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NBA Trade Talk: Thoughts After The Deadline

NBA Trade Talk: Thoughts After The Deadline

By James Bell


Team executives all over the National Basketball Association were close to their phones over the past few days looking around for the best deals that they could get before the trade deadline which came at 3PM Eastern on Thursday. There were a few teams that were able to move a few players to get closer to what they may be looking for, while others may have made some questionable moves that still have people scratching their heads.

Let’s take a look at a few of these transactions that were made in the days and minutes before the trade deadline. This will cover the trades that happened over the week, so trades before February 16th will not be covered.

Pelicans acquire DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Kings for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a 2017 1st round pick plus a 2nd round pick in the future

This has been one of the most shocking moves in recent memory in the NBA. A couple of weeks ago, we heard from DeMarcus Cousins saying that he wanted to build a legacy in Sacramento. He was looking towards spending his career in that city, and giving the front office a chance to build around him. However, after the 2017 All-Star Game was over Cousins was told that he was going to be traded to New Orleans…wow. Now one of the most versatile big men in the league will be alongside Anthony Davis who is probably one of the best players in the league this year as he is averaging 27.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Cousins can play the center position and Davis would move to the power forward position which would be good for him as he may not be able to handle the big centers down low on defense but his length would be good against opposing power forwards.

Sacramento gets rookie Buddy Hield, who was a lottery pick but has not been in the spotlight averaging under 10 points a game so far this year. They also got Tyreke Evans who returns to Sactown after being a Pelican for four seasons. He hasn’t started a game this year, and most likely will be on the bench behind Rudy Gay at small forward. Langston Galloway will be on his third team in three seasons…he is also a shooting guard, which Sacramento has a lot of on the roster right now. They did release Matt Barnes, but he was listed as a small forward. The Kings will have a very young team on the floor, and they have one first-round pick from the Pelicans plus their own pick…which they may lose to the Sixers if they have a higher spot in the lottery than Philadephia.

Lakers acquire Corey Brewer and a 2017 1st round pick from the Rockets for Lou Williams

Over in LakerLand, they are thinking about the future of the franchise. They hired Magic Johnson as their President of Basketball Operations, and he says that he is committed to bringing the Lakers back to glory…I guess part of that is making trades near the trade deadline as they get Corey Brewer from the Rockets and give up Lou Williams in the process. The Lakers do get a 1st round pick from the Rockets, but their main goal is to stay in contention to getting a top 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. If they do not get a pick within the top 3 then they lose it to the Sixers (how the heck did Philly get in on these picks???!!).

Lou Williams may be a great addition to the Rockets roster as he adds more scoring to a team that averages over 114 points per game which is 2nd in the NBA. He is a threat from three-point range and that fits right into what they do: Houston puts up 40 3-point shot attempts a game. When opposing teams thought that they would get some type of “rest” when James Harden went to the bench, they may now think twice about that with Lou Williams coming off the bench now.

Sixers acquire Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson from Mavericks for Nerlens Noel

Now here is a deal that looks weird…Here are the Sixers, who seem to have 50 centers on their roster and were looking for places to send some of their players, and what do they do? They get a center! Andrew Bogut was the starting center for the Dallas Mavericks and was their primary line of defense, but provided little contribution to their offense. The team is last in the league in points per game this year, and Bogut’s average of 3 points per game does not cut it as a starting center. He will provide some depth to the Sixers for the time being as Joel Embiid recovers from a knee injury. Justin Anderson is a young guy that will come off the bench to provide some depth at shooting guard. However, the Sixers still have six guys that could play power forward and center…

The Mavericks get a player in Noel that will have to pick it up on the court…The sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft sat out one full year after being picked, and this year he has been dealing with a knee injury and groin injury this season so it will be uncertain how good he will be in Dallas this year. If he is healthy and improves in his offensive production, then that will be a boost for the Mavericks as I mentioned that they are at the bottom in scoring offense.

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