2020 TRADE DEADLINE, ACTION FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE…

Another year, another deadline has come and gone.  Some players dealt were expected and of course others were not. This is what always makes the NBA trade deadline so much fun. Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, Lakers, Jazz and a few others stand pat. Maybe they’re waiting for the buyout market to make roster moves, we shall see.

Here’s what happened and who won…

LA Clippers get: Marcus Morris Sr.; Isaiah Thomas
New York Knicks get: Maurice Harkless; 2020 first-round pick; Future Second-round pick
Washington Wizards get: Jerome Robinson
Winner: Edge goes to the Clippers as they bolster their already dominate line-up. Morris adds a bit of everything for them and also some added toughness. Knicks get an expiring contract and more assets to their rebuild. Wizzards get a good young player who should fit nicely in their system.

Cleveland Cavaliers get: Andre Drummond
Detroit Pistons get: John Henson; Brandon Knight; 2023 second-round pick
Winner: What? I guess this is even? Pistons get out of having to pay and resign Drummond in the off season. However not sure what direction this club is going in. Cavaliers already have a center, however Thompson is a free agent this summer. Maybe they’re going to see how Drummond plays with youngsters and make a decision at the end of the season.

Minnesota Timberwolves get: D’Angelo Russell; Jacob Evans; Omari Spellman
Golden State Warriors get: Andrew Wiggins; 2021 first-round pick; 2021 second-round pick
Winner: Golden State! People may argue this one, however while Russell joins KAT in Minny, they need a lot of help in order to proceed and make the playoffs in the coming seasons. They now have two solid pieces and a very good up and coming coach, however management needs to make the right moves in the draft, trades and free agent signings to help improve the roster. Brilliant move by the Warriors as they get out of the last year of Rusell’s contract (one year longer than Wiggins) and they add a true small forward to the roster. Wiggins needed a change and what better place to be traded to. The championship culture in Golden State is next to none… Steph, Klay, Draymond and Kerr will definitely help him transition into their roster. He’s definitely not KD, however he’s better than Harrison Barnes. If we all remember correctly, the Warriors did win a championship with Barnes. As well, Wiggins will not be the first scoring option which will suit him fine. This plus adding a top five draft pick in 2020, will without a doubt make the Warriors a contender next season. Last note, I’m sure he’ll also enjoy San Francisco a lot better than Minnesota (no disrespect intended).

Orlando Magic get: James Ennis III
Philadelphia 76ers get: Second-round pick
Winner: Magic, as they add another piece to their roster at a low risk, low cost.

Atlanta Hawks get: Skal Labissiere; Cash considerations
Portland Trail Blazers get: Future second-round pick
Winner: Next!

Houston Rockets get: Bruno Caboclo; Second-round pick
Memphis Grizzlies get: Jordan Bell; Second-round pick
Winner: Even!

LA Clippers get: Cash considerations
Atlanta Hawks get: Derrick Walton Jr.
Winner: Next!

Miami Heat get: Andre Iguodala; Jae Crowder; Solomon Hill
Memphis Grizzlies get: Justise Winslow; Dion Waiters; Gorgui Dieng
Minnesota Timberwolves get: James Johnson
Winner: Hands down Miami! They’re already having a great season and Pat Riley just added Iggy to help bolster their bench and add some veteran/championship presence for some of the youngsters and Crowder is an incredible defender! Their starting five and next five off the bench are very impressive!

Philadelphia 76ers get: Alec Burks; Glenn Robinson III
Golden State Warriors get: 2020 second-round pick; 2021 second-round pick; 2022 second-round pick
Winner: Sixers! Philly adds some much need depth to their roster. Both Burks and Robinson are having great seasons. If the rotation is set correct, they’ll be able to contribute off the bench to a Sixers team that badly needs it.

Atlanta Hawks get: Dewayne Dedmon; 2020 and 2021 second-round pick
Sacramento Kings get: Jabari Parker; Alex Len
Winner: Even! Hawks add another big to their roster. Sacramento wanted to get out of the Dedmon contract. Not sure why the singed him in the first place. Parker is having a very good season. Only question… still not sure what Kings management is trying to do with their roster. It seems as if they’re just signing and trading for players and hoping for the best. They have some great young pieces, but some of the moves they’ve made to surround these players makes no sense.

Houston Rockets get: Robert Covington; Jordan Bell; 2024 second-round pick
Atlanta Hawks get: Clint Capela; Nene
Minnesota Timberwolves get: Malik Beasley; Juan Hernangomez; Evan Turner; Jarred Vanderbilt; 2020 first-rounder
Denver Nuggets get: Gerald Green; Keita Bates-Diop; Shabazz Napier; Noah Vonleh; 2020 first-round pick
Winner: Edge goes to the Rockets! They trade for a player in Covington that many teams were after. He’ll definitely add to the Rockets roster. They also get away from the large contract of Capela. They have no starting center, however they may sign someone from the buyout market, or have spot playing minutes from Tyson Chandler. Atlanta adds a young center to what looks like will be a great up and coming Team. Looks like they spent their 2020 free agent money ahead of time, considering it’s a week free agent class this summer. Minnesota gets a very good young player in Beasley and adds another first round pick.

Denver Nuggets get: Jordan McRae
Washington Wizards get: Shabazz Napier
Winner: Next!

*Detailed trade information from the Feb. 6th NBA deadline courtesy of espn.com (unless otherwise cited).

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