2021 Trade Deadline, busier than expected…

What can one say about this season? Less games played, however more games played on a weekly basis. Standing’s in both conferences are all over the place with the exception of a few teams at the top and bottom. This has lead to a very interesting trade deadline. As in the past few years, the buyout market will be fun as well.

Here’s a recap and who won…

Sacramento Kings acquired: Delon Wright
Detroit Pistons acquired: Corey Joseph, a 2021 second-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick
Winner: Sacramento! Delon is a great second unit player and can spot start if needed.

Denver Nuggets acquired: JaVale McGee
Cleveland Cavaliers acquired: Isaiah Hartenstein, a 2023 second-round pick and a 2027 second-round pick
Winner: Denver! Adding a solid back-up rebounding Center will definitely help for deep playoff run.

Chicago Bulls acquired: Nikola Vucevic and Al-Faroug Aminu
Orlando Magic acquired: Wendell Carter, Otto Porter, 2021 first-round pick and 2023 first-round pick
Winner: Chicago! If we’re going on best player traded, then the clear winner are the Bulls. Vucevic is an All-Star, great player and an overall force at his position. He rebounds, he shoots, stretches his position when needed and also facilitates the ball. Adding him to a playoff bound team which includes Zach LaVine, Coby White, Patrick Williams and a solid roster will make them a challenge for any team in the Eastern Conference. Keep in mind, the building is not complete as the Bulls also have cap space this off season and will certainly make a splash by adding additional pieces to the roster. Great job by Marc Eversley and Arturas Karnisovas.

Boston Celtics acquired: Even Fournier
Orlando Magic acquired: Jeff Teague, a 2025 second-round pick and a 2027 second-round pick
Winner: Boston! Simply by adding depth to their roster.

Denver Nuggets acquired: Aaron Gordon and Gary Clarke
Orlando Magic acquired: Gary Harris, R.J. Hampton and a 2025 first-round pick
Winner: Denver! The Nuggets are clearly making a statement with this trade by adding Gordon. Playing alongside Jokic, Murray, Porter and the rest of theTeam, this makes the Nuggets a serious contender for the Western Conference and possibly a chance to make the NBA Finals.

Chicago Bulls acquired: Daniel Theis, Troy Brown, Javonte Green and cash
Boston Celtics acquired: Moritz Wagner and Luke Kornet
Washington Wizards acquired: Chandler Hutchison and Daniel Gafford
Winner: Chicago! Adding Theis as a back up Center is a great move!

Miami Heat acquired: Nemanja Bjelica
Sacramento Kings acquired: Maurice Harkless and Chris Silva
Winner: Miami!

Philadelphia 76ers acquired: George Hill and Ignas Brazdeikis
Oklahoma City Thunder acquired: Tony Bradley, Austin Rivers, a 2025 second-round pick and a 2026 second-round pick
New York Knicks acquired: Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, a 2021 scond-round pick, a 2024 second round pick and the draft frights to Emir Preldzic
Winner: Philadelphia! Nice trade by adding a veteran guard. He’ll fit in nicely with the contending Sixers.

Portland Trail Blazers acquired: Norman Powell
Toronto Raptors acquired: Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood
Winner: (edge to) Portland! The Blazers receive one of the top scoring wing players in the league this season. Powell has had a fantastic year and has also become a top percentage rated three-point shooter. He’ll fit nicely with Dame and the playoff bound Blazers. The key trade for the Raptors here is Gary Trent Jr.  He’s had a great couple of seasons, still on his rookie contract and still has a lot of upside. If he continues to play well, a contract extension is sure to happen this off season, while they build around their foundation pieces.

Utah Jazz acquired: Matt Thomas
Toronto Raptors acquired: A 2021 second-round pick
Winner: Even!

Los Angeles Clippers acquired: Rajon Rondo
Atlanta Hawks acquired: Lou Williams, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick and cash
Winner: Los Angeles! Adding a veteran point guard who can come off the bench, or start, to this championship contending Team is a fantastic move!

Sacramento Kings acquired: Terrence Davis
Toronto Raptors acquired: A 2021 second-round pick
Winner: Even!

Miami Heat acquired: Victor Oladipo
Houston Rockets acquired: Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley and a 2022 first-round pick swap
Winner: Heat! Miami adds a former All-Star and just added another solid scoring veteran to their core.

San Antonio Spurs acquired: Marquese Chriss and cash
Golden State Warriors acquired: The draft rights to Cady Lalanne
Winner: Even!

Dallas Mavericks acquired: J.J. Reddick and Nicolo Melli
New Orleans Pelicans acquired: James Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, a 2021 second-round pick and cash
Winner: Dallas! Reddick and Melli add additional depth to the Mavericks, who will have a deep playoff run.

Golden State Warriors acquired: A 2025 second-round pick
Charlotte Hornets acquired: Brad Wanamaker, a 2022 second round-pick and cash
Winner: Charlotte

Milwaukee Bucks acquired: P.J. Tucker, Rodions Kurucs and a 2022 first-round pick
Houston Rockets acquired: D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, a 2023 first-round pick and a second- round for a first-round (protected) swap pick
Winner: The Bucks! Adding another veteran piece who brings toughness and scoring will make Giannis & Team happy for their deep playoff run.

Key players in the buyout market:
LaMarcus Aldridge: Possible suitors include Miami, Portland, L.A. Clippers and L.A. Lakers
Andre Drummond: Possible suitors include Brooklyn, New York, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers and Toronto

Additional Note:
While Orlando traded some of their key pieces and All-Stars, they did end up with good young talent in Carter (from Chicago), Harris (from Denver), Hampton (from Denver), three first- round picks and two second-round picks. Add this to a core of Issac, Bamba, Fultz, Anthony, Ross, along with their own 2021 first-round & second-round draft picks, the future definitely seems bright for the Magic in the sunshine state. Jeff Weltman and team did a very nice job during deadline day.

*Detailed trade information from the March 25th NBA deadline courtesy of espn.com (unless otherwise cited).

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