it all and added another top of the line scoring option and one that, more importantly, operates mainly on the perimeter. They had a need for outside shooting and they addressed it with this deal. Boban provides some depth at the center position and Scott could factor in as a role player.
The Clippers on the other hand clearly did not want to give Harris a max at the end of the year and figured they should just tear it down. They were the 8 seed and they made the decision to sell off their assets now before it’s too late. They’ve entered a full rebuild and seem content with going after a big name in the summer.
Mavericks get: Justin Jackson and Zack Randolph
Kings get: Harrison Barnes
I want to start this by saying that Harrison Barnes couldn’t fit in any more perfectly on the Kings. It’s so fitting that it might even work. The Kings are on the up and up and bringing in talent like Barnes for a low price is never a bad idea.
For Dallas, they clear Barnes’ money off the books to go after free agents this summer and beyond. They went all in with the Porzingis deal and Cuban has to be itching to add more talent around the core of him and Doncic. Justin Jackson can shoot it a bit and if he can mold into a role player for Dallas more power to them.
Bucks get: Nikola Mirotic
Pelicans get: Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, Denver’s 2019 second-round pick, Washington’s 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and Milwaukee’s 2020 second-round picks
Pistons get: Thon Maker
The Bucks saw the Philly deal and thought: “Hey, maybe we should do something too”. They did that and brought in another stretch four to place around Giannis. I see Mirotic playing a similar role to Brook Lopez in their offense and I think he fits the bill for it perfectly. For the Pistons, Thon Maker is and intriguing prospect with a freakish wingspan. The Pelicans made it clear that Anthony Davis is all but out the door and they are starting to hit the reset button with the departure of Mirotic for assets.
Raptors get: Marc Gasol
Grizzlies get: Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a 2024 Second Round Pick
With this move we can officially add the Raptors to the “Hey, maybe we should do something too.” club. With Kawhi Leonard’s free agency looming and a top heavy Eastern Conference, the Raptors are going all in. This was the plan from the beginning when they acquired Leonard from San Antonio. They only have one guaranteed year and with the amount of promising assets they’ve developed, they were able to get Gasol as well. He fits right in similar to how Al Horford fits in on the Celtics. He’s able to pass, score, rebound, and he’s solid on the defensive end. The Grizzlies on the other hand were able to unload one of their big trade chips and start to rebuild.