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NBA trade deadline recap

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 03:10 pm
Image Courtesy of Michael Tipton via Flickr
Image Courtesy of Michael Tipton via Flickr

The NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone and there was a flurry of trades that took place. A lot of contenders loaded up for the final stretch of the season while multiple teams in rebuild mode acquired draft picks. In a wild week that New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was supposed to be traded, there was a surprising lack of star-power dealt. Despite the lack of stars on the move, role players that will make an impact moved all over the place. Here are all the trades from the week leading up to the deadline and how they will impact the teams involved.

January 31

Dallas Mavericks receive PF Kristaps Porzingis, SF Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Courtney Lee

New York Knicks receive PG Dennis Smith Jr., SG Wesley Matthews, C DeAndre Jordan, 2 future 1st-round picks

This trade is going to be tough to gauge until next year. If Porzingis comes back and gels with SG Luka Doncic as planned, then Dallas most likely wins this trade. Porzingis was easily the biggest star traded during the week but has had health issues and is sitting out while recovering from a torn ACL. However, if the Knicks use the extra cap space to sign big-name free agents, such as PG Kyrie Irving and SF Kevin Durant, and lose enough to draft PF Zion Williamson, then it’s tough to tell them they lost the trade.

February 1

Chicago Bulls receive Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash considerations

Oklahoma City Thunder receive a protected 2020 2nd-round pick

This one doesn’t move the needle much in the overall landscape of the league. Luwawu-Cabarrot could possibly develop into a decent role player. He just needs a chance and he will get one in Chicago. The Thunder acquired a draft pick that they could either trade or hold onto.

February 4

Portland Trail Blazers receive SG Rodney Hood

Cleveland Cavaliers receive SG Nik Stauskas, PG Wade Baldwin IV and two future 2nd-round picks

This trade is peculiar for the Trail Blazers. Hood notoriously fell off down the stretch for Cleveland last year and Portland has a solid bench unit. Stay tuned for more on the journey Stauskas and Baldwin.

February 5

Los Angeles Lakers receive SF Rodney Bullock

Detroit Pistons receive SF Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2nd-round pick

Another curious trade regarding a wing player. The Pistons were willing to give up Bullock, their best wing player, for very little. Bullock has been very productive and will instantly fit into the rotation for the Lakers. Mykhailiuk could end up being a sharpshooter for the Pistons and he should get a chance to prove that. That will be explained later.

February 6

Philadelphia 76ers receive PF Tobias Harris, C Boban Marjanovic and PF Mike Scott

Los Angeles Clippers receive PG Landry Shamet, SF Wilson Chandler, C Mike Muscala, 2020 1st-round pick, 2021 1st-round pick and two 2nd-round picks

This was one of the most impactful trades of the week. Harris is having a career year and rounds out the 76ers starting five. Marjanovic will slot in as a quality backup center behind Joel Embiid. The Clippers definitely maximized Harris’ value considering his contract is set to expire after the season. Shamet is a very promising prospect and they also received enough 1st-round picks to find a few extra rotation players in the future.

Chicago Bulls receive SF Otto Porter Jr.

Washington Wizards receive SF Jabari Parker, PF Bobby Portis and a 2023 2nd-round pick

This one seems confusing since the Bulls are trying to lose but think about this for a second. Porter is still only 25 years old and signed for multiple season. He’s on a max contract but he’s also got time to develop into an elite 3-and-D guy. The Bulls shed the contract of Parker, which the regret mightily, and rid themselves of Portis, who has been a problem in the locker room. The Wizards will get a chance to see these guys in a new environment.

New Orleans Pelicans receive PF Markieff Morris

Washington Wizards receive SF Wesley Johnson and a 2023 2nd-round pick

The Pelicans almost immediately bought out Morris, which just freed up a roster spot. The Wizards get another rotation player who could thrive in a new environment. Plus, Washington is clearly looking forward to a deep draft class in 2023.

Sacramento Kings receive SF Harrison Barnes

Dallas Mavericks receive SF Justin Jackson and PF Zach Randolph

The Kings have clearly decided that they’re ready to make a push to contend soon, as Barnes is a clear upgrade right now over Jackson. However, Jackson has been a fantastic bench player for Sacramento this season and could continue his development in Dallas. If he develops as he should, pairing his abilities with Doncic and Porzingis could make the Mavericks the next coming of the Golden State Warriors.

Houston Rockets receive SG Iman Shumpert, SG Nik Stauskas and PG Wade Baldwin IV

Sacramento Kings receive SG Alec Burks

Cleveland Cavaliers receive PG Brandon Knight, PF Marquese Chriss and a lottery protected 2019 1st-round pick

This is a complex three team deal, so there’s a little extra breakdown here. The Rockets main coup here is Shumpert, who will be another solid bench piece that can shoot from beyond the arc at a high clip. The Kings getting Burks gives them an energetic wing who attacks the basket off the dribble, similar to Barnes. The Cavaliers are the real winners here. They get Knight, who is struggling and on a big contract, and Chriss, who needs a fresh start. Both players have had success with high workloads, and they could get that in Cleveland. Stauskas and Baldwin also probably should’ve just booked a hotel room for a night or two in Houston, too.

Miami Heat receive PF Ryan Anderson

Phoenix Suns receive SG Wayne Ellington and SG Tyler Johnson

This trade was peculiar because neither team really gained that much. Anderson is an overpaid stretch big with poor mobility. He can help Miami stretch the floor, but that’s about it. Ellington is a sharpshooter, but he was bought out after the trade. That leaves Johnson, who, like Anderson, is overpaid and underperforming.

Detroit Pistons receive C Thon Maker

Milwaukee Bucks receive SF Stanley Johnson

This trade is why Mykhailiuk will play in Detroit. Johnson was the only other wing that provides decent minutes, and he was off to Milwaukee for a day. Maker, on the other hand, wanted a fresh start where he could play more. He did get traded, but now he gets to back up C Andre Drummond. That’s not quite what he was looking for.

Toronto Raptors receive cash considerations

Philadelphia 76ers receive SG Malachi Richardson, 2022 2nd-round pick and draft rights to SF Emir Preldzic

This was pretty much just the 76ers acquiring a few prospects and a pick. The Raptors got paid some cash for giving up those prospects and pick.

February 7

Philadelphia 76ers receive SF James Ennis

Houston Rockets receive swap rights for a 2021 2nd-round pick

The fact that the Rockets didn’t receive an actual pick is surprising. Ennis will be a bench player, albeit in a minimal role.

Milwaukee Bucks receive Nikola Mirotic

New Orleans Pelicans receive C Jason Smith, SF Stanley Johnson and multiple 2nd-round picks

The Bucks made out great here. Mirotic is a stretch big who can also go into the post against smaller defenders. He can also defend the post and let SF Giannis Antetokounmpo just roam. On the flip side, Johnson was never going to play in Milwaukee, while he will in New Orleans. Also,at yourself on the back if you can remember the last time Jason Smith played valuable minutes.

Houston Rockets receive cash considerations

Indiana Pacers receive SG Nik Stauskas, PG Wade Baldwin IV

Stauskas and Baldwin will probably be out for a few games due to jet lag.

Toronto Raptors receive C Marc Gasol

Memphis Grizzlies receive C Jonas Valanciunas, PG Delon Wright, SF C.J. Miles and a 2024 2nd-round pick

This was an incredible trade for the Raptors. They received Gasol who, despite aging slightly, is a versatile defender and tremendous passer and shooter. Headed to Memphis is Valanciunas, who was set to play for the first time in a while on the day of the trade. Wright is a solid prospect but was expendable with the emergence of PG Fred Van Vleet.

Memphis Grizzlies receive SG Avery Bradley

Los Angeles Clippers receive SG Garrett Temple and PF JaMychal Green

The Clippers getting two players for one here is ingenious. Temple is not as good a shooter or defender as Bradley, but he can fill the role. Green will be a nice addition to the frontcourt after trading Marjanovic. The Clippers should have reloaded enough to stay in the playoff hunt. Bradley will only help the Grizzlies so much after trading away Gasol.

Los Angeles Lakers receive C Mike Muscala

Los Angeles Clippers receive PF Michael Beasley and C Ivica Zubac

This one doesn’t do much really. Muscala is more seasoned and a better shooter than Zubac, which fits the Lakers’ win-now mentality. Zubac is a decent prospect who could develop nicely with a chance to play. Beasley was bought out almost instantly after the trade.

Sacramento Kings receive PF Caleb Swanigan

Portland Trail Blazers receive PF Skal Labissiere

Both players are almost identical. They were great rebounders and inside players in college, but don’t fit the NBA mold. Swanigan can’t shoot and is slightly undersized. Labissiere is rail thin and also can’t shoot. This is the definition of an even trade.

Memphis Grizzlies receive SG Tyler Dorsey

Atlanta Hawks receive PG Shelvin Mack

Dorsey is younger than Mack and the Hawks have an abundance of young guards and wings. Mack continues his unintentional quest to play for every rebuilding team in the league.

Orlando Magic receive PG Markelle Fultz

Philadelphia 76ers receive SG Jonathan Simmons, top-20 protected 2019 1st-round pick and a 2019 2nd-round pick

Fultz is finally out of Philadelphia. He should be able to play a lot in Orlando considering they have no real point guards. A chance could be all he needs. Meanwhile, Simmons has quietly been very productive the past few years and those picks could come in handy.

Atlanta Hawks receive SF Jabari Bird

Boston Celtics receive cash considerations

This frees up a roster spot for the Celtics. Is it one that gets filled by Anthony Davis this summer?

Brooklyn Nets receive C Greg Monroe and a 2021 2nd-round pick

Toronto Raptors receive cash considerations

Monroe and the Nets have been working on a buyout since the trade was approved by the league office. Meanwhile, this case could be useful in Toronto’s pitch to re-sign SF Kawhi Leonard this offseason.

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