Updates: Players On The Move As NBA Trade Deadline Approaches


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The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching (February 23), and many teams will be looking to make some final adjustments to their rosters. There have already been a couple different moves, but there haven’t been too many groundbreaking trades. Here’s what’s happened so far:

  • DeMarcus Cousins (SAC => NOLA)
The Sacramento Kings traded D. Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two 2017 draft picks (a top-3 protected first-round pick and second-rounder).
Commentary: While a lot of people believe the Kings got robbed in this deal, others see it as addition through subtraction. In keeping with that analysis, Brian Windhorst reportedly talked to executives who said they wouldn’t acquire Cousins “even if he was for free”.
  • Lou Williams (LAL => HOU)
The Los Angeles Lakers traded L. Willams to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first round pick.
Commentary: This was a great deal with the Rockets, who acquired an efficient veteran in the midst of his best season yet.
  • Serge Ibaka (ORL => TOR)
The Orlando Magic traded S. Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a first round draft pick.
Commentary: Raptor’s owner Masai Ujiri wanted Ibaka for a while. The real catch here is that Ibaka’s on an expiring contract; as long as he re-signs with Toronto this summer, it was a good deal. If Ibaka doesn’t re-sign, the team only succeeded in shedding Ross’ contract, which would be a mistake since he has the highest effective field goal percentage of his career this season.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic (BKN => WA)
The Brooklyn Nets traded B. Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first round pick.
Commentary: This is a good move for everyone. Bogdanovic helps the Wizards compete in the Eastern conference playoffs and that first round pick will help the Nets with their rebuilding efforts. While Bogdanovic was one of the better players on the Nets, his contract was expiring and it seems likely he would’ve left for greener pastures.
RUMORS

“The Utah Jazz have expressed interest to the Dallas Mavericks in trading for Deron Williams.” –Tim McMahon (ESPN)

“Washington has shown interest in Minnesota’s Shabazz Muhammad” –Marc Stein (ESPN)

“Denver still looking for an expiring contract & a first-rounder for either Gallinari/Chandler.” –David Aldridge

“Houston expressed interest in acquiring Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert… but the Cavs want Patrick Beverley. And @calvinwatkins reports that Houston doesn’t want to surrender Beverley”- Marc Stein (ESPN)

“Rockets motivated to make a deal for player in $10-12M salary range, offering expiring contracts/cash savings for trade partners.” –Adrian Wojnarowski (The Vertical)
“The price on Brook Lopez has dropped, league sources say. Instead of two first-rounders, word is Brooklyn would accept a first and a second.” –Marc Stein (ESPN)
If those tidbits aren’t enough for you, there’s also a rumor that Tom Thibodeau’s trying to orchestrate some weird mini-Bulls reunion in Minnesota. [via ESPN / Zach Lowe]
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And, if that’s not enough for you, just Google “Jimmy Butler” or “Paul George” and take a look at those trade rumors. That should keep you occupied for the rest of the evening.
UPDATES:
“Confirmed reports Hawks sending Tiago Splitter to 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova. Teams also swapping second round picks.” –Chris Vivlamore (AJC.com)